Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tap Portrait Project

Take 5 yearbook pictures of yourself and combine them to create a new image that captures the combination or passage of time. 
This could involve collage, putting together parts of pictures that emphasize difference, like haircuts, clothing, glasses, etc. But it could also move toward more expressive exaggerations like scale, form or value differences. 
You can use systems like the grid to cut  different photos into 1 inch squares or you could weave images or  paste them together in mathmatical orbit showing time passing forward or backward visually way. 
You can add drawing or painting elements to emphasize difference or stitch together different images to minimize their difference. Or you could make more copies with a copy machine to make images of parts of your face smaller or bigger.

You can think of cubism and its relationship to collage
Whatever you do you have 1 hour and  then we will meet at the end to look at the collages and vote someone off the island.

rusty scruby

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jason Salavon

Portrait   2009/2010
Digital C-print.
38.5" x 31". Ed. 7 + 2 APs.
Likely the final installment of a broader series begun in 1997, each of these pictures employs the bulk of the portrait oeuvres of Franz Hals, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Anthony van Dyck, and Diego Velazquez, respectively.  Simple mean-averaging of high-quality reproductions yields these atmospheric meta-portraits.

Tehching Hsieh (pronounced She shing Shey)

One Year Performance 1980–1981 (Time Clock Piece)

For one year, from 11 April 1980 through 11 April 1981, Hsieh punched a time clock every hour on the hour. Each time he punched the clock, he took a single picture of himself, which together yield a 6 minute movie. He shaved his head before the piece, so his growing hair reflects the passage of time.

Hannah Hoch

A German Dada artist born in 1889 and one of the originators of photomontage.

Michael Smith Class Portraits

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Karinne Keithley Syers in the begin again

Revisiting the first exchange of ideas, love and respect between Karinne Keithley Syers and I.
This is the result of an exchange chain I started on FB in 2010. The link below is a beautiful piece made just for me.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Always for the underdog

Object Lessons

 ‘Pears and Red Square,’ Moscow, 1983. Credit Sam Abell
Kitchen scene in Donetsk, Ukraine, August 2014. Credit Sergei Ilnitsky
Things have the longest memories of all; beneath their stillness, they are alive with the terrors they have witnessed. NYTIMES article.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wangechi Mutu

beauty micrometer

Early Max Factor invention from 1934. The Beauty Micrometer was meant to detect beauty defects in women that are invisible to the naked eye.

similar but different

Annette Kellerman

 While this outfit would be considered quite modest today, when Annette Kellerman--an early women's rights activist--posed for this photo in 1907, it started an outright scandal. She sore this fitted, one-piece bathing suit to protest the restrictive clothing of the day. This picture landed her in the slammer for indecency.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015


Sunday, March 15, 2015

I am Big Bird