Honors History of Photography

Post your comments, reviews and critiques below. As stated in the course syllabus, reviews should be at least one paragraph in length (approx 250 words) and follow the general guidelines presented in course handouts, including: Talking and Writing about Art.

Again, this format is informal and the comments should be brief and concise. This is not a space for lengthy discourse or academic writing. I expect you to write as you would speak in class and elaborate beyond “I like…” or “, (the work) is awesome”. Be descriptive and specific in response to both the formal and conceptual elements of the work(s).



132 Responses to Honors History of Photography

  1. Danielle Habiby says:

    Danielle Habiby
    Critique #8
    On the second floor of Rowan University’s Westby Hall, there is a room used for student exhibits. A few weeks a student named Monica Biggs created a display in this room named “Validation”. It was based on two different chairs. One was smaller and bright while the other was larger and a darker, brown color. The two chairs were placed in the center of the room and on the walls were photos featuring the two chairs in various environments. I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit because of the simplicity of it. The photos each contained only one of the chairs and they weren’t busy photos. For example, one of the photos featured the smaller, red chair in a self-service car wash with soap all over it and water around it. There weren’t any people and it wasn’t too complicated. The exhibit was refined and I really enjoyed that. There was only one medium, photography, which I thought worked well for the theme. I enjoyed each photo taken with the chairs and that the chairs were placed in the exhibit. I liked how I could look at the photos with the chairs and compare it to the real size and color. Throughout this class I have come to appreciate more types of art and have developed a desire to go see more exhibits. By the end of the semester, I would go into the Black box exhibit space on the first floor of Westby and the student exhibit space on the second floor just to see what type of art was in there that week. They ranged from multiple student, critiqued shows, to a show featuring real pig heads. This variety of different types of art has really expanded my horizons and opened up my mind to different types of art.

  2. Kyle Grootenboer says:

    Kyle Grootenboer
    Honors History of Photography
    Critique 8 – Senses Fail “Renacer”
    For my previous critique I decided to talk about album artwork from one of my favorite bands Rise Against. I really enjoyed figuring out how the photographer interpreted the meaning of the album and portrayed it through a single image. For this reason, and because music is such a big part of my life, I decided to discuss the album cover to Senses Fail’s album “Renacer” for my final critique.
    Senses Fail generally focuses their music around the darker side of human emotions such as heartbreak, loss, and even problems with addiction which stem from the singer Buddy Neilsen’s personal experiences. This album however presented a different message. Neilsen has “found peace” in the past few years and wanted to invite others to do the same. The album’s name even means rebirth in Spanish.
    Knowing the message of the album makes the cover art much easier to interpret in my opinion and now I can discuss the photographer’s choices in setting up the image. The picture shows the sun just barely shining through a line of trees onto a foggy field. The sun is projecting yellow light and the surrounding darkness and trees appear to have a purple hue to them. Yellow and purple are contrasting colors and I feel like this lends to the beauty of this picture and also helps to define the difference between the light and surrounding darkness. In my opinion, the sun is meant to represent the idea of rebirth. Although the sun sets every day, it will always rise again tomorrow. I believe that this is symbolic of the struggles we all face in our lives; no matter how bad things seem, there is always the chance for redemption and the chance to rise up again. I also think that the sun is behind the trees because it is in the process of rising which is representative of the fact that finding peace with yourself and this world can be a long process but just as the sun will reach eventually the top of the sky and bring light to everything, so too can we find our inner light with time.

  3. Johnny Haddad says:

    Final Critique #8 (spoiler alerts for The Amazing Spiderman 2)

    I don’t even know where to begin. Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spiderman 2 was phenomenal. It was everything a true comic book fan could ask for. The way they make Spiderman a jokester while fighting crime is exactly how Peter Parker is supposed to be. The filming and quality was spot on and action packed. They put the film into slow motion at moments where you witness Spiderman’s true 6th sense (spider sense) and he manages to save so many people in a second from electro’s blast. The problem with the old spiderman movies was that Tobey Maguire brought no life to Peter Parker or Spiderman. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone makes Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey’s romantic relationship feel so enchanted. The audience grows so attached to how beautiful their relationship is in this film. And for those who know that Gwen Stacey dies in the comics, the movie is extremely suspenseful throughout the entire film up until the event. The whole time i was sitting there, i just kept thinking that they weren’t going to have Gwen die in the movie because their relationship was so crucial to the movie, but the moment we see Gwen Stacey appear in her green jacket and purple skirt (the same outfit in the comic when she died), we knew what was coming. When Gwen is falling to her death, and Spiderman shoots a web to save her, just like in the comic, the tension of the web is to great when it reaches her and she snaps her neck at the end of the fall. Everyone in the theater went quiet when they realized what just happened. Even knowing that it was going to happen, my heart still sank. You see, Spiderman’s life is supposed to be miserable just like in the comics. He faces death after death of loved ones with guilt that never seems to stop building. After Gwen’s death, Spiderman disappears for months, and Peter spends every moment at the cemetery mourning. While laying depressed in his room, he takes out the tape of Gwen’s graduation speech and hears how she says that everyone needs to hold on to hope and stand up to become each other’s hope. At the same time down in the city, Rhino is causing chaos and a little boy steps onto the road in a spiderman costume. Everyone is terrified and the mother is screaming for her child’s safety as Rhino faces the child and takes out his weapons. Then comes the return of Spiderman, and he thanks the little kid for standing up and tells him he’ll take it from here. Even though I was at first skeptical of Andrew Garfield being a less nerdy Peter Parker, I now know he brings justice to the role of the amazing Spiderman.

  4. Aaron Sorin says:

    Aaron Sorin
    Critique 6

    The student gallery in Westby Hall is currently exhibiting this school year’s senior design show, Convergence. On display at the show are 37 graphic design projects that were created by various Rowan seniors. I found this show to be uniquely intriguing because it is overwhelmingly centered on science related subjects, which interest me, as an engineering major. Of the 37 projects, about 22 were related to science, technology or the environment and each seemed to have the goal of marketing information to a target audience. Because I am drawn to scientific subjects, I enjoy getting to learn new things, and because a majority of the pieces in this exhibition are aimed at informing the audience, I was drawn to many of the works.
    Just because the pieces relay information to a viewer, doesn’t mean that the piece has a serious nature. A decent portion of the designs exuded a light and airy vibe and exhibit “fun” information, and these pieces work well to balance out the serious ones. The serious nature and somber tone of the piece Sickle Cell Anemia is counteracted by Timeline of the Time Lords, which is a piece about the different actors that play the main character from a popular science fiction television series. My favorite piece from the show was 400 Infograph, by Kevin Alves, which is a poster that analyzes the 400 most significant goals scored by a famous soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo. This piece appealed to me because it takes soccer and statistics and blends them into a multifaceted piece of art. Each element of the poster focuses on the analytics of Ronaldo’s goals, with the main element of the poster being a map of where each of the goals was scored from and how the play originated. The artist also uses a variety of methods, such as bar graphs, circle charts and tables of percentages, to interpret the data.
    Soccer and math are two of my passions, so blending one with the other allowed me to understand and appreciate the work as a whole. It was a well-executed piece, in a well-executed exhibition. The central theme of the show works well with the balance of serious and fun pieces, because there are many serious topics in the sciences as well as plenty of cool and goofy topics. Graphic design allows the artist great freedom, so combining this art form with the wide reaching field of the sciences, created a visually and emotionally pleasing experience.

  5. Paul Rothlauf says:

    Paul Rothlauf
    A work by Gwendolyn Salas, located in the upstairs of Westby Hall, caught my eye today. I decided that the last review I do for this course will be one on something that I really enjoyed, not just for its artistic characteristics. This piece is entitled Step Brothers Wine, and appealed very much to me for a few reasons. This work of art is a wooden box containing wine bottles. The box is constructed from wood and stuffed with hay. The box contains different colored wine bottles with quotes on them as the labels. The quotes are hilarious lines from the movie Step Brothers, which happens to actually be my favorite movie of all time. The quotes made me reminisce to when the movie first came out and the memories I have from watching it with my family. A piece that can make you think back in your life, or that you can relate to, is a truly well thought through piece of art. There is also a small sign near the piece that reads, “It’s the f****** Catalina Wine Mixer,” a famous part of the movie. This piece appeals to me because it was ironic and well thought through. The movie spends little time on the Catalina Wine Mixer, and having this piece use wine bottles to display quotes from the movie really makes the piece comical. I can appreciate this piece for different reasons, as well. The box that holds the wine bottles was constructed from wood. This was not an intricate box or design, but I can appreciate it because it is sized perfectly for the bottles. Because the design of the box is so simple, it does not take away from the main part of the piece. In fact, it helps to focus in on the quotes. The piece is not a famous one, nor will it likely ever be, but I really appreciated it because I could personally relate to it and because it gave me a hearty and happy laugh. There aren’t a lot of things in life that can surprise you in this way, but if you have ever seen the movie and enjoyed it, this piece will probably give you a similar feeling.

  6. Andrew Rocco says:

    The works of Ansel Adams are some of the most beautiful and carefully crafted photos of the American landscape. In a world full of technology, it is refreshing to experience our nation’s national parks from such a unique perspective. Adams creates scenes which incorporate not only beautiful composition but also wonderful imagery. Although landscapes are very popular subjects in photography, Adams goes beyond to create masterpieces. The artist obviously worked tremendously hard to find the perfect location and angle for many of his shots. In one set of photos, Adams turned his camera toward Glacier National Park in Montana. These images depict the beautiful lakes and mountains of Montana and truly represent a section of untouched land in the northwest. Even when it was popular to examine city life, Adams still chose to depict the mountains and lakes of the national parks. Adams photograph Tenaya Creek, Dogwood, Rain is a beautiful photo which incorporates artistic composition and a strong representation of nature. Unlike some of his other more planned images, this one is unique because of its spontaneity and organic nature. The image depicts a small stream, a forrest and a mountain in the background. It is, for some reason, personal and yet still breathtaking. The viewer is immediately captured by the small stream running through the middle of the image diagonally. However, there is so much to this image that it is hard to describe justly. Nevertheless, when it is viewed, you are overcome with a sense of peace and tranquility. Looking at it, the sounds of the creek and smell of the air become almost real. Whether Adams intention or not, this image captivates the viewer and invokes an emotional response.

  7. Patrick Bik says:

    Critique 8

    For my final critique, I chose a piece by Keith Yahrling, a local photographer from Camden, NJ. One of Yahrling’s pieces, titled “Revel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey,” is a photograph displaying exactly what is stated in the title, the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. I found this piece interesting because Yahrling photographs the Revel Casino from an unconventional point of view. Rather than capturing a glamorous image of the casino’s entrance from its popular beachfront location, Yahrling photographs the uncharted back of the casino. His image includes four homes that are located directly behind the casino. The Revel Casino, which is located on the left in the image, is the furthest structure in the photograph. Yahrling’s positioning not only displays the casino’s height, but it also provides depth within the image. Although the piece is called “Revel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey,” the four working class homes captured by Yahrling are the focal point of the image. I believe Yahrling’s piece exhibits irony and sends a powerful message: although many working class families live within close proximity of five-star resorts and casinos, they most likely have not experienced the luxurious accommodations that are made available to those who can afford it. The casino’s dynamic architecture and clean appearance belittle the surrounding single-family homes within the photograph. I respect Yahrling’s creative ability to capture irony in his photography. He captures an authentic photograph that would never be displayed in advertisements and brings forth the social problem of poverty that most partygoers fail to recognize during their visit to Atlantic City, NJ.

  8. Mark Errera says:

    Mark Errera
    Critique #8
    2014 United States Men’s National Team World Cup Jersey’s -Home and Away
    Created by Nike

    Every four years, the world unites on the international stage in a celebration of the the most popular game in the world-soccer (football as it is known around the world.) The World Cup is known by many as the greatest sporting tournament of all, and each year there are always cheers, tears, and usually controversy. This year, the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) has qualified, and Nike has released their home and away jerseys.

    Nike released the USMNT’s home jersey before the away one. And to my disappointment, along with many others, the home jersey was boring. It is basically a polo shirt. A plain white polo shirt. An article by twitter writer blazindw very well summed up how I was feeling. It said that the white jersey’s lacked any kind of identity. Especially for a nation such as the US that does not have a strong soccer following. The author said the United States should have a jersey that can be recognized from a block away. Perhaps Nike took this reaction, along with others, and created the away jersey.

    The away jersey for the USMNT is everything that the home jersey is not. It is patriotic, different, stands out, and most importantly gives the United States an identity. The away jersey has a blue top, followed by a thick white stripe, then red the rest of the way down the jersey. Additionally, the shorts and socks of the jersey are red. This is what we were looking for in a jersey, one that will be recognized on an international stage. The creators of this jersey did a job well done.

    Overall, I am happy that at least one of the jersey that the Untied States will be wearing will be noticeable, and give us some kind of identity. The USMNT will wear both jerseys proudly into battle and hopefully will represent our nation with respect.

  9. Anthony Horvath says:

    This last critique will be on the subject of Tom Nussbaum’s Heads and Tails Exhibit. In particular this critique will focus on his drawings. These drawings are very simple. Many are just a few pencil strokes to make some form of stick figure person. Though, to reach these simple drawings he starts off with one drawing and then re draws it several times. This is a very interesting technique. Each redrawing leads to unnecessary lines being removed until it is very simple. Being that it is this simple there is not much to it: white paper, gray pencil, basic form. It is interesting but not that impressive with no long lasting impression. What you see is what you get from these works. What is interesting is when he makes a sculpture from these drawings. The sculpture gives life to the very basic form of the drawing which is impressive. The sculpture gains an identity from the lifelessness of the drawing and does leave an impression on the viewer.

  10. Johnny Haddad says:

    Critique # 7

    I am currently reading the first volume of a comic book, Invincible, penciled by Cory Walker, colored by Bill Crabtree, and written by the creator of the Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman. Firstly, i would just like to point out that the artwork for this comic is very intriguing, different, but intriguing. You notice that the artists include very little details and features that normally aren’t added to cartoon figures, such as cheekbone lining, the canthus at the corners of the eyes, and the creases in the character’s ears. I also happened to notice that the artists add shadow tone to the characters and even change it when they’re in different positions. The artists give life to the characters in this comic and I’m always able to almost understand how the characters are supposed to be feeling by the expressions drawn on their faces. When it comes to the plot, I’m actually thoroughly enjoying it so far which i hadn’t expected to since Image isn’t nearly as popular as DC or Marvel. The main character’s name is Mark Grayson, and he is son of the world’s strongest superhero who happens to come from a different planet far away that holds a Utopian society. Mark is a senior in high school and he is beginning to gain his superpowers of flight, super speed, and strength. The title of the comic is based on his superhero name, Invincible. Soon after he discovers his powers, he finds a group of other superhero teenagers while stopping a burglar. Mark realizes that these superheroes happen to also be in his high school. He joins their team and is helping them with the current situation of who’s behind the several bombs going off in the city every week.

  11. Christine Collins says:

    Christine Collins
    Final Honors History of Photography Critique
    April 2014

    This semester’s photo class has definitely opened my eyes to the importance of photography, the definition of photography, and the ways in which photography has shaped the history of the world we live in today. I wasn’t sure in what direction I wanted to take my last critique for this class. It seemed like there was an overabundance of great work out there for me to examine and write about!

    Upon a lot of googling, I came across the following website:

    This website in particular caught my attention because of it’s use of the term “rare photo”. For me, when I think of the word rare, I think of an object such as a grandmother’s 200-year-old locket, or buried treasure. I never really thought of a photo as being rare, mostly because we can distribute them so easily, from Facebook and e-mail to even text messaging, now photos can be sent from person to person in milliseconds.

    What I came to realize however, was that the website was not showing physical photos the way I was thinking of them but, more showing precious moments. Some of my favorites depicted on the website included, “Hats in New York, 1930”, “Easter Eggs for Hitler”, and “When the first bananas came to Norway”. Each predicted a rare moment, something that was probably never again to happen in history.

    I think that’s the beauty and fundamental importance of photography. It is how everything captured is a rare moment. It is a part of time that will never come again. People age, they grow, they get facial hair, they graduate school, they get jobs, they have grandchildren, and they die. Buildings change, they wither and crumble. However a photo can remain to document the rarity and unique moments and things from the past. This is the basis of what I learned this semester in our History of Photography class, as well as through looking at websites such as rarehistoricalphotos.org. Through examining photos throughout history, I was not only able to learn about the different time periods, but see the rare moments, and obtain a true understand of the emotions and atmosphere of the past.

  12. Daniel Choyce says:

    Critique #8
    Seaside Heights: Dino- Amy Becker
    As my previous post about Becker stated, I am a fan of her humor. Only through laughter and, consequently, happiness can we make it past a tragic circumstance. Like “Have Fun”, “Seaside Heights: Dino” attempts to present a humorous take on the tragedy surrounding Hurricane Sandy. The mass destruction and heart-ache of that storm falls way to an interesting perspective of the destruction. Lighted by a dreary sky, a large, dark green T-Rex looms over the decimated boardwalk, as if it had ran through it and was on its second round through to make sure nothing was left standing. Instead of a hurricane, Godzilla was responsible for the destruction strewn about the dino’s feet. What makes this even more interesting is the sky. Its as if it might storm (like Sandy), but the T-Rex got to the area first to destroy it. This, at least for me, is a funny dichotomy. As we look upon the dinosaur, Becker almost tries to convince us that, for this part of the boardwalk at the least, this monster was responsible for the catastrophe.Beyond the humor, Becker is trying to use this dinosaur to accurately portray how many along the New Jersey shore have come to illustrate Hurricane Sandy to others who may be unaware of the pure power that came along with the storm. In essence, the dino is responsible for the destruction because the dino is Hurricane Sandy.

  13. Daniel Choyce says:

    Critique #7
    Untitled #3-John Decker
    What John Decker does different in this image (compared to the other photos displayed in the Perkins center) is displaying a sense of adventure and discovery. The two boys are barely visible as they walk across what looks to be a barren untouched desert landscape. This gives the viewer a sense that these two children are really on their own, trekking across this desert to an unknown destination. The fact that they almost blend into the background adds to this feeling that they are merely apart of the view, rather than the center of the picture. While their forms are clearly comprehensible (lighted by the beautiful sunset behind them), they are simply placed there for scale. Beyond and around the boys is the beige sand that Decker actually wants us to recognize and discover for ourselves. We are meant to be a part of the image, instead of just a witness to it. We are the adventurers and the boys are just a part of our expedition team. The lighting in the photo (stemming, of course, from the sunset that was mentioned prior) gives us a sense of optimism and peacefulness. The soft colors are almost hypnotizing and place the audience into a trance. It is meant to inspire imagination and give us a place to escape to.

  14. Danielle Habiby says:

    Danielle Habiby
    Critique #7
    In the Rowan Black Box exhibit area a show named “Continuance” on display by an artist named Emily Peterson. The exhibit was simple and easy on the eyes. It featured four white mannequins, all dressed in white gowns. One had the head on and the other three did not have their heads. The mannequin with the head on did not have any extraneous jewelry while the other ones did. Each of the other three had some type of jewelry on that ranged from floral to metal work. I enjoyed this exhibit because of its simplicity and naturalness of it. Not only were the dresses the mannequins had on nice, but the jewelry was also unique. I assume the display was focused on the jewelry but I liked how the jewelry was not just placed in a display case to look at. The whole display created a distinctive ambiance within the exhibit and made the viewer feel more inclined to get up close to the jewelry. I enjoyed how intricately the jewelry was placed on the mannequins. It was evident that time was taken to put the jewelry on the mannequins in a meticulous way. Overall the exhibit was very enjoyable and I am very glad there are opportunities almost every week to see different art such as this.

