Yesterday I was stuck on a subway train. A train broke down in the station ahead, and there were trains behind us at the last. Unable to go backward or forward into a station, after quite a delay we rolled slowly, connecting to the offending train, then exiting by walking car to car through both trains. It was a perfect blog opportunity for tunnel art you never get to see. Ah, rara artis!
I'm still worrying about the spill and its after effects. The long term prognosis is still so murky. Here are some recent images from Italian Vogue by Steven Meisel, an oily blue crab larvae from an article by Mary Tutwiler, the Lafayette Independent and my new film, Sibylline Fracture.
Support for this project provided by the Wexner Center for Arts Program, The Ohio State University.
I think that the Japanese have many words for different colors of green. It makes sense to me that a culture so interested in nature would have words like "shin ryu" which refers to the color that is the bright acid green of new leaves.
For myself, an avid painter of safety cones, I love Pyrrole Orange and Cadmium Orange and Vat orange and Alizarin Orange and Permanent Orange and Coral Orange and Scheveningen Orange and Indian Yellow Orange Lake Extra.
Lest we forget one of summer's great joys... This year since I was filming for "Gizmo Kaleidoscope" I didn't take many stills at the Mermaid Parade. However since I was using a Diana lens on my Nikon, I was not surprised to see the parade work it's particular magic.
These are all images created with my i-phone. I would have titled this blog, "Fun with i-phone" but recently their upgrade has brought me to my knees. My phone is sooooo slow and cranky I can hardly even type. They've promised a fix but only after insulting the age of my phone, "you can't expect to run new software on an old device." I've been waiting for that software fix but I haven't seen it yet. Ah nostalgia.
What is there about the Midwest that makes you want to drive long distances to look at weird roadside attractions? Sighted near Columbus, Ohio during my Art and Tech residency at the Wexner Center for Arts.
I want to give a shout out to Anthony Q. Artis. Last year I signed up for a B&H Photo workshop with him, a filmmaker's boot camp. After hearing Anthony speak, I felt sure that I could make all the hundreds of films running around in my head. It was truly inspiring. I surfed his blog. I bought his book, The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production and I put it all into practice. Last month it was truly a thrill to see my film on the big screen at a real movie theater as part of The New York Independent Film Festival. Wow! and I'm making more...
Another part of the film/video equation came into play via Jon Berge, wonderful artist and good friend. He's the one who's always cheerleading me on to apply for residencies and exhibitions and even crazy stuff like the Pepsi Refresh Project (more about this in September). I saw him in D.C. this summer for an opening— he's exhibiting at the Smithsonian. He also hosted me recently in Ohio while I was at the Wexner and has prodded and pushed me to make Videos on Broadway (now with support from the Puffin Foundation and the Wexner Center Media Arts Program, The Ohio State University) a reality. Shout out to you too, Jon!
These two inspiring men are evidence that it takes a quirky and interesting village to raise an artist.
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.