Saturday, February 28, 2009

Analog Girl in a Digital World

                                 Untitled, Ruben Nusz

Went to an Aperture lecture at The New School earlier this week. The topic, The Obsolescence of the Photographic Object is one that I am forced to think about all the time. My working process hasn't changed too much since I've stocked up on Polaroids and they haven't discontinued any of my film or paper yet, but I still feel like a dying breed.
I was really shocked that in a room full of photographers and photo enthusiasts that no one stood up for the undeniable beauty of the photographic print. I may truly be an analog girl living in a digital world but its really sad to me that a great art form is being lost. Every time I hear that an art school is shutting down its traditional darkrooms I can't help but feel that it is an injustice and a great disservice to the students and to photography itself. People who can't make or never made a good print in the darkroom are making a mess with their digital output. Don't get me wrong I'm not opposed to new technology and I use it all the time. Digital cameras and output should be just another tool in the toolbox. It shouldn't replace traditional photography just because it seems cheaper and faster.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

White Teeth

Finished reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith. Seems like the first two books i chose where similarly about navigating personal/cultural identity as a foreigner living abroad. White Teeth follows the families of a Pakistani immigrant in London and his friendship with a British born man married to a Jamaican woman. It follows the lives of their children and examines being caught between nations, the idea of home and self, cultural imperialism, science vs religion and East vs West.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Spotlight: Omar Chacon, Queens International 4

The Queens biennial, QI4 at the Queens Museum of Art will be up until April 26th. I am really proud to be a part of such a well curated show and among such a talented group of artists. If you haven't made it out to the museum yet it is definitely worth the trip. For those of you who are unable to make it, I'll be spotlighting artists throughout the duration of the show. 
Fellow SFAI alum and friend, Omar Chacon's "abstract paintings refer to rich colors and patterns of indigenous Latin American textiles. By carefully exploring the limitations and possibilities of the medium, Chacon painstakingly formulates each gesture into building blocks that collectively construct three-dimensional surfaces with a wide spectrum of optical vibrancy." He is currently exhibiting new work at Greene Contemporary. Join me at the opening reception on Wednesday, February 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Americans for the Arts

Please note this important message from Americans for the Arts, Arts Action Fund.

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 is being considered by Congress right now, and a growing number of media reports have portrayed the arts funding included in the House version of the bill negatively.  Americans for the Arts is calling on all of our members to provide a coordinated public relations response to educate the public and put pressure on Congress.  We ask that you take two minutes to send a short letter to the editor of your local media outlet.

As Americans for the Arts has previously reported, the House bill includes a $50 milllion provision for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  As the legislation states, the NEA "is positioned to use existing mechanisms to allocate lifeline funding quickly to these nonprofit organizations to retain jobs" and there is solid research to demonstrate the stimulus gains that can be provided by this funding.  However, there has been some opposition and negative press received from news media across the country.

As Congress spends the next few days completing their work on this legislation, it is the exact time for arts advocates to write to their local media outlets today and fight back against threats to the funding and anti-art amendments.  Visit our new Action Alert which will provide you with helpful information to send a Letter to the Editor to your local media outlets.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Frame Apart, Queens International 4

Join me this Saturday February 7th at the Queens Museum of Art 3:00-6:00pm for: A Frame Apart: Short Films on Queens followed by Q&A with directors & light refreshments.
There are over 118 nationalities and cultural groups living in Queens. Many are recent immigrants while others have been here for several generations. There are stories from around the world on its streets -- some are visible to the casual visitor, while others unfold more discreetly. Queens is the both a muse and a battleground, simultaneously a node connecting world cities and a patchwork of insular neighborhoods. The advent of digital video technologies, has given rise to numerous documentaries on the complex and fast-evolving cultural phenomena of this borough, as well as playful experimentations with forms and genres that come with the meeting of disparate cultures. With A Frame Apart the Queens Museum of Art showcases these singular visions, which are at once intimately local and inexorably intertwined with the tumultuous forces of global capital.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tata Jesus is Bangala!

My first book of 2009 was Barbara Kingsolver's, The Poisonwood Bible. The story is about a missionary family that moves to the Congo in the late 1950's. Told from the perspectives of the Preacher's wife and four daughters. A surprisingly, insightful story that describes a country in transition from colonialism to independence and back to neo-colonialism; masked by a puppet dictator after the rise of Patrice Lumumba and his untimely demise orchestrated by Eisenhower and the CIA. This book weaves religion with racial, gender and socio-economic inequity into a beautifully told story that begs the reader to question the repercussions and morality of cultural imperialism.