Monday, November 19, 2018

Reading Assignment Blogpost - Chapter 8 Physical and Material (due 12/4)

In the comment section below write a 150 word minimum response to the final chapter, Chapter 8 "Physical and Material" Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Which essay from the assigned chapter spoke to your own experience the most?  Summarize the main points of the essay and give a personal anecdote that elaborates on why this article spoke to you. Which essay made you think about photography in a new way, or spoke to experiences you may not have been as familiar with?  Did any of the work completely confuse you?  Which photographer(s) highlighted are you the most interested in?  Again, summarize the article and explain why this essay has reshaped your ideas about photography.

Marlluvia and Leticia will be leading the classroom discussion on Tuesday 12/4


  1. Julie Steen,
    Chapter 8 Physical and Material is one of the chapters of this book that I actually liked most of the photos. The first photograph that stood out to me was 3 sided picture by Walead Beshty. I love how it looks like a broken mirror. After reading how the artist produced this work it makes me want to try it out. I have done a lot of things where you can tell what I am taking a picture of but I am starting to really like abstract now that I have gotten farther in college. The second photograph that I really loved in this chapter was Carter Mull’s Connection. I love the fact that he used different mediums to create this piece. I have not had a chance to do this yet but I am hoping that next semester I will be able to. I also really love the black and white look along with the water effect it has.

  2. Chapter 8 titled physical and material was one of my favorite chapters to dissect. I immediately started to feel a sense of nostalgia and visualize different aspects of industrial-like works in my brain. The main thesis of the chapter goes along perfectly with what we learned from the beginning of the semester. Although old physical photos are important to keep on hand and search through with relatives or to figure out history for oneself, the new digital era has changed the photography industry immensely.
    The two artists that spoke to me the most were Christopher Williams and Lyle Ashton Harris. Christopher Williams piece: "Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide" was a very eye catching piece to me and went along perfectly with the industrial vibe that I had mentioned earlier in the text. ALthough the photo at first glane seems to be all too simple, photography and corn go hand in hand in Williams' pieces and he displays a certain amount of cliches' within them that can be looked upon by different points of view.
    The other artist that spoke to me was Lyle Ashton Harris, I chose this piece because the simplicity of the first artist and the complexity of this one shows just how versatile this chapter is in categorizing photos. This college like piece, to me, at first glance reminds me of a murder investigation board. The bright colors and choices of photos to represent get so much more interesting the more the photo is viewed and I absolutely LOVE that aspect so much.

  3. I found this chapter appealing because it talked about how photography place in modern day contemporary art and how photography could be mixed with other media, like as sculpture or installations. This chapter also talked about how artists choice certain material & equipment for their work. One artist that I found interesting was Sherrie Levine’s After Walker Evans, 1981. I like how Levine draw inspiration from Walker Evans (1930-1975), Edward Weston (1886-1958) and Eliot Porter (1901-1990). I also liked Michael Queenland’s Bread and Balloons, (2007). I like how Queenland uses materials to transform everyday objects into something new and exciting.

  4. Chapter 8: Physical and Material is about photographers who shift the meaning and association of photography into the narrative of their work. Photography has become less about a fully functioning visual technology and more about active choices in the steps of the process. The photographer Anne de Vries works with sculpture and photography. The steps of recursion, is cool to look at. The photographer Viviane Sassen, creates surprising photographs her style is being exaggerated by the materiality of the printed page. Her series Flamboya, is really cool with the way the people are posed, their position and clothing is very eye catching. The photographer Liz Deschenes, the photographs focuses on the physicality of photography. The MoirĂ© series mimics the digital screens. The way she created it is interesting by the whole pin pricking a sheet of foil that was being hold up to a window with negative film being exposed to the sunlight behind it. It’s a cool technique.

  5. I actually liked almost all of the pictures from this chapter, nearly every page made me at least look at one of the pictures for more than 3 seconds. One of the artist work that I liked in particular is Shannon Ebner's Agitate. I like how the picture is split into 4 different parts, as well as the pattern of the bricks in the background. Walead Beshty's 3 sided picture is one image that caught my eye as soon as I turned the page. I am not sure why, but recently I have been using the colors pink, and purple on a bunch of different things, I think they work together, and I think that this is a big reason this image caught my eye. When I read the paragraph corresponding to the image I discovered how it was done, which I kind of related to the Cyanotype work we did earlier this semester. Untitled (Cloud) 2003, by Tim Barber, I like this image simply because of the cloud in the picture. To me, it's almost like he got bored and decided to blow a cloud into the image to see how it would come out, which is relatable to me, because thats something I would do. Besides the cloud I like the sense of darkness in the picture as well, although the dirty dishes in the sink bug me, but they add to the picture so its all good.

  6. The photography from this chapter entails appreciation on materiality and physical characteristics of the roots of photography. An artist I found particularly interesting, is Jason Evan and the use of his photos in an app. He has a set of street photography that are randomly sequenced in the app with double exposure landscape