  15. Kyle Grootenboer says:

    Kyle Grootenboer
    Honors History of Photography
    Critique 7 – Rise Against “Endgame”
    Ever since I first saw one of their music videos on MTV when I was in middle school, Rise Against has been one of my favorite bands. Their aggressive punk sound was what enticed me at first, but it was their powerful and meaningful lyrics that have kept me a fan all these years. The members of the band are all members of PETA and have a strong love for the environment and the world we live in and this shows through all of their songs. Their latest album “Endgame” is about the idea that it is too late to save ourselves. The way we live, laying waste to the environment and burning through resources, is doomed to fail. Though this sounds like a bleak future, the album has a hopeful message that perhaps we can serve as an example to the “new world” that emerges from the ashes of our civilizations as how not to live.
    The cover art photography for this album, taken by Evan Hunt, does a good job of conveying this message. The little boy holding the American flag can be seen as the new generations that will rise up out of the mess that we have made of the world. The American flag represents a vestige of the “old world”, our legacy, that the new civilizations will carry with them as example of what to do and what not to do. The little boy seems to be lost and the house seen in the distance can offer him refuge. The house shows that the future is uncertain but that there is hope to be saved. I also appreciate the photographer’s use of color and perspective. Most of the picture is lacks color such as the almost monochromatic wheat field that the boy is standing in, the gray sky, the brown house in the distance, and even the boy’s brown shirt. The only thing that is really colorful is the American flag that the boy holds which draws the viewer’s eye to that important part of the picture but the colors are dulled and the flag is not entirely in focus so that it does not distract the viewer from the remainder of the image. In terms of perspective, the boy is the only thing in the foreground, but he seems to be looking off in the direction of the house which in turn causes us to follow his gaze and see the house ourselves.

    Below is a link to the image:

  16. Paul Rothlauf says:

    Paul Rothlauf
    In Rowan’s Art Gallery, Tom Nussbaum’s works are on display. This is the second review I am writing on his works, as I seem to be very intrigued with his drawings. Each one of Nussbaum’s drawings is extremely simple, no more than a white background and a few strokes of a pencil. The drawings are all directly in the center of the Bristol plate and do not deviate from this convention in any case at all. I am unsure of the titles of the works that these critiques are about, so instead, I will describe the drawings thoroughly. The first drawing involves numerous circles of different sizes (not perfect circles by any mean), and a man trapped in one of these circles in the middle of the work. I cannot tell by any means what this drawing means, nor can I understand what is so artistic about it. Maybe I am simply missing the message, but this drawing is utterly simplistic and could have been done by any child with a pencil. My critiques are not often negative ones, but these drawings (minus the drawing I critiqued in the last assignment) are poor pieces of art in my mind. What I could see the message of this piece being is that man is trapped in a bubble. Outside the bubble is a whole plethora of other bubbles to discover and explore; until we can figure out how to get out of this bubble we are currently in, we will be unable to advance ourselves. The next drawing that I am going to try to interpret is of numerous faces. Each of these faces, or heads if you will, are placed side by side and fill the entirety of the plate. Each face is making the same face, though they do look slightly different from each other. Again, this piece is overly simple and is difficult to figure out the meaning of. I could guess that though the world is crowded and filled with billions of faces, we all still have similarities. In addition, while the world is filled with similar looking people, we all have our differences. This can be seen by the fact that there are tons of faces, each different in slight ways, but generally they are all the same. I do not really like either of these pieces because of how easily replicated they could be, yet this man is selling these works of art to make a living. Not to insult Mr. Nussbaum, but my friend and I recreated one of his works in less than a minute, which looked identical to the actual thing. This work is the last that I will be critiquing and I cannot even formulate a guess as to what message it is trying to relay. This final piece is what appears to be a doughnut shaped circle with a face as the center. There are small sprinkle-like lines around the face making it look like a frosted doughnut with sprinkles, having a face in the center. This piece of artwork could also be a woman on her wedding day (though she has no hair…) looking up. The large circle around her would be her wedding dress and she is simply staring towards the sky. I critiqued three different pieces for this one assignment because I felt bad putting down all of these works as “too simple” or saying a child could recreate them. I really tried to find the meaning and message in each of these pieces by Nussbaum at the show, but found it difficult to do with his many drawings. (If one of these drawings was not at the show, they are on his website and are from the same collection). I am sure that Nussbaum had a message and meaning behind each and every one of his works; I am just not the type of thinker that would be able to decipher this. I find this unfortunate, as I tried hard to understand, but then again all people cannot appreciate art in the same way.

  17. Anthony Horvath says:

    This critique is on work currently on display in the Westby Gallery from Tom Nussbaum’s Heads and Tails Exhibit. In particular this critique will focus on his later more abstract work. The work consists of a distinctive and vivid color palette. Other than that the work is simple in the fact it uses basic shapes connected to each other in repeating patterns. The reason behind the patterns is that Nussbaum aimed to mimic all the different patterns found in nature. The work is very eye appealing and easy to look at. There downsides of this work is that the patterns are basic and do not really make the viewer think of the various patterns in nature until reading the description of the work. Regardless any viewer would surely be content just staring at the elegant beauty of the work taking in the color and unique shape. There are works of this form in both two and three dimensions. The two dimensional work allows easier focus. The three dimensional work does not allow this same focus because of the openness of the sculpture. This empty space takes away from the color, and in turn, takes away from the entirety of the piece. The positive of the three dimensional work is that it allows better perspective and more possibility of the patterns.

  18. Andrew Rocco says:

    The work of Ignacio Torres is both surreal and revolutionary. In the history of photography, there have been artists who have pushed the boundaries and changed the landscape of the field. Torres is no exception. His work incorporates three dimensional animated “gifs” which create a distinct sense of movement and depth. Just the slight side to side movement is enough to captivate the viewer and create an emotional response. In his “Stellar” series, Torres captures images of a human’s “cosmic birth.” Through the use of confetti and dust, Torres creates galaxies within the image. The surrealism, however, does not take away from the image’s beauty. Torres is an excellent photographer who takes photos either during the early morning or dusk. Due to the lighting in the image, these photos are extremely powerful and visually intriguing. Perhaps the most important aspect of these images is the use of the reflective confetti to create “universes.” The color and shine of the confetti resembles a constellation directly in front of the models. The vivid imagery and surreal subject matter creates a mysterious feel which requires a great deal of examination on the part of the viewer. Another interesting effect is the fact that the models’ faces are very rarely shown in the image. This is usually because they are not supposed to be aware of the camera and instead are portrayed as if the event is spontaneous. In all, Ignacio Torres is a revolutionary artist whose work redefines photography as an art form.


  19. Christine Collins says:

    Christine Collins
    Honors Photo Critique #7
    Painting the Eiffel Tower by hand

    Upon taking this photography class, I began to follow the Twitter account “classicpixs”, which shows noteworthy pictures throughout history. From pictures of Al Capone fishing on his yacht, to concentration camp survivors, to young photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the account posts a large variety of diverse and really intriguing photos. One particular photo that caught my eye was entitled “Painting the Eiffel Tower By Hand”.

    I did some research and discovered the photo was taken in 1910, however I could not find the name of the photographer. The picture depicts four men clinging hundreds of feet in the air to the bars of one side of the Eiffel tower. The men do not appear to be attached to any sort of pulley safety system to catch them in case they fall, and the buildings beneath them look like ants. Amidst this massive structure, you can see one man with a tiny one gallon paint bucket and a small paint brush, supplies that look like you would use today to paint a small bench.

    The photographer did a really good job of depicting the massive structure of the Eiffel tower, in comparison to the men working on it with their teeny supplies.
    The only critique I have is that because it was a bright day, the area around the men had a high brightness, but the men’s faces are covered in shadows and you cannot see their expressions. I think it would have been interesting if we were able to see the faces of the men working on the tower. For the most part however, the photo definitely intrigued me, and also made a comment on how far we’ve come technology wise in today’s modern age.

  20. Aaron Sorin says:

    Aaron Sorin
    Critique 5

    In my last post, I talked about the Rijksmuseum and how the building itself is a work of art, so for this post, I’d like to talk about the photography that the museum displays. The museum is primarily focused on displaying canvas paintings and sculpture, but there are a few pieces of photography scattered throughout the floors where the modern works are exhibited.

    The photos that the museum chose to display, show just how diverse photography really is. The examples range from photos in a photo album that detail a Jewish family escaping from Nazi Germany, to micro cinematography (an offset of photography) of a chemical reaction that results in crystallization. Other examples of the museum’s photography include pictures taken by a Dutch engineer while he was touring North America, photos used as design ideas for a Dutch book, and even classic photos in an art book. These examples show that photography is diverse because each of the works that I described serves a different purpose and delivers a unique message to the audience. Additionally, the vast differences in the examples that I provided show the utility of photography over painting and many other art forms, because of how many different ways it can be used in its raw form.

    Albeit the examples of photography were limited, in terms of number, I preferred the photography pieces to many of the other types of artwork in the museum. My favorite piece of photography that I saw was “Kristallen in Kleur.” This piece was actually the micro cinematography piece that I had previously mentioned, and it intrigued me because I am very much interested in the sciences and watching microscopic crystals form in “real time” really caught my eye. The piece consisted of a video component, a sound component and a written description of the piece. The video component was extremely well done because the artist chose a reaction that would execute at a speed that was easy to track with the eye (as mentioned in the written portion of the piece) and was able to make the crystallization visible through the use of a dye. The audio component was entirely in Dutch, so I don’t know how interesting or informative it was, but the written portion was in Dutch and English, and it made it very clear what was going on.

  21. Aaron Sorin says:

    Aaron Sorin
    Critique 4

    Over spring break I journeyed to Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. During my stay I visited some of the museums in the city, including the city’s most famous, the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum is an art museum that exclusively features Dutch artists and it is home to some of the most famous paintings of all time. Included in its collection are Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait With Grey Felt Hat”, Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” and Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch.”
    On the exterior, the museum is a beautiful palace with stunning architecture, and the inside is a journey through the ornate halls of gods. The interior truly dwarves any who enter, and the art is overwhelmingly breathtaking. The museum organizes the pieces in an interesting, metaphorical fashion, to boot. On the bottom floor are the “Special Collections” and the pieces from the years 1100 to 1600. The next floor up houses the pieces that originated between the years of 1700 and 1900, and the following floor features the works that were created between 1600 and 1700. Finally, the uppermost floor houses the more modern pieces, created during 20th century. The reason that I describe the orientation as metaphorical, is because the 17th century is really the heart of the Renaissance Era, and most of the world’s greatest paintings were formed during this era. The third floor of the museum contains the greatest amount of floor space, so housing the Renaissance pieces on this level gives the audience the impression that these paintings are the most impressive and meaningful works, created by Dutch hands. Another way in which the museum setup is metaphorical is that by starting with the earliest pieces of art on the ground floor and putting the most modern pieces at the top, shows how art has been built up and evolved over the course of history.
    The Rijksmuseum was a fantastic venue and my experience was absolutely thrilling! From the grandiose and ornate exterior to the magnificent interior, the museum was a wonderful place to visit. The works that were displayed and their descriptions and analysis that accompanied them were enticing, and held one’s attention completely. My only qualm is that I didn’t have enough time to experience every room and piece, because the collection is massive! I would definitely recommend that you make this a “must see” if you are ever in Amsterdam because everything about the museum is awe-inspiring.

  22. Patrick Bik says:

    Critique 7

    Bob Miller is a nature photographer from Tempe, Arizona. His piece, “Saguaro City,” is a beautiful scenic photograph of the Superstition Mountains in Arizona, located east of the Phoenix metropolitan area. I believe “Saguaro City” is a gripping photograph because this scenic landscape image contains good depth as well as a plethora of colors. Miller’s image is taken from the base of the mountains rather than from a distance. Positioned close to the mountains, Miller angled his camera slightly upward to capture the entire structure; his photograph displays both the base and the highest tip of the mountains. Miller’s approach provides depth and allows the observer to compare the massive size of the mountain with the small cactuses and shrubs that inhabit the mountain’s surface. The growing vegetation, which covers the mountain’s surface from the upper middle portion to the base of the mountain, exhibit yellow, white, and purple colors as well as various shades of green throughout the image. Miller also accounted for the position of the sun in “Saguaro City.” From his position at the base of the mountains, Miller was able to capture the light of the sunset reflecting from the towering, rugged mountain peaks. The surface of these angled mountain peaks are free of vegetation, allowing the sun to paint a red-orange color on the sides of the Superstition Mountains. The variety of cactuses, plants and shrubs, along with the mountains and the bright blue sky provide a colorful image that displays the genuine beauty of nature.

  23. Jessica Healey says:

    The photograph I am reviewing this week was a photo taken last April in the Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. I came across this photograph online and I was immediately drawn to it. The photo shows apartment buildings and the International Commerce Centre. What makes this photograph so interesting was that the picture of these buildings was taken through an art piece, “Poetic Cosmos of the Breath”, by Tomas Saraceno. The effect of the art piece adds a wide range of colors. The colors are so vibrant that it almost makes the entire shot look fake. This abstract quality of the photograph is quite captivating to the audience. It is also interesting that all of the lines in the picture draw the audience’s attention to the center of the piece. There are also red balloons on the ceiling of a building on the left side of the picture. I really liked the effect of these balloons because it brings different shapes into the picture, and they further add to abstract or fantasy quality of the photograph. The only things I didn’t like about the photo is that someone is lifting up the art piece, which reveals some of the outside world- I thought this took away from the photograph. The other aspect that I did not like was that there was another photographer taking a picture of the scene in the shot, which again took away attention from the rest of the picture. Despite these two things, this photo is so fascinating and interesting- I love how it combined a landscape type of photograph and an abstract type of photograph.

  24. Mark Errera says:

    Mark Errera
    Critique #7
    Dorothea Lange- “Migrant Mother”

    “Migrant Mother” is a photo taken by Dorothea Lange in 1936, during the Great Depression. This photo has become one of the most popular and iconic photos of the Great Depression because of how well it captures the feelings and misery of the Depression.

    What really intrigued me about this photo was that it was not truly a candid photo. Lange took a series of shots at the camp where this photo was taken. Therefore, the mother knew that Lange was taking pictures of her. However, the mother seems to completely disregard the camera. Many people, because of a camera, would act differently or have a different facial expressions. But this mother is so preoccupied worrying most likely about their next meal that the camera means nothing to her. The mother clearly has hit rock bottom.

    As for the picture itself, the central person is the mother. On either side of her are her kids, hiding their faces in their mother’s shoulders. Even in a black and white photo is looks as though their cloths are dirty and they seem to not have had the opportunity to bath recently. The mother is looking off into the distance as if to try and think of any solution that would help her family.

    Some have had an issue with Lange removing a hand from the bottom of the photo. They say it takes away from photo journalism and takes away from reality. I, personally, do not have a problem with it. At the time this photo was taken, removing small items was not really a huge deal, so Lange did not do something completely absurd. Additionally, I feel as though she did not take away from the image or change the image’s power in any way, so removing a small item to make the photo look better without changing its meaning does not seem to be a big deal (at least in this photo.)

    Overall, this photo is very powerful and ultimately sums up the Great Depression. I like this one the best out of the series that Lange took at this particular camp. People say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one may very well be worth about 12 years of history.

  25. Johnny Haddad says:

    Critique # 6

    The television show, How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM), created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, had just ended with its finale on March 31 of this year after being aired on CBS since September of 2005. I have mixed feelings about this shows finale. Filming and picture quality is very satisfying to watch. After being a huge fan of this show for years, I was very disappointed to see that the mother that was finally revealed to us for all of season 9 turned out to have already passed away all this time. For those who don’t know the plot for this show, basically the main character, Ted Mosby, is telling one massively large story to his two teenage children about how he met their mother (his wife). You find out very abruptly near the end of the last episode that she had actually passed away, which nearly most HIMYM fans were hoping would not happen. Although I am disappointed, I am also understanding of why they did it. Their finale was planned before they ever aired the pilot to the show. In a handful of episodes throughout the 9 seasons, there are scenes of Ted’s children in the future (since the entire show takes place in Ted’s past). The writers couldn’t wait for years to pass to write the finale because they had to film the scenes with Ted’s children in the finale which was 9 years after the pilot episode. Regardless of any mixed feelings about how the show should have ended, this show was still amazing. The ideas and plot line are phenomenal. The writers are able to tie up all loose-ends that they left hanging throughout the seasons. The show is loaded with great actors, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, and Josh Radnor. The overall concept just amazes me of how much content they are able to pull off as being a story being told on a very large scale. They take something that can be very simple to answer, and they blow it up, and the impressive part is they are able to pull it off very well. Throughout the show most of the audience was probably wondering, why is any of this important to the main point of how he met the kids mother, most of this show is just showing how Ted is dating this girl Robin, but she’s already addressed in the pilot episode as “Aunt Robin” so the audience knows she is just a friend and not the mother. Once Ted finally gets to the part where he meets the mother, and says to the children in present tense, “And that kids is how i met your mother”, the children respond and say no it isn’t, that was a story of how you love Robin and should be with her. Once the children convinced Ted that they love Robin and are okay with him dating again, Ted runs to Robins apartment and asks her out again the same way he did in the pilot episode, holding a blue french horn outside her window that he stole from a restaurant.

  26. Nicolette Camishion says:

    Critique # 8 – Barnes Foundation Exhibition: Yinka Shonibare Mbe: Magic Ladders

    I was lucky enough to catch this show over the Easter weekend (as the show was finished on the 21st of April) and I am very happy that I was able to do so.

    On the Set-Up:
    I really had no expectations for this show whatsoever, seeing as this was the first time that I was at the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, PA, and has only seen one piece of art from the show (as an advertisement on the Barnes’s website.

    It really was a beautifully laid out show. Each three-dimensional piece was either to scale, or larger, so the show worked in its ability to move you throughout the exhibit without having to backtrack to another piece, regardless of how you started your journey. The walls of the exhibit were painted a bright turquoise, and really made each of the pieces pop because they themselves were so vivid. The Barnes Foundation itself commissioned the ‘ladders’ part of the exhibition, so it was really neat to see books straight out of Barnes’s own library used as the rungs for the characters to climb up on.

    On the Show:
    This show was absolutely amazing. Yinka’s work focuses on using the Batik method, which uses wax to ‘cover up’ spots on fabric that you want to stay a certain color which is then dyed (so the cloth showing through the wax is now that new color). This is an extremely lengthy process, which is why anyone who knows ANYTHING about the batik process would be blown away by the sheer volume of cloths that Yinka produced.

    One of my favorite pieces on the show was a separate room that was filled with a huge wooden table, surrounded by men (which you knew by intuition, the figures had no heads but the body language was clear) all dressed in similar, but totally clashing, fashion. Each figure was in a full suit (Jacket, pants, bow tie, and dress shoes) but nothing matched! The fabric for the bow tie, label, and shirt was all the same, and this fabric also matched that on the shoes as well as the cushion cover of the seat. The jacket did not match the pants, and every single man was wearing his own individual fabric scheme, no single pattern was repeated. It was absolutely stunning.

  27. Nicolette Camishion says:

    Critique # 7 – Senior BA Exhibition: Validation Past and Present by Monica Biggs

    On the Set-Up:
    As I have come to know the Rowan Gallery exhibits, I notice that there is a general set up of pieces on display with appropriate lighting to highlight each piece. This show is no exception. I really liked that each of the photographs were large and sort of ‘in your face’, and rightfully so. The main focus of the room was on the two chairs that were the focal points of each of the photos, and the pictures on display needed to be larger in order to demand attention from the viewer.

    On the Show:
    I really wish that Monica was there when I went to view the exhibit, because I believe that it needed a little explanation (at least for me). On the surface, they are beautiful photos, and I think the simplicity of each shot is what makes them so. However, I know that with her title (Validation Past and Present) there is definitely an underlying theme to her exhibition as a whole (as I’m sure there was as she took each photo) but I wasn’t able to grasp it. I read Monica’s artist statement, but this was not enough in order for me to understand what she was trying to say.

