9/29/08

WIP lecture

© Robin Schwartz

Tomorrow night Cara Phillips and Amy Elkins, co-curators of Women in Photography (which I've mentioned many times before) are giving a lecture at Aperture. Contributing photographers Robin Schwartz and Elinor Carucci will also be on hand, along with moderator Laurel Ptak. I'm excited to attend what's sure to be an engaging panel discussion. Here are the details:

Aperture Gallery
Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30pm
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
 

9/26/08

Free stuff / $13 stuff


Many thanks to Carmen Winant for sending the beautiful free print you can see above my way. I was also happy to get my $13 Millard Fillmore bill by Jason Polan, it's even better in person, and the envelope giraffe can't be beat.

Melanie Flood Projects


Told you there would be a string of shameless self-promotion...Here are some shots from last Thursday's opening at Melanie Flood projects. The show looked great and I was very happy with the presentation of my prints in the salon/pin-up tradition. Apologies to the two random people in the bottom photo, you can see my work in the background. The top photo, left to right, is of Melanie's husband Matt, James, and me. 

James and I enjoyed a lovely dinner at one of our old regular haunts in Cobble Hill and then headed over to Fort Greene for the event. Always a treat to get a night out, though we're such lightweights that we were home by ten, and I stuck to the one beer you see in my hand (minus wine with dinner, which goes without saying). Want to know a fun fact? I've had that dress for eight years. 

9/25/08

HERE and THERE


My work
Laura McAllister, Ed Panar, me (left to right)
Jacob Koestler, Justin Visnesky, Greg Barth, Laura McAllister (left to right)

Some installation shots from HERE and THERE at Snowflake/City Stock gallery. You can see more at curator/contributing photographer Justin Visnesky's blog. And there's a complimentary (and nicely poetic) write-up about the show on St. Louis Magazine's Look/Listen blog, written by Stefene Russell. I like what he says about the Midwestern aesthetic; my dust buster shot is actually from my grandmother's laundry room in Carlisle Iowa, so I have those roots--along with my four years at school in St. Louis--and a deep love of the Midwest. (For links to all of the artists' sites see my previous post on the show here.)

VISION magazine




Just received my copy of the September issue of VISION magazine with a six-page spread of my work. One of my first actual print publications, and I'm very happy with the quality of the reproductions and the layout. They translated "small" as "little" (as in "Life is a series of little moments") but that's fine by me as long as the images look good. I apologize in advance that there's going to be a string of shameless self-promotional posts coming down the line, it's been a busy week and heck, I work hard so I figure I'm allowed to share the fruits of my labor now and again. 

9/23/08

M.I.A.

I've been quiet on the blog this last week. My mother-in-law was in town, June has a cold, we're still getting back into the swing of school, and it's taking all I've got just to answer emails. Plus it's gorgeous in our neck of the woods so I'm trying to get out there as much as possible before winter rears its ugly head. 

I'm working on some images for a new blog I've been asked to contribute to, which I'm going to keep a secret, but it means I may not upload any of the photographs I've shot recently as they want all-new never-before-seen pictures, and I'm not sure which ones I'm going to give them yet. I'm happy to oblige, and will be excited to see how the new venture comes together. There, have I sparked your interest? Look for an announcement roundabout November. 

What else...Today I'm trying to get my submission together for Critical Mass which is due October 6th, and I'll trawl the bottom of my inbox where I'm sure I'll find something important that needed to be signed/sent/responded to yesterday.

9/17/08

Show Number One opens tomorrow

Melanie Flood Projects' opening is tomorrow from 6-9pm at 186 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn. RSVP mfloodprojects@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!

9/13/08

HERE and THERE opens tonight


HERE and THERE opens tonight at Snowflake/City Stock gallery. If you happen to be in the St. Louis area, stop on by and say hello to Justin Visnesky who put it all together. Wish I could be there! Congratulations to Ed Panar as well on his Blurb Photography Book Now award, I'm grateful to be in such good company for the show. Congratulations to Cara Phillips as well, I was very happy to see her name among the winners. 

9/8/08

Say no to Sarah Palin

Women against Sarah Palin can be seen here, add your voice.

Here's what I wrote:

As the mother of two young girls who holds my family's security, health and safety as my highest calling, I say no to Sarah Palin, as loudly and firmly as I possibly can. My objection to her is based not only on her conservative positions but also largely on her hypocrisy, and for what I feel are the lies she's telling about her record. The list is long, and the facts are easy to find, so I won't get into all of them here for the sake of brevity, but the two most blatant misrepresentations have been widely proven. She did not tell Congress "thanks but no thanks" regarding the "bridge to nowhere," as she stated in her address at the Republican National Convention; she did not say no to pork barrel spending, "championing reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress" (again, her words), she has asked for earmarks aplenty.

That aside, given McCain's age there is a real possibility that she could become our next president. Do we want a person who has only visited four countries in her life (one of those countries being Canada) to handle the complex foreign affairs that being president requires? That alone should give people severe pause, never mind her positions on abortion, gun control, and her absolutely abysmal environmental record. Mrs. Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton.

Frankly, if John McCain wins and Sarah Palin is just a heartbeat away from becoming president, I fear very deeply for the future of our country and the future of my two beautiful daughters. We are smarter than this, and we deserve better.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Fleming
Maplewood, NJ

Funny

© Mike Smith, Las Vegas Sun (via The New York Times Week in Review)

9/5/08

Recurrence


Fever 2007, top; Fever 2008, bottom

Edie got a summer fever last month and fell asleep on the couch in almost the same pose as the year before when, with a summer fever, she fell asleep on the couch. It's amazing to see the change in her face, and how in many ways she's still so unchanged. See here for another "one year later" recurrence.

