Non-Silver Imagery

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).



13 Responses to Non-Silver Imagery

  1. Cameron says:

    Ghosts in the Machine
    Ghosts in the Machine, a new exhibit in New York is the mixture of art and science in the 20th century. The exhibit showcased pieces from sculptures and paintings to animations. The main focus of the exhibit was a replica Movie-Drome, “a fantastical structure devised by the late artist and expanded cinema pioneer Stan VanDerBeek”. My favorite piece of the show was a piece of artist Gianni Colombo. This piece was a glowing gridded environment from the late 1960’s called the Spazio Elastico. This pieces reminded me of all the spy movies where there is something valuable locked up and it is guarded by these lasers that are always moving. All in all i loved the show it was a good experience to see where artist thought we would be in the future even that far back. My only con is that i they called many of these “re-creations” and i wished they would have used some of the technology originally used in the piece.

  2. cameron says:

    Joshua White’s Joshua Light Show
    Ive never really been too fond of jazz music. My ex girlfriend was working on the set of Joshua White’s Joshua Light Show at NYU. It was a free show so i decided why not. I went into the show expecting not to have a good time and ended up having a great time. This had to be probably the best concert/ art show I’ve been to in a long time. The way the artist blended the music to go in sync with the lighting effects was just amazing. Being back stage for a good majority of it just made it better, being able to see all the hard work the artist put into the shoe is something i don’t think i would have completely appreciated as much if i wasn’t a artist myself.

  3. Laz says:

    Here are all 4 of my reviews, so here goes nothing 🙂

    First off, this class was absolutely amazing, I really enjoyed our classmates and I felt the course had a lot to offer. I also feel I learned a lot throughout this semester. The first show I went to was the Mary Ellen Mark in the PMA in Philadelphia. It was amazing to see these works in person. I wish we were allowed to touch the Polaroids but I completely understand the fact that they were encased in glass. I really enjoy Mary’s ability to capture this side of the teenagers that might not be seen on the surface but lies deep beneath. It was almost as if she was able to capture their reincarnated spirit from a past life. Bear with me I know this sounds odd but honestly some of the photographs featured seemed like they weren’t from this decade nor this half of the century. She really is a master at what she does. The proof I have of this assessment is in the video she had available to watch which shows the dichotomy of how these teenagers really act and how proper they can become in front of a camera. Any who, the use of lighting, background and distance from the subject is parallel to Mary’s mastery in photography. I checked out her other work and I can definitely say this is different from her other works but totally rad in the big spectrum of things. She is super talented and her mastery in photography can be seen in this show in comparison to her earlier works which usually protray the odd and peculiar in life.

    But enough of that, my next review is on a life experience/photoshoot. So I was in Philly in October for this Trash Talk/Mellowhype show. Two completely different musical styled groups performing under the same roof. Trash Talk, being this post hardcore neo punk band, brought out the interesting from the tri-state area. The other half of the night was preformed by Mellowhype, a laid back satanic rap group from California. Being the unprofessional event photographer that I am, it was interesting to see the split in fans arrive and depart. I digress. The crowd wasn’t massive, maybe 50-70 deep in a medium sized venue, so the space was pretty open to dance, mosh or even just vibe. The familiar smell of teen spirit entered the air and the crowed began to catch the vibes and the show began. Being shoved to and fro I was able to get some rather interesting shots of the preformers and the attendees to this interesting concert. I was stationed on the far right of the stage, left side if you are the preformer, and I was moved back and forth and side to side. Eventually I was in front, within 5 feet of the rappers and lead singer to Trash Talk. Close enough to get sweat on me from the preformers and I definitely got the shots I wanted. At one point I wanted some fresh air and a cigarette, ironic I know, but the security told me I wasn’t able to leave so I stayed in the back looking at the expensive merch for sale. At one point I met the lead singer to Trash Talk. I shook his hand and took his photo. He thanked me and told me to stick around for the show and it was sure to be a “good one”. Indeed he was right. It was here when I realized that this all was real and very cool in my book. I am very happy with the results from that night. Those negatives are some my pride and joy and probably my favorite from this class.

