Intermediate Photography 2

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).

Keith

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26 Responses to Intermediate Photography 2

  1. Gabriela Zardus says:

    Perkins Center
    Photography 32: A Juried Exhibition

    The Perkins Center for the Arts is housed in a beautiful historical house that I found to be a nice setting for the Exhibition, and actually complemented the style of the photography artwork being displayed inside. The images were spread throughout the house, giving it an open and welcoming atmosphere that allows you to feel as though you are exploring the space. Every piece was very professionally presented, lit, and framed. I was exceptionally happy the staff supplied visitors with a prize list that included prices, yet I would have been even happier if the pamphlet included a small explanation of each work, to dignify why some works were worthy of being there. I loved the fact that these were all local artists and was glad to view and critique work that I could compare to my own photography skill level. There were a lot of different styles of photography being showcased in the exhibition and I found it hard to find any one theme happening throughout the group. I found it a bit difficult to relate to the exhibition as a whole since many of the pieces were not placed within a group that were visually complementing of each other. One of my favorite pieces that I did enjoy viewing was a pigmented ink print done by Jeffery Yuan. The print was very cleanly presented, with extremely amazing color, and was done in a way with a scanned image, that I have never attempted. I enjoyed his artwork the most because the subject matter of nature is one I can easily relate to, as well as the technique being something of interest to me, that I will attempt to replicate soon.

  2. Gabriela Zardus says:

    Rowan University Exhibition
    Cosmobilities

    The Rowan exhibition of Cosomobilities was a large multi-media showing that was very professionally designed artwork that was displayed beautifully in the available space. The atmosphere was flowing and the artwork obviously formed a collection of social themed art. There were a few centrally located pieces done by Michelle Marcuse that immediately attracted my attention because of the intricately performed imagery on them. I have read her explanation of the etchings and was intrigued by her remarks, claiming the art to be visual fairytales from her childhood. I loved the extreme detailed view that can be seen in her pieces that showcase the true time and effort involved. The work is a series of three separate square pictures, each made up of multiple etched layers stacked and framed. The art pieces are of a smaller size and really require you to look hard and interact with the piece in order to view the imagery. Immediately upon viewing the three images I felt like I had a deep connection with the works and knew that they were depicting something ominous and mythological. The second piece of imagery was a bit more lighthearted than the other two in the series, using a lot more curving lines and an easily recognizable image of a boat. The third piece in her series was the most dark spirited of them, still showing the recognizable boat, but this time in a harsh and almost scary setting.

  3. Gabriela Zardus says:

    Interlude
    A Senior Exhibition

    The artwork chosen for the show “Interlude” was a large group of Graphic designs. At first glance I felt like I could not relate to his work, so I began to read his artist statement. The well written statement specified his intentions and influences very clearly, allowing me to admire the work for what was. Initially I felt a bit overwhelmed by the large size of the space that encased the medium sized works hung on the moveable walls. I am not the biggest fan of graphic artwork and do not view it often, so the show began a bit off topic for me. The lighting at the show was very flat throughout the entire room, giving a bit of static feeling. The flat lighting confidently showcased every artwork piece under the same kind of intensity, giving them all the same immediate attention as soon as you enter the room. The pieces he chose for the exhibition were all similar in size, medium, and mounting technique. The color cohesive palate and graphic style he used throughout the works was evident and allowed the work to be noticeably consistent. There was a relative clean cut look and sequence to the set-up of the art that was actually a bit too bland for my taste, but it is understandably necessary to showcase this kind of art design. The detailed color in these pieces was very artistically pleasing to view, as well as the unique touches the artist included in his work such as his way of defining the human eye, different than I’ve ever seen before.

  4. Gabriela Zardus says:

    Holly Boyle
    Elemental Repetition

    Holly’s artworks that were chosen for her Senior Exhibition seemed very personal and were all very attractive, presented in a very aesthetically pleasing manner. She did a beautiful job lighting her individual artworks in the best way to showcase each piece’s workmanship. I loved the atmosphere she created by having her few ceramic pieces in the center of the gallery, forcing the viewers to interact with them when you enter and leave the space. Her stylized way of depicting the human figure was interesting to me, and I found the self-portraits to be quite beautiful while still have a bit of a rough line style. The work in this show all had a distinct style being showcased, tied together well with a limited color palate used throughout her amazing silk screen prints and complementing her more rustic looking ceramic pieces. I loved viewing her work, especially the piece with a contrasting mosaic background, and the piece titled “washed out,” because of its great size and demanding presence, taking over almost an entire wall at the gallery. Her pieces all have a great handmade quality about them that I find charming and I enjoyed her show very much. After a great deal of inspection I found all her artwork to be intricately pieced together in a way that gives them all a great professional appearance.

