So it is just around the corner, my first ever solo exhibition. I am excited, nervous, anxious, happy, sad, relieved and all the rest. I hope that everyone is able to make it. I of course understand that there are people who follow my blog who are from other countries and I am sure that you will be with me in spirit, for those who are in the state of NSW and more specifically the Sydney, South Coast and Illawarra areas I encourage you to come along to my exhibition and show your support for an emerging, local, young creative. Thank you.
Tickets available here: http://goo.gl/RhS9IG
Sally Mann (American, b.1951) is best known for her black-and-white photographs, featuring portraiture and landscapes in the southern United States. Mann was born in Lexington, Virginia, and attended Hollins College. She began working as a photographer for Washington and Lee University after graduation, and her photographs of the construction of the University’s library were included in her first solo exhibition, held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Mann received great acclaim and critique for her Immediate Family series, in which she photographed her own children, often nude, in ethereal, unsettling works, picturing the everyday activities and games of a child while alluding to darker and more serious themes of loss, sexuality, loneliness, and death.
Mann’s more recent works include photographs of landscapes in the Deep South, which incorporate 19th century methods of developing photographs, and use damaged cameras and lenses, giving her work a scratched, unfinished look that continually references the photographic process. Mann has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and has published several books of her photography. She exhibits her work around the world, in cities such as New York, Berlin, Chicago, Rome, and Tokyo. She currently lives and works in her hometown of Lexington, Virginia.
Fallen Child, 1989. Gelatin silver contact print, 50.8 x 61 cm
Untitled /At Twelve/ Lisa Tab, 1983-1985. Silver gelatine print, 19 x 24 cm.
Images and text: http://www.artnet.com/artists/sally-mann/
I have mentioned before what a few simple frames can do to “lift” a work. The frame somehow brings out more from the work, it gives it a higher and more pronounced presence. Not going to get too in depth in this post, just felt like sharing the beauty of what a few simple frames can do to help bring out the best in your work.
I have been considering making Vlogs or Video blogs and commentaries on my art and practice and uploading them onto YouTube. Making commentaries about my own practice and the practice of other artists, contemporary and otherwise, discussing exhibitions that I have seen or intend to see, a myriad of topics to do with art and the art world. At first they will be pretty poor quality, as I am planning on using my phone camera to record the videos and they may be jumpy and somewhat out of focus, but I just thought that it would be worth putting my idea out there.
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Just some random thoughts on why it is that I get the urge to draw at paint later on during the day? My general theory is that I am a nocturnal creature and that my creative juices get flowing at a later time rather than motivating me to create. Also it could be that it is a lot quieter at night, which allows me to focus more on the act of creation, whereas during the day there are many distractions. Picasso loved to work into the night especially as soon as he got a hold of some portable lighting that allowed him to work at night.
Here’s a little something I popped out the other night.