March 31, 2008
Just in case you are not completely spent from the art fairs and accompanying parties, this week has an exciting array of photo related events. I have never tried a RedBull, but looking at this line-up I may indulge. And several blog-related contests end this week, so don’t forget to send your submissions.
Also, I have added a new sidebar, which I will periodically update. I realize I am always finding new work (new to me at least) that I want to post on Ground Glass, but unfortunately I don’t always have the time. So I will now put links to the artist’s sites, so people can look discover them at their leisure. The first batch, are all discoveries from Scope.
Talk and Book Signing
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, New York
Artist’s Lecture Tuesday, April 01, 2008
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
Hosted by David Zwirner
533 West 19th Street NYC 10011
Live & Silent Auctions of Original Artwork
6-7pm: Exclusive Champagne Preview
7-9pm: Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
8pm: Live Auction
Sze Tsung Leong
Yossi Milo Gallery (525 West 25th)
525 West 25th Street, 212-414-0370
Thursday, April 3, 6 – 8PM
Luhring Augustine Gallery
531 West 24th Street, 212-206-9100
Friday, April 4, 6 – 8PM
New York, NY 10022
Ryan McGinley Team Gallery Thursday April 3rd 6:00-8:00 Team Gallery 83 Grand St
Reuben Cox Portraits of Muscians Thursday, April 3rd 7:00-9:00 Midway, 25 Ave B
All applications must be submitted before Midnight EDT on Tuesday April 1, 2008.
Free Promo- Deadline Today Deadline for the free promo is 11:59 pm today.
What’s The Jackanory‘Room with a View’ competition Friday April 4 at Noon est
March 28, 2008
Well, the list is finally out for tomorrow night’s NYC Slideluck show. I just want to say thank you to Alys and Casey, the founders, for including me in this line-up of fantastic artists. My guess is that it is going to be some event, so I highly recommend you RSVP and send your membership money today. What is also exciting about this event is that there has been a lot of discussion about blogging and its ultimate usefulness. Many people have said that no one important reads blogs. But to me that completely defeats the purpose of this kind of community building. Let’s face it, the people at the top are most likely not going to be the people who give you your first chance. I heard a photo editor speak to a group of students, and she basically said to them, send your books to assistants and people near the bottom of the food chain. She went on to say that those people will eventually rise up the food chain and you will go with them. But from her perspective if you send her your book, she is going to say “fuck off” I’ll see you when your famous. While the message was pretty harsh, I think that she had good advice. People who spend their time working with the most seasoned, top of the line artists, probably don’t have the time, patience, or inclination, to give an emerging person the attention they require. But there are plenty of people who are talented and who are successful who do want to see new work. What I love about blogging is that it is a community of people committed to their art and to trying to make a life out of being a photographer. This is not an easy task, so the more help you get the better. For instance, Andrew Hetherington, aka The Jackanory, introduced me to Casey at Erika Larsen’s opening party. And Dawn Roscoe and I have become cyber-buddies through Ground Glass and she very generously attended Slideshow Chicago for me. Now, her work is being featured in tomorrow night’s show.
One of the topics we addressed at the Humble Arts Panel at the 3rd Ward last weekend, is why women do not network with each other more. We considered a lot of things, and I don’t think there is one factor that is the final determiner. But most of us realized that all of our photographer friends were male. Not that there is anything wrong with that;) but at some point it is nice to have someone to talk to who understands the complex challenges that women face in the industry. So thanks to Sarah Small, we are going to all get together again to try and keep the community going. The most meaningful part of being on the panel was having other women email me or come up to me and say that my comments resonated with them, and that something I said was helpful to them. No matter how hard I fight it, I suffer from self-doubt about my work. I look at other people’s work and think, “wow I will never be that good.” Unfortunately, there is definitely a price to be paid for showing your vulnerability in this world. Many people find it to be a turn off or use it against you. My guess is that they probably feel the same if not worse than you do, but are desperate to hide it. But my work is explores self-loathing and self-hatred. Perhaps if you have never suffered from the kind of inner demon that drives you to depression and self-destructive behavior you cannot understand or tolerate it in others. But I feel nothing but compassion for the millions of women who feel some type of body hatred or self-esteem challenge. What I think is the most sad is that people dismiss these disorders as vanity. Or they devalue their significance in the light of other issues. But the pain and self-destruction that comes with the dis-satisfaction with the self, that most American women experience is a serious and devastating problem. And the fact that it is often seen as ‘selfish,’ or not that big of deal, goes to show how little women are valued in our culture. Unless they are given a monetary value, like the women from the Emperor’s Club. The struggle to find balance and a sense of value as a women in our current culture is not easy. But worth exploring.