  5. Joe Grasso says:

    The last exhibit that I stumbled in on was the ongoing exhibit upstairs. It featured a lot of graphics that had statistics on it, including one of my favorite shows on TV. Dexter. It was an interesting breakdown of how many kills Dexter has racked up over his life and how he did each one, using a knife being the primary killer. There was also a graphic showing this guys life over a mass amount of hours, i forget the exact amount. An eye opener was that he spent the most of his time sleeping. It made me think that if we sleep 8 hrs a day (at least), and that being a third of a 24 hour day, we basically sleep away a third of our lives. It made me wish we never really needed to sleep. It was also kind of funny to see a statistic of highest grossing movies of all time, and having James Cameron owning 2 of those spots with Avatar and Titanic. Must be nice to have all that money. I felt that the exhibit space really was set up quite well, although there wasn’t really a constant theme, just a bunch of statistics thrown your way. I felt also that the setup outside with all of the arrow in the hallway was a good way to get people to notice the exhibit. kudos.

  6. Joe Grasso says:

    In seeing the cosmobilities exhibit at Rowan, the work that interested me the most was the work of Aleksandra Ignasiak and partner photographer Andrzej Sieczkowski. I loved how she would just travel the world with an idea so simple, yet so impacting. To take paint and just add it to puddles or otherwise dull areas seems almost childish. However, the way she presented and photographed it made it seem quite alive. The bright pink that seemed to show up in every one of the images in the exhibit makes the environments pop alive. This was something that when I first saw it i under-appreciated. In seeing her actually do the act of setting up the shot outside of the gallery, really allowed me to appreciate just what she was doing with her work. This world is so full of grey areas and dullness, that to bring it back to life like that is something that we should totally consider. It kind of reminds me of reverse graffiti, where this artist would, instead of painting over clean buildings, take a power washer to dirty walls and creating a work of art out of the clean surface.

  7. Joe Grasso says:

    Project Basho. Where do I begin. This exhibit, or at least what I saw of it, did not impress me really at all. While I appreciate the work gone into it and absolutely love street photography, most of this work looked like it was done on an iphone, and didn’t really make me feel anything. While I’m sure others may find it fantastic, I did not. Am I a little jaded because we drove a half hour, paid the toll twice and were told we couldn’t even see the exhibit? Possibly. However, there was one or two images that I thoroughly enjoyed. There was one image of an older African American male smoking a cigarette and walking with a walker. They way he was looking into the camera was really captivating, and choosing to make is a black and white image really helped this particular image. There was also an image of a kiddie pool in the middle of the forest that I felt was quite interesting to look at. something about something used by kids in such a remote place could tell a cool story. A lot else of what I saw just seemed like someone had a photo project due in class in two days and had to rush to get it done. I’m not saying it was terrible photography as many of the shots were composed well, it just didn’t hit me at my core.

  8. Joe Grasso says:

    In viewing the Photography 32 exhibit early in the semester, I was really taken back and inspired by some of the work there. It was really my first time at an exhibit, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. There was a mix of work that really impressed me, and some works that made me sure that I could get stuff into an exhibit if i wanted to. A picture that I still remember today was on the 2nd floor. It was a very high contrast composite shot of an Asian child. The blacks were very dark and smooth, which made him almost pop off the page. The second shot of him with the train tracks layered into it was a weak effort in photoshop, but I give props for effort. The one landscape that I saw with the mountains and the lake was nearly a perfect landscape in my eyes, with the reflection in the water being absolutely gorgeous. I would have seen that on a post card somewhere. With all this being said, the one small picture of the Ben Franklin Bridge was weak in my opinion. It was roughly the size of 4 stamps put together, and while I appreciate the architecture, I feel that because of the loss in view because of what looked like fog, it lost its meaning. The series of images where the guy used the curtains and overlapped the nature onto it to make the image was quite inspiring, I was trying to figure out how he did it, and would like to experiment on something like this in the future. All in all I thought it was a solid exhibit.

