Friday, March 30, 2012

When I was out walking Chuck.

I saw a hummingbird bathing and playing in a fountain. It was cool!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Size Counts or My Little Pony

Notice how big (or small) these horses are compared to the people with them.  Discuss?








Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A portrait is a likeness in which there's something wrong with the mouth.

In an attempt to avoid this kind of conundrum, I've decided to do a bunch of studies as a "rehearsal" for this portrait commission. I cant believe how much this is helping that I've done this! Here's what I have so far done: 










Thursday, March 22, 2012

Did the photographers who worked for the WPA exploit the subjects they were trying to help?


Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange were both photographers who were sent out during the Great Depression to document the poverty of that migrant farm workers and other lower income disenfranchised Americans were suffering from 


http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/lange/dor001.jpgIt would seem that there photographs were a social document that recorded as well as created a sympathetic point of view of these people's demise.  However, Stefanie Däne in her Source Based Project: “FSA Photography: Dorothea Lange &Walker Evans” from 2010 has suggested that these people

... they were actually exploited by the government as a form of propaganda. ... In order to the promote the advantages of family farming, the photographers were ... codes or present other taboo subjects such as child labour.30 Whereas there are ... by the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA),



I wonder if they were.  What do you think?

Right now at the Cantor Center for the Arts there is a wonderful show of Walker Evans Photographs.

Walker Evans

Walker Evans Photographs from Private Collection on View at Cantor Arts Center

February 1 – April 8, 2012

Stanford, Calif. – American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975), with his direct and unsentimental images of life on small-town streets, in New York subways, and on sharecroppers’ porches, inspired generations of photographers and helped shape contemporary art. The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents a broad survey of Evans’ 50-year career, drawn entirely from the collection of Elizabeth and Robert J. Fisher, MBA ’80. The exhibition, entitled “Walker Evans,” opens Feb. 1 and continues through April 8, 2012.

This exhibition encompasses not only Evans’ brilliant documentation of the Great Depression and his work with James Agee on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the landmark study of three tenant farm families in Alabama published in 1941, but also his little-known experimental photographs from 1928 to 1930; the subway series (1938–41) later published in the monograph Many Are Called; photo-essays for Fortune magazine (1945–65); and rare Polaroid SX-70 prints from his final years. The exhibition includes more than 125 vintage prints as well as an extensive selection of Evans’ original books and magazines. The progenitor of the documentary tradition in American photography, Evans had the extraordinary ability to see the present as if it were already the past, and to translate that knowledge and historically inflected vision into an enduring art.

Presentation of “Walker Evans” is made possible by the Center’s Clumeck Fund and Cantor Arts Center Members.

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View related programs.
WE_Farmer

Walker Evans,
Alabama Tenant Farmer, 1936. Gelatin silver print. Lent by Elizabeth and Robert J. Fisher, MBA ’80. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Walker Evans, Main Street, Saratoga Springs,
New York, 1931. Gelatin silver print. Lent by Elizabeth and Robert J. Fisher, MBA ’80.
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Walker Evans, Broadway, 1930. Gelatin silver print.
Lent by Elizabeth and Robert J. Fisher, MBA ’80.
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rembrandt, Self Portraits and Me

Self-Portrait with Shaded Eyes, 1634. Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669). Oil on wood; 70.8 x 55.2 cm. Private collection, New York

The exhibition
Rembrandt in America will be at The Cleveland Museum of Art through May 28, 2012, It is a rare opportunity to see many of the Rembrandt pieces that reside in American collections, all in one venue. 

This exhibition and my own art history class made me think about the tradition of self portraiture.  One of the wonderful things about Rembrandt's self portraits are an insight into his biography in which he goes from hedonistic libertine.



To middle age.



To financial ruin and his life on the margins of society.

Alright, I'm no Rembrandt but I did do a series of self portraits and maybe my self portraits give a little insight into me.  At least they helped me to learn something about painting!












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