    I move on to my next review and this is of the faculty show in the gallery. My favorite pieces were Doc’s. Sorry Keith, yours were cool but I haven’t ever seen what Doc did before and I thought it was absolutely brilliant. I loved the city landscape and how precise he was with his color selection and threading skills. His other pieces are just eye candy. The thread gives texture and the colored layers give depth. I really enjoyed it and appreciate the amount of time he probably put behind creating those.

    Another event I would like to review is the photoshoot I was at for my friends clothing company. Bear with me, I was in philadelphia yet again for the punk rock flea market and I bumped into my friend Kenny. A 18 year old college student deep within the Philly music scene. He invited me over sams apartment for some beers. Later I find out that my best friend Krispy (nick named after his old graffiti career) was doing a photoshoot for his clothing company Anonymous Mad Villiany. Sam lives in the south side of northern liberties next to china town. Really rad area, kinda. And his apartment is filled with junk, it’s awesome. Random objects from god knows where. He lives with a bunch of 23 year olds who are kinda snooty and have super hot girl friends. I digress.. I had my camera with me as always and his apartment is perfect in my mind for photos. I tend to be attracted to dilapidated messes with danger galore. So after engaging in some underage drinking and herb smoking the photoshoot began. Cigarette after cigarette I watched as the models posed, dressed, undressed and dressed again. The one roommate did narcotics on the table and that was my cue to explore the delapiated apartment some more. In the back they had this rather disturbing but artful graffiti/vandalism. It was this weird face with the writing “idiot” above it. I was attracted to this and felt the need to photograph this. Below my feet was an array of broken glass, nails and what seemed to be roaches from previous illegal shenanigans. I stayed for the remainder of the photoshoot and did my bit of modeling myself. After tagging few of the walls and drinking a few more beers we departed from sams amazing apartment. It was here where I felt that I really knew from the deepest part of me that I will not be an average photographer but more of a documenter/story teller.

    I hope these stories aren’t dull.. And I hope you can appreciate them. They are all real and my Flickr is proof of them.

    Also more of my photography can be found here too:


  4. cameron says:

    Being in the core review this semester was a good experience just being able to see my work compared to the work of my peers. It was also nice to get some creative criticism other then the ones i received while i was in the course. One of my favorite pieces was a piece form a friend of mine Mary. Her wooden surfer from 3D was very elegant and precise with the handwork. It was a nice experience talking with other artist and professor on their process when they are creating their own work.

  5. rbarcelles says:

    Her photos are very interesting. The concept of her photos and the compositions are appealing. She had a series of photos with people holding mirrors and then took the photo so she was in the mirror. The people in the photos obviously mean something to her. By putting herself in the photo, she is a part of their lives. These are the people in her life that are most important to her. I also find her other photos intriguing. The ones of the ghostly hand and figures have good contrast and composition. I love the dark background and how the faces are illuminated.
    Mary Ellen Mark Prom Photos
    The “prom photos” that she took show not only traditional couples, but unconventional couples. Along with that she has them in non-traditional poses. She has some of the couples in motion instead of the stiff pose. Some of the prom couples weren’t just boy-girl, but a girl with another girl and others had more than two people. Some of the couples she had stand in the normal pose. In other photos, she tried to cater to the personality of the relationship between the couple. The photos are comical in a way because we have all been through the emotions and awkwardness of prom photos. Many of the photos are fun and exciting because of the movement and unconventional poses.
    Group Show
    The show as a whole is very diverse. There are different mediums and styles of work. The prints of the chicken were interesting because the chicken flows into the background. I find this technique effective and it makes the composition more appealing. The three-dimensional pieces were interesting too. I thought the student who incorporated their two-dimensional piece into a three-dimensional one grabbed my attention. They added objects that were hanging down the wall and pieces that were lying on the floor. By doing this it not only catches your eye but makes you look closer and all around the piece. The photography of the woods was aesthetically pleasing. The image of the girl doing a split in the air has a good composition. The lines of the trees and her legs cut through the image creating symmetry. The cyanotype was done successfully. It has a deep blue color and highlights. The way the chemical was applied added to the interesting quality also.

