04 April 2012

FotoFest 2012 | Chapter VIII: Tuesday Afternoon

Leah Sobsey, Rhyolite, NV, from the series Nothing Is As It Seems link

Seeing through barriers

Inside or outside? A question that is spatial, cultural, intellectual, and emotional. Finished up my stint with some intriguing social observers and formalists.
  • Jane Paradise - a photographer I curated on the PRC web site (Not Quite Strangers on NEO, October 2010) - wanted to get my help in reconsidering that edit of her work, whether she could refocus those images on human experiences of museum spaces 
  • Frederic Weber - sick, couldn't make it to Houston, but sent his wife with his startling, and startlingly simple, color prints that concentrate on children's art and visions  link
  • Sylwia Kowalczyk - a Pole living in Edinborough - portraits that address ethnicity in its fine details - in doing the portraits Sylwia creates a firmer footing for herself in this very different place  link
  • Lori Pond - Lori showed the only phone camera photos I saw, which was something of a surprise - when I asked if she used Instagram, she made it clear, from a list of apps and software I've never heard of, that her goal is prints, not dissemination via the Internet as so many of us are - and the prints were quite fascinating, part of an attractive portfolio that addressed a variety of landscape issues  link
  • Don Glentzer - one of the most challenging portfolios I reviewed, because its insistence on the flattest of materials, like ink on glass, made the optics of his project Point of Chance as thin as a membrane  link

FotoFest 2012 | Chapter VII: Tuesday Morning

Johanna Evans-Colley, Legs, Miami, 2011  link

 Blending visions

Joined by student observer Tom Turner (pursuing his MFA at Texas Tech University) on the last day of the 2012 Meeting Place reviews. He behaved himself very well, though he did abandon me for one session after lunch to go and photograph room 2016 after I packed and checked out; apparently his current project involves just such post-guest, pre-housekeeping rooms. Keep your eyes open for a photo of shoes in a bathroom wastebasket.
  • Christopher Schneberger – the only portfolio I saw that included 3-D imagery, employed to give extra credibility to a contrived story about Frances Naylor, a legless girl who learns to levitate – a keen sense of historic syntax helps Chris fashion credible narratives, including a contemporary tale of a domestic ghost, a young girl from the early 20th century visible only in reflections  link
  • Vivian Keulards – a Dutch view of America, limited in time to about 3 years and set in area code 80439 (Denver vicinity) – what she records are memories she doesn’t trust her mind to recollect – largely interactions with people whose ties to place are both remarkable and mundane but somehow distinctive  link
  • K.K. (Kim) DePaul – a stunning story of family secrets and the impact on the individual, told in fragments of archival materials, self-portraits, collage, and writing  link to video about project

FotoFest 2012 | Chapter VI: Monday Afternoon