Alessandra Sanguinetti/ Yossi Milo
CIA DE FOTO
David Burnett/ Contact Press
Jacob Silberberg/ Panos
Michael Muller/ Stockland Martel
Philip Jones Griffiths/Magnum
Serge Leblon/MS Logan
March 27, 2008
Well Christmas in the art world. This weekend all of the world’s galleries and art folk descend on our fair city. Last year was my first year at the Armory show, it was quite overwhelming and pretty fascinating. I waited outside for over an hour to get in, and just gave up on using the bathroom. Everyone seemed to know each other, there was lots of air kissing and some very interesting outfits and shoes. To be honest, most of the art was god awful, other than a few standouts. The only things I actually remember were a rhinestone Marilyn by Vik Muniz, the Eggelston 5X7′s and an amazing sculpture piece of Araki 6×7 positive films negs suspend in a giant glass holder. Other than that I draw a complete blank. This year I am planning to make the rounds of all the events, as I am shopping for galleries myself. I am very interested in places outside of NYC. I think there are a lot of interesting things happening in the European art scene. Although, I know these fairs happen several times a year all over the world. In New York, this is our moment to see the best and worst of what art from around the globe has to offer. I hope to run into some of you out there over the weekend.
Also, if you are in LA this Saturday, my project is part of Slideluck Potshow LA.
5th & Sunset Studios Doors open at 7pm
12322 Exposition Blvd
Events this weekend
Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street
New York City
Thursday, March 27 – Saturday, March 29 Noon to 8 pm
Sunday, March 30 Noon to 7 pm
Corner of West 62nd Street and Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
DATES & HOURS
FirstView Wednesday March 26, 2008 3pm – 9pm
Daily Thursday March 27, 2008 10am – 8pm
Friday March 28, 2008 10am – 8pm
Saturday March 29, 2008 10am – 8pm
Sunday March 30, 2008 10am – 6pm
SlideLuck Potshow NYC
Saturday March 29th
Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011 USA
Open to the public March 27 – 30, 2008 at the Park South Hotel,
122 E. 28th Street between Park and Lexington.
Thursday, March 27, 11am – 7pm
Friday, March 28, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, March 29, 11am – 8pm
Sunday, March 30, 11am – 7pm
Happy art going!
March 21, 2008
I am very excited to be a part of tomorrow night’s program, Women in Art Photography, sponsored by the Humble Arts Foundation. Blogger and art star on the rise, Amy Stein will be moderating and has a great line-up of questions, which are relevant to all artists, not just women. And some very talented photographers will be discussing their work and how they survive in the very competitive and challenging world of art. What is most exciting to me about this event, is that someday soon people like Jon and Amani, the founders of HA, will be running the mainstream art institutions and women will probably not have to fight so hard. Whether you hate or like the work, the current Whitney Biennial, curated by two women under 35, is 40% women. That is a big change. Let’s hope its trend that continues. Hope to see you in Brooklyn!
Humble Arts Foundation and 3rd Ward present:
Women in Art Photography
Saturday, March 22 | 6 – 8 pm
@ 3rd Ward
195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Moderator: Amy Stein
Panelists: Rachael Dunville, Tema Stauffer, Cara Phillips, Mary Mattingly and Sarah Small
In his 2006 article entitled “Where the Girls Aren’t,” Jerry Saltz writes: “Of all the artists in [MOMA's] P&S collection with work completed before 1970, fewer than 1 percent are women.”