  6. cameron says:

    Mary Ellen Mark photographed couples/attendees from several proms across the country. The black and white photographs are quite dramatic, but the subjects in many of them look so serious that it’s hard to imagine them having any fun. Ellen captures the awkwardness of prom night. As confident as a person i am even i was a little nervous for prom. Prom is the last real moment of high school and she portrays that expression of almost the subjects are scared of this in her pieces. I really enjoyed the show after having used the Polaroid

  7. Jings says:

    Mixed Drinks
    Mixed Drinks was a dance performance part of the New Festival in Philadelphia. Mixed drinks combined 30 choreographers with 30 composers. The duo had to create a 2 minute piece with both original works of music and dance. It was interesting to see what the different works people would come up with. Some overshadowed others. Much like the name implies, there was no continuity with the different dance pieces. The only common link was that a lot of the artists focused on creating performance arts as opposed to a dance piece, which is a very gray area. It makes the viewer question, where does dance end and performance art begin?

  8. Jings says:

    Kill Me Now: Rowan Edition
    Kill Me Now is a dance theatre performance that pokes fun at American TV shows such as American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and many others. Through structured improvisation the cast of 6 plays both the contestant and judge, creating a new show every single night. The audience is able to interact creating a new winner every night. While this performance on the outer level appeals to a young and vivacious crowd through humor, there are also moments of seriousness and raise questions for the audience to ask themselves such as what is our society? and what role do I play in it? It is a perfect mix of light humor and intellectual concepts.

  9. Jings says:

    Sticky by Melanie Stuart
    Sticky is a dance piece exploring sticky situations within relationships and how human can physically and mentally bond together. Melanie also included 3-d media, film animation, music and text. I personally had a connection with the performance due to knowing Melanie Stuart and the 2 performers in the show. I also saw this piece from a different perspective because I knew the two main performers were actually already married. I kept relaying the piece back to them and comparing it to their relationship and who they are within their relationship. This dance performance was visually stunning and consistently stimulating. The dynamic of the show constantly changed with the different mediums playing their roles in the performance.

  10. Jings says:

    Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark
    I went to the Philadelphia Museum and saw the exhibit, “Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark.” Mary used large format polaroid photography to document high school students from different areas going to prom. She flawlessly captured the essence and characteristics of the students with this tricky medium. It was very interesting to see polaroid images so large, something that is not typically found. Along with the polaroid images, Mary also included videography. Through the documentary you were able to get to know the students a little more. The video enhanced the images by providing more information. Looking at the photos for a second time after view the documentary, you feel a deeper connection with the subjects. You almost form a connection with them. Through this exhibit it made me reminisce my prom and who I was at that age and how much I have changed. This exhibited provoked inner exploration and deep thought.

  11. Tina Nagle says:

    Title of exhibition: Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark
    Location and address: Julien Levy Gallery, Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art
    2525 Pennsylvania Ave
    Philadelphia, PA
    Dates of exhibition: July 1, 2012 – October 28, 2012
    Date visited: October 11, 2012
    Comments: This one-person exhibit consisted of approximately sixty portraits done by using a 20-by-24 inch Polaroid Land Camera. Only five of these cameras are known to exist.
    Description: Philadelphia native Mary Ellen Mark devoted four years to visiting the proms of various high schools throughout the country. Since the images were all created using the same camera, there is a sense of unity that ties their physical presence to her concept behind the series. Despite the fact that the students featured in the exhibit were all from different backgrounds, they were all at the same turning point in their lives. Being on the cusp of adulthood tied all of the students together, no matter where they were from. Some of the portraits captured candid moments and others were posed. Mark’s black and white images show a mastery of the medium. Unlike a digital camera, a perfect image is not as easily achievable. Her portraits are clear, sharp, and focused with a perfect amount of contrast. Filmmaker Martin Bell, Mark’s husband, created a short video to accompany her photographs. The video featured interviews of the photographed students at prom. Interestingly enough, it was easy to realize that all of the students had common ground. They talked of relationships and plans of the future, most having the same fears and worries. The video made the exhibit come full circle. It gave the photographs a stronger voice.
    My opinion: I found myself tearing up while viewing an image of a girl with a shaved head, due to illness. Mark was incredibly successful at capturing the emotions of each student. This is not an exhibit that I fill forget.

