These videos featuring contemporary photographers, produced by MoMA, are really great.
MERE: The smallest or the slightest. Meager, Bare, Trivial, Basic.
MUNDANE: Dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, tiresome, wearisome, prosaic, unexciting, uninteresting,
uneventful, unvarying, unremarkable, repetitive, repetitious, routine, ordinary, everyday, quotidian, commonplace, common, usual, pedestrian, customary, regular, normal.
The following artists perform exercises in mereness and mundanity. They use the constraints of their daily lives to produce creative work. For them, through simple, easy, playful, & performative gestures using available materials, they seek to blur the boundaries we often place between art and life.
THE ARTIST PROJECT: On Early Netherlandish Portraiture.
"The rules of engagement are, every time I'm on a plane,
I have to make work with what I find around me,
and only use my cell phone."
"I'm often asked where my ideas come from, and I often say, from the dumb stuff that surrounds us all the time."
ONE PAGE FOLDED COLLAGES*
I folded single magazine pages one to three times until I found a new image.
* No page was cut or torn, glued, or overly-labored.
* I will make more of these and continue to add them to this page.
* I will not make more than need to be made.
* Most of the images made using this process will be posted to Facebook; a select few are on display on this webpage.
A FEW NOTES FROM HER LECTURE AT THE NAEA CONFERENCE IN BOSTON, MA (March 2019) :
"The whole history of representation is really just a representation of white people."
"I'm painting the paintings that I want to see in the world."
"My paintings are a critique of the institution."
"I want to make sure everyone has a mirror."
"We can't change the world, but we can slowly change consciousness."
P A U L P F E I F F E R
* Art 21 — Time *
"Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion," 2001
About Paul Pfeiffer
D A N I E L G O R D O N
L E W I S B L A L O C K
P E T R A C O R T R I G H T
Check out her amazing website.
"No Compassion" is a series of portraits depicting world leaders in the midst of artificial tears. Through computer manipulation, David superimposes his own tears on the likes of Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hessein and others... David selects world agents without judgements on their relative goodness or badness and affords them an instance of compassion (From The Portrait Now).
L A U R A H E N D R I C K S
D I L L O N S M I T H
Dillon was one of my A.P. Art students who graduated in 2018.
Like Lewis Blalock (above), Dillon intentionally misused Photoshop to create these broken images.
Many of them started with a drawing in his sketchbook, which he then scanned and manipulated in Photoshop.
ETHICS OF PHOTOSHOP
Here are some of my pedagogical musings, dabblings, wonderings and wanderings.