    I noticed that another student mentioned that with the larger, older chair there is a lot less going on in the scene around the chair, signifying that in a later age things were more clear and easy going, as opposed to the photos with the smaller, modern chair that were busy and held distractions. I think that this is a good justification for Monica’s work, though I am almost certain that there is still more to it that what ‘meets the eye’. I will ask Monica more about this when I get to see her in class, because I really did enjoy the pictures I just wish that I knew more about her story.

  28. Daniel Choyce says:

    Critique #6
    “West 66th Garage”- Pat Steo
    As I previously elaborated on in my critique of “You Won” (without directly acknowledging it), real life can be as artistically appealing as an image as one that was tediously set up in a studio or on a set. This is what Pat Steo sets out to show in “West 66th Street.” What is an ordinary parking garage, where individuals most likely use everyday to go to work, a bar, a restaurant, or whatever their pleasure might be that night in that area, is morphed into a creative display. Perhaps it was built to be intrinsically appealing (the neon clock set in the middle of the entrance way speaks to this) or maybe the architects of the garage built it merely for the purpose of parking. Either way, Steo elaborates on the beauty of an ordinary staple of city life. In a certain light, even beyond the garage, the concrete jungle of a city has its own particular type of beauty. In this example, the neon clock draws the eye to the center of the photo and the pale blue illumination radiating from the clock offsets the bland concrete surrounding the structure, giving it a sense of personality one might miss at first glance. Even what looks like images on the far wall of the photo give the parking garage an attitude and vibrancy that might be missed as a car quickly passes through. If you were to stop your car and step out, you would notice these attributes. Steo took this photo to enamor the viewer, but he also took it to make them realize that beauty can be found in even the oddest of places if you just take the time to find it.

  29. Paul Rothlauf says:

    Paul Rothlauf
    In the Rowan University Art Gallery there is currently an exhibition being put on by a solo artist named Tom Nussbaum. His exhibit is called Tom Nussbaum: Heads and Tales. The exhibit consists of a vast array of mediums and types of art including sculptures, ceramics, drawings, and even an animation. Nussbaum has a “special fascination with the mixture of fondness and fright that exists between humans and animals” (Sims). Many of his works display strange creatures such as large birds, or beasts; some of the pictures are amusing and have appearances of bliss, while others are intended to be bizarre and almost scary. One specific piece that Nussbaum created that really showed me his fascination with animals and how humans respond to them was Dream, 2000. This drawing was done in graphite on Bristol plate and portrays a beast-like creature standing over and looking down upon a sleeping man. The beast is enormous when compared to the man and is covered with what appears to be hair; it also has sharp protruding teeth, and stares at the man with his mouth open wide. The beast has claws and seems to simply be standing there waiting. The sleeping man on the other hand is in the fetal position, curled into a ball. There is no horizon or ground being shown, the man is not lying in bed, but instead both figures float in nothingness. I believe that this piece of artwork shows both Nussbaum’s interest in the fascination and fright that exists between humans and animals. Most people that view this image may only see one side of this; they likely only see the beast as a figure of the man’s imagination or a creature from a nightmare. The beast is haunting the man’s dreams and is literally hovering over him as he sleeps, which most people would find horrifying. However, one can also argue that the beast overlooking the human is protecting the man. This beast may be warding off worse nightmares or beasts that could be thought up by the sleeping man. This shows the fonder side of Nussbaum’s purpose behind the piece. I personally enjoyed this piece because it was so incredibly simple to create, yet it provoked more thought than most other pieces of art would. The creature reminded me of the story Where the Wild Things Are, which shows the passionate and caring side to beasts, while also reminding me of folklore such as the yeti, which shows the violent and frightful side to beasts. I truly believe that Nussbaum intended for this simple piece of art to cause confusion and higher level thinking in viewers, which elevated the piece to a whole different level for me. I think that Patterson Sims was correct in stating that “[Nussbaum’s] visual narratives conceal more than they disclose.”

    *You should really look at this piece to understand how simple it was (very very interesting and probably one of my favorite pieces of art of all time)*

  30. Jessica Healey says:

    Once famous photograph that we discussed in class was the photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, New York City to celebrate the end of World War II. I always loved this photo because I thought it reflected true joy, celebration, and love between the sailor and nurse. When we discussed this photo in class, I found out that sailor and nurse did not actually know each other. The sailor had just heard the announcement and grabbed the nurse on the street and kissed her. After I learned the real background story, I noticed more things about the photo that I had not realized before. First and foremost, the way the sailor is holding the woman is not common- he has his arm wrapped around her head. The way the woman was bent back now makes me think that she may have been trying to pull away from the sailor. It is interesting how knowing some information about the background of the photograph can completely change the way you view that photo. This used to be one of my favorite historic photos, but now it is not because the situation is more uncomfortable since it is a random couple as opposed to loving moment between two people in love with each other.

  31. Anthony Horvath says:

    The subject of this critique is the statue outside of the student center. The name of this statue is Growth #50 by John Ottiano. The statue was created for the commemoration of Glassboro State College’s 50th anniversary. This is a piece that does draw some criticism and questioning. This comments are understandable as it is an unusual statue. It is a simple design but an awkward one. The statue is all metal and consists of a square base which comes up to almost make a pyramid shape but before what would be the apex of the pyramid the statue reverses direction and is symmetrical to the bottom half. Overall, the design does match the name and the message of the statue. The statue does symbolize the growth that Rowan has experienced over its years. This growth is of a sporadic and ever changing form of growth. The university has undergone several name changes in its life and has always been evolving. Also, even though the statue was made earlier the growth it displays still symbolizes how things work today. Using Henry Rowan’s gift as an example. That point where the gift was made could be the middle of the statue where the sharp jump in growth started. Or the middle may be this point where the university is planning to grow to 25,000 students. In conclusion, the statue may draw criticism and a lack of understanding but it is a good statue for the university. Still, on a university with few artistic displays outside the main statue could stand to be a little bit more appealing.

  32. Andrew Rocco says:

    The moment you first see a piece of art is a decisive and important event. It may take hours or days to truly understand a piece but only seconds to tell if you enjoy it. This applies to my recent viewing of the exhibit, “Validation Past and Present” by Monica Biggs. The exhibit, in its simplest, shows scenes from the local area and Philadelphia in particular. However, there is a clear and present oddity in each of the photos. In each, there is a chair. One a large dark brown wooden dining room chair and the other a small red one. In each photo, the chair is located in or near the center in plain sight. The photo which I will discuss now is the one with Philadelphia’s City Hall in the background and a wooden chair positioned front and center. At first glance, I was immediately attracted to the image. It was clear, organized and visually stimulating. Without the chair, the image would have been equally as powerful. In fact, it could easily have been a cover photo for a number of popular magazines. That being said, the real beauty of the photo includes the chair. The composition of the piece is extremely structured and concise. The clear lines of the street, the buildings and the sidewalks all converge on the beautiful image of city hall. Furthermore, the shadows of the city provide a contrast to the light shining on William Penn’s pedestal. The image depicts the hustle and bustle of the city but is at the same time strangely calming. When one focuses on the chair in the center, all else seems to fade away. The viewer is immediately drawn to the chair and of course the backdrop. By not positioning the chair square to the viewer, there is a element of depth which attracts the eye. As mentioned earlier, understanding a piece does not necessarily mean one will enjoy it. Personally, I may have not necessarily understood the piece in the way the artist intended. However, I enjoyed the work immensely. It was simple yet powerful and visually concise yet striking.

  33. Johnny Haddad says:

    Critique # 5

    At the Perkins Center for the Arts, I came across a very interesting photograph. The title was “Look Right Through Me” and it was taken by author Keith Sharp. The first thing i noticed was the very nice scenery. Clear, light blue skies filled with large, calm clouds. Below the sky you can see a vast colorful forest and you can tell this photograph was taken in the season of autumn as you distinctly see the colors of brown, yellow, and red filled in the trees. The scenery isn’t even the focus of this photograph. The focus is a rear view of a trailer truck. The company for which the truck is for is insignificant since there is no indication. The only identity that can be given to this trailer truck is its license plate of 19188iz. What’s amazing is that this photograph actually tricked me into believing the truck was transparent, when in actuality the rear of the truck was painted to match the scenery of the trees and skies. This photograph belongs to Keith Sharp’s “Seeing Through” Series so he has more photographs showing objects that trick the human eye to believe it is actually transparent.

  34. Samantha Safchinsky
    Critique #6

    After visiting Monica Biggs’s “Validation Past & Present” gallery, I was left feeling intrigued and confused. I thought the idea of past and present was defined by the two different chairs, one of which looked like a very old-fashioned chair while the small red chair was much more modern and bolder.

    Basically, Biggs took these two chairs and placed them in different settings and took photos of them. I thought this was a particularly interesting concept because she was taking something that didn’t belong and placing it in a rather beautiful scene (an example is the chair being placed in the woods area).

    What intrigued me about the gallery as a whole was the fact that none of the pieces had any titles. I would have liked to have known where each photo was taken, because they really were beautiful areas. I also was intrigued by the fact that Biggs took more photos with the small red chair than with the antique one. I don’t know if that was a metaphor for the fact that in modern times, there are more places accessible to us, but I found that interesting.

    When I looked at the gallery I left with the feeling of past vs. present, rather than past and present. The red chair was in more locations and just looked smaller in its photos, which could be an indication that in this era, there are so many things going on all the time that we may lose sight of our main focuses and sort of drift into the background.

    The older chair was photographed as the forefront of its photos. It was like saying that society then was much more focused and there were much less distractions.

    Regardless of the real intent, though, I enjoyed the pieces and the photographs themselves really were beautiful.

  35. Samantha Safchinsky
    Critique #5

    When we visited the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, I was particularly intrigued by Keith Sharp. He uses the idea of morphing nature and industrial and allowing them to play off of each other. At the center, Sharp had three photographs on display.

    One that particularly stood out to me was “Look Right Through Me,” which is a photo of the back of a metallic tractor-trailer with a landscape in the background. What is so interesting about the photo is that in the trailer doors, you see the landscape image, so it’s as if the landscape is continuing and the trailer isn’t even really there.

    I like this idea a lot because it makes a statement that nowadays nature is constantly competing with the industrial world and the two really do go hand-in-hand. They work off of each other and industry has sort of moved in to nature.

    All of Sharp’s work I’ve seen works off of that idea that nature and industry are colliding. He basically implies that you can’t have one without the other in today’s age. He is manipulating the eye with his photographs because even though they are not “surreal,” they have a mystical quality to them. They are transforming the way we perceive the industry and nature, because typically we see them as competing, but he makes us look at them as working together, which is a concept I’ve never seen anywhere else.

  36. Danielle Habiby says:

    Danielle Habiby
    Critique #6
    On display in Rowan’s Black Box, there was one piece that really caught my eye and made me think. The piece was named “Dr. Jekyll’s Bed” and was exactly what it sounded like. It was the center of the exhibit on display and had an eerie feeling to it. It was a frame and mattress, however something seemed just off when looking at it. The blanket had been placed to seem like someone was in the bed which freaked me out. I was actually a little nervous to go close to the bed because of the feeling I was getting from it. Once I got past the creepiness of it, I actually enjoyed the piece a lot. Even though it was just a bed frame, each part of the piece communicated the message it was trying to send. Even though I might have enjoyed it once I got past the creepiness of it, some may not be able to get past it. I could understand if other viewers did not enjoy it because of the strange factor. Overall I thought the concept of bringing a character like Dr. Jekyll into a piece of art such as this. When reading the original novella “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” I really enjoyed it. I thought the concept of two different personalities within one being was incredibly interesting. That definitely influenced my opinion of this piece. There was also another piece in the exhibit that was inspired by Mr. Hyde which I appreciated.

  37. Kyle Grootenboer says:

    Kyle Grootenboer
    Honors History of Photography
    Critique #6 Lucas Samaras
    Since photography began in the 1800’s it has been growing quickly. Even today it continues to expand and improve everyday with the advent of cell phone cameras that are becoming smaller and delivering sharper images. With this being said, it does not mean that there have not been some mistakes and failures throughout the history of photography. One example of this was Polaroid’s SX-70 which had a problem with its emulsion which kept it soft longer than the emulsion of other prints. One artist, Lucas Samaras, took advantage of this “weakness” and made it a strength.
    Samaras originally became well known for his surreal and pop art inspired work in which he painted dots and other patterns and shapes onto the surface of his self-portrait Polaroid’s making himself look like a sculpture. His work changed however when Polaroid sent him their new SX-70 camera. He quickly discovered that the emulsion remained soft for a long time which allowed him to bend and twist his self-portraits in any way he wanted. The results were surreal images in which his body seemed to emit light, bend, twist, and generally appear inhuman and ghostly.
    I really enjoyed the images of Samaras’ that I saw at the International Center of Photography. His body appeared to be an abstract sculpture with his arm coming right out of his chest in one picture and his torso seeming to be made of beams of light in another. His approach to photography is that of a painter or sculptor and I think that is what makes his work so different from others. The odd shapes and colors are reminiscent of a dream and really challenge what people generally consider to be photography.

  38. Mark Errera says:

    Mark Errera
    Critique 6
    “V-J Day in Times Square”

    V-J Day is the day that Japan finally surrendered and ultimately ended World War II. “V-J Day in Times Square” is a photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Ironically, this photo is not actually taken on V-J Day, but rather around two weeks prior to V-J day. It has become known to be one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century and most widely recognized.

    The main focus of this photo is the sailer and the nurse kissing in the middle of Time’s Square. One of the main reasons that I like this photo is the pure happiness and exuberance that all the people in this photo are showing. Besides the main public display of affection, the people in the background are all smiling and seem to be celebrating. I can imagine there is no comparing what they must have felt like after winning and ending a war. The photo is happy and a feel good image.

    Another interesting aspect of this image is the color that each of the two people are wearing. Even in the black and white image, you can clearly tell that the sailor is wearing black and the nurse white. Perhaps that black of the sailor symbolizes what he had to go through and the pain he might have caused. The nurse, on the other hand, is wearing white, which may symbolize purity and healing, such as saving lives.

    Overall, I really appreciate this image and it makes me thankful for all those who sacrifice their lives for our sake. It puts an end to all the horrible and negative images from the actual war.

  39. Christine Collins says:

    Critique #6:

    While scrolling through Facebook the other day, I came across the following link:


    The link depicts a series of pictures of an elderly couple that took a picture in front of their house every season for three years. Throughout the series the environment around the couple changes. Some days are brighter then other, while others are more bleak. Some days, colors and life and flowers surround them, while others it’s rainy or yellowing grass surrounds them. However throughout it all, the couple remains together. At the end of the series, the couple is no longer together, and the elderly husband stands alone in front of the house.

    This series was very moving to me, and reminded me a lot of the Pixar film UP. Throughout the pictures, the couple is together, to celebrate each other’s joys, and to help each other stay strong through the bad times. The story is wordless, and the pictures show three years of enduring love.

    The last photo in the series was very moving. I could feel the emptiness that the man was experiencing. I thought it was very interesting, how for the entire series, he remained on the right side, however, without his wife, he moved over to her side. In the photo you definitely can feel the wife’s presence being missed, and the balance of the photo is off and very dismal. Even though it made me sad, I think this was a very creative way to capture the loss people feel when they lose loved ones.

  40. Nicolette Camishion says:

    Critique # 6 – Senior BA Exhibition: At First Glance by Jessica Williams

    On the Set-Up:
    Walking into this exhibition was a shock, which I am sure the artist was going for. I was expecting this show (having not previously know what type of work it would be displaying) to take up most of the Black Box, and when it didn’t I was completely thrown off. However, this effect was awesome and striking. Having the pieces circled around the bed made the show seem cohesive, because you could obviously see that there was a central theme (no pun intended). They were all displayed similarly, which meant that the show worked as a whole. The mirror display was a good break up, however, to the circular pattern in that it helped you move your eye around the bed display.

    On the Show:
    I was really impressed with the fear that the show portrayed, which the artist did mention in her artist’s statement. I went into the Black Box by myself, and of course I was curious about what made up the shape in the ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ bed, but there was no way that I was touching that to find out. While I was in the show, I did spend more time looking at the jewelry and other pieces that were displayed around the room, but when I am looking back the only specific piece I remember is the dentures on the bedside table. I think that this is because the bed setting had such a visual impact along with fear associated with it, causing me to hold strongly onto that singular piece.

  41. Samantha Safchinsky
    Critique #4

    When we visited The Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, I was particularly intrigued by the photograph entitled “Mickey and Michaela” by Maria Papadopoulos. When first looking at the photo, I immediately was thinking that she was reflecting on the choices she’s made and that she is no longer a young girl anymore. Instead, she is a woman. The way it looks like her stomach is poking out, I thought she was pregnant. This could have been a misinterpretation, but it was definitely a possibility. The small photograph on the mirror in the photo looks like a younger version of her. This could mean that in the picture she really isn’t looking at her stomach, but her old photo. I like that this is not completely established because I enjoy looking at a photo that doesn’t have a clear message.

    However, one thing that sways me in the direction of the photo being about her becoming a woman is the title of the piece. This is an indicator that as a child she used to be called Mickey and now she is moving to adulthood and is being called Michaela, which has a more professional vibe to it. Regardless of the actual meaning, though, the piece was something I thought about for a long time and was very intrigued by the messages it could have possibly been giving.

  42. Daniel Choyce says:

    Critique 5- “Center of the Universe”-Noemi Armstrong

    What is striking about this photo is its utter simplicity. It is a highly manipulated Wet Plate Collodion-Ferrotype. There really is no decipherable image within the piece. It looks to be more swirls of black and grey with a reflective quality. There is a portion of a lighter shade of grey that stands out towards the center. This is presumably meant to be the “Center” that Armstrong motions towards with the title of her photograph. The part that drew me to the piece was, as stated previously, the simple nature of it. There is no profound scene that illustrates an illustrious description of the center of the universe. Rather, its a distorted swirl of base colors in a complex pattern or perhaps no pattern at all. I enjoyed the piece because of this and what it says about our comprehension of the universe, as human beings. We don’t understand it and, to us, its a complex system of indiscernible truths and knowledge. The framing of the image, a what looks to be hand crafted, wooden block, assists the artist in bringing home this message. It downplays its complexity of swirls with simplicity (a word that easily can be used 100 more times to describe this piece as a whole) and causes the eye to not only recognize what is on the inside, but understand and comprehend what is around the image as well. Perhaps this is alluding to the fact that, while the universe is unknown, what is currently existing beyond its center is comprehensible and we should use that in our journey to discover its true meaning.

  43. Paul Rothlauf says:

    Paul Rothlauf
    Though I went to see this exhibit a year ago, it still resonates in my mind and stands out as the best exhibit that I have ever seen. About a year ago I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the most fascinating collection of photographs out there. The exhibit was named “Photography and the American Civil War.” The photographs in the collection were obviously not of the highest quality due to the period of time in which they were taken, but the stories and emotions that they relayed were immense. There were photographs of Abraham Lincoln, framed beautifully, in order to give him prestige. The photographs were both exalting of Lincoln, and story telling, as well. In some photographs he appeared to be worn out and exhausted. The photographers who shot Lincoln over time really captured his image from before the war and up until his assassination. His confidence seemed to deplete, he seemed to get skinnier, and he looked aged from his stressful job. It was simply amazing to see photographs of him from different times and to watch him transform. The way the exhibit was set up through numerous rooms really allowed one to slowly see Lincoln’s deterioration, which was more interesting than if all of the pieces of Lincoln had been juxtaposed. Other interesting images at the exhibit were of soldiers. There were countless amounts of pictures with unknown soldiers. The pictures were of all sizes, qualities, and showed different things. There were photographs of dead soldiers in the battlefield, of soldiers standing strong with a sense of nationalism, and of soldiers being carried away by carts or family members. One photograph in particular that stands out in my mind is a simple portrait of a soldier. The soldier was standing in front of the camera and had a metal pole through his shirt and a clamp on his neck to keep his head straight (this was visible in the picture). This brought ironic humor in that the soldier should be able to stand up straight on his own. Also at the exhibit, was a large book containing hundreds of pictures of medical injuries. This book was used to document different types of injuries, as well as pictures of the injuries, which happened to be extremely gruesome. These pictures were all of miserable looking soldiers or civilians who had some type of illness, injury, or amputation. There were images of soldiers with their organs spilling out of their sides, photographs of soldiers without any limbs from war accidents, and photographs of bullets or projectiles still inside of their victims. This book was extremely gruesome, and though it may have been used for medical purposes during and following the war, it still showed how intense and barbarian the Civil War actually was. It was also interesting to look at the faces of these victims of the war while a photographer was shooting a picture of them in their gravest misery. It displayed a sense of understanding of their grief. There were simply so many different types of photographs of so many different types of things at this exhibit (it would take ages to review this whole exhibit). I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of the war through this collection and felt like I gained an emotional understanding, which was accurately portrayed by the photographers during the war. This was a phenomenal collection of photos, which was, not to mention, set up through numerous rooms, which helped the flow of traffic. Anyone reading this review with even a small amount of interest in history should go to see a Civil War photography exhibit; you won’t be disappointed by the emotions provoked.