Please join Humble Arts Foundation and 3rd Ward in welcoming Amy Stein to moderate our first panel discussion on Saturday, March 22 at 6 pm. The discussion will encompass what it means to be an emerging photographer in New York City right now and how gender may or may not influence the artist’s work in terms of process, subject matter, impact and career path. The panelists, Rachael Dunville, Tema Stauffer, Cara Phillips, Mary Mattingly and Sarah Small, will field questions, give advice and speak about their personal experiences as women photographers.
Moderator Amy Stein was awarded the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize for her Domesticated series in 2006. In 2007, she was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine and she won the Critical Mass Book Award. A monograph of her series Domesticated will be published in fall 2008.
Reception will follow. Space is limited.
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information please contact Andrea Miller at email@example.com.
March 17, 2008
I recently received a form email from the Center, Santa Fe rejecting my entry to their upcoming portfolio review. My first thought was surprise. While I was certainly not expecting to win the Santa Fe Project Competition, which has one winner out of 800 or so entries, I felt pretty confident I would get into the review. So it shook me for a moment to get, “the thanks but no thanks” response. The email included a link to the juror’s statements, just in case you were interested to hear why they did not select you.
A project or series which is early in development will not hold up to one that is more fully developed or complete. Technique in and of itself does not constitute a good idea. Conversely poor technique will detract from a good idea. And for me technique must support your idea. I will draw upon what [previous juror] Rixon Reed said “There were portfolios that contained wonderfully exquisite prints but were too derivative of works by other well-known photographers”. These were eliminated quickly, as they were measured against the established works. There are very few new ideas, however, there is, your personal, fresh vision and point of view.”
–Donald Woodman, photographic artist
Hmmm, so which of the above did I fall into? Racking my brain with self-doubt, I started to consider the strangeness of the entire “competition” process. How exactly do you shift through hundreds of portfolios in one day, which include a mere 10 to 12 digital images and decide what is better? I suppose there are some projects which perhaps fit more easily into the winning slots than others, almost like the photo project prom queens. While other work might have just as much value, but not present as well in the constraints that these contests impose. ( And yes many that have no hope at all.) And who exactly are these people judging you? I have been applying to many of these things this year, and so far not one has wanted the same size jpegs, the same number of images, the same length of artist statement or the same supporting materials. Oh yes, and all of them have a fee. It is sort of like filling out college applications. Not something anyone looks forward to. But as much as part of me wants to chuck the whole process, I continue to solider on. Mostly because I continue to see people careers get launched by these emerging artist lists, shows, contests and events. Look at the CV of most art photographers who have a certain level of success, and you will see that most of them have been in the same contests or on the same emerging artists lists.
But of course there are plenty of people who are successful who have never entered or won anything. What my little rejection taught me more than anything is the importance of editing. You have to willing to throw away images you love if they are not adding anything to your work. So I put every one of my images on the wall and started from scratch and made my edit tighter and stronger. So thank you Donald Woodman, photographic artist and Nancy Sutor, Interim Director of the Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Educator, Photographer, your rejection was the best thing to happen to my work in a while.
March 12, 2008
Wow, I just realized I have not posted in almost two weeks. Between shooting, post-production, having the stomach flu, a trip to the ER with my boyfriend and now putting the finishing touches on my book project I have been unable to get to blogging. I will have lots of stuff to write about soon, but I am going to have to attend to my photography for a bit longer. I hope everyone will bare with me. A few bits and pieces. If you have a chance check out the Humble Arts 31 under 31 at the 3rd Ward. I am really excited to see women photographers doing so well and the show has a lot of interesting work. Also, I will be speaking there on the 22nd of this month on a panel hosted by HA with some really talented ladies on women in art photography. More to come soon. If you have a chance, my friend Joshua Lutz has a show up at my Alma Mater, SLC, which is definitely worth the trip. He recently moved to Clamp Art and has a book coming out.
I will dig myself out soon and be back to GG.