Monday, October 27, 2008

One hit wonder, The Best of, or Stay tuned...

Photographers must withstand, with the help of their families and friends, the psychic battering that comes from what they see. In order to make pictures that no one has made before, they have to be attentive and imaginative, qualities partly assigned and partly chosen, but in any case ones that leave them vulnerable. When Robert Frank put down his camera after photographing The Americans he could not so readily escape the sadness of the world he recorded as could we when we closed the book.

Paradoxically, photographers must also face the threat that their vision may one day be denied them. Their capacity to find their way to art, which is their consolation-to see things whole-may fail for an hour or a month or forever because of fatigue or misjudgment or some shift in spirit that cannot be predicted or understood or even recognized until it has happened past correction. For every Atget, Stieglitz, Weston, or Brandt who remains visionary to the end, there is an Ansel Adams who, after a period of extraordinary creativity, lapses into formula. excerpt from THE EDUCATION of a PHOTOGRAPHER, edited by Charles H. Traub, Steven Heller, and Adam B. Bell.

I often think about this potential fate of some artists. You see it often with musicians, they produce a great body of work for a period of time and then reach a plateau in their career. The work becomes average instead of ground breaking or innovative. I try to push my photography out of my comfort zone as often as I can to avoid this fate. Will I succeed? Only time will tell. A one hit wonder or a visionary to the end.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sixteen days to HOPE

With the election nearly two weeks away it is hard to keep emotions in check and not get excited about what the future of this country CAN BE! For a party (GOP) that prides itself on less government, we citizens have lost so much in the last eight years to an administration shrouded in corruption, secrecy, and greed. Barack Obama will lead this country back to fairness and greatness for all of it's citizens.

Cry No More
William Zuback

Cry no more
Your tears have quenched your soul
Salt has dried your lips

Cry no more
Put your trembling hand in mine
Fold your fingers into the valley of the fray

Our hands have experienced
The war of our day
Life lines collide, granting us one more stay

Our minds a kaleidoscope
Fragments of thought
Abstract ideas
That cannot be bought

Our bodies are prisoners
Of this political scheme
But the freedom of our soul
Allows us to dream!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

EXPOSED a group exhibition

Opening on Friday, October 17th at Light Ideas Gallery, a group exhibition comprised of twenty-seven local photographers. I will have one print on display along with four others rotating electronically on a large screen monitor. The autumn Gallery night is always one of the most popular so come on out and support art in Milwaukee. The Squeezettes will perform in the lower level outside of the gallery as well.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

COPA Juror Reception and Gallery Talk

COPA is proud to announce the Juror Reception and Gallery Talk with George Slade, Friday, October 10, 6-8pm at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. George Slade, former Artistic Director of the Minnesota Center for Photography, juried this year’s exhibition; selecting 60 photographs from 42 artists. Slade also served as Program Director for the Minnesota Center for Photography/McKnight Foundation Artists Fellowships for Photographers, and is an adjunct assistant curator in the Department of Photography at The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. Slade’s expert eye in selecting work has been honed over the years. He has been a panelist and portfolio reviewer for the Ohio Arts Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota State Fair, Fotofest’s Meeting Place, and Society for Photographic Education, Critical Mass and Photolucida. Slade is also a prolific writer, having contributed reviews and essays to the Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography, Exposure, Photo-eye Booklist, Minnesota History, and other publications. Slade lives in St. Paul with his two daughters.

The reception for Slade will begin at 6pm on Friday, October 10, with his Gallery Talk following at 7pm. Walker’s Point Center for the Arts is located at 911 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI. 53204, phone 414-672-2787.

If you haven't seen the exhibit yet Friday is a great night to view the exhibit and listen to Slade's talk, discussing selected images and the process of selection that led him to the 60 chosen images.