Had a good 1-2-1 with Dr. Wendy. She suggested that I start working on my assignment should consider the ‘road’ as the theme for my CRoP. To take a look at the work of Ed Ruscha,
and explore the works of film makers and other artists. I had mentioned that HWY-138, a rather famous American Highway, had spawned the idea for my project: ‘Fences’ formed when I drove out to the location where David Hockney’s photographed the elemnets for his collage he made in 1982 at the crossroads of Ave 165th East and Hwy 138. I always return to regions where great art is and was made, from ancient Greece to modern HWY-138, and places in between.
Here I find inspiration and in some way get in touch with the spirit of the artist, just by knowing that some-one who I admire, has roamed around the very spot I stand.
While driving this highway, also known as the Pearblossom Highway, I began noticing symbols and signs that interested me. Traveling, be it a highway, seaway, or any other means of getting from one place to another, stimulates ideas and at the same time is a period of relaxation and incubation that allows these ideas to ferment. The eyes and ears and all the senses are the yeasts of the brew and the senses stimulate thoughts and the thoughts become concepts and the concepts become the materialized form of the ideas.
David Hockney Collage: The J. Paul Getty in Los Angeles. (2017). Pearblossom Hwy., 11 – 18th April 1986, #2 (Getty Museum). [online] Available at: http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/105374/david-hockney-pearblossom-hwy-11-18th-april-1986-2-british-april-11-18-1986/ [Accessed 28 Oct. 2019].
Ed Ruscha: Getty.edu. (2011). In Focus: Ed Ruscha (Getty Center Exhibitions). [online] Available at: https://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/focus_ruscha/ [Accessed 28 Oct. 2019].
Bought a book titled: 101 Things to learn in art school. By: Kit White. A book of simple adages and maxims. I like this type of information. Short, to the point, and deep down you know it’s right. It’s a short, short story and my even help me with titles and captions for my own work.
Quip 12: Perception is a reciprocal action. Alongside was a simple line drawing by the artist Jan Groth (Who I had not heard of) Immediately I realized that this short adage must have something to do with simplicity and minimalism. And, it does indeed: human response to images and the beauty of these images even in their simplest form. Jan’s work is so beautiful and simple, and I think, that I can use that approach when I put my FMP to-gether.
This week, I again went to quite a few galleries and museums. To look at photography and painting. I feel that painters are more innovative than photographers in many ways: in use of medium, style and technique. This has always interested me as a photographer, and get very inspired when I look at the work of painters around the early 1900-1920’s. As I like abstract photography very much, artists like Klee, Malevich and Kandisnsky are of great interest to me, the way they used color, form and medium to express their views of the world.
When I go to a gallery or museum, I look closely at technique of the artists.It is interesting to note how the brushstrokes of the artist changed from the middle ages to present day, and how realism and representational changed to abstraction with the advent of new mediums like oils and acrylics that took over from egg-tempra and fresco’s. The advent of photography around the 1840’s made painters realize that reality was available in a box, and in order to survive or keep the art alive it needed to expand beyond the real and the actual. I feel the same way about photography. With the advent of the digital image and the ubiquity of the medium, most images look the same. Shot on the i-phone or dslr and viewer on a computer screen, i-pad, or i-phone. Most amateur photographers can apply an app to it, to give it a faux unique look, but it’s all in the digital realm. Painters, and even contemporary artists, work and experiment on various surfaces like canvas, jute, paper, cardboard, panel, wood, the list goes on. This coupled with oil, acrylic, water-color, gauche, gives the painter a unique way of working that is not available to the digital photographer, this used to be the case with analogue photography with a myriad of papers, films, developers, that could give the artist a unique look, but is no longer available to photographers who were not raised with the analogue format. I am pleased that I have the ability to work very comfortably in both mediums and will use both for my FMP to create my images.
My primary reason for going to Galleries and museums is to see if I can make a contact somewhere to have my exhibition. So far, it’s all been a bunch of formalities, niceties, platitudes, and fake interest and professional (give me the finger), how ever, I have been in the film business a while, so am quite used to these type of talk, and am quite well informed to spot a genuine person here and there, with still some enthusiasm and genuine less in them, there are not many, but have happened on a few, so will return to them for father attempts to procure a show.
This week, I went to the following galleries, museums and artist studios. Nice to talk to artists themselves, and try to figure from them how they got their first show, and if in fact they are working for a hobby or making a living at it. I even try to get a show at the Getty. I talk to a lot of people. Never know who one can meet.
I look at the artists statements, as well as how the work is presented, the types of frames and matting used. If it is digital prints or analogue. How many people attend the work. I also look at how long the photos can ‘hold’ a viewers attention/gaze. (I know with painting, people sit down and go into a trans, sometimes for long while, I saw this happen at the Tate, when viewers looked at Mark Rothko’s work) I have yet to see that kind of dedication to a photographer.
Went to this very nice small art gallery in Inglewood. Met the curator, Rick Garzon, he is convinced he knows me from somewhere, one of those situations, you know each other, but do not know how or where, anyway, that was a good natural ice-breaker. Had a look around the space, it’s very nice local art from the area. Brought up the possibility of having a show there, he of course gives the answer, as most do, that his space is booked till 2021, however asked if there is a possibility, he said I should send him some work, so I will follow up on that.
I looked at the work of a local photographer, his series ‘Home Base’ he does work in cyanotype and ‘graffiti’s’ the image. I really liked that, the artist added a local and cultural dimension to the work, and also used a nice medium.
John Chiara, Miroslav Tischy.
Looked at the work of John Chiara, and abstract photographer. He makes his own camera’s and chemical concoctions, to create photographic works.
I enjoy this kind of work myself, as far as using and experimenting with materials, so his work interested me from that standpoint. Making own one’s cameras is not new. One of the most interesting photographers I have come across who made his own machines as well was Miroslav Tischey.
The reason it is of interest to me is it give a photographer to break out of the digital mode, where all image manipulation is done digitally. Any person with reasonable aptitude for computers can make some very interesting stuff. However working with physical material itself is what interests me, and I like the combination of analogue and digital combined. It has increased my abilities to create unique works many fold.
This week, I did quite a bit of digital photography (unfortunately no analogue) However, I will return to a few locations that I did photograph and will re-photograph images I liked in digital with my 35mm Nikon, fine tune the images and will do some work in analogue, I plan to use some outdated film from the 1970’s (old Tri-X) to add the element of chance into the work. I have been working with a lot of ‘shadows’ this week, as well as form. These will be part of my image construction for my FMP images which will be layered composites and leitmotifs like black-birds, shadows, stairs, windows, doors, mirrors, fences (mainly of wire) trees, water, and I will construct my images in camera, lightroom and photoshop.