    Title of exhibition: Lens Through Time
    Artists: Bruce Murray, Sr. and Bruce Murray, Jr.
    Location and address: Twenty-Two Gallery
    236 S. 22nd Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    Dates of exhibition: November 9, 2012 – December 9, 2012
    Date visited: November 10, 2012
    Comments: The owner of the gallery, Shawn M. Murray, organized the show which features the work of both his father and his grandfather. Roughly twenty black and white photographs were showcased.
    Description: The gallery markets itself as a fine arts gallery, but the photographs in the show seemed more like group portraits. The exhibit featured images of baseball legends, history, and Americana. The photographs are straightforward and non-threatening. Even those without knowledge of art would be able to understand the purpose of the photographs. The gallery itself was small and cozy. Upon entering, one is immediately faced with the owner himself who was very friendly and talkative.
    My opinion: While the photos were executed well, they are not what I would consider to be fine art. To me, they seemed like generic portraits that would be found in an office or home of someone who is not educated in the arts. The idea behind the photographs was not very creative or original. The overall experience was nice, but the art was not memorable.

    Title of exhibition: More Photos About Buildings and Food
    Location and address: Gallery 339
    339 S 21st Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    Dates of exhibition: September 21, 2012 – December 22, 2012
    Date visited: November 10, 2012
    Comments: Gallery 339 is a contemporary gallery that was holding a group exhibit. The gallery’s focus is on fine art photography. The exhibit was large and took up both floors of this sleek and modern space.
    Description: Some of the artists in the exhibit, like Zoe Strauss, are established in the community. It was a treat to see her photographs. The photographs throughout the gallery were displayed in grid patterns with sleek neutral frames. There were no distracting embellishments. All of the photographs were based on either food or architecture, which are both things everyone can relate to. The images were clean and minimalistic, without any overly-theatrical elements. The show flowed smoothly because the relationship between the images was clear and made sense. The prices of the photographs were all displayed on the card next to the image on the wall, with both framed and unframed prices. The price for an unframed photograph was thousands of dollars less than a framed one.
    My opinion: “More Photos About Buildings and Food” is my favorite out of all six exhibits seen. The contemporary photographs appealed to me most because they are similar to what I strive to make as well. As I expected, the two photographs by Zoe Strauss stood out to me most. Both of her photographs were of houses that looked as if they were cut in half. Previously a row home, half of the houses were demolished and the remaining half stood eerily sliced down the middle. Two different houses like this were placed side by side, forming a visual whole. She was able to capture the raw quality of life that she is so famous for. Philadelphia is a historic city, so many galleries in the city are old. This can be charming, but would not have been the place for such a modern show. The architecture of this gallery was a show in itself with its high-end wooden floors and glass paneled staircase. This is a gallery I am very excited to visit again.

