Here are a few circles for you. Sorry that I haven't been that present recently. The exhibit as well as other things have been keeping me quite busy. Speaking of my exhibit it's only 10 days till the vernissage! Thursday October 9th is the big day. That night I will be hosting whomever wishes to drop by between 6 and 9 pm. The address is 372 St Catherine Street West (Belgo Building), suite #421. (in Montreal of course)
Monday, September 29, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
When taking the above photos I was heavily influenced by a new aesthetic that I have been noticing more and more in the past year. I don't know what to call it but the images I'm talking about are often dark; can include fire, crystals, rainbows or prisms; and seem to be about fantasy. To see what I'm talking about check out Noel Rodo-Vankeulen's Nocturne series, Hannah Whitaker, Tim Davis, and Jason Lazarus. I don't have a firm grasp on what this is all about or where it comes from but upon talking to an old photo prof of mine about a class that he is creating (on how new developments in photographic technology have affected our aesthetic throughout photographic history) a lightbulb lit up in my head. Does this have to do with the advent of digital photography? Since digital cameras don't have the latitude that film does we often underexpose in order to keep some information in the highlights. This results in overall darker images and maybe this is why we are seeing photographers embrace deep and dark shadows. Or maybe it is simply due to the fact that shooting digitally we rely on computer chips and zeros and ones, and how the camera that used to just be a box has now become a magical thing. Are photographers trying to express how this technology shift is psychologically effecting their relationship to the medium? Or maybe it's about the prevalence of Photoshop in photography? Or maybe it's the influence of video games? Or maybe it's none of these things. Maybe it's about something much deeper that I'm just not getting, and as Joerg says at the end of the day the medium shouldn't be the message. What do you think?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I can't sleep so these dreamlike moths seem like the right reference. This image was taken in a campsite bathroom looking up through the skylight. All the moths in this particular bathroom were white, like little snowflakes floating around (that's the tiredness talking). And all the moths just outside the doors of the bathroom were the usual brown. As a lapsed biologist I found this mini lesson in evolution to be fascinating.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Former Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. At his book launch about a year ago this week.
These days a lot of art, photo, design, etc. bloggers to the south are using their blogs to talk politics, and I don't blame them. If not now then when. Well we too have an upcoming election and should the Conservatives once again take the lead there is no doubt that arts and culture funding will continue to suffer, if not suffocate. Check out this open letter to the Prime Minister by Wajdi Mouawad (courtesy of Carl Wilson's blog).
Posted by Kate Hutchinson at 9:54 PM