  44. Kyle Grootenboer says:

    Kyle Grootenboer
    Honors History of Photography
    Critique #5 “Effigy”
    Art can take many different forms and sometimes that can include the dark and unsettling. This is the exact approach that Ashely Ammann took with her exhibit “Effigy” which was displayed in the black room in Westby last week. As you entered, the first thing you saw was a definition of the word effigy on a black wall: “1. A representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument 2. A crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule”. Traveling beyond this wall the viewer finds various plaster sculptures some containing actual pig’s flesh, but the most disturbing, and to myself enthralling, piece was “The Silent Taunting”. It stood in the center of the room and consisted of a circle of pigs’ heads upon stakes all facing a central point illuminated by a single spot light above. Stepping into the center of the circle is the only way to fully experience this piece and the exhibit as a whole in my opinion so I decided to step in.
    Standing in silence with the eyes, or rather eye sockets, of the pigs focused on me gave me an eerie feeling like they really were taunting and judging me. I, being a human, was the odd one out and felt like they had a general understanding between themselves that I was a lesser being than them. The set-up of this piece really helped to accentuate these feelings. The lone spot light beaming down from above made me feel like I was on a stage in front of an audience and all eyes were on me. The fact that the pigs were circled around me also made it seem as though there was no escape. No matter which direction I looked in I was forced to meet their gaze. Lastly, the stakes that the heads were placed upon were rather tall which made the pigs look down upon me making me feel small and weak.
    This was easily one of my favorite art exhibits that I have ever seen. Not only did it play into my attraction to the darker and more disturbing side of art, but it also had a great message behind it. Several of the pieces were plaster sculptures of what seemed to be the mid-section of an overweight person and had names such as “Bovine” and “Pot Belly”. This hints at the fact that overweight people are often mocked by comparison to animals such as pigs and cows. Following this logic, “The Silent Taunting” is then a representation of how an overweight person may feel as they are judged and bullied by others around them and that taunting is not always in the form of verbal insults but instead can be felt through the looks and stares that they receive. This piece also serves another purpose to turn the insults around on the bullies. Pigs are often seen as filthy animals and in this case the bullies are compared to pigs for the way that they treat others. In essence, the people who spend their time making fun of others and spreading hate are the real animals.

  45. Andrew Rocco says:

    The Perkins Center housed several local and regional artists with a wide variety of styles and works. Although a lot of the images were of local landscapes and scenes, one image stood out to me because of its composition and style. The image, which depicts a street barber in India, was especially interesting. I’ll begin by simply describing the work in just a small amount of detail. The image is of a man getting a shave in the alley of an Indian city or town. The scene is full of signs of poverty such as the drapes hanging from the narrow alley walls and trash on the street. However, there is also an overwhelming sense of simplicity and community in the image. The relationship of the man and his barber is personal and friendly. The distractions of everyday life are absent and the two men seem to be enjoying each other’s company. The image itself is in black and white with a “grainy” texture. This effect makes the scene appear extremely vivid and real. Prior to seeing photographs like this, I, like many others was under the impression that color photographs were the only effective way of truly reflecting life. However, if this image had been in color, I believe the overall value would be tarnished. The artist purposely uses this style because it draws the viewer toward the people and removes any potential distractions. Another important feature of this image is the emotion it conveys. Personally, I was immediately drawn to the photo because of how genuine and vivid it appeared. It was honest and real and did not attempt to create emotion out of nowhere. Instead, it captures a real life scene and lets the emotion speak for itself. I was impressed with the photo’s ability to create a meaningful narrative as well. Looking at the image, one can go within the image and experience the scene. Overall, I was very moved by the image due to its subject, composition and overall emotional effect.

  46. Anthony Horvath says:

    This review is another work from the International Center of Photography in New York City. The work is one by Travess Smalley. The best way to describe the look of this work is a mosaic tye dye. The colors of the piece are bright, vivid, and random which are akin to tye dye. Though, looking at the piece there are obvious segments making it mosaic like. Without knowing how the work was made, it is a visually stunning piece to look at. Knowing how it is made allows it to be appreciated on an even deeper level. Smalley makes the image by scanning and rescanning his own images and then zooms into color fields and alters dot patterns and pixels. What Smalley is essentially doing in this process is taking beauty and finding a way to make it beautiful in another distinct way. Smalley can take the color from any artwork in history and remake it into something, which is now his own, while retaining beauty but not identity. This leads to thoughts of where the color is coming from. Though, those thoughts become irrelevant as the piece is stunning enough by itself.

  47. Jessica Healey says:

    A photograph that I saw recently that I really loved featured a solider, Sergeant Frank Praytor, who was feeding a kitten milk during the Korean War. I loved this photograph for many different reasons. First, it captured such a loving moment in the midst of a war. The contrast between what this solider was doing with the kitten to the war with violence and killing is really meaningful. I also really like that the photo is black and white because it makes it even more intimate- you are not distracted by the colors of anything, which forces you to focus on the meaning of the photo. On the technical side, I appreciate how all of the lines (the sandbags, the lines from the branches of the tree, and the knee of the solider) in the picture lead to the center, it draws your eyes to the kitten. I also really loved how the photographer took the picture from a short distance. There is nothing else in the photo except for the solider, which further draws the audience’s attention to the solider and the kitten. All in all, I love this photo technically and emotionally. Technically, the photographer did a great job setting up the shot to force the audience to think only about the solider and kitten. Emotionally, I love the message that is expressed in this picture: that even during a war, wonderful and loving moments can occur.

  48. Mark Errera says:

    Mark Errera
    Critique #5
    Perkins Center
    Robert Perrine
    “Night Work at the Farm”

    Like I’ve previously mentioned, I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Perkins Center. A lot of the photos were very real and relatable, most likely because they were taken by local artists who have taken pictures around the areas in which I am familiar with. This photo, “Night Work at the Farm” also kind of reminds me home. I do not live on a farm, but I live in a town that has many, many farms. (We are even known as the blueberry capital of the world.) So this reminded my of what I picture my town to look like many years ago, before any large buildings were put up. It is a very nice photo and has soft, mellow, and calming colors such as a deep purple and glowing yellow.

    One of the cool aspects of this photo is the sky. I started to take an interest in astronomy when I took the class here at Rowan, and ever since I started to “look up” at night. At Rowan, you can hardly see a good starry night because of all the light pollution. But in this photo, you can see so many distinct stars, showing you how far removed from society this small farm must be. The main part of the photo, the silos and farm itself, is put somewhat near the bottom of the photo, with more than half of the photo being the starry sky. It is a nice touch to show so much of the sky without it taking away from the farm photo.

    The photo is in a white frame that does not take away or distract from any parts of the photo. I believe the artist tried to capture the handwork of these individuals. Farming is a long and often tedious job and these people are working way after hours to keep up with their tasks. It shows dedication and commitment. Overall, I enjoyed this photo as well as many others at the Perkins Center.

  49. Patrick Bik says:

    Critique 6

    “Transparent” is another one of Keith Sharp’s photographs that I enjoyed viewing at the Perkins Center for the Arts. “Transparent” is a photograph of a large tree standing behind a tall, wooden fence. The dark colored tree is centered in the photograph, with shades of green foliage filling the corners as well as the base of the image. Due to the fence, the base of the tree is not visible. However, a shadow of a different tree is projected onto the fence to compensate for the hidden half of the central tree. This shadow completes the image of the tree, creating the illusion that the central portion of the wooden fence is transparent; this is the unequivocal meaning behind the title “Transparent.” I enjoyed observing this photograph because I have never seen this type of photography before. The concept behind Sharp’s piece, “Transparent,” is new to me and I respect his work for there is certainly a high level of difficulty associated with his style of photography. The shadow projected onto the wooden fence in “Transparent” connects to the large, rising tree with ideal symmetry. Sharp must have spent a great deal of time searching for a suitable pair of trees, with a fence in between, in order to create this photograph. Furthermore, Sharp accounted for the position of the sun in order for the shadow to line up symmetrically with the tree. “Transparent” is a compelling work of art, resulting from Sharp’s creativity, accurate timing, and attention to detail.

  50. Danielle Habiby says:

    Danielle Habiby
    Critique #3
    At the Perkins Center for the Arts, an exhibit of juried photos taken by amateur photographers is on display. This includes many different types of photos ranging from documentary type photos, to surreal type photos. One photo that really stood out to me, it was called Seaside Heights: You Win. This photo was of a shore town named Seaside shortly after SuperStorm Sandy. There is debris all over the ground in the photo and focal point of the photo is a sign with balloons all over it saying “You Win!” It caught my eye because it really showed the devastation that the storm caused in shore towns. In the background of the photo there is even some parts of the rides and other attractions that were featured on the boardwalk at Seaside. Those are also destroyed. Throughout the photo the emotions that were felt during the time after the storm are felt and conveyed. I stood in front of this photo for longer than normal because I felt so impacted by it. I liked how blunt it was, the destruction, the heartache, and the hope. All of these things and more can be felt by looking at this photo. I think that is why I was very drawn to it. I can imagine that each person that looks at this photo has a different response to it based on their experiences through the storm. These were just the details that I picked up on and really took to when looking at the photo in further depth.

  51. Rahul Tripathi says:

    Critique 4
    Over the weekend I went to see Captain America: The Winter Solider and from what I’ve seen I thought it was spectacular. It might just be the greatest super-hero movie that has been made. There were many elements that were included that made this movie great, including, suspense, action, point of view, plot design and furthering the super-hero timeline. Many sequels are usually just “ok” or “good” movies, however, this movie was far superior to the previous and compared to the others it is the best. Super-hero movies are not always favorite and I usually do not have a amazed reaction after seeing one, however, this one was just different. The elements that were presented were portrayed in such a way that The Avengers looked like garbage. So many scenes that was just surprising and suspenseful that the movie had to be rated 5 stars. Ultimately, this movie was amazing and I highly recommend everyone to go see it. It’s not like every other super-hero sequel, it is a very well made film and I think everyone would enjoy it.

  52. Christine Collins says:

    Critique #5
    Pass the Pasta

    One of the photographs that caught my eye during our class’s visit to the Perken’s Center to the Arts in Moorestown NJ, was entitled, “Pass the Pasta” by Linda Kimler. Coming from a strong Italian family background, I have a long history of traditional big Sunday dinners. From my childhood I have many memories of my family gathering together after Church on Sunday, and having a big pasta dinner. The meal would start at 3:00 and last until 8:00 at night with all of us talking, laughing, and always constantly eating. Naturally, I was immediately drawn to Kimler’s picture.

    Because of my Italian background, I was interested to the picture, however it was also my Italian background that made me not like it very much. First of all, there was not one woman or child in the picture, but all older looking men. It didn’t look like anyone was talking, and one man appeared to be completely absorbed in nothing but the large scoop of pasta he was about to consume. Finally, the black and white coloring along with the lack of light made the picture appear dull and lifeless.

    If I were to take a photo entitled “Pass the Pasta” it would be full of color. It would show children running under the table, a wife slapping her husband with the pasta spoon, and everyone at the table talking and laughing. It would be a photo full of energy, and when someone looked at it, they would be able to hear the noise coming off the page!

    Although Kimler may have had a different vision for her photo then I did, and may have came from a different background, her photo “Pass the Pasta” definitely did not connect with me.

  53. Johnny Haddad says:

    Critique 4

    Co-Director’s, and brothers, Anthony and Joe Russo’s film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by far surpasses all of the other entities to the current Marvel universe films (except The Avengers). Unlike the first sequel, Captain America: The First Avenger, this film portrays the protagonist, Steve Rogers, as the true super hero he was meant to be and shows his true potential on the battle field, after all he is a super soldier. The plot was phenomenal and even had a major plot twist that I did not expect at all (I won’t mention it in case you plan on watching it!). The quality of the film is excellent, considering their budget costs were over 170 million dollars. In the first few seconds of the film, you see Steve Rogers Jump out of a Heli thousands of feet in the air into the ocean without a chute. The angles of the shots taken and graphics of his dive just gives you an idea of what film you’re about to watch. While other films in this universe, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor are all decently produced, none of them came close to the quality of the written story line for Captain America- The Winter Soldier. The most excited part to look forward to after the film is over, are the credit scenes which Marvel films are notorious for. This film had two credit scenes (or often referred to mid scenes since they are actually foreshadowing events that will occur in upcoming Marvel films) and the first mid scene consisted of revealing more plot to the upcoming Avengers 2 and possibly even Avengers 3 that will again combine all of the superheros in the current universe. It amazes me how Walt Disney Studios is able to plan several years in advice for films; they tie in so many loose ends from preceding films that most other film producers fail to accomplish. The second mid scene gives information for the next addition to the Captain America sequel. Overall, this film gives the audience great picture quality for their eyes to enjoy, great sound for the ears, and a great story for the mind.

  54. Andrew Rocco says:

    Kevin Butler’s photographs, which are featured in Photographer’s Forum, are truly captivating works. Of the two, the more powerful piece is of a woman with two railroad tunnels in the place of her eyes. Butler’s style is unique to say the least. The image, which is not titled, immediately grabs the viewer. The integration of man made objects and architectural elements into human portraits is a powerful image. It suggests that we as humans are made up of what we, and our ancestors, created. Furthermore, the image also brings to mind the point that what we create takes away from our humanity. The image itself is a beautifully made photograph. Its composition and organization is direct and visually attractive. The viewer is immediately captivated by the eyes of the woman. The geometry of the tunnels are reminiscent of eyes; however, there is obviously a complete lack of emotion in the face. Instead, the endless darkness of the tunnels is a haunting portrayal and commentary on modern society. In addition, the textural effects of the bricks creates an interesting and chilling visual. Having nonhuman images in the human form is not completely new but is nevertheless still powerful. The gradual fading of human to nonhuman in the image is a flawless transition. In all Butler’s work is an excellent and thought provoking piece.

  55. Paul Rothlauf says:

    Paul Rothlauf
    A piece entitled Night Work on the Farm by Robert Perrine had such potential to be a great piece of art. The piece consists of a beautiful starry night with a purple sky as its backdrop. The sky is incredibly clear and the stars are bright and vivid. The foreground of the picture consists of a farm, a few large trucks, some farming equipment, and rows of corn off to the left. The lighting of the farm is elaborate and a white glow is cast upon the central part of the farm. On the other hand, yellow glows are cast upon the other parts of the farm, as well as the truck and farming equipment. The white light really allows the central part of the farm to stand out against the sky, as well as against the other objects in the photograph. The reason that this piece is not an exceptional one in my mind, is due to the rows of corn on the left side of the photograph. Every object in this photograph was beautifully unblemished and clear, while these green rows of corn are not even in focus. Not only are they not in focus, but also it appears like a child took green paint and applied it on top of the picture where the rows of corn are growing. Not only this, but the part of the farm directly above the rows of corn contains the same messy appearance. I could see how some artists and photographers purposely make parts of their work messy, unclear, or out of focus, but this photographer was definitely not trying to do this. The piece would really be something if this blemish were not there. Despite this, the photograph displayed a range of colors, which may be odd because it was taken in the nighttime; this was one of the nicer things about the photograph, the fact that though the stars were out, the photographer was still able to capture numerous different colors on the spectrum. Clearly, this photograph has its ups and its downs, but one can really only understand what my comments mean, if they see the piece in person and examine each of the parts.

  56. Kyle Grootenboer says:

    Kyle Grootenboer
    Honors History of Photography
    Critique #4 “Mickey and Michaela”
    At the Perkins Photography show in Moorestown, the piece “Mickey and Michaela” by Maria Papadopoulos caused quite a discussion between Danielle, Paul, and myself as to what the piece could possibly mean. The picture shows a girl, who looks to be in her late mid teens, viewing herself in the mirror. She is dressed in short shorts and a belly shirt and seems to be looking at her reflection critically. Also, taped to the mirror is a picture of a young girl who is smiling.
    In my mind, I think this picture is a representation of the loss of innocence that comes with growing up. As the piece is titled “Mickey and Michaela”, I believe that both girls in the picture are the same person, they are both Michaela. However, I believe that the picture of Michaela’s younger self is “Mickey”, her nickname as a child, while “Michaela” is the girl staring into the mirror. Mickey is a more childish name and is representative of the fun carefree life this girl lived when she was younger. She used to be happy as is seen through her smiling in the portrait. As life went on, however, things were not so easy for this girl. Perhaps in school she is bullied or she doesn’t feel comfortable with herself as she constantly compares her body to those of the fashion models she sees in magazines. For this reason, Michaela stands in front of the mirror with her stomach and legs exposed picking apart everything that is wrong with her.
    I think this piece speaks not only to teenage girls, but all teenagers in general. It can be a rough time for some people as they face constant judgment from their peers and struggle to find themselves as they are bombarded with images from television or magazines telling them who they “should be”. This picture is especially relevant today in the age of Anti-Bullying campaigns. Lastly, I really enjoyed picking apart this picture with Danielle and Paul, it helped me to realize some sort of meaning in it that I might not have found had I merely viewed the picture and continued walking.

  57. Daniel Choyce says:

    Critique 4
    Seaside Heights: You Win- Amy Becker

    It is often said that laughter is the best medicine. Hurricane Sandy was a devastating and harrowing event for many people along the New Jersey and New York Coast. For some, their entire lively hoods were destroyed and for others normal life was harshly interrupted. However, in Seaside Heights: You Win, Amy Becker is capitalizing on the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to produce humor and, through that humor, some type of healing. The setting is a severely damaged and ultimately dull portion and of the Seaside boardwalk, yet looming above the wreckage is a comically cheery and colorful sign bluntly stating “You Win!” Obviously, the disparity between the sign and the scene around it is where the humorous elements come into play. If the picture is examined further, there is more message to it than the face value comedy. The sky in the image is a beautiful pale blue, much different than the foreboding sky during Sandy, and it offsets the desolate and sad boardwalk below, with as much cheerfulness as the sign, but also adds in a sense of progression. The sky represents a new day for the victims of Sandy and presents an opinion that what is wrecked today can be fixed tomorrow. The sky adds optimism to the photo. In the same way, there is an American flag posted on a wall further away from the initial focus of the camera. Since 9/11 and even before, a flag posted in such a way has come to represent a resound strength in one’s self and a symbol for perseverance. The humor in the photo is meant to bring the viewer into the eye of Becker, but her message is wholly decided upon the other elements in the image. While it could be said that she is capitalizing on the tragedy, Becker’s work should not be described as capitalization for artistic purposes only. She is using this scene as a way to enable others to move forward from that stormy day a year and a half ago and look towards the future.