  9. Peter Schwalbenberg says:

    Daniel Clarke’s Flickr Collection (faranorclarke)
    I thought it would be interesting to see the popular photographs that were being posted on Flickr and I found some appealing samples from Daniel Clarke. He had several photographs of London, England and some very good countryside submissions. My favorite is the black and white entitled “Take the Stairs”. The overall composition balances in the busy landscape of farm and forest while the sky is fluffed up with clouds. What I enjoy most about this piece is the fact that the black and white quality gives it sort of a dark grey feeling/appeal. Whether that was on purpose or was due to the cloudiness of the day is not to my knowledge, but what is is that I feel that I can totally relate to the image based on my life at the moment. The stairs leading down reminds me of the final steps I have to take before I’m sent on to my journey of real world adulthood and the blah-ness of the sky emphasizes my onset of Senioritis. But despite the hustle and bustle of the course pine trees, I enjoy the patches of farm in the background which, to me, represent the smooth sailings ahead. His work also features London Cityscapes and Flora which are beautifully edited for what he wants to portray and communicate. His collection is definitely worth a look.

  10. Peter Schwalbenberg says:

    “The Collection” a film directed by Marcus Dunstan
    I must say this film was very much like “Saw II”. And abandon house/hotel with death traps in every other room. But this film also had an element of emptiness to it. The “Saw” series promotes the theme of getting your just-desserts and choosing between your life and a part of your life. It’s pretty disturbing in itself, but this 2012 film provided no reason, just pure cruelty which can get old. If there is a back story that ties in to the person’s demise, then the story entices the viewer to actually analyze the character. If it simply comes down to “Wrong Place at the Wrong Time” Then there is a problem . Overall, I thought the cinematography and the bloody scenes were well done, again the only problem I had with the film was the plot. I do believe that the protagonist in the film needed more of an edge and should have made herself prominent. I do not want to give away the entire story, but an Entomologist who has a sick obsession with cutting people up and sewing them up in his own personal showcase is a bit lacking in this day and age of horror films.

  11. Peter Schwalbenberg says:

    “Hope Trifiletti’s Prints” from her print making class.
    I really enjoyed looking through Hope’s prints. My absolute favorite was the silkscreen of he night. The rigidness of the tress and the absolute gray color of the sky highlighted the simplicity and emphasized the star’s radiance. This reminded of two similar cartoon styles. The first style reminded me of comic book illustration; basic and to the point while the other was that of the artist of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It just captures how beautiful the night is and how everything is shadowed by the glistening stars in the sky. It also reminds me of how mysterious the night can be; that which is hidden, lurking, waiting for some sort of response other than a visual one. The other silk screen with the cat, made me realize that Hope might actually have a functioning obsession with Cats and that is absolutely fine. You can sense the love and dedication in the craftsmanship of the piece.

  12. Hope Trifiletti says:

    Kit and Kadoodle, Senior Thesis Exhibition by Jeremy Tamburello. Jeremy had one of the coolest exhibits hands down. Yes, Doc might have whined that it wasn’t up on Tuesday, and other people who can’t be named (Dave) whined because Jeremy didn’t move in to the room and eat and sleep in there. But I still thought it was a really cool example of temporary art. Jeremy is in my printmaking class and he makes some really neat pieces. And I was really impressed that he didn’t choose to tout his pieces just to make himself seem more mature and talented, but realized that it was an opportunity to show his work. His real honest to goodness work that he loves doing, and that happened to be doodling. Aside from that, it was really interesting to see the doodles appearing on screen like a movie. Jeremy’s playful and whimsical side absolutely came through, not only through his artwork but through the way it was presented.

  13. Peter Schwalbenberg says:

    Perkins Center for the Arts – Gallery “Photography 32”
    Overall the work submitted to this gallery was well representative of the rural/city environment which encompasses South Jersey, Philadelphia and Delaware. Chuck Badia’s “Eternal Life” was a photograph that not only contained good balance in composition, but symbolism as well. While the viewer is following the black and white detail of the church grounds and the engraved passage “May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed Rest, to the church & the world peace & concord and to all us sinners Eternal Life,” the children pop out. The boy and the girl are the only subjects in color while the rest of the photo is black and white. The term eternal life can be symbolized by the children themselves, passing along the gene pool pf their ancestors. Igor Svibilsky’s “Loenid II” invoked somewhat a of loneliness in my spirit as a lonely man ate alone in his messy kitchen which reminds me of my life when I live alone in my apartments, eating in front of the television, as if my life passes by while I gain nourishment.

