Friday, November 02, 2007

So back to art explorations

and looking beyond a glossy ad in a magazine, this time for avant garde filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky and a still (above) from his 1996 film called Triste.
One of the reasons why I am exploring the ads in artforum is that I was finding myself glazing over the ads and not giving them much thought? I thought it would be fun to explore who the artist is and get out there with my camera and challenge myself.

I'm not unhappy with what I photographed, but it was the process of doing it that was more important rather than the end result. I don't have the skill to capture the " sense of impermanence and mystery" of nature in photographs or film, but I had fun trying. The danger of seeing an image in a mag is that we don't always see beyond the glossy image and don't get a sense of context or feel the impact (any of you shocked/surprised when you see a painting at a show and it is much smaller or larger than you thought). Photographs of Rothko's paintings will never capture the feeling one gets in a room full of his work. There is this wonderful quiet beauty and tranquility that a little glossy print in a magazine can never do justice. Same with seeing Ron Mueck's figures, which I hear evoke a whole range of emotions that a pic of them can't.
So I learned a little about Dorsky, had fun trying something new, and now have a new appreciation for the image in the magazine.

Just a side note. Talking about re-seeing an image I really like what Cedar Lee did on her blog entry titled Hypothetical Settings. Wow, what a difference seeing her paintings in a room, gives a completely new perspective of the paintings and how they work in various settings.

7 comments:

Janvangogh said...

The hypothetical settings is a good idea. Cedar Lee chose some really good ones.

How many times have I said they dont buy cause they can imagine it on their walls.

I think the photo you took has some great possibilities with some enhancing. With a little looking, I could start to see things in the image. So I would go in and make some a little easier to find. For instance, there appears to be a dancer mid leap.

Philip said...

I think it's also true of the photos on these blogs. I am sure everyone's work is infinitely better in real life.

Look forward to seeing more of your *purple* period. You could always listen to Prince whilst painting!

BillyWarhol said...

I like photographing while driving now* U never know what yer gonna get*

;))

It's good that yer Exploring tho thass always a good thing in Art*

The Lone Beader said...

Art is a continued exploration of the unknown... LOL.

Jafabrit said...

Jan,That is especially true of much of my work. People just can't imagine how they can incorporate it into their home. I am going to have to think about taking photos of my work in a similar context as Cedar's.

Hum, I do have purple rain philip :)

Hi thanks for dropping in Billy :) I try to always have my camera with me.

So true lone beader, every time we start a project LOL! I do know a few artists who don't and won't though.

emm said...

It's the doing of a thing that makes me feel alive- I'm not usually crazy about my end result. But then again, I love seeing the end result of other people's doings... I'm spending my Saturday morning visiting everybody's blogs to see what they have been up to this week, I am always inspired. Thanks so much Jafabrit!

Angela said...

Wonderful post! It's sooo fun to experiment! I love looking at your blog and seeing what you have made next. *HUGS*