  58. Patrick Bik says:

    Critique 5

    The Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, New Jersey was an excellent art gallery. When I first entered the building and passed through the kitchen, I immediately realized that this would not be a typical photography exhibit. I was told that the center for the arts was once an individual’s home, but I did not expect it to be an antique, early twentieth century house. What I enjoyed most about this art gallery, aside from the individual photographs displayed, was the context in which the artwork was presented. The floor downstairs was spacious; one room contained a grand piano and still had plenty of space for visitors to interact and view the pieces displayed. The second floor contained several smaller bedrooms that were remodeled to present more pieces of art. Since the artwork was scattered throughout the house in various rooms, I was allowed to explore the building in order to search for the photographs on display. This was an interesting experience because at times, I was unsure if I was entering the correct room or if I was trespassing due to the absence of “Do Not Enter” signs. I also appreciated the natural light that entered the gallery through the windows of the home. This was a refreshing aspect of the exhibit that enhanced the photography displayed and provided a warm, welcoming environment. I found this exhibit more enjoyable than the International Center of Photography because it showcased the compelling work of local photographers in an unconventional setting.

  59. Mark Errera says:

    Critique #4
    Perkins Center

    The photo I chose to discuss for this critique I unfortunately do not have the name. It is one from the Perkins center of a tree and a fence, and the shadow of the tree falls perfectly on the fence so that the shadow lines up perfectly with the trunk (on the fence.) One of the main reasons why I like this photo so much is that it reminds me of my hometown, most specifically driving around on Saturday mornings (I don’t know why but that’s what comes to mind.) Where I live we have a lot of trees around, basically the Pinelands, and a lot of these types of wood fences. It looks like the sun is just rising and it will be a beautiful day!

    The picture is framed in a simple white frame that does not take away from the image. The shadow of the tree on the fence gives the picture many interesting dimensions. For one, it makes a lot of different shapes on the fence. Secondly, it mimics the tree, but causes the tree’s shapes to be inverted. So instead of a normal “Y” shape, the branches are now upside down, with the branches reaching towards the ground. The picture is also crisp, it has clear and vivid colors.

    Overall, I really liked this photo because of its sharpness (Apple would say it had a Retina display) and the memories it brings. I can really relate to this photo and the location it was taken.

  60. Christine Collins says:

    Christine Collins
    Critique #4

    One of my favorite photographs of all times was shown in last Thursday’s PowerPoint, “Wars End Kiss” by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Because I am both fascinated by the events of World War II and am a romantic at heart, I have always been drawn to it. When I first glanced at the photo, I painted a story in my head. I imagined a young couple dating for years, separated by the war, him as a soldier, her as a nurse. I imagine V-Jday, and them returning to celebrate in Times Square, finding each other the crowd, and running together and kissing passionately thinking of nothing else but each other, while a random onlooker snapped a quick snapshot. I always appreciated the high contrast of the photo along with the sharp black masculinity of the soldier’s outfit and the white innocence of the nurse’s dress.

    Upon research into the actual story of the picture, I realize this is not what happened. According to the photographer Eisenstaedt, he saw the sailor in Times Square kissing everyone in sight, from young and pretty nurses to grandmas. Eisenstaedt took several pictures, however none aesthetically worked. Then he noticed the soldier going for the nurse in the bright white dress. He took four quick pictures, and one of them became the famous “Wars End Kiss”. Eisenstaedt said, “If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture. If the sailor had worn a white uniform, the same.”

    At first I was disappointed through what I found through this research. However, I came to realize that although the picture may not show a love story, it still shows the excitement of the time and the ecstatic feelings the soldier had toward the ending of the war. The picture does not depict a love a man has for a woman, but a love and happiness he has for his country.

    Through research, I also came to appreciate the many things photographers have to consider. Eisenstaedt’s conscious decision to take a picture of a soldier in black and nurse in white is what makes the image so visually appealing. Although the picture may not be as spontaneous and romantic as I would like it to be, it still is enjoyable to view as a cultural icon of the time.

  61. Jessica Healey says:

    The Perkins Center for the Arts and the International Photography Center were two photography centers that we visited this semester. I enjoyed both photography centers, but for different reasons. The International Photography Center was huge. I was amazed at how large it was, featuring two different shows. I liked how the shows were separated on the different floors. I enjoyed that the space was large enough for there to be very large pieces without it feeling overcrowded. I also liked that the shows were organized and that similar pieces were in the same area or on the same wall. One thing that I did not like was that the overall feeling of the place was not warm- it was almost cold, especially with the security guards all over. The Perkins Center for the Arts was the other studio we went to. I enjoyed the intimate feel of the entire center. It felt much warmer than the International Photography Center. The space was much smaller so not as much work could be featured in the center- there was only one show being featured. I did not like that the some of the photographs that were similar to each other were not in the same room together. For example, there were a few different pieces of the Jersey Shore, but they were in different rooms. I believe that I would have liked to see them next to each other. I did enjoy that there was a wide range of photographs- everything from a man’s face to different landscape shots. All in all, I enjoyed both the International Photography Center and the Perkins Center for the Arts for different reasons. I am glad I got to visit both centers because it was fascinating to see how different two photography centers could be from one another.

  62. Danielle Habiby says:

    Danielle Habiby
    Critique 4
    The Perkins Center for the Arts housed an exhibit called Photography 33, showcasing works from photographers around New Jersey. While visiting, a few photos really stood out to me. One of them was Night Work at the Farm by Robert Perrine. It shows a factory type building located on a farm during the night. My favorite part of the photo is the abundance of stars that can be seen in the sky. Many times, when trying to take a photo on a smart phone or even a digital camera, stars or lights in the sky become dim and invisible in the photo. That is part of the reason this photo stood out so much to me. Another aspect I thought was interesting was that the farm lights were still bright and the buildings are still visible. However, even though the top portion of the photo was incredible, the bottom half did not appeal to me as much. The bottom of the photo has part of the landscape in it and some crops off to the left side. The reason I did not enjoy it as much is because the bottom portion is extremely out of focus. This may have been the artist’s choice, however this change in focus was starting to give me a headache because it was so severe. In all, I appreciated the photo because I didn’t have to look at the bottom if I didn’t want to. However commenting from an outsider’s view, the severity in the change of focus did not appeal to me.

  63. Anthony Horvath says:

    This review will focus on one of my favorite works from the International Center of Photography in New York. The work is a piece by Artie Vierkant. The piece consists of two frame shaped objects off kilter with each other. Both frames have bright and vibrant colors which make it very attention grabbing and appealing to look at. One feature I find amazing about this piece is the fact that there is no center. Even due to the vibrancy of the piece it is still natural to direct attention to the center. In this museum setting the center was the white wall which the piece was hung. If the piece was displayed in a different setting it could take on a completely different meaning. Even if it was hung on a black wall the entire middle of the piece would be black, completely changing the image to even involve aspects of light and dark. If the image was hung behind a tie dye pattern it might blend with the work creating a unique appearance. This piece is adaptable to any situation it is in which is an interesting concept for piece of art. It is simple, beautiful, and changes in every situation.

  64. Nicolette Camishion says:

    Critique # 5 – Perkins Center for the Arts: Photography 33
    Specifically, Livestock Diptych by John Singletary

    On Perkins:
    I am a returning visitor to the Perkins Center, so I think that I was probably one of the only people that was not thrown off by the relaxed nature of the show. Compared to the many exhibits that I have seen in the past, I like Perkins for this reason. Obviously when you visit a museum you would expect to see pieces from a variety of artists, but there is usually a general theme to a specific collection of work. At Perkins, there is no theme (at least that I am ever able to pick up on). It is also different from most exhibits for the fact that every piece was picked by one individual juror. This is a double-edged sword, because if you happen to share a taste with this year’s juror, you will thoroughly enjoy the show more than someone who has a different taste.

    Picture Critique:
    One of the pictures that my mom and I both found most visually-challenging was the dual black-and-white portraits of pig heads, photographed by John Singletary. These two photos are absolutely stunning. The contrast between the starch black background and the milky grayscale of the two pigs makes it literally pop off of the canvas. Theoretically, I should be repulsed by these images (as much of our class was) but they are so visually stimulating that you cannot help but keep looking at them. The symmetry between the two pigs, even though they are two different subjects, works very well together. This is especially prominent when looking at these images online, where they are placed right next to each other; However, I liked that they were placed with a doorway between one another, because I felt like you were drawn in toward these two pictures. I definitely would not choose these two pictures over any other seen at the Perkins Center to hang in my own home, but I can appreciate them as what they are: though-provoking pieces of artwork.

    An Interesting Note:
    I had previously not written down the artist’s name, so I searched ‘Livestock Diptych’ in hopes of coming up with a name. I found that the artist, John Singletary, is a student at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and set to graduate in 2015 (he also studied CCP and Drexel). These two pictures are also

  65. Samantha Safchinsky
    Critique #3
    Robert Capa

    When we visited the International Center for Photography, my favorite exhibit was upstairs and it was a collection of the works of Robert Capa. He was a well-known photojournalist who had a lot to do with setting the standards for the way photojournalism is done today. I thought the way the exhibit was set up was a good way to accentuate the different stages in his career and how he photographed various things. The exhibit was organized by countries he covered and basically followed a timeline leading up to his eventual death covering the Vietnam War when he stepped on a land mine.

    Overall, it was enlightening to see the different perspectives that Capa got when he was photographing. He shot in both color and black and white which was a nice contrast that exposed the differences in each type of photography.

    I thought the setup was interesting as well because when you reached the end of the exhibit, you reached the end of his life.

    Also, as a journalist, I found it particularly interesting that his writings accompanied the photos. I enjoyed reading his articles as much as I enjoyed seeing the photos. Not only was he able to capture people’s essences in his photography, he also described them well in his writings.

  66. Patrick Bik says:

    Critique 4

    I enjoyed Keith Sharp’s photography at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, NJ. One of Sharp’s pieces, “Illuminate”, is a photograph of an abandoned warehouse. Sharp was able to take an uninteresting abandoned warehouse and turn it into a piece of art that is pleasant to observe. The one-story building has dark stained, water damaged concrete walls, broken and missing windows scattered throughout the fragile window frames, and branches of overgrown green shrubs climbing up the building’s wall. Sharp’s photograph is taken from the middle of the street during sunrise one morning, creating a colorful image of the abandoned warehouse. The plethora of colors in the piece illuminates the image, making “Illuminate” an appropriate title for the photograph. The windows of the building that are centered in the photograph exhibit a bright white color and fade outward into a cyan color, with the windows near the sides of the image displaying the darkest shades of cyan. Directly behind the warehouse is the tip of the rising sun, which is also centered in the photograph. The sun’s strong rays create the bright white color in the windows and it provides shades of yellow and orange colors that shine directly above the roof of the building. The navy blue sky hovering the rising sun fades into the orange rays of light and the tan concrete wall of the building appears to be fighting off the dark green overgrown shrubs. The position of the sun behind the abandoned warehouse illuminates the image and makes this piece unique. “Illuminate” is impressive because Sharp used the natural phenomenon of a sunrise to convert an abandoned warehouse into a vibrant piece of art.

  67. Joe Block says:

    Joe Block
    Critique 4
    “Photograph of Orson Welles by Robert Capa”

    Why is it that, short of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles is the one auteur that never fails to look like an auteur in any photograph or piece of film he’s in? He just always looks like he’s thinking, like he has great plans. Now Robert Capa is clearly the master of capturing the essence of people’s character, namely celebrities, as seen in the “Capa in Color” series at the International Center of Photography. His photo of Humphrey Bogart showed him as the classic ruggedly handsome smoker, and his photo of Ernest Hemingway showed him as the manly writer he’s known for and the forgotten fact that he was a father. But the photo of Welles was just exquisite. The low angle of him, hands on his hips, looking off into the distance establishes him as a person of power. If Welles was known for one trait, it was his power. He dominated the stage, studio, set, and screen with both his personality and creative vision. In the photo, he looks beyond the border of the frame at some unknown sight to us, just as we can’t see the vision he has in his mind, but we know it’s great by the confident smirk on his face. Said vision may have some dark ideas behind it, like the hanged men seen behind Welles. Welles’ best works always had a string of darkness to them, from his production of Caesar with contemporary fascist imagery to the tragic story of Charles Foster Kane. I don’t think Capa could have captured him better.

  68. Joe Block says:

    Joe Block
    Critique 3
    “The Lego Movie”

    I think my dad put it best when describing “The Lego Movie”. “Never before has a movie had so many levels of irony in it.” “The Lego Movie” is, as it sounds, a movie about the iconic children’s construction toy, and frankly I was completely blindsided by how little it tried to sell me and my brother Legoes genuinely good it was. This movie was less of a Lego product placement and more of a Lego homage if not an homage to pop culture as a whole and the wonderful effect it has on people. As such, the film has an almost constant sense of dramatic irony, where almost every joke feels like an inside joke in one form or another. Having a brother who is essentially a Lego expert and likewise having played with the toys myself growing up, I could fully appreciate the winks and nudges to Lego design, Lego culture, and personal Lego experiences. But in a movie where the likes of Gandalf, Dumbledore, the Justice League, Cleopatra, Abraham Lincoln, and more all share the screen, jokes appealing to aficionados of those figures are inevitable. One of the funniest parts of the film was when the filmmakers poked fun at the grittiness of recent incarnations of Batman, who is the sidekick of the story for the first time ever in his sliver screen appearances. The Lego Batman plays his demo tape for the other characters as they’re driving off, and the song, horribly sung by Batman, seems to only contain the lyrics “Dark!” and “Dead parents!” over and over. The film was wonderfully cast, with actors well versed in comedy taking the leading roles like Chris Pratt as the main character Emmet, Will Ferrell as the antagonist Lord Business (Did I mention the movie has a not so subtle message on the dangers of corporations?) and Will Arnett as Batman, and even minor roles played by top tier Hollywood comedy stars like Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill (the last two being paired up as an annoyed Superman with a dorky and overly friendly Green Lantern respectively might also be an allusion to the actor’s pairing in the film “21 Jump Street”). The film isn’t just funny, but it’s likewise just beautiful. The film was animated primarily in stop motion with CG only really being used for some special effects and to animate the character’s faces, and the effect is simply stunning. There is one scene in particular, a shot of the ocean, where the rolling waves are constructed completely out of the classically shaped Lego bricks. Many people in the theater just blurted out, “Whoa,” upon seeing it. I think the reason why this movie was shot using real Legoes in stop motion is the same reason why this movie was made to begin with. It a thank you. A thank you to Lego, but more importantly, a thank you to its fans. When i was a little kid, the first movie I ever made was a stop motion piece where my toy Godzilla smashed my little Lego city of little Lego people. That’s a familiar story for many. Fans of Lego often make stop motion films, even if it’s just once. It’s how many filmmakers of the most recent generations got their start. Towards the end of “The Lego Movie”, there’s a scene where you see short stop motion clips done in Lego submitted by Lego fans of all ages, and our hero Emmet gives his monologue about the wonderful creative minds behind any builder. “The Lego Movie”, while being an homage to Legoes and pop culture, is at it’s core an homage to Lego users, never forgetting to applaud them and thank them for their creativity.

  69. Paul Rothlauf says:

    Paul Rothlauf
    A piece entitled Mickey and Michaela by Maria Papadopoulos features a young woman looking in her mirror. On the mirror is a picture of a small child, and the mirror reflects her own image. She is holding her stomach and appears to be looking at it shamefully. The young woman is also wearing clothes that reveal her body. This work is part of a bigger collection of similar photographs. In each of these pieces the women are scantily clad and seem almost rebellious. However, this individual piece is one that I find interesting. I like this piece for a few different reasons, the first being the lighting. There are lights above the mirror, which cast a glow on the subject’s body. In addition, there appears to be a skylight in the background of the photograph, directly behind the subject’s stomach. Being that the woman is staring at her stomach, the light helps to draw attention to her stomach even more. The next thing about this piece that I found great was the fact that the viewer cannot see the woman’s face because her hair is covering it. However, her face can be seen in the reflection of the mirror. This sends the viewer vibes that the woman has done wrong or is being looked down upon. The last part of this piece that I liked was the mystery behind it. I am unsure of what the photographer’s message was, but I do have a theory concerning this picture. The first is that the picture on the mirror of the young girl is the woman looking in the mirror in her younger years. The piece is titled so because the woman was called Mickey when she was younger and is now called Michaela in her older years. She is looking into the mirror seeing how she has changed and observing who she has become. In fact, it appears that she is with child in the picture, and may be shamefully looking at her stomach. Overall, the piece is well constructed and beautiful, yet mysterious in its message and intriguing.

  70. Aaron Sorin says:

    Aaron Sorin
    Critique 3

    Currently at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City they are exhibiting two galleries, ‘Capa in Color’ and ‘What is a Photograph?’ The works in the ‘Capa in Color’ exhibit focus on the lives of civilians and soldiers during different wartime periods, as well as occasional pieces depicting celebrities. The show is geared toward an audience that is interested in history and the different perspectives of the various wars that Capa shot, while still being accessible to those who may not have the knowledge or background of the wars. The ICP does a fantastic job of choosing a variety of photographs that show the viewer many perspectives and allow viewers to grasp the feelings that various groups of people felt at the time that the photos were taken.
    The ‘What is a Photograph’ exhibit, however, is vastly different. It has a very unique feel to it because it showcases a multitude of unconventional pieces. The works that are shown began as ordinary photographs, but were then manipulated by the artists to display unique perspectives. There were a number of works in which the artist fused the two dimensional with the three dimensional, such as a piece where photographs were embedded in the middle of a concrete pillar and a piece where a woman’s portrait was pierced by a fluorescent light. My favorite piece of this exhibit took the form of a two dimensional ‘shadow’ with a broom laid on top, titled “Shadow Sweeper”. This piece stuck out to me because of the physics of how the base photograph was taken. The image on the paper was sharper where the person and broom made contact with the photo paper, and this is what piqued my interest. The message that this piece was trying to make is still a mystery to me, but I admire the process of how it was made.
    Overall, I preferred the ‘What is a Photograph’ show because I felt that it was more aesthetically appealing. The works in ‘Capa in Color’ were easier to understand and appealed to a very specific audience, while the pieces in ‘What is a Photograph’ were more abstract and seemed to target a more general audience. Anyone can enjoy either show and the exposure to the different styles is beneficial to ones’ understanding and appreciation of art, so I would most certainly recommend both shows to someone else.

  71. Johnny Haddad says:

    This critique is on the film, Yes Man, directed by Peyton Reed. The film is about a divorced bank loan officer named Carl, (cast by Jim Carey), who never fully enjoyed life because he would just say no to any opportunities and have a pessimistic view towards everything. However, that was until he attended a seminar where he vowed to say YES to every opportunity that came his way. This film was very entertaining to watch. The plot seemed to come together very nicely and it inspired a very positive way to live life. Seizing every opportunity that came his way made Carl happier than he had ever been in his life and the entire neighborhood knew and loved him. The downfall to his “yes vow” was when his new girlfriend found out about the “yes vow” and only said yes to moving in with her because he had to. But soon enough, Carl realized that he should say yes, but only if he truly wants to; the seminar was only meant to open him up to the idea. What i found very interesting in the film, which relates to our class, is that Carl’s girlfriend, Allison (cast by Zooey Deschanel) was a photographer who sold her art. I loved the pictures she displayed in her showcase and how her and her peer photographers would go out on runs with their cameras searching for interesting scenes to take pictures of. The film had very nice picture; scenery taken of him (or his stunt double) trying to pilot a plane, bungie jump off a bridge, ride a Ducati bike, and my favorite, wear a roller-skate suit and skate all the way down a road on a mountain on his belly. The soundtrack of this film was “Yes Man”, and interestingly was performed by Zooey Deschanel who played Allison in the movie; it’s a great song you should give it a listen. Especially, you should give the film a try, you won’t be disappointed.

