Archives for the month of: January, 2009

Opening Wednesday Night

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HOME THEATER

PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRADLEY PETERS

CURATED BY AMANI OLU

ARTIST RECEPTION: Wednesday, January 28, 7pm – 10pm
RSVP REQUIRED: mfloodprojects@gmail.com
PRESS PREVIEW: 4 – 6pm
ON VIEW: Wednesday, January 28 – Saturday, February 28

PRESS INQUIRIES: kategreenberg@gmail.com

MELANIE FLOOD PROJECTS
186 Washington Avenue @ Myrtle Avenue
(Fort Greene/Clinton Hill)
Brooklyn, NY 11205

http://melaniefloodprojects.com | http://amaniolu.com

GALLERY HOURS: By appointment only

DIRECTIONS: Take the G train to Clinton/Washington Station and walk three blocks north towards Myrtle Avenue

Open Now

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Amy Elkins

The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm,

Curated by Christopher Y. Lew

Tina Kim Gallery

Opening Reception Friday, January 23rd, from 6-8pm
January 23 – February 21, 2009


Opening this Friday Night

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Pixy Liao

Hey, Hot Shot! Volume IV, Edition II

Jen Bekman Gallery

On View: January 30 – February 15, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday January 30th | 6pm-8pm

6 Spring Street, NYC

Artists:

Yijun Liao
John Mann
Cara Phillips
Hosang Park
Donald Weber




I don’t normally get emails from photographers asking me to look at or feature their work on GG. I imagine most of those emails go to Joerg, Shane, Mrs. Deane, Rob, or to one of the many curatorial projects, (because we certainly get a ton of them at wipnyc!)  But Today, my inbox contained a very straightforward and polite email from Simon Hoegsberg. If he is smart, which is my guess, he probably emailed some of the above and you will be seeing him elsewhere, but I was impressed enough with his project to give him a blog post.  While Beat Streuli, and Philip Lorca Dicorcia have made some great work in this vein, neither of them have moved quite so far into Gursky’s territory.  Simon’s giant portrait “We Are All Gonna Die – 100 Meters of Existence” in one of those cases where photo technology enhances what the artist is trying to accomplish, rather than just being a excuse to mess with photoshop.   The project has it’s own website, which I suggest you visit, as the piece cannot be properly shown on a blog.

I also quite like some of his NYC street portraits from “Tower of Babel”, his artist statement presents them with this caveat:  “In 2006 I quit the project because I realized I no longer believed in the idea behind it.”  I have to give me props for that alone.

Happy Inauguration Everyone!!!!!

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I am so proud of the whole HA team, they really outdid themselves.  I just got my hands on my beautiful, spanky new copy and it looks fantastic.  The guide features an intro by blogger & collector Ruben Natal-San Miguel and it is veritable who’s – who of emerging fine art photographers.  There are a very limited number of advance copies available for sale through this  link.  If you are an art or photo professional, or collector, email the VIP list, tcgeap@hafny.org to apply for your free copy.

I am very much looking forward to Brian’s new body of work.  I spotted this image on his blog, and just wanted to share it.

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I apologize to everyone for falling off the grid, there will be more to come on that later, however I just could not resist putting up a little something about Richard Prince’s latest debacle.  Thanks to the Times.com & PDN Pulse for the details, but I am very interested to see where this lawsuit goes. To be honest, I am not really much of a fan of Prince’s work.  And I do think there are are real issues in appropriating work from other, actively creating artists.  In this the digital age, when the internet has made images so much more accessible,  appropriation of an individual artists work at this moment, seems very wrong.  However, there are artists doing it right. Hank Willis Thomas fresh appropriation of corporate logos and advertisements aimed at African American culture make perfect sense.  Because in our current environment, the individual artists rights have been greatly overshadowed by the rights of large corporations. If you have ever had to sign an editorial contract, you know what I referring to. The house has been winning for some time unless you are a superstar, say like, Richard Prince.

So while I am not sure legally Prince is wrong, the spirit of what he did seems terrible wrong.  For a mega artist to take the work of a less successful or known artist and make it his own, is really just plain gross.  Early appropriation like Sherry Levine’s work, questions authorship, but her work never passes itself of as original, it always directly references the work it borrows from.  In the Walker Evans image, you do not mistaken think that she created that image.  Similarly, Peneople Umbrico’s mural at last year’s NY Photo Fest, was entitled, “Suns from Flickr.”  So while in her choice images and editing she created a incredibility beautiful work, she still acknowledged the appropriation.  Her work, like Willis Thomas, is smart, well executed and says something about our culture.  While I did not see the Prince show in person, online the work looks pretty bad.

In times of corporate domination, (which may begin to change with our current economic crisis,) and with the debate of fair use of internet images raging, it seems to me that artists should understand that appropriation has real significance at this moment and should be done with care.

The Prince work in question

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Patrick Cariou’s original work

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Sherry Levine After Walker Evans, 1981

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Penelope Umbrico Suns from Flickr

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Hank Willis Thomas Priceless #1, 2004

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There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. - Ernst Haas

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© Ernst Hass

I found these through the magic of blog links.  The question is, what looks more plastic, the dolls or the celebrities who play them in real life?  I find how it rather amazing how Mr. Cruz has captured the vacant, vapid, “sexy” pose of the celebrity photo.

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Angelina Joile

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Madonna circa Dick Tracy

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Daniel Craig, the Robotic 007

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Peter Parker aka Tobey McGuire

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Orlando Bloom

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Keira Knightley

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Nicole Kidman

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Kirsten Dunst


Somebody said recently that the best thing a student could do was to get in some shows and publish a book, but nothing about becoming a human being, nothing about having important feelings or concepts of humanity. That’s the sort of thing that is bad education. I’d say be a human being first and if you happen to wind up using photography, that’s good for photography. – Henry Holmes Smith

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© Henry Holmes Smith

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