  14. Rachel Adams says:

    “Ignatia” Senior Exhibit by Natasha Olivero.
    It was very easy to tell what kind of art spoke to Natasha. Her style was very comic book like and most of her work revolved around superhero type characters. I liked how every piece of hers fit together as a whole. Though all her art related to each other they were done in many different types of formats/media. My favorite piece was where she had the superhero like mask on the mirror, so that when you looked at it you could see yourself in the mask. I thought that was very inventive and clever. I didn’t go into the exhibit on it’s opening reception so I didn’t see the art on what appeared to be a projector and I regret missing that. I felt like the show that was next to hers also went together nicely with her theme. The other theme was of nightscapes and Natasha’s main superhero was in dark colors, so I think it fit well into the night theme. I looked almost like the nightscapes show was the location of Natasha’s character.

  15. Rachel Adams says:

    “Humanessence” Senior Thesis Exhibit by Camille Paccaly.
    Camille would come into my figure drawing class a lot so I know how good she is at drawing but it was nice to finally see some of her other work. Out of all the shows I think her work was one of my favorites. The subjects she used very interesting to me. They had a sort of dark/ creepy tone. I really like surreal art, so that may be why I found her art intriguing. It was also cool to see her figure drawings because they were of another friend of mine. I think it was kind of a shame that students had to share the black room for their shows. The other show with Camille’s was also very well done. Camille’s work and the other girl’s were very different in media and in tone. It might have been more interesting if both the shows kind of related to each other, but I also kind of like the oppositeness from Camille’s darker art to the more whimsical art next to it. It was all set up nicely, I liked how she arranged the pieces that went together. Overall it seemed harmonious.

  16. Alyssa says:

    ” Autonomous/ Ambiguity” by Jessica Padilla was a humorous exhibition. I liked that all the work had a chicken theme. I know Jess and she really does love her chickens, I think it is a very autobiographical show. She captures the unique personalities of the chickens, and gives the viewer a new appreciation for this common animal we often take for granted. In todays world where food is so accessible we do not know what it would be like to have to come face to face with a loveable chicken and slaughter it for food. We are spared the act of killing these charming animals. If people had to kill their own food, I am sure more people would be vegetarian. I especially like the painting that shows a transformation from Jess to a chicken because it sums up the essence of the show. I also think the photography is beautiful and shows interesting settings and subject matter.

  17. Alyssa says:

    “Humanessence” by Camille Paccaly, was a beautifully unique show. I especially liked the work on her postcard with the woman wearing a bird skull. The composition is very well thought out and balanced. I like the textured effects Camille was able to get through the printmaking process. These works really showcase her talent and creativity. This surrealistic imagery really speaks to me and I enjoyed the dreamlike quality of the work.

  18. Alyssa says:

    “The Divine” by Jenn Consoli, was an interesting show that seemed to have a feministic quality. Many of the work dealt with sexuality and the female body. Some images were more shocking than others. I especially liked her color prints using bread images, a uterus, and fallopian tubes. This image is very symbolic and well crafted. I think the attention to detail in her prints is very impressive. Also the use of bright colors and illustrative imagery really adds to the modern look of the show.

  19. Rachel Adams says:

    “Photography 32: A Juried Exhibition” at the Perkins Center
    I’m going to start of by saying they spelled “Exhibition” wrong on their program, so that’s a few points off for them in my book. Personally I really liked the location of this exhibit. I love old houses and thought that the outside and inside were both very nice. How they set up the pictures throughout the house is another story. I don’t think the set up was partially bad, I just think they could have done a better job. I think they should have kept each room to a sort of theme, and have pictures that went well together next to each other. I feel like the set up was more random then it should have been. As for the selection of the photos, their were some I really liked, and some I did not think belonged on display. I know the exhibit was for photographers of all experience levels, but with that said I still don’t think some should have qualified for a gallery. This gallery did make me think, well if they can have their photos on display, why can’t I? So in a way this exhibit has pushed me to want to get my work in a gallery somewhere.

  20. Monica says:

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a Religious Exhibit that was mostly donated from a couple who had the collection in their home. In this collection was a rather large, yet beautiful rosary. It was made in 5th Century AD and was made of Mother of Pearl, Olive Wood and metal. It was made in Goa, India. This piece is incredible. it’s size alone is remarkable. The cross is approximately 9 to 10 inches in height. The prayer beads are large stones held together with a smaller chain of metal. Each “bead” is approximately 1-1 1/2 inches and there were about 66 of them. This rosary is beautiful and the craftsmanship and the time spent on this is evident in the details on the cross. It’s definitely worth going to see.

