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Monday, March 10, 2008
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
I went down to the new Holocaust museum because I wanted to see/experience the Andy Goldsworthy sculpture. He is one of my favorite artists because he has permanently changed the way I look at nature forever. Whew, sounds silly but I almost always think of him when I am organizing an image of a natural space.
I couldn't get close to the sculpture because all the doors were locked so I started photographing through the windows.
The light was winter harsh but I kept walking around looking for different views. Espying some scrimlike shades to shoot through I watched AG morph into Jennifer Bartlett.
The piece of Jennifer Bartlett's that flew into my mind was called Graceland Mansions and I saw it in the UBS office where I was teaching. It was another seminal work for me. I loved how the subject slowly transformed as the descriptive bits changed scale and scope.
Their work informed my own choices of the day. Here they are:
Susan Shaw is an internationally exhibited painter and photographer. Private and public collections include the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Shaw is the recipient of two New York State Artist’s Fellowships and 2007/2009 residency fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center.
Kurt Hoss is a freelance photographer capturing the exuberance of
New York City for 35 years. A favorite project has been documenting life in south western Louisiana, culminating in two recent books, Going to Lafayette and Bosco Swamp.
Shaw and Hoss recently received an AVA gold award for video production, as producers of The Mermaid Parade.