On this gallery visit their are many young artists on display modern sculpture and all sorts of material being used. There is one which I loved and I have filed the technique for evaluation at a lager date. It is a series by
Robert Milelenhausen of bikes around NYC. Old bikes tied to various lamp posts railings. There are a few things that stuck out to me. The mixed media of painting and photo where it is hard to tell where one begins and the other ends however very effective. I was lucky enough to meet the artist while I was there and he explained to me how each picture was on the back of an old wooden door. It was interesting how such a simple subject was portrayed in I would say a romantic light. Each bike makes you think of who owns it. Where have the taken it to. Are they visiting a friend a love and the bike remains faithfully outside. Many of them are old bikes and have had other owners they have stories to tell. I liked the titles “Lingering thoughts” and “New Morning” for example they already make us think.
See what you think for yourself. The gallery is at 548 west 28th street NYC
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Other Galleries Visited
Pace MacGill featuring Irving Penn NYC
Mai Hao Gallery Hungary
Lumas Gallery NYC
I often find myself very confused with modern art. I admit that this is probably due to my own ignorance of the subject and so I am working on this. I realise that modern art can cover a multitude and so I am trying to understand what can go under this umbrella. I also realise that goes a long way. So I have been spending some time researching modern artists. So far I find I am less inclined towards the abstract however in photography and also in painting as it is sometimes hard to separate the two I love the portrayal of everyday life. This varies from country to country as a constant traveller due to my work what I find exotic and interesting is everyday life for another person. I am personally categorising this as travel. I am looking towards the modern in everyday life that relates to me or similar. How to portray an everyday moment of beauty or not in an original way.
French artist who loves to take pictures in the rain. I am also paying attention to the booklet which accompanied my visit to the gallery which I might note is lacking on many gallery visits and so then I must rely on the internet to enlighten me.
The text the accompanies his images show the romantic side and the feeling of being an observer on the streets of a city when it rains. Most people do not look they take shelter in their homes or rush to get back to their homes without taking in the scene. Rain can create beautiful images. Glistening light with less people around. Christophe has shown us what seems like another world the one in the rain.
Fashion Guru. His images are strong beautiful and original. This particular one was hanging in the gallery. Its cheeky and funny. It shows beauty and confidence in the woman it portrays as does much of his other work. You cannot help but smile at the cheekyness of the shot.
This artist is the perfect example of a modern artist which is very original. He shows passing moments in urban life blurred, unclear and moving as is the world of the city.
I have seen her displayed at the Miami Art Basel week and now here again at Lumas. Interesting ideas.
What have I been seeing at these galleries. Multi media, constructed on computers, constructed on rubble. A combination of photos, painting, media. I feel I am a purist when it comes to photography however I maintain an open mind. If you get a chance to visit Lumas apart from what is on display. They have endless ammounts of images for sale on their files which you can look through. If only I lived in New York. I would also keep an eye on this gallery if you are in the market for affordable up and coming art.
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Other Gallery Visits
Pace MacGill featuring Irving Penn NYC
Mai Hao Gallery Hungary
I have recently been lucky enough to go and see an exhibit of Penns in New York. Penn on assignment at the PaceMcgill Gallery. It was interesting to also read how Penn would spend days on a fashion piece trying to ensure it was completely original sometimes a little surprising. For example there is the image of a wasp on a pair of freshly pressed with lipstick models lips. A cream poured over a models head. Along with other contemporary fashion shots where particularly Penns use of light is very distinctive.
Penns travel pieces and portraits always trying to tell us something.
One piece which stuck out to me was “The hand of Miles Davis” these pieces of a hand where we can see every crease and line in this hand. The light alone in the image attracts you and it is the first piece that you see as you enter the gallery a prelude to what is to follow. The images are displayed simply and categorically on the walls as the pictures speak for themselves. Most images are printed on Gelatin Silver print.
I was researching Irving Penn of which he has a great selection of the most amazing portraits trying to understand the light. This picture initially caught my attention for its amazing light and the freckles on this models face. However it is the reflection in the eyes which held my attention. The light which goes down the nose and sits on her lips also makes me continue to look at this image.
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Gary Vinogrand 1928 to 1984
Particularly known for his portrayal of American life in the 1960’s many of his photos show the social issues and its portrayal by and influence of the media. Note in Winogrands Images there seems to be a sense of movment, action things happening.
Image one Notice the hands are moving in various directions and this gives us a say of looking around the image. The Gentleman is facing the girl and the girl is looking out of the frame leading us to believe there is more going on than what we see. The curves and circles on the wall paper help in to increase the sense of movement.