  72. Derek Koch says:

    Derek Koch
    Photography 33
    Perkins Center for the Arts

    Being a first time visitor to the Perkins Center, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew it was a photography exhibition of some sorts, but that was about it. Upon the first couple minutes of my visit it was clear that there was no real rhyme or reason to the selection of the images. The only distinguishable similarity was that the photographers all seemed to come from the general tri-state area. This being said, this smorgasbord of different styles, printing techniques, and media made for an interesting exhibit.
    It didn’t narrow its focus to one particular style or theme which allowed the viewer to take in a wide variety of photography, some of which I found engaging, others not so much. Two of my favorites were two black and white landscape portraits taken by Mike Froio. They offered crisp and dynamic compositions with interesting subject matter. Another photograph that caught my attention was “Before the Flood” taken by John Gayusky. At the time I’m sure he thought he had just captured a pretty picture, but the impact that photo now has I’m sure is more than he could have ever imagined. That beautiful scene filled with warm salty air, amusement, and happiness is now the exact spot littered with desolate framings of what was once the Funtown and Casino Piers.

  73. Kyle Grootenboer says:

    Kyle Grootenboer
    Honors History of Photography
    Matthew Brandt “Grays Lake, ID7”
    At the International Center of Photography, one of the largest pieces in the downstairs exhibit, “What is Photography?”, was Matthew Brandt’s “Grays Lake, ID7”. The sheer size of this piece in addition to the bright reds that cover it were what originally caught my eye. Upon further inspection, I could see that “Grays Lake, ID7” was a black and white picture of a lake and mountain landscape that appeared to be painted, or dyed rather because the original image was still clear behind the colors, with reds and blues. Reading the artist profile explained these blotches of color that seemed to tear through this beautiful landscape. They are caused by Brandt submerging the exposed and developed chromogenic paper in the water of the lake for days or weeks at a time as he monitors its progress. The water causes layers of the emulsion to lift off of the surface of the image and cause the distortion that is seen. He uses this destruction of the photograph to represent the destruction of nature which I really appreciate. Not only does the piece look beautiful, but it also carries an important environmentalist message. I think the predominance of the color red on the mutated photograph represents Brandt’s anger with what is happening to nature and I share these feelings with him. I think that is why I really enjoyed this piece, it is art with a powerful message behind it that really speaks to me.

  74. Andrew Rocco says:

    The Perkins center for the arts in Moorestown NJ was a beautiful and visually refreshing exhibit. Being from South Jersey, it was wonderful seeing both familiar scenes and local artists’ work. The two floor exhibit offered a unique feel which was more personal than other photography exhibits. It was genuine and clear, with little to no extravagance. Unlike the sterile fluorescent exhibits of large institutions, the Perkins center had an organic feel. The artwork itself was presented simply but with a thoughtful touch. The photos themselves were the central focus so the framing was kept as simple as possible. And as a central focus, the photos really captivate the viewer. The images range from artistic portrayals of everyday life to more emotional images of the Jersey Shore before and after Sandy. However one of my personal favorites was Keith Yahrling’s image of Fort Mifflin. The image is straight forward and concrete however also conveys emotion. The photo, which portrays the fort and in the distance a plane approaching Philadelphia International, reminded me of the time I visited the fort. In those few seconds, I was reminded of life 10 years ago. I remembered my friends, my family and how different life was then. Personally, I believe a good photo has the ability to make one feel or remember, even unintentionally. Although Yahrling did not intend to remind me of my childhood, his image still had a nostalgic effect on me. Throughout the exhibit, I found myself making personal connections with many of the images of South Jersey and Philadelphia. A photograph is only as powerful as the emotions it conveys. This exhibit and the image described above, accomplished this goal. The locality of the show, the photos and the presentation captivated my attention and rekindled memories from years ago.

  75. Daniel Choyce says:

    “Tell Me”- Ellen M. Bouvier

    The initial glance at just the title of the photo alone illustrates its striking nature. “Tell Me”, in my opinion, is a command that not only creates a sense of urgency, but a sense of authoritativeness. A statement that is straightforward and made to be obeyed, as the woman in the photo personifies. The contrast between light and dark is particularly striking in this image, due to the aluminium print that was used to create it. The blacks are extreme and the lights pop as the light hits them in accordance with the reflective nature of the aluminum. Thusly, the lighter portions of the photo resonate with the viewer and are much more obvious. Even more, the presentation of the photo (in the center of the room with a light focused on it, in addition to the sunlight coming in through the window) draws the viewer into the world of the photograph. The woman, with her light eyes highlighted, is begging you for an answer that you don’t know the answer to and are completely unaware of. Yet, her eyes drag you in with an intensity that, as far as my limited knowledge goes, only the best of photos can do. The off-centered nature of the woman’s head in the image also gives it a more life-like feel and creates more tension as the image battles for the viewer’s attention in the dark void its presented in., She is coming out of the shadows and forcing you to look her in the face with little or no other items to divert your attention. Even in the broader sense of the exhibit it was presented in (the Perkins Institute), the images around it do not really hinder the intensity in anyway. They are spaced in a way to give it the room it needs to get the image across and allow the viewer to their attention solely on what question (or command, whichever way you look at it) the woman is trying to get out of the viewer.

  76. Rahul Tripathi says:

    Critique 2

    This video about a white blood cell chasing down bacteria is a very interesting piece to me. The video itself is gives a good representation about how white blood cells react to bacteria and what the process looks like. I find it very interesting that we are able to convey this and illustrate it the way we do. It was too long ago, when we could not illustrate aspects that are so beyond our field of vision, but now, we are able to show aspects of the world that are otherwise unseen. This video, although short, also assists people in understanding information about cell biology. It gives a visual representation about how a neutrophil, which is a form of white blood cell, is able to phagocytize the bacteria and ultimately the digestive enzymes inside the neutrophil kills the bacteria. It shows how the white blood cells contracts and moves while avoid engulfing the red blood cells. Furthermore, this piece wasn’t made recently, however, was created in the 1950s. That’s very interesting to me mainly because I thought this piece would be a more recent production, however, it clearly states that we were able to produce a lot of interesting pieces far before the 21st century. Overall, I really enjoyed writing and reading about this piece as it really intrigued me because it correlates with what I am learning about and it’s interesting to see a visual representation such as this one regarding it.

  77. Patrick Bik says:

    Critique 3

    James Welling’s “6236 Glass House” was displayed in the exhibit What Is a Photograph? at the ICP. This photograph was interesting because the artist combined trees, a grassy field, and a pale sky with the interior design of a modern home. The house displayed in the image lacks a basic frame and the natural scenery in the background pierces through the transparent walls of the home. This creates an optical illusion for the observer. From one perspective, modern furnishings, such as a lamp, potted plant, chair, tables, set of cabinets, and other pieces of furniture, appear to stand outside on a grassy field with trees in the background. From a second perspective, the image shows the inside of a home containing modern furnishings with a detailed scenic wallpaper wrapping the interior of the home. I believe the artist succeeded in creating a genuine abstract photograph because viewers are provided with an illusion that is open to interpretation based on their individual knowledge and personal experiences. Another aspect of this photograph that I found appealing was the assortment of colors. The vivid orange colors and dim shades of yellow and green blend smoothly together throughout the image, producing a balanced mellow tone. The prominent, bright orange colors and the shaded portions within the photograph create the atmosphere of a sunset during the month of August. Furthermore, the meticulous use of contrast and fade by the artist enhances the transition between the colors in the image, ultimately optimizing the quality of the photograph.

  78. Jessica Healey says:

    Last week we traveled to the Perkins Center of the Arts to view the current exhibit, Photography 33, featuring many photos from a variety of local photographers. One of the photographs that I found to be very interesting was “Tell Me” by Elena M. Bouvier from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I really liked this photograph for a variety of different reasons. When I stepped into the room, it immediately drew my attention. It was on a wall with two other photos, but this one in particular stood out. The photo was very dramatic because it is so zoomed in on the man’s face. His face is so large that it is becomes intimidating to the viewer. The fact that the photo is black and white contributes to the drama, because the contrast is so extreme. When I was looking at this photo, I could almost imagine with this man looked like in color. I also believe that the title, “Tell Me”, really works with the piece because the title is demanding and threatening to a certain extent, in a similar way to the photograph itself. The facial expression on the man is very serious, and in my opinion angry. This works with message of the piece. To me, it is as if he is threatening the individual to tell him what he wants to know. All in all, this was one of the strongest pieces in the show because it captures the audiences attention and it makes you think about what is going on with the man to make him look the way he does.

  79. Mark Errera says:

    Mark Errera
    John Gayusky
    “Before the Flood: Jersey Shore”
    Perkins Center for the Arts

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Perkins Center. Most of the photos were the style of art that I like; visually pleasing and not totally up for debate. This one in particular, “Before the Flood: Jersey Shore,” was one of my favorites. The photo shows a parallel shot of the Jersey shore, showing the board walk, the beach, the ocean, and a couple of amusement park piers. (It had to have been a chilly day because the beach is not as crowded as the Jersey shore should be.) The photo is in a simple white and black outlined frame that looks nice but does not take away from the photo.

    One of the main reasons why I like this photo is that it reminds me of the summer and going to the beach with my family. They are some of my favorite memories and this photo reminded me of some of the great times I’ve had at the beach. Also, since its been so cold it reminded me of warmer times. It is a ‘happy’ photo, meaning that the colors are vibrant, people are having a good time, and relaxing.

    However, it also is slightly eerie at the same time. The title is “Before the Flood…” and I can assume this to mean before Hurricane Sandy. This photo literally represents the ‘calm before the storm.’ It is sad to think what will happen to this peaceful town, and what it will look like after the storm hits.

    Overall, I enjoyed this piece and many other pieces at the Perkins Center.

  80. Christine Collins says:

    Following a trip to the International Center of Photography in February, this past Thursday our class visited the Perken’s Center for the Arts in Moorestown NJ. Although I liked both centers for different reasons, I definitely found the Perken’s Center to be more relatable to me. It had a much homier feel to it and the curator was available to talk about the various pieces and how he set them up! Overall I agreed with the placements of the photos and liked the contrasting and variety of pieces that we were able to view. I also liked how the photos were also from much more local photographers. Two pieces that stood out to me and held my interest most were located upstairs called “Just Michaela” and “Mickey and Michaela” both by Maria Papadopoulos from Williamstown NJ. “Just Michaela” portrayed a young girl sitting on a bed alone. You can see the reflection of the windows behind her, and the light in the room is centered on her head, almost in a halo type way. The look she has is very thoughtful. To me, the picture reminds me very much of the biblical story of Mary when she finds out from Gabriel that she will be bearing the Son of God. In contrast, to the peaceful scene of “Michaela”, “Mickey and Michaela” shows a teenage girl dressed in tight short neon clothes. In the background is what looks to be a school portrait of a young girl. Upon research I discovered that the two portraits are part of a series called “The Three of Us” all which show variations of teenage girls. To me it seems like the photographer is trying to show the struggles of growing up and being a teenager, and how sometimes when children hit the teenage years they have a fall from innocence. I would very much like to hear from Papadopoulos on her vision for the series of photographs, as well as visit the Perken’s Center for the Arts again!

  81. Danielle Habiby says:

    Danielle Habiby
    Critique 3
    Before the Flood: Jersey
    On display in the Photography 33 exhibition at the Perkins Center for the Arts, Before the Flood: Jersey by John Gayusky, was one of the photo that really caught my eye as I walked through the exhibit. Living in central Jersey, near the coast, I personally saw the effects of Hurricane Sandy and how much devastation it caused. This photo brought back the nostalgia of going back to the beach as a kid and riding the rides on the boardwalk. The colors in the photo were extremely vibrant and made the viewer feel a part of the warmth and fun going on in the photo. I also loved that within the frame of the photo there are tons of different things going on. Each person you look at in the photo is doing something different. I especially enjoyed that there was a group of people on the large ride closest to the camera. They are flying in the air (attached the harnesses and safety gear) and it gives the photo an extra sense of whimsicality. This photo struck a note within me that not many other photos did, in this gallery. There were other photos concerning Hurricane Sandy and the devastation it cause, however they were taken post storm and did not have the same joy that Before the Flood: Jersey had. This photo was my favorite in the exhibit. This type of photo is one that I would love to hang up in my personal living room.

  82. Joe Block says:

    Joe Block
    Critique 2
    Spike Jonze’s “Her”

    Spike Jonze, for me, has always been a director of exquisite vision. I mean, honestly, forget his movies. Have you seen his music video for Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice”? Those few minutes of Christopher Walken hypnotically dancing quite possibly make the most mesmerizing and recognizable music video short of “Thriller”. The guy’s a visionary. When I saw the trailer for his latest film, “Her”, well… I try not to exaggerate when I say it looked like it could be his magnum opus. “Her”, in short, is about the romantic relationship between a man and a self-aware computer “being” (for lack of a better word), and its trailer presented something stunning. The rich, nearly tangible pastel-colored futuristic (though, thankfully, not too futuristic) setting. The sweet, somber score by Arcade Fire. The refreshing new take on the classic “boy meets girl” romance story, this case being “boy meets robot”. My only concern was that the film was going to be written by Jonze himself instead of his trusty screenwriting sidekick (and arguably his creative superior) Charlie Kaufman. Fortunately, Jonze’s first venture in writing was on par with the likes of Mr. Kaufman. Hell, it won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 2014 Academy Awards. Jonze succeeded in telling a true romance story, and not the typical romcom’s take on romance, where becoming a couple in the end goal of the entire story. No, “Her” captures the realistic highs and lows of being in a relationship, and the amazing part is only one half of the couple has a physical presence. This film is something special. The fact that it has an honest story with lovable characters is enough to make it a good movie, but it inspires such emotional connections with its ironically realistic take on love despite the fantastic elements behind it. After watching it, I sat there in the movie theater with my friends until the last of the credits rolled, all of us amazed with what we had just witnessed. When a movie has you questioning the nature of life and the nature of love while the usher sweeping the popcorn bits around your feet, it’s safe to say it’s a good watch.

  83. Johnny Haddad says:

    I was very fortunate to have the chance to visit the Perkins Center for the Arts. I was very pleased with the environment of the center; everything was very welcoming and comfortable. I was especially delighted to enjoy playing the piano in three different rooms while looking at the pieces of art in each of them. The very first room in the living room wasn’t as fascinating as the pictures upstairs but it had a few pieces of art I liked. I certainly didn’t find anything interesting about John Singletary’s Live Stock Diptych; it seemed almost disturbing with the distorted picture of a pigs head. However in the other room downstairs, I loved the photographs taken by John Decker. My favorite one of all is Untitled but it is a photograph of two young boys on a shore. They appear to be brothers and the older one seems to be representing the adventurous, responsible brother who is looking out to the sea through a spotting scope while the other brother is representing the follower who is up to any task his brother wants to do. There is another photograph of these two young boys who seem to be walking far into a desert. You can see the sunset from behind and the spotting scope still grasped in the older brother’s hand. This photograph is also untitled. Both of these photographs are my absolute favorite at the Perkins Center for the Arts. It seemed so unreal how perfect the photographer was able to capture these two moments and make them seem as if they were edited when they weren’t. While upstairs, two other photographs caught my eye. Both of them were themed around the New Jersey shore. One of them is titled Seaside Heights: Dino and it literally shows a Tyrannosaurus Rex model or blow up perhaps, on the shore. The other photo is titled, Before the Flood: Jersey Shore, and it captures the beautiful liveliness of Seaside Heights before the terrible Hurricane Sandy came and destroyed everything. This brought me back to the memories of my friends who were devastated by the storm and lost so much. Overall, I was very pleased with the Perkins Center and appreciated the welcoming entrance and visit.

  84. Danielle Habiby says:

    Danielle Habiby
    Photography 33
    Perkins Center for the Arts
    Visiting the Perkins Center for the Arts was a first-time experience for me. The center was hosting exhibit displaying photography taken by residents of the Mid-Atlantic region New Jersey. Each photo had been chosen by a single juror and then displayed in the original framing chosen by the artist. The exhibit was two floors and displayed a variety of different types of photography. I enjoyed some of the photos displayed, however some of it was not appealing to me in the slightest. It worked out that the photography that I enjoyed was on the second floor of the exhibit while the others were on the first. Even though the gallery did not have a specific theme, the second floor of it seemed to flow better. Each photo on the second floor spoke more to me and seemed to have more of a story than did the photos on the first floor. On the first floor there was a photo named Livestock Diptych, featuring a pig head. It is not sure whether the pig is alive or dead in the picture, which made me very uncomfortable as a viewer. It seemed very grotesque and unnecessary in my opinion. The second floor featured a photo named Before the Flood: Jersey which made me think of summer and good times at the beach. This photo reminds me of the times before Superstorm Sandy, with all the rides and attractions working at Seaside Heights Boardwalk in the summer. Overall, I enjoyed the exhibit and the experience I got out of visiting the center, even though there were certain aspects I did not enjoy.

  85. Patrick Bik says:

    Critique 2

    At the ICP, Matthew Brand’s “Gray’s Lake” was one of several photographs that immediately captured my attention. This piece was displayed downstairs in the exhibit called: What Is a Photograph? “Gray’s Lake” is relatively large compared to the other pieces in the exhibit. Placed in the center of the wall in the back room, this unframed photograph held a strong presentation as if it was the most important piece in the room. I believe the large size of the image was appropriate because it is a scenic photograph. If one stands close enough to the large photograph, the enhanced view of the mountains, clouds, and body of water can evoke a lifelike feeling of standing on the terrain in the image; this may have been the artist’s intention for displaying a larger photograph. The color in the piece is another reason why I found this photograph appealing. More than half of the black and white photograph is covered with splashes of blood red color with scattered shades of blue and purple. I have never seen an artist manipulate a photograph in this fashion. It seems as if the artist splashed an open bucket of red paint on the photograph while it was hanging on the wall. Since the photograph is in black and white, the contrast of the grey and white clouds as well as the dark terrain forces the red color to standout. However, the white color of the clouds, lake, and painted lines on the road balance the piece to ensure that the scenic image is not lost behind the bright red coating.

    • Very well described. I can certainly get a sense of the scale and look of the piece as well as its power in comparison to other works. You also do a great job of articulating the sensibility of the image.

      Good job!

  86. Jessica Healey says:

    “What is a Photograph” was a photography show featured at the International Photography Center in New York City. I absolutely loved this show and appreciated the work and messages that came across through the pieces of work. As a Biology major with minimal exposure to photography or art in general, I will admit that prior to this show I had a preconceived notion as to what a photo was. My idea of a photo was black and white- it was an image that was taken by a camera. I thought it was simple, but this show showed me that the definition of a photograph is far from black and white. For example, one of the pieces featured in the show was a stationary video camera filming a knife. Nothing in the frame moved, but when cars drove by the outside of the window, one could see the colors and shapes of the car reflect on the blade of the knife. It was fascinating to see that this stationary knife being recorded was actually a photograph. Another piece that I really liked in the show was a landscape photograph. However, red paint was put all throughout the photograph to symbolize what pollution is doing to the environment. I found it very interesting to see that a photograph could be altered after it was taken in this way to represent the photographer’s view on the specific subject. Prior to this show, I would not have considered a video or a photograph with paint a real photograph. However, I realized that my view on photography was too narrow. Photographs are not necessarily images just taken with a camera. They can be altered images, they could be videos, or pretty much anything that someone can use to capture or represent reality.

    • I greatly appreciate how you position the reader in your place in terms of your expertise and understanding of the work in the museum. It adds strength when you describe the landscape and your interpretation of its meaning. Your background is essential to the reader’s understanding of your impression of the piece. Good work!