Election equation

P.O.W. is to McCain as 9/11 is to Giuliani.

Pale Fire

Cracked pane, 2002

For the last couple of weeks I've been mulling over titles for my newest series and the two top runners are currently "Windowpane" and "Otherworld." The Windowpane title was inspired in part by the opening lines of Nabokov's Pale Fire, which begins:

I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
By the false azure in the windowpane;
I was the smudge of ashen fluff--and I
Lived on, flew on, in the reflected sky.

I read Pale Fire in college and decided to follow the book exactly: it's a postmodernist choose-your-own-adventure of sorts; each line of the poem by fictional writer John Shade links to "annotations" by the unreliable commentator/historian Charles Kinbote. One can skip around at random, visit some of the footnotes and not others, or vice versa, but I decided to go by the letter, visiting each page referenced to by the corresponding line in the poem, and I swear at the end there was a tiny rip in the fabric of the universe. I know, I know--I was nineteen and impressionable and all that jazz--and of course looking back I can no longer remember exactly what that peep into the unknown was like; all I do know is that everything felt washed clean for a short period of time, like a freshly Windexed window, pardon my obvious analogy.

Since then I often seem to have those Pale Fire opening couplets pop into my head at random times; something about the cadence and the import of the meaning sits well in my brain. I also am drawn to the implicit metaphors: the sense of the barrier caused by the window, and the division implied in the notion of the panes; you can see the world outside but are separate from it; you're both of and distanced from nature. Along with this comes the significance of glass: the geometric divisions, the ability to break the window and enter the world; sky and space seen in it, etc. All of this feels related to ideas behind my current work, in the way that I'm either manipulating nature or finding where there are patterns in the seemingly random; the symbolic value of everyday objects; our rituals and our desire to see order in the inanimate...Some of this isn't fully mapped out for me yet, but as I work on forming an artist statement, and seek to organize the images under the banner of a title, the concepts are crystallizing and I'll continue to be able to hopefully articulate more and more clearly the meaning behind the visuals.

"Otherworld" for more obvious reasons I think carries some of the same implications, which I won't elaborate on now, but I was amazed to visit my feed reader today and see a post entitled "the windowpane and the landscape" over on subjectify (I lately have been linking to Lexi's site quite often, I'll admit--there just seems to be some sort of synchronicity going on with me and that blog.) I hadn't remembered the Barthes quote she references, it's been ages since I read Camera Lucida, so it was enlightening as well as affirming to have the idea of the windowpane described in these terms:

"The Photograph belongs to that class of laminated objects whose two leaves cannot be separated without destroying them both: the windowpane and the landscape, and why not: Good and Evil, desire and its object: dualities we can conceive but not perceive."

Thus all signs seem to be pointing in the direction of using "Windowpane" as my latest title; I actually had it up very briefly on my site when I first made it live last week and then decided to simply stick with "New work," as I was unsure I was ready for the finality of using the title at that point. I think I'll ponder it a little while longer and play with a few other banners, stay tuned.

9/4/08

Phew

Just got my second delivery confirmation email of the day from Fed Ex--my prints are now safely in the hands of Melanie Flood and Justin Visnesky. Nice sigh of relief that my end is taken care of. With my website finished maybe I will have to fill my time with political blogging...(Really very seriously just kidding. Though I will say this: how does being a "maverick" jive with voting with Bush 95% of the time in 2007?)

Brea Souders opening



© Brea Souders

Brea Souders has some amazing work and now you can see it in person in her first solo show of the series "Time Between" at the Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement. I first saw Brea's work when the artists were announced for Pause, to Begin--I'll never forget looking at her image of spilled milk and that bowl of soup with the fly in it, so good. See more on her website and be sure to check out the show if you can; opening night is September 13 from 6:30-8pm, 466 Grand at Pitt in Manhattan. I can't be at the opening myself unfortunately, but plan to get into the city asap to visit her photographs in the flesh. 

9/2/08

Air Camera

"Daddy Air Camera: Canon 5D" is now up on Justin James Reed's site which challenges us photographers to create our own air camera shots. Above you'll see my wonderful husband, the illustrious James Worrell, fake photographing our lovely girls. Fun! 

Melanie Flood Projects opening


© Magdalena Fischer, top; © Catalina Bartolome, bottom

Be there or be square. Just about two weeks and counting until opening night so mark your calendars for Melanie Flood Projects' inaugural salon. Having had a couple of opportunities to hang out with Melanie herself I can vouch for how fantastic she is, so I'm sure it will not only be a great show, but also a great party. The big night will be on September 18th from 6-8pm at 186 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn; RSVPs are encouraged, email mfloodprojects@gmail.com. 

The salon will feature work by yours truly, Catalina Bartolome, Sari Carel, and Magdalena Fischer. The next show in October will be a solo exhibition by Austrian photographer Maximilian Haidacher.

The Exposure Project

© Ben Alper

Many thanks to Ben Alper of The Exposure Project for highlighting my work on the site here. Also be sure to check out Ben's work; he has some beautiful images, particularly in the gallery "Interiors." His image Crooked Lampshade (above) could be seen up on Flak Photo last week. The Exposure Project also has a great new collaborative project in the works called Graphic Intersections and they're looking for willing participants,  find all the details on how to become involved here. Sounds like a great way to get those creative juices flowing--I've sent along my email expressing my interest so here's hoping it works out, I always was a sucker for assignments.