    Title of exhibition: The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World
    Location and address: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
    118 North Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    Dates of exhibition: November 17, 2012 – April 7, 2013
    Date visited: December 1, 2012
    Comments: This female group exhibition took over the two floors of the Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building. The 500 works were a generous gift to the Academy. The exhibition is designed to be a narrative.
    Description: The show begins with various self-portraits done by several of the featured artists. The self-portraits bring the viewer into the world of each woman. Images of identity, the female body, and motherhood are featured next. Other themes include politics, racism, nature, and compassion. The pieces made an incredible impact when put together. The first floor gallery space was handled well and had a sense of direction and flow, which matched the themes of the artwork. The upstairs gallery seemed like a vast open space, with artwork only hung on the outer perimeter of the space. The middle of this large room was completely empty and the artwork across the way was so far that one could easily lose interest and not walk across to see it. The way the art was grouped together by theme rather than medium or artist gave the sense of a united collaborative effort. It felt as if the artists banded together to get their idea across. A decent amount of work was done by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts faculty and alumni. This makes the theory of “it’s all about who you know” come into play. The exhibition had such a wide variety of mediums and themes, but still remained cohesive because of the central idea of the work being done by all female artists. If it weren’t for that, the show would have been overwhelming.
    My opinion: For me, I was able to relate to the different themes even better knowing they were coming from a woman who experienced them and not a man who was just portraying the idea. I thought that all of the work was of an excellent quality, and that showed just how important university galleries really are. This show seemed like one that would be at a major museum, like the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Title of exhibition: 9 Perspectives
    Location and address: Arthur Ross Gallery
    220 South 34th Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    Dates of exhibition: November 9, 2012 – January 27, 2013
    Date visited: December 1, 2012
    Comments: This group photography exhibition was located at the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Description: This exhibit was meant to showcase a small amount of photographs out of the University’s extensive collection. It is essentially nine shows within one show. The title, “9 Perspectives,” gets its name from the fact that there were nine faculty members that curated the show. All of the prints were black and white, most being silver gelatin prints from the 1940’s to the 1990’s. Each co-curator selected a handful of their favorite images and their own statements were placed on the wall next to the photographs. A photograph by Helmut Newton of Andy Warhol stood out the most in the somewhat empty room full of similarly sized black and white images. It seemed strange that a photo like this would be featured in the same exhibit that promotional World War II images were. Historic University of Pennsylvania construction photos and images of teenage drug addicts were also present. An emphasis on shadow and contrast was prominent in all of the photographs. This was very reminiscent of traditional early photography. It is rare to see this collection of photographs together because they are rarely put on display.
    My opinion: While the show was meant to be diverse, I could not find what linked them all together. Only their physical presence, their size and coloring, made the show appear to be well put together. I thought that the space itself, located in the University of Pennsylvania’s art library, outshined several of the photographs themselves.

    Title of exhibition: Jeremy Deller: Joy in People
    Location and address: Institute of Contemporary Art
    118 South 36th Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    Dates of exhibition: September 19, 2012 – December 30, 2012
    Date visited: December 1, 2012
    Comments: This retrospective of artist Jeremy Deller consisted of installations, posters, banners, drawings, performance works, and sound pieces. He is an artist who challenges the rules of contemporary art.
    Description: It is clear that Deller is fascinated by working with the public. He is intrigued by signs and banners, which are meant to be seen by everyone. Photographs of signs and the artist’s own witty banners are seen throughout the show. The exhibition has the feeling of a carnival because it is so colorful and inviting. However, moments of darkness also exist. The artist calls himself a “social surrealist” because of his strong interest in social history and political events clearly visible in his work. A reconstruction of an installation he created in 1993 called “Open Bedroom” is what visitors are immersed in first. This installation was the artist’s first exhibition held in the bedroom of his parents’ house when they were away. Another installation featured a replica of a cafe which had an attendant present whose job was to serve visitors free tea. Guests were encouraged to sit down and enjoy themselves. The bold lettering on Deller’s large, graphic banners helped to explain the show’s purpose.
    My opinion: This exhibition was very different from the other five that I saw. It was the most conceptual, but at the same time lacked the feeling of being fine art. It seemed a bit too colorful and playful to be considered “high art.” Luckily, this was not the artist’s intention. Deller has a very powerful voice and in the show, he was heard.

  12. Lisa Skala says:

    Some of my favorite shows to see during the school year are the core shows because they simply show such a wide range of different types of work done by upcoming BA and BFA students. I’m always interested to see the new, unique styles and techniques. Though I would have liked to see a bit more color in the room, I thought the core show this semester was laid out and set up very nicely. I’m always attracted to works that I wouldn’t make myself, or things that just simply aren’t my style. In this semester’s core show, I was especially attracted to the three-dimensional works. The one that drew me in the most was a piece done by Aaron Pierce from Color and Design 3D. The piece resembled what I thought of as a ballerina, or dancer of some sort. It was a representation from the waist down, though the only body parts visible were the feet, which had long ribbon tied around them. The legs were wires that were tied up to a bar that appeared as though it could be used as a sort of marionette, as the legs could be pulled up or let down. The legs were covered by a sheer material to represent a dress. Overall, though this piece was extremely simple, I thought it greatly symbolized elegance and beauty.

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