Even with the mild winter we are having, it seems difficult to start the year with a road trip. I have some trips coming up – Sarasota in March and in May, a trip to the Normandy beaches, but for now, it seems to be a time for introspection and perhaps regrouping on the home front.
It also is a time for taking in the odd art show or lecture, so I went last night to the Easton Academy of Arts for a photography lecture called “Uncommon Images” which was all about the work of a diverse group of contemporary photographers. While there, I was also able to catch the show “On Reading” 100 photographs by Andre Kertesz, taken over a 60 year period with the subject of people reading. The black and white photos, taken in various places around the world is a reminder of the power of the written word. I was impressed by the wide range of subjects caught in the act of reading in every imaginable location. I loved the show.
The lecture was likewise interesting, with images from ten contemporary photographers whose styles reflected everything from the recording of everyday and familiar scenes in a single shot (William Eggleston) to highly staged productions by Jeff Wall. The images range from personal and intimate (Sally Mann) to digitally manipulated to a fare-thee-well (Andreas Gursky). Come to think of it though, a manipulated photo by Gursky, entitled Rhein II just sold for 4.3 million so well, the lecture certainly gives me something to think about. Other artists discussed were: Ronnie Horn, William Wegman, Chuck Close, Gao Yuan, Catherine Opie and Wang Quingsong. It was great to see photos by some I knew, and to be introduced to a whole new group of contemporary photographers.
The speaker was Sahm Doherty-Sefton who herself has an impressive portfolio of images, some of which are immediately recognizable. She is a photo journalist who has captured wonderfully intimate images of everyone from Ronald Reagan to Bob Dylan…a sort of spectrum spanning body of work, wouldn’t you say 🙂
So an off week or two. Who knows what will come my way next week? The only thing I can do is stay flexible. In the meantime, I’m concentrating on the paintings and the photos – entering work in a few shows and hoping for the best. All things considered, hoping for the best is a great way to start a new year…Happy New Year everyone.