Image two there seems to be a central point in the hard had at the epicenter of the image. There are then arms and flags pointing in all directions leading us around the image and back. As my eyes dart back and forward in the image it gives me a sense of chaos and of action. The sign with writing gives us a clue as to the event noted also we can see a child and woman in the forefront showing us it is an event attended by all.
Here we see the eyes are used as vectors and communicate that there are more things going on outside the frams. Shapes created by the hands. Note the car behind giving us an indication of the time. The photograph these are all clues that make us curious what is the photo about.
This photograph of a woman laughing yes we would like to know why it seems just a genuine heartfelt laugh. The manequin behind of a man creates curiousity and makes me want to look longer at the image.
The air and arms moving in the same direction give a sense of movement. The line on the road leads us to the building behind. The car going in the opposite direcion of the womans hair.
There are so many details here in the dress and action of the people. The arms and legs bring us around the image in the forefront and the line going diagonally across the image punctuated with the line of small points of people in the background.
Dan Weiner 1919 to 1959 Weiner served in the Armed forces in WWII and it was after this he became a photojournalist.
He worked for fortune Magazine.
“Following the war, he pursued work as a photojournalist, refining his belief that the photographer has a moral responsibility to illuminate social ills and to comment on significant events in history. Weiner’s goals encountered opposition from magazine editors, who routinely cropped, resized and altered his images, using them in a context not originally intended. ” http://www.robertmann.com/artists/weiner/about.html
What I see in Weiners photo from street shots to important events is a clarity of shot. Each shot is the perfect picture for what it portrays. I have selected a few of my favourite shots taken from http://www.robertmann.com In the first shot of Martin Luther King Jr speaking in a church about the bus boycott 1956 we can see the speaker the people attending how they are dressed the Chapel itself. There is little left to the imagination except we are left wondering how the story evolves and a great wealth of detail to read it keeps you looking at every hat and face in the image. The other street shots again the detail the cloths they wore and a little bit of history told. The picture of snow I love for the detail of every bit of snow falling can be seen in the lines on the image.
Gail Albert Halaban
Again researching for my trip to the new york galleries this artist came up. It is interesting as currently I am studying light and this artists images often taken from outside a window shows the light from inside the warmth and leaves you with the desire to look inside each one.
Through my window. Views into the window of other people’s homes. All look warm and inviting.
Her portraits show every day family situations in a beautiful way. Colours are vibrant people and place beautiful. Her depictions of motherhood beautiful. It seems to me very commercial while also contemporary.
- Gail Albert Halaban
Light Assignment four
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My Research of this artist came about due to organising a trip to New York as I was choosing the galleries all past and present artist exhibited at some of the largest galleries.
Andres image in her Sparrow lane exhibit are using girls usually on the cusp of Adolescence. There is a sense of anxiety in her image like what the girls are doing or about to discover is forbidden. Despite beautiful, clothes, hair, and bright colours there is anxiety in all of these image. These are staged images and yet I feel the anxiety the fear of being caught doing something I should not is passed to me through the images. I love also the great saturation of colour and the use of strong bold colours in all her image.
In the above image note the almost golden light coming out of the drawer indicating as if there is treasure illuminated in the drawer. Is this the treasure of knowledge. Outside the door is dark and there seems almost like a ghostly figure there it adds to the psychological effect. The girls are all perched anxious there hands and even fingers showing the anxiety. The line of the bannister here leads us directly to the girl looking in the drawer before then looking at the rest of the image and understanding the sense of forbidden of their actions.
Again the great use of light on the childs face to me could represent the delight in the forbidden or hidden secrets in the bag she is looking into. The sense of looking for something heightened by the girl looking under the bed. Mystery and anxiety are created in the image.
Although we know the images are staged the expression of the girls face rings true. the line created from her to the other girls until we see one of them climbing into an attic area. There is suspense a sense of danger here.
Before I noticed the scissors in this image which was the last thing I saw I noticed the stance of the girl in black legs apart almost on her toes, fingers outstretched they give a sense of anxiety. The reflection of the youngest girl in the mirror shows fear.
The forbidden room this image does not really need a title. We can see from the girls expressions the anticipation before entering the room. The large key in the small hand of the little girl indicating this is not a key she is old enough yet to hold.
As I am currently studying light Andres uses light in a fascinating way in this image how the light shines on the girls and creates shadows behind all adding to the interest of the image. I have used this as inspiration in Assignment 4 my colour and unusual light. It is not the same technique however the spot light shining on the hand bag which the little girl is holding looks like gold light is coming out of it. It made me think of an idea for my basil leaf in Assignment three. I have bounced the flash light off a yellow item which reflected yellow onto my leaf. I wanted to give a feeling of spring, fresh and crisp. The flavour and small off the basil.
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