  21. Monica says:

    After viewing Cy Twombly’s sculptures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I was confused. I could not figure out the purpose and meaning of the works. To be quite honest, I couldn’t understand why the PMA would have this as an exhibit. It wasn’t until I read the artist statement that I understood the work and the purpose behind his designs. It was a lesson well learned. I then went back and looked again. I could appreciate the art and the pieces and the fight that they represented then. It made it so that I could enjoy looking at them. Instead of pieces of metal, I saw the chariots and the war that they were in or a part of. I could see the rider and the horses and I could imagine them engaging one another in a battle for life. When I left, I realized how important the artist statement is and how important it is to have when doing my own work.

  22. Monica says:

    Perkins Center for the Arts is an historical building that was preserved through a conjunction with the town of Moorestown and the founding artists of the center. The setting for this photo showing is unique. While set in a rather large older house, where artists works hung in different rooms, the lighting and display of these pieces were done with class and style.
    Each piece had enough room to stand on its own, even if grouped with other types of photographs. The spacing between the photographs was just enough so that if a large audience attended at the same time they could spread easily enough so not to crowd each other. This was a new and interesting way to see a showing of artwork. I would love to go and see other shows at the Perkins Center for the Arts.

  23. Hope Trifiletti says:

    “Elemental Repetition’ Senior Thesis Exhibition by Holly Boyle
    The show that Holly has put together to me is one of the best so far in the Gallery. She has used the space really well, with shelves holding ceramic pots on the walls as well as prints that are framed. The lighting for the show, which is a little more dramatic, plays really well with the art work. The atmosphere created by the dark areas from the lighting are accented by the small black pots that scatter the gallery. The smaller pots are made so well and with intricate details carved away meticulously. The prints are displayed evenly across the room, which help to fill up the space nicely. There is enough to look at on each wall, so that it has you turning around to look at whats next. I also really love how there are prints made on the glass in front of different materials. The use of the small white pedestals to display the pots are nice in that there is not just one empty space in the middle of the gallery. Her pieces have a nice flow from one to the next and make it clear that they were made by the same hand. Overall, the show is well conceived and nicely implemented.

  24. Hope Trifiletti says:

    ‘The Divine’ Senior Thesis exhibition by Jenn Consoli
    Jenn had a definite theme and cohesiveness with her work. The prints were framed and looked professional. It was really clear the amount of work that had gone into each of her pieces. The use of handmade wallpaper was really amazing. As someone who is currently learning to silk screen this impresses me all the more. Her layering and registering are perfect. Some of the photos were not particularly to my taste. This does not mean that they were not good photographs, but I tend to like things that are pleasing to the eye and pretty. Which these photos were not. I thought most of the silk screen images were well done and nicely composed.
    The wall that had wallpaper hung from it was really what caught my eye and stuck with me. It was so interesting, and I enjoyed the idea of covering a wall with artwork completely. Wall paper is often something that is supposed to add to the atmosphere of a room but not draw the eye completely, and I liked that this was wallpaper that is meant to be seen.

  25. Rachel Adams says:

    “Elemental Repetition” Senior Thesis Exhibition by Holly Boyle

    This was my first senior thesis exhibit I’ve been to ever at Rowan and I was very surprised at the creativeness and quality that was shown through this exhibit. I think this exhibit really captured the artist’s personality and who she is as a creative person. I loved how there was different types of artwork from ceramics to prints. The art was displayed in a very thoughtful way that had the viewer flow from one piece to the next. I liked how the pieces, though all different tied together. Holly has a very interesting and unique way of creating and I thought it was a really great show. All of the pieces were great choices and I would recommend if given the chance, people should check out her show and her work.

  26. Hope Trifiletti says:

    ‘To Distract Our Hearts’ Senior Thesis Exhibition by Lindsey Marr
    Lindsey’s show had really wonderful artwork, which enhanced the show in a positive way. The photographs, which were displayed in smaller prints and all in one corner of the room, were interesting and intriguing to view. Having the photos, which were all black and white and mostly people and city scenes, displayed all together gave them a much greater impact. The use of the space of the Gallery in general was implemented in a good way. Some of the items were above eye level, and some were below or at eye level. Each turn around the room was interesting. There was only one print, with six editions all on different colored paper, all displayed in one corner. I would have liked to have seen these up in a different and larger area. Especially because on another wall there was just one large piece that didn’t hold that much impact for me. All together, her show was nicely thought out. The pieces were not 100% cohesive and the same, but it was clear that they were done by the same hand. I also thought that it was interesting that she hand printed her post cards.

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