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Saturday, May 3, 2008
From the Sublime? to the Ridiculous
This morning I was meditating on how life gets switched from track to track. While I struggle with my painting (yesterday I spent two hours trying to paint a pepper), photography runs along on its own parallel art train. Yet even this has a multitude of tracks.
Take these two images, one created with an arduous process of hand coating, life-size negatives, sun exposure and a physically demanding development, the other a digital snap, pixels transfered from camera to computer. One is a portrait, the other a self portrait.
At least it would make a great title for a memoir, Self Portrait with Rotisserie Chicken.
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.