  87. Daniel Choyce says:


    One of my personal favorite photos ever is “The Falling Man”, which was taken by Richard Drew on September 11, 2001. It is haunting and, yet, strangely beautiful in a way. In the most basic sense, it is a news photo (the Associated Press) of a man falling to his death from the North Tower. While it certainly is a front page worthy photo for the media to use to illustrate the horrific and utterly senseless violence/death of the 9/11, the image, in my opinion, holds a meaning beyond that of simple description. What is most poignant about the photo is that the main subject of the picture seems to blend in with his surroundings. There is no stark contrast between him and the gray, reflective surface of the tower. The sharp focus and high value tones (provided by the clear, sunny morning) help make it more apparent as to what the viewer is supposed to be witnessing. Even more notable is that, while the subject is falling from a large distance, he seems to be frozen in space, yet again illustrating the doomed scenario the subject has be placed in. Subtle, yet grim. The composition of the photo creates the overall theme about our passive understanding about the inevitability of death and our realization that it cannot be avoided. The man is poised to die,but, even in such a dire circumstance, he has accepted the fact that he has finally lost the battle of life vs. death, as we all will eventually. It not only provides an example of how all of us one day must come to terms with death, but that we should do it sooner than later because you never know when an average Tuesday could be the last time you walk this earth. Death is something that we should resign ourselves to and accept its inevitability, rather than fear it. This man does not fear his fate. He is resolute and remarkably serene. If it must happen, dying does not need to be a process of fear and panic. It should be a time of thought and tranquility. As a human writing this, it is hard for me to even grasp this concept, but it is one of the most poignant messages I have ever come across in a photo, especially one as realistic as this one.

  88. Anthony Horvath says:

    This critique will focus on two of Capa’s similar photographs which were on display at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Both of the photographs are of the same location in Paris. Though, that is all that is the same about these photographs. The first photograph is a black and white image of a Paris street during the day and the other is a color photograph of the street at night with a long exposure. This disparity makes the viewer appreciate the photographs on a deeper level. Looking at the first photograph the location has a stillness to it, it seems very ordinary. Then in the second photograph life is brought to the Paris street. The long exposure turns the headlights of the cars into beautiful streams of light. These streams of light bring attention to the illuminated centerpiece of the photograph. In my opinion the second photograph is the more pleasing one to view but the first compliments it. The first allows the viewer to understand that the location is a hub for cars but with no color the image isn’t alive. In the second the image is alive but there is no sense of how busy the location is.

  89. Samantha Safchinsky
    Honors History of Photography
    Critique of “Untitled”

    While at the International Center for Photography in New York City, we experienced two floors with very different exhibits. Downstairs, the exhibit was called “What is a Photograph?” which tested the limits for what is considered to be a photograph. In that exhibit was two works by Marlo Pascual, both untitled. One featured an antelope picture with a stool attached to the front of it. The other was a picture of a woman with a light going through the canvas. After discussing this in class, I have different opinions about each of the photos.

    The antelope picture with a stool attached to the front did not evoke any emotion from me. I did not understand it after looking at it for a decent amount of time. The art just seemed to be pointless and I did not think the stool added anything to the piece. In fact, I looked at the stool as just an obstruction to a perfectly good picture and found myself unable to look at the piece as more than that.

    The picture of the woman with the light through it made a statement to me. I thought the light going through the beautiful woman reminded me of a woman doing her makeup in one of those large makeup mirrors. Because of that, I interpreted the piece to be a statement about women in society. This made me appreciate the obstruction of a nice photo because the obstruction is what gave the piece meaning.

    To me, art is supposed to have a meaning, regardless if the viewer sees it right away or not. After reading Marlo Pascual’s description of the photos as simply testing the limits of photography without any real symbolic meaning, I had a hard time just accepting that as the meaning behind the works, and therefore had a hard time relating to the antelope one. At least with the woman, I was able to find a deeper symbolism, whether it was intended or not.

  90. Nicolette Camishion says:

    Critique #4 – ICP Exhibit: What is a Photograph?

    On the set up:
    Compared to the flow and rigidness of the Capa show, the WIAP exhibition felt more ‘fun’. It was in-your-face color that screamed at you to feel something, anything, on each piece of the show. The variety of sizes, styles, media, and colors made the flow of the show a chaotic one, but it worked for this showcase in the way that photography has some many outlets.

    On the message:
    From this show I gleaned that there is so much more to photography than meets the eye, which I guess is the case for any type of art. Everyone thinks of photography as a straightforward media, when in reality there are so many different outlets to explore. Taking a picture without using a camera? I was so blown away by this idea; it was just amazing to me that people can come up with these abstract concepts and create something so beautiful and with so much meaning.

    On the show itself:
    I was honestly suppressed at how much I liked this exhibit. I think that it felt more like a museum show or gallery that I am used to, with many different artists and styles represented under a single unifying purpose. Specifically, I was most interested in the Polaroid manipulations, the Photogram photos, and the photos that were created using expired or overexposed film or paper. It is so interesting that photos that were made by sheer luck or by mistake have such a visual appeal! I have always wanted a Polaroid camera, but the film so expensive and hard to find now that the actual Polaroid film production is discontinued. Knowing that there was once a type of ‘mistake’ film that allowed for the picture to be manipulated in such an awesome creative way make me even more determined to one day to own a type of snap-and-print camera. And I could find a way; I would immediately jump on a chance to experiment in a darkroom with Photograms.

  91. Nicolette Camishion says:

    Critique #3 – ICP Exhibit: Capa in Color

    On the set up:
    Having frequented many different museums in my lifetime, I was impressed on how open the show felt even though it was displaying a large amount of work. Having the pictures broken up into their location category made it easy to transition to one period of time to another, and the framing of each photo brought cohesion to the entire show. One negative I have on the show is the fact that the explanations for multiple pictures were often grouped together so it was hard for me to focus on who was in each picture at times (though I am not sure if this is the norm for photography exhibitions or not).

    On the message:
    The immense diversity present throughout the show was astonishing; Capa was very well-rounded and obviously knew how to get a good shot. I think his show had different meanings – the majority of the military pictures had a drastically different feel that that of the fashion photos.

    On the show itself:
    Focusing on the fashion photos, I think that Capa was able to capture the humanity of so many famous people of the time: the Generation X models looked like they were normal, carefree people. Capa was also able to portray famous artists like Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway in a way that I have never seem before – to me, Picasso would have always been seen in my head of this eccentricity dressed mad-man covered in paint and dust. Not saying that he wasn’t like that, but Capa now has given me a different perspective on the leader of the cubist movement.
    As a whole, I really enjoyed the variety that Capa showed in both his subjects and style of shooting. As someone who has a sort of ‘vision’ of how I would like my future house to look like, I could most definitely see me having (at least copies of) his working hanging on my walls.

  92. Kyle Grootenboer says:

    Kyle Grootenboer
    Honors History of Photography
    Alison Rossiter “Lament”
    At the International Center of Photography, there was one display in particular in the downstairs exhibit “What is Photography?”, that stood out from the rest: Alison Rossiter’s “Lament”. It was not a large or colorful display, but it drew my attention immediately. All of the pieces were either black and white or dulled out browns with no definite shape and upon reading the artist’s profile that the museum had printed, I learned that all of these “pictures” were the result of using chemicals on expired Eastman Kodak Kodabromide E3 paper. The images that appeared on the paper were like abstract drawings and the lack of color created a somber mood throughout the whole piece. Rossiter must have also felt this as she named the piece “Lament” to represent a mourning of the death of analog photography. I felt like each of these images was a ghost of the era of analog photography captured on paper. This idea was reinforced by the artist’s decision to put an “expiration date” and “date processed” next to each photo, thus recreating the feeling of viewing a tombstone. Overall, I really enjoyed this display. I have always been a fan of black and white art as I feel it conveys a more serious and often sadder mood and the darker side of art has always attracted me. This was an abstract piece of art that made sense to me and I really liked that it challenges what most people would consider photography as it does not contain any actual photographs but rather their ghosts.

  93. Paul Rothlauf says:

    Paul Rothlauf
    At the International Center of Photography, in the downstairs exhibit, is a piece entitled Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, California (2013). This piece is a stunning photograph shot by David Benjamin Sherry. The piece hangs in the exhibit What is a Photograph? and challenges the rules of photography. In typical photographs of nature and landscapes we often see intense color. The diversity of the colors in nature is often what draws people to those specific works. However, this work is different. We know that Yosemite is one of the United States’ largest tourist attractions because of its beauty; however, David Benjamin Sherry proves that the colors aren’t the only thing drawing people there. He challenges what a typical photograph is and completely eliminates the color diversity. Instead he uses a technique in his photograph that makes it become different tones of orange. By doing this, it is increasingly difficult to make out where the trees and rocks start and stop. However, I am partial to this technique because it is unlike anything I have ever seen before. Because the waterfall is so white in comparison to the orange colored trees and rocks, it stands out more than if it were a normally colored photograph. It is difficult to gauge the height of the waterfall, which brings a sense of mystery to the piece, as well. Sherry proves that photographers can defy the conventional methods to still create beautiful works of art. This orange piece is not the only piece that Sherry has like this. He has an entire collection of photographs that are colored differently, such as landscapes in blue, orange, and green. The whole collection has led me too look at photography differently. I used to view photographs by what was in the picture, and failed to appreciate photographs for their artistic imagination. Sherry has shown us that photographs can be beautiful and intriguing even if they seem to be ruined by random colors. Seeing his work at the ICP led me too look up his other works and want to try this method myself.

    • Well said. You do a great job of setting up the images for the reader and then describing it in reference to other more traditional works. I also appreciate your openness to the unconventional nature of the piece and your interest in finding out more. Good job!

  94. Andrew Rocco says:

    The ICP’s “Capa in Color” exhibit offers a unique, never before seen look into the past. The show, half biography, half photo journalism, depicts the post-World War II world in beautiful color and striking visuals. Robert Capa, a Hungarian born photo journalist who was renowned for his war photography, covered conflict and crisis, as well as leisure and everyday life. From Italy to Indochina, Capa captures life in an artful and realistic manner. Through this exhibit, viewers are able to see the world the way Capa did. Although this perspective is at times less gritty than his work during the war or even contemporary photo journalism, it is still visually captivating and historically rich. Unlike traditional black and white photography, which is sometimes disconnected and impersonal, Capa’s photos evoke a strong emotional response. Vibrant reds, blues, and greens make the images so much more lasting. Instead of the bleak and ominous images usually shown of Soviet Russia, Capa challenges the mold and shows a more human side to the Soviets. Furthermore, the characters in his color photos are more complex, interesting and lively. For example, the scenes from the Swiss Alps depict an environment where fun and relaxation were the top priority. His images are warm and bright with vivid colors and sharp contrasts. Because of this clarity and style of the photographs, Capa’s work conveys the same emotion to current viewers as to his audience over a half century ago. Although the subjects are from the past, the images themselves show no signs of aging or antiquity. In its purest form, photography is a means by which to capture a moment and preserve a memory. Through Capa’s work, and the ICP exhibit, people today have a realistic and captivating window into the past.

  95. Mark Errera says:

    Mark Errera
    Critique 2
    Capa’s American Judith Stanton

    Much of Capa’s work involved taking pictures of wartime and capturing the history of many different wars. However, he seemed to have been able to take some time and photograph a postwar ski resort. These pictures were different than others in his exhibit. Being an avid skier myself, I was drawn towards these images. This one in particular, American Judith Stanton, really stood out to me. The first thing that caught my eye was the rich blue of the ski, telling me how perfect of a day it must have been to ski. I then noticed that it must have been an older photo (quite obviously) because of the type of skis she had, not being the modern ones we use today. However, my favorite part of the image was the reflection in her glasses. She was looking up towards presumably the summit of the mountain, and in the glasses’ reflection, you can see the snow covered mountain. It was a very interesting dimension of the picture. Additionally, this woman did not fit the stereotypical woman; she has her sleeves rolled up, flannel shirt, short hair, and her elbows seem to be scraped up. However, she is thrilled to be at that spot as evidenced by her huge smile. Perhaps this photo symbolizes the hard work of the war, but the exuberance of its completion. I very much liked this image because it was a ‘happy’ image, and signified a good era being postwar.

  96. Aaron Sorin says:

    Aaron Sorin
    Critique 2

    The I.C.P in New York City is currently exhibiting a collection of Robert Capa’s works called ‘Capa in Color’. Capa was a photojournalist who documented five different wars between 1936 and his death in 1954. There are three distinct types of photographs that the venue displayed; images of civilian life, images of celebrity life and images of the wars. Capa’s images hold a sense of optimism and seem to show the subjects looking forward to a bright tomorrow. This is especially true in the war images because they depict the soldiers as happy and smiling, seemingly, without a care in the world. Even the photographs of the Nazi soldiers make it seem as if they are average human beings showing love for their country. The images of civilian life tell a different story. These photos contrast sharply with each other, because on one hand, the American citizens show the same optimism and positive outlook that the soldiers did, but on the other hand, the Israeli citizens in the Jerusalem scenes are full of sadness and fear. The sadness and fear were feelings that resulted from the unrest that was unfolding across Europe and the Middle East during the time period that Capa took photos. Capa’s celebrity photographs are different from the ones that we typically see today. His shots seem more like glamour shots, showing celebrities at their best, whereas the paparazzi shots of today paint celebrities in the worst light possible. Despite this difference, his shots seem equally as truthful as the ones we have today, solely because of the context from which they come.
    I enjoyed ‘Capa in Color’ because it seems to really bring the history of the time period to life. There is plenty of variety to the subject matter in his pictures, but they still seem interrelated somehow. I think that Capa’s pictures do a fantastic job at capturing the history of the time period, and I would definitely recommend the show to anyone with a taste for history.

  97. Christine Collins says:

    This weekend I had the fortune to visit the International Center of Photography in New York City, which had two main exhibitions, “Capa in Color”, and “What is a Photograph?”. Both held my interest, however the one that definitely stuck with me and captivated me most was the lower “What is a Photograph” exhibition. When I first entered the exhibition, I was confused. Many of the “photographs” appeared to me to be 3-D sculptures, videos, and very other non-traditional images. However, as I walked throughout the various rooms I began to see how the definition of photograph could be broadened to be interpreted as many different things. One of the pieces that especially illustrated this to me was the piece “Knife” by Owen Kydd. In his piece, Kydd made a “durational photograph” in which he trained the video camera on a motionless knife in a store window. It would have looked just like any other traditional photograph, except it was on a screen and there were subtle movements in the background outside the store window, such as people walking by and cars whirling past. Overall, I really liked the piece for its innovation and the way it made me think. It made me think of videos as more as a series of photographs stitched together to make one motion picture. It also allowed for the viewer to focus on more of the environment around the actual object being photographed. I wish I had the chance to meet the author and discuss why he choose a knife as a subject, which was something not mentioned on the sheet next to the piece. I would also be interested to see more of Kydd’s work.

  98. Anthony Horvath says:

    This review is about the first photograph that drew my attention on the trip to the International Center of Photography in New York. That photo was the one of the Nazi cemetery. This photo performs the difficult task of humanizing the Nazis. It shows that no matter how terrible people are, we are all people which means we will one day die. Death is an unfortunate part of life and it is human nature to feel sympathy for those who have past, even former Nazis. Capa has done work in both color and black. The fact that the photo is in color allows it to even further humanize the Nazis. If the photo was in black and white it would cause a disconnect with reality because we perceive in color. Because of the color, it feels more real to the viewer. The angle of the photo draws attention to three different graves all of which are different ranks (this is able to be determined from the different types of headstones). This further humanizes them showing that no matter what ranks they were they are all now in the same place. Capa did brilliant work with this photograph.

  99. Nicolette Camishion says:

    Critique #2 – Core Exhibit 2014

    On the set up:
    Upon entering the room, your eye is immediately drawn to the three freestanding pieces that are in the center of the room. I liked how these drew you in, because I felt that these three pieces represented the diversity of the entire show. I was able to see the finished lighting (unlike the previous student-show that I viewed) and I believe that it really did make a big difference. While the pieces of art were all varied in style, the way that they were framed (white paper matte for most) with a simple plastic cover allowed for the show to flow. The styles were intermediately mixed, which made me circle the whole gallery instead of just focusing on one area.

    On the message:
    This exhibit was produced from a combination of artists, showcasing their best artwork of the year. With no descriptions given for the pieces, I was glad to know a few artists who did piece of similar style in order to understand what was going on. Compared to other exhibits, this showcase as a whole didn’t necessarily have any underlining meanings (to me, at least) other than a sense that I was viewing an artist’s favorite or best piece of work.

    On the show itself:
    This show was very visually pleasing to me. Two of my favorite styles of art, realism and modern/contemporary abstraction (polar opposites, I know, I know!) were very accurately portrayed which meant that I was able to spend a good amount of time in the gallery just enjoying myself. Have charcoal intertwined between works of color meant that I spent more time than I might have analysis each piece, because each piece was so drastically different from the last. I hope that I will be able to visit the gallery again before the next Senior Exhibit goes up, because for me seeing the same piece twice means that I will be able to pick up more detail on my favorite pieces than I did before.

  100. Megan Fleischer says:

    As an entirety Joyce Kozloff’s show was incredibly interesting, instead of looking at art in a painterly manner she took a different approach in using design qualities to express her ideas. Her portrayal of war is intellectual and beautiful in design, and allows the viewer to immerse themselves in all the details throughout each piece.
    Her “Manifest Destiny” set was especially interesting. The way the classic background from the music sheet goes with the variety of stickers creates a childlike whimsicality. While the maps covered in cut outs of various Warhammer monsters creates a striking contrast. The repeating quote “In World War I, 9 out of 10 deaths were soldiers. In today’s wars, 1 out 10 is a soldiers” really solidifies the haunting message of death that is expressed throughout these pieces.
    Her piece “Revolver”, has an interesting arrangement of color and as the piece spins the viewer is meant to become dizzy. The use of different cultures’ imagery is also a creative way to express the idea of “future war”. The mechanism behind the piece was specially made and acts similarly to a lazy susan, as the piece stops spinning it slows to a gentle spiral which goes from making one dizzy to a more relaxing effect as the colors slowly spin. Creating this image in a circle also portrays how war and battle is never-ending. I do feel that the constellations used on half the piece make it very difficult to focus in on the image and if it was my decision I would have opted to omit it.

  101. Patrick Carroll says:

    Patrick Carroll
    History of Photography
    Critique 1

    Joyce Kozloff’s work, “American History”, is a collection of nine separate pieces that, together, form a narrative of America’s humble and peaceful beginnings, to a near future ending in which America and other world superpowers begin a nuclear power struggle for control of the world. The beginning piece chronicles the time before anyone had “discovered” the New World, following that are the periods between the Revolutionary War and World War I. Separate pieces then depict World War I and II, as well as current conflicts in the Middle East, ending in an apocalyptic setting that she foresees as inevitable. The pieces all feature an identical setting, that is, all the pieces focus on a specific portion of America, as can be noted by the similar mountain/river structures and the same city block repeated throughout the pieces. The purpose of this is to represent how war can change such a peaceful and humble place, as seen in the first piece, to an apocalyptic setting in which everyone is fighting to get ahead. The very haven that was fought over in the beginning, between the natives and the settlers, has become a sort of cesspool tainted by war and greed that by comparison, isn’t really worth fighting for. Kozloff achieves her goal in this collection by purposely making the latter pieces less appealing than those that precede it.

  102. Daniel Choyce says:

    Interestingly enough, the piece I am going to be writing about is classified as a “children’s movie.” It is an awesome movie, but primarily aimed towards those who still attend elementary school. However, what the Lego Movie does incredibly well is break out of that inherited definition to transform into something that crosses the age barrier and has an overwhelming global appeal to those of any age. Relative to other films, the film follows a basic linear story line that, in all honesty, is not groundbreaking in itself. What makes this movie different and overall better than its contemporary animated bretheran is its use of the materials used to tell the story, Legos. The majority of people have, at one time or another, played with Legos and are fully aware of what constitutes a Lego. In a refreshing change of pace, the Lego Movie plays upon this knowledge and is entirely self-aware (when compared to other films directed towards a composite audience familiar with the subject matter, material, etc). That is, the Lego figures and pieces shown in the film are not presented as some other worldly entities who exist in a world that is separate from our own, but rather in the world we currently reside in (as hinted at through the majority and revealed later in the movie). The message presented also utilizes the contemporary world to convey the message that we are all special in our own special way (a classic kid’s movie trope). While this does bog the movie down at the conclusion of the movie for the older audience members, it does personify (literally) that message in a simplified and accurate way that those audience members who might be at the movie merely for the sound and lights can grasp. For those older viewers, there a ton of references that the children would not understand and would be well-appreciated, including well-timed satirical characters and pop culture references. In terms of the formal elements, the Lego Movie is absolutely beautiful. The colors, especially in certain scenes, create a surreal atmosphere that are guaranteed to make most meekly utter a form of disbelief or admiration to themselves or, as in my case, out loud to the others with me. The way it is shot simply just enhances those reactions( seamless stop motion). A majority of the film puts the main character in the center of the screen (to make him the obvious focal point for the young ones), but provides a distinctively clear view of the background to enhance the viewing experiences. Overall, The Lego Movie was an impressive film for what it was originally determined to be and is a beautiful achievement in animated film-making, up there with other classic movies like Up, Toy Story, The Lion King, and Shrek.

