Check out this awesome project that artist Irina Werning is currently taking on…. HERE
I would love to do this with a classic picture of me and my brother..
“If the choice is to be an artist or do something else, do something else. The real artists have no choice” -Betsy Schneider
It’s a week for photography here at ASU, so I thought it would be appropiate for me to advertise for the exciting photography shows that are going to be up on campus this week. The first is another BFA show at Gallery 100, called “Exposure,” the second is a student curated show called “Two-Fold” at Step Gallery and the third is a top secret surprise show at North Light Gallery.
“Exposure” is a BFA show at Gallery 100 that features the work of 8 students here at ASU. I am especially excited about this show because three of my friends are in this exhibition. I met Sarah Waite, first semester Freshmen year, in my very first photography class at ASU. Since then, we have taken a class or more together every single semester. Throughout the past four years, we have really watched each other grow as artists and her work is so refreshingly clever. (One day I will post pictures of her last photography project using candy in real-life scenarios) However, the work she has up at Gallery 100, is pretty much awesome. She has been photographing regular things, but transforming them into these beautiful and mystifying scenes that replicate outer space. There are a couple things I really love about these images, they are just so dark and colorful. These landscapes don’t present a space that is isolated and full of inter-galatic space crafts,but rather a colorful and mystical, naturalistic outer space. The kind of breathtaking unknown, that you wouldn’t be terrified to find yourself in. I also love that she is creating these imagined images of another world, from traces of our world. She transforms a coffee cup into a heated planet and an oil spill into a purply milky way.
She is not only creating intriguing photographs but is re-defining our perspective of the ordinary objects we see every day.
Kelly Griffin also has taken a couple of photography classes with me and I can confidently say I have never come across anyone else who uses color and light so perfectly. The work she has up this week is all about night life, and I really do love all the colors and moments she captures. The series is one-part highs and lows of college-life insanity and one-part eery and unsettling. It’s some kind of unattainable dance, photographs you can stare at forever and come up with a handful of different scenarios.
And that’s what I like about her work, she is so good at giving just enough information to let the meaning become unimportant enough to let the visual elements of the photograph overpower your sight.
Teresa Velencia is the third person I know in the BFA show, and she has been creating gigantic collages of the process of getting a tattoo. She basically has been spending all of her time at Club Tattoo, photographing people and the space as they get inked. The mere size of these images are intriguing and she does a great job at capturing the atmosphere and the moment.
“Two-Fold”, is a student curated show at Step Gallery featuring photographic alternative process work by Megan Chain, our photo club president, and Ester Lee. I have had classes with both of these girls, and although I haven’t seen the work for this particular show, I know by their reputation alone, that this is going to be a very impressive exhibition.
And the third photography event this week, is actually super top-secret. But I highly doubt this teacher will be googling his name between now and tomorrow, so I am going to let you guys in on the surprise.. but shhh. Jim Hajicek has been teaching at ASU for many, many years. He specializes in non-silver photography and has been super valuable to the photography program. He is retiring this year and has donated many prints and books to the Northlight Gallery collection. As a way to honor his accomplishments, Liz, my teacher and director of Northlight Gallery, has managed to collect a wide variety of his work over the past 50 years, including his graduate thesis work. Over this past weekend my class worked super hard to hang this work in the gallery. Tomorrow night, is the reception and I can not wait to see his face when he sees this retrospective honoring him, in the same building that he has spent working for so many years.
All three of these exhibitions will be having receptions Tuesday, 4/20, from 6-8 pm. They are all located on campus and if your in the area please come out and support!
The photographs are printed, matted, framed, and hung. The lights have been set. The food has been bought. All that’s left is for the clock to strike 6 pm tomorrow, (Tuesday March 23), for the reception of Persisting Events to begin. So, for the last time I am going to give you a couple more reasons to come out and support the ASU Photography program and check out some student work!
Persiting Events is a senior group exhibition featuring 7 photography students at Arizona State University. It deals with the individual subject matters that has dominated our work, as well as continue to persist upon us the change and ideas that we are developing as artists. Each day transforms into the next, making us examine the causes and effects of our lives. Isela Wong challenges us to think about how a marriage changes once the kids have grown up and moved out. Scott Snyder shows the consistencies within our days, a half eaten apple tossed on the ground one day, is photographed by another student, which is then re-photographed completing some kind of harmonious connection within his wall of 100 gridded photographs. Danielle Savedra shows the power of God in her collection, Naomi Spears replicates grafitti art, while Laura Spittler explores spiritual death and the scientific process of documenting forensics. and my work questions the effects toys have on the kids playing with them.
So if that didn’t convince you… Here is my
Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss This Show
10. This is our senior show, so for many this is our last body of work as students and its shows what we have learned and how we have grown.
9. There will be sparkling punch, cheese, hummus, crackers, fruits, and cookies!
8. It’s an excuse to look nice and socialize with the artists in the area
7. The ASU Art Museum, Step Gallery, and Northlight Gallery are all open late on Tuesday’s too, so you can do a mini art walk
6. You have nothing else to do on a Tuesday night.
5. It’s right off Mill which offers many places to eat and drink before or after!
4. Looking at Art is good for the Heart!
3. You Love me.
2. We put A LOT of time and work into the success of this show.
and Reason Number 1. You don’t want to miss Scott Snyder‘s wall of 100 4×6 Photographs recording his day to day life over the past two months, Pattie Harmdierk‘s psychedelic and vibrant huge color photographs, Laura Spittler‘s exploration of death and her artistic take on forensic photography documentation, Danielle Savedra‘s wall of her involvement with her Church, Naomi Spear‘s graffiti inspired images, Isela Wong‘s profound and engaging portraits of her parents, and My work depicting miniature toy soldiers and the relationship they form with excerpts written from my brother who is a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army!!
* The Reception is at Gallery 100, located on the corner of University and Mill in the same red building as Saks Sandwhiches. It is a come and go, that will begin at 6 and end at 8! Please ask if there are any other questions!
Recently a girl in my class created some body portraits using the camera built into her MacBook Pro computer. Her project challenges the credibility of our medium and our art. With the boom of technology creating a photograph is not only much more accessible, but it also transforms everyone into an artist, it has created competition. This has led me to this new project I have been working on. For the past week I have been using my Iphone as my primary camera, even editing my photographs through an application offered. This changes the way I work, the way I create. Although I try to carry my SLR camera with me, my Iphone is much more convenient. My editing process has been reduced to a couple minutes directly after the moment, rather then hours spent on photoshop or in the darkroom dodging and burning and color correcting. My true challenge is making the connections between each photograph through a conceptual bond. I have no clue what I am going to do with this project or what it is for, but for the time being I am really interested in some of the products. Here is some of the work I have done so far. Please let me know what you think, Comments are always appreciated!