  103. Gabriela Zardus says:

    Gabriela Zardus
    Review #1
    Helen Keppen’s senior thesis exhibition Cult of Domesticity was a well put together show involving three different artistic mediums. There were ink prints, ceramic sculptures, and fresco paintings. Helen did a good job in displaying each piece in a way that showcased the medium in a positive; such as placing her ceramic cakes on pedestals atop the dessert table, or how she placed the frescos she completed while in Italy amongst a group of photos she took while studying abroad at SACI. All of the work within the show corresponded well with with each other, and related to her idea she articulated on in her artist statement. Helen’s artwork displayed the idea of how women have always been displayed through history as the typical domestic home maker. Helen’s ceramic cakes which I found to be quite adorable were very well crafted, with her even using a piping utensil to decorate them, making the cakes as realistic as possible. Out of all the work present I was most interested in her three fresco paintings. The frescos were realistically depicted paintings of pinup women. Helen displayed the frescos in a case close to the entrance of the room that gave them a heightened aesthetic feel upon viewing. I was also very intrigued by her surrounding the works with photos from SACI, where you could actually see the process she went through to create the artwork. It was especially exciting to see the process of the work because it is closely related to the history of painting, being the common style of painting the great renaissance artists used in the past. Helen’s ink prints were also presented in a professional and appealing way, yet they didn’t interest me as much as her other works. The imperfect effects that the print making medium often makes were apparent within her work giving it a very authentic look, but was not necessarily appealing to me. The images her printmaking work portrayed mocked the traditional “suzy home maker” stereotype she mentioned in her statement, with some of the images even being humorous.

  104. Patrick Bik says:

    Critique 1

    I found Joyce Kozloff’s “Rocking the Cradle” to be an interesting piece in her exhibit. At first glance, it appears to be nothing more than a traditional wooden cradle. However, the cradle’s sophisticated design is noticeable upon closer examination. The cradle is constructed symmetrically with smooth pieces of fine cut wood. A map painted in sky blue with white boundary lines wraps the cradle’s interior and contains arrows in bold shades of orange and red. The color of the wood complements the painted arrows, causing them to stand out in the midst of the light colored map. Kozloff’s message in “Rocking the Cradle” seems to focus on the subject of war, a theme common throughout her exhibit. I believe this piece shows that wars exhibit a rocking motion, similar to that of a rocking cradle. Even though a war may take place in a confined boundary, the consequences that arise during this destructive phenomenon shift back and forth between competing sides. The arrows painted within the map may resemble attacks executed on designated cities or territories, with stacking arrows marking areas of high conflict. I believe the color of the arrows depict the severity of the attack. Orange colors may resemble attacks that result in minor injuries while the different shades of burgundy represent significant casualties; the darker the shade, the bloodier the battle. I believe Kozloff’s final message in “Rocking the Cradle” is that all wars will cease with time, just as a traditional rocking cradle eventually returns to rest.

  105. Samantha Safchinsky says:

    Samantha Safchinsky
    Critique 1
    “The Wolf of Wall Street”

    “The Wolf of Wall Street” combines humor, drama, crime and business into one excellent movie.
    The cast of the movie included big names like Leonardo DiCaprio, who, not surprisingly, jumped fully into the role of Jordan Belfort, the lead character based on a true story about a stock broker who becomes beyond rich in a questionable way.

    What impressed me the most, however, was Jonah Hill’s performance. Since becoming popular from working on movies with Seth Rogen and James Franco, Hill has reached the pinnacle of his career with his performance as Donnie Azoff. He has moved past just being a comedy actor and showed he can play many roles, including Belfort’s right-hand man.

    Belfort’s second wife, Naomi, is played by Margot Robbie, an Australian actress who I’d never heard of before this movie. Her acting is wonderful. Not only does she look the part and have the thick New York accent to match, but she is able to convey the initial shallow emotions Naomi has about being with a rich man and then move toward the deeper, sadder emotions later in the movie.

    When looking at the movie as a whole, it is clear that Martin Scorcese had fun making this movie because it is so fun to watch. The idea of mixing drugs, sex, love and money is such a typical thing in many movies today, but Scorcese, along with his cast, was able to make this movie one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. It embodies everything you want in a movie.

  106. Paul Rothlauf says:

    Paul Rothlauf
    When entering Joyce Kozloff’s Cradles to Conquests: Mapping American Military History, it’s nearly impossible to miss the nine-foot tall spherical masterpiece positioned in the middle of the exhibit. Kozloff’s positioning of her centerpiece, “Targets, 2000” shows an interesting strategy due to the fact that one ponders the meaning of this piece immediately upon entry. This piece sparks initial interest because of its sheer size and complexity, drawing viewers to get a closer look. Nine-feet in diameter and constructed ornately of wood, this globe is a walk-in piece in which viewers can step away from the exhibit and enter the art itself. Inside one will find what can be described as elegantly painted aerial maps of places around the world that were bombed from 1945-2000 in American military history. Each piece is titled compared to the next and the colors and borders of the countries are purposely not related or aligned properly. This method of scattering the maps gives the viewer an idea of what it would have been like to fly over each place that was bombed. Additionally, when a viewer stands inside of the globe, his or her voice resonates off the walls creating an almost bothersome effect on the viewer’s hearing. This sends a message almost telling the viewer not to stay too long because of the effect on his or her hearing, but also paralleling to the fact that the piece isn’t something to be marveled and impressed with. Kozloff created this piece to demonstrate the horrors of American bombardment of countries over history, causing possible collateral damage. Kozloff’s message is made clear through her impressive piece, “Targets, 2000,” and viewers can look on in awe whether they share her beliefs or not. A piece that has this affect on viewers is a special one, and one unlike any other that I have yet to see.

  107. Jessica Healey says:

    This past October, National Geographic celebrated photography in their Collector’s Edition: The Photography Issue. The entire magazine was focused on the art of photography and how photography has changed the world. I appreciated that National Geographic featured all types of photos in this issue: from photos documenting child soldiers patrolling gold mines in Bavi to photos of endangered species that need protection, such as the African Wild Dogs. Throughout the magazine, I also enjoyed how a majority of the photographs were full-page pictures with limited text. I felt that this style made the photos and their messages stronger to the audience because it forces the audience to really think about the meaning of the photograph.
    I was particularly moved when looking at the series of photographs about global warming and the glaciers. The first page of this series in the magazine had a full double page photograph of a glacier and the only text on that photograph read, “Meltdown: Glaciers are supposed to advanced or retreat at a glacial pace. Now they are disappearing before our eyes.” The next two pages featured two photographs taken at the same place in Columbia Glacier, Columbia Bay, Alaska. However, the first picture was taken in 2006 and the second was taken in 2010. The photograph taken in 2010 showed that same glacier, except that it had receded over two miles. As someone who does not know a lot about global warming, these photographs displayed to me the seriousness of the issue of global warming. It is incredible that photographs can have so much power. This entire magazine was so powerful because each series of photographs was arranged to teach the audience a lesson or expose a person to something that they did know existed.

  108. Johnny Haddad says:

    Director Martin Scorsese’s film, The Wolf of Wall Street, was definitely three hours of entertainment I wasn’t entirely expecting. The entire film is actually the main character’s memoir. Based on a true story, Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is basically telling the audience his extravagant life for the first two hours. I can see how the film can easily grab the attention of young adults and adolescents. The reason alone for why I attended the theatre for this film was because all of my friends were talking about how much they enjoyed it. However, I personally found the film to have a bland taste. This film reminded me a lot of Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, which also had Leonardo DiCaprio as the main character, Frank Abagnale. In both films, Leo’s character plays an intelligent man who becomes extremely wealthy by means of illegal activity. However, The Wolf of Wall Street, just threw too much unnecessary details such as sex scenes and drugs every 10 seconds which really didn’t add any importance to the plot. Although, I am very impressed that this film broke the record of most “f-word curses” used in a film. The picture of the film was very impressive. While he’s discussing his life at the very beginning of the film, he’s describing his Ferrari as he’s driving a red Ferrari; but then he says “no forget that, I want the white Ferrari that Don Johnson drove in Miami Vice” and just like magic the Ferrari Jordan’s driving is white. It took till the end of the film for the climax to actually be present in the plot. While the first two and a half hours just involved sex and drugs, the last bit of the film finally proposed the situation. Jordan Belfort finally gets caught for fraud and laundering and goes to jail. He is released 22 months later and spends the rest of his life teaching businesses how better persuasion and marketing tactics.

  109. Andrew Rocco says:

    Joyce Kozloff’s Cradles to Conquests: Mapping American Military History is currently being shown at the Rowan Art Gallery. The powerful exhibit boasts both powerful aesthetics and a strong narrative. Perhaps the most visually striking and intriguing piece is the nine foot globe known as “Targets”. From the outside, the globe is plain and understated but still a work of beauty. However, the strength of the piece comes from the inside. Within the globe, one is allowed to take in a 360 degree view of aerial maps from around the world. The 24 colored maps, each representing a different country which was bombed during American military campaigns, are haunting reminders of the universality of war. And like “Revolver,” the other major piece in the exhibit, the panorama of the globe hints at the cyclic nature of war. “Targets” is a powerful aesthetic piece which is very effective with or without the aerial maps on the inside. As Kozloff notes in her description of the piece, the globe is inspired by the oculus of the Pantheon and Bramante’s Tempietto. This, combined with the imagery, makes for a very interesting experience. However, for many, the globe was more of a distraction than an enhancement to Kozloff’s ultimate message. Other than this initial obstacle, “Targets” is truly an amazing piece.

  110. Mark Errera says:

    Critique 1
    Joyce Kozloff’s “Targets”

    The most noticeable piece in Kozloff’s exhibit, “Targets” is a nine foot walk in globe built in 24 sections. Upon walking into the gallery, “Targets” immediately catches your eye because of its massive size compared to all the other pieces. While the wood on the outside looks aesthetically pleasing, there is no painting on it. It is on the inside where she did her painting. I walked into the sphere before I had read the description, so my immediate thought was that the inside was some sort of inverted globe, with distorted countries. After reading the description, I was initially almost offended by her message. Each of the 24 sections depicted a different country that the U.S. had bombed, in a 50 year period. I had a sense of nationalism that was effected. However, I understand what message she was trying to convey: that aerial warfare was unfair and frankly slaughter of people. Innocent civilians may have died. Additionally, the reason why I thought it looked like an inverted globe is because it is supposed to look life a plane’s view of the countries from above; even when the planes are sideways or upside down. Lastly, one of the main reasons why I liked this piece is because of its interactive feature. Not only do you look at it, but you can walk inside, which I found to be a very appealing feature. Also, my ears had a strange ringing sensation while inside the globe. Overall, it is as powerful as it is big while being aesthetically pleasing.

  111. Christine Collins says:

    As the first art exhibition I have ever attended at Rowan University, I was not sure what to expect when entering Helen Kepper’s exhibit “Cult of Domesticity”. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in. The atmosphere was very pleasant and informal. A few paintings, framed in simple black frames, were spread throughout the comfortably sized room. There were some personal pictures hung up relating to the artist’s studies in Italy, and the very enthusiastic and friendly artist was there herself setting up food trays and making herself readily available to talk to. It was evident that she was extremely passionate about her work. A lot of times when I look at art, I have difficulty interpreting the message. Kepper’s message, however, was definitely very clear and booming with textual sarcasm and humor. Her paintings showed how not all women are meant to be the “ideal” housewife. This is evident in the title of the show “cult of domesticity” which draws from nineteenth century ideals that a woman’s role was at the home tending to the husband and children. Kepper articulated that even though she grew up many years after the historical cult of domesticity period, she still experienced influences from that era as a child growing up. I think Kepper did a very good job at using her own personal experiences to articulate a strong cultural message, however that message did not really relate to me, or the environment that I grew up in. I never felt pressure to act a certain way just because I was a woman. I still think, though, that her work accurately represented the feelings of women throughout history, as well as the challenges she overcame in her own life.

  112. Aaron Sorin says:

    Aaron Sorin
    Honors History of Photography
    Critique 1, 2/11/14

    My impression of Helen Keppen’s exhibit is that she is a young artist that is still searching for her preferred style. I am by no means an artist, but from an aesthetic standpoint, her exhibit seemed fragmented and some of the pieces did not seem like they belonged there. In my opinion, most of the pieces were very well done, artistically, but the few that did not seem to fit really solidified my initial impression of the exhibit. She uses multiple styles throughout the exhibit, and does not seem quite comfortable with any of them. Helen’s use of bright colors catch the viewer’s eye, and once the viewer takes in the entire image, Helen’s message seems obvious. The message that I got from the works that Helen displayed, was that she believes that women are overly objectified in today’s society, as they have been in the past. The images remind me of old WWII and Cold War P.S.A.’s, in terms of style, and have a sarcastic feel to them. Her view seems to be that the objectification of women keeps them locked in the roles that society has put them in for decades. The majority of the pieces have a subject, reminiscent of Helen, advertising a product or in a “typical” female role, such as cooking or cleaning. Overall, I would say that Helen adapts well to using different styles of art and she is well on her way to discovering a style that suits her and the messages that she wishes to deliver.

  113. Danielle Habiby says:

    Danielle Habiby
    Critique 1: Cult of Domesticity
    In Westby Hall, there is currently an exhibit on display named “Cult of Domesticity” produced by artist Helen Kepper. The exhibit has a 1950’s vibe to it, with bright colors and many images featuring ‘pin-up’ girls. While I found the theme very appealing and intriguing, I could not interpret the relationship between it and her overall message she had written. The combination of photography with painting and the small ceramic piece creates illusion that the area was larger than it seemed. Her use of printing words on paintings stood out to me because it was something I had never seen before. I could also see that she mimicked herself in some of her paintings, which was something personal she added that brought each of those pieces to life. However, while individual things caught my interest, the exhibit did not flow very well in my opinion. Each piece had its individual highlights, as well as the same type of theme, however the overall message did not come through well when walking through the gallery. In addition to the lack of flow, the bits about her trip to Italy and photographs seemed very disconnect to me. My opinion of this gallery may be skewed by my lack of experience in viewing art and my individual opinion regarding styles of art. I would recommend going to this gallery because of the skill of the paintings and art, not the continuity of the theme.

  114. Nicolette Camishion says:

    Helen Keppen: Cult of Domesticity (Senior Thesis Exhibition)

    On the show itself:
    This type of show (which defies gender stereotypes) is not necessarily something that I would have normally chosen to see on my own. For me, the sarcasm that was evident for many of the pieces made me chuckle, but I didn’t necessarily glean the overwhelming message that I know was present.

    On the show’s setup:
    When I viewed the gallery, the lighting was not finished as I was there before the gallery’s reception. However, the whole flow of the room allowed me to organically view all of the pieces in the room. Each painting was framed similarly and equally spaced, which meant that even with the crowd of my classmates I was still allowed to view each piece for as long as I wanted. The color tones that were used in each of the paintings also work well with each other, as well as the size of each piece.

    On the content:
    Artistically, I appreciated the pieces that weren’t in the cartoon genre more than the other paintings. I acknowledge that those that shared the cartoon style were in the likeness of the artist, but they were very bright and bold compared to the rest of the artwork. The more stereotypical pieces I found more visually pleasing, but I still did not find anything that stood out to me as a piece that I would want to see again. However, the Italian-style frescos that were not part of the gallery exhibit I really liked. Still tying in with the artists general theme, I thought that these were softer, more feminine (which is the opposite message that I thought the artist was portraying). These three pieces were much more like artwork that I would produce myself, and therefore I found these more visually pleasing.

  115. Kyle Grootenboer says:

    Kyle Grootenboer
    History of Photography Honors
    Critique of “Revolver”
    The “Revolver” piece in Joyce Kozloff’s exhibit consists of a giant canvas circle mounted on a central axis. The circle is divided into four quarters, two of which depict “futuristic monsters” of war surrounded by constellations and the other two show early Arabic and Chinese star charts. The monsters are painted with dark colors to add to their menacing nature. Every aspect of “Revolver” makes a statement about the lasting and gargantuan nature of war. I feel that the combination of past and future shows that war has always been a part of the human experience and always will be. This is reinforced by the use of constellations/star charts, stars are some of the oldest things in the universe and they are a permanence in the night sky just as war is a permanence in the nature of man. The sheer size of the canvas (8 ft diameter) is overwhelming and makes the viewer feel small in the same way that war can be seen as being larger than any of us, a monster that we cannot stop. Lastly, the purpose of the canvas being mounted on an axis is so that the wheel can be spun by viewers and I think this aspect of “Revolver” carries the strongest message about war. After someone spins the wheel, they will watch the images spin around until they either get dizzy or get bored and then walk away. I believe that this idea of the viewer walking away shows that long after we are gone, the gears of war will still be turning and even if we do stop the wheel, what’s to say that someone else won’t just spin it again?

  116. Anthony Horvath says:

    Currently on display in Westby Hall is Helen Kepper’s “Cult of Domesticity” exhibit. From the first step into the exhibit the presentation is top notch. All artwork is framed and hung uniformly as well as being evenly spaced around the room. This creates an aesthetic and convenient viewing atmosphere. Even the food is located near a painting involving food, a nice touch! As for her artwork, it does not fit her goal. Through her artwork she aims to show how women do not need to contort themselves to fit the “pin up girl” model. This is achieved in her Rosie the Riveter-like paintings but not so much in the rest of her work. Other pieces mainly utilize words, not art, as the means of getting across her message. Then the rest of the paintings are modeled after herself. This contrasts the theme of women not having to fit an image. To truly achieve this message she should paint women of all shapes and sizes, not just change the shape and size of the model. This exhibit was not my taste in art.

    • A nicely balanced critique, Anthony. I appreciate how clearly you wrote about the presentation, and the stated your preference regarding the content and meaning. You illustrate that even if one dislikes the work, there can still be strengths in the formal elements and design of the overall show. I would be interested to hear Ms. Keppen’s (not Kepper’s) 🙂 response to your ideas. I am sure she would appreciate your criticism and well thought out opinion.


  117. Joe Block says:

    Joe Block
    Critique 1
    Joyce Kozloff’s “Revolver”

    Joyce Kozloff’s “Revolver” is truly something to behold. Frankly it’s a little intimidating. Like many of Kozloff’s pieces, it is, as noted in the small description adjacent to the piece, a statement on war. An eight-foot wheel of misfortune that you are free to spin yourself, it’s the audience participation aspect of the piece that shows it’s more disturbing aspects. The wheel is divided into four panels, each one some variance of a shade of teal or purple and adorned with a fictional pantheon of constellations for which Kozloff was inspire by the combined motifs of contemporary science fiction and fantasy with ancient Arabic and Chinese star maps. When I spun it, the dizzying vertigo effect described by others who’ve tried it before reigned just as true for me. It was pretty overwhelming. I couldn’t look at it for more than a few seconds. Of course, that’s likely the point of the piece, because war itself is hard to look at up close for an extended period of time. Though we can’t read what the spinning star chart tells us in the specifics of predicted wars, the one thing we can ascertain from it is probably its most important prediction. There will be war. It is a certainty, a never ending circle just like “Revolver”.

    • Great way to describe this difficult piece, Joe. Your language really conveys a visual connection with the work and helps to define its complexity. I appreciate your simply stated and well thought out response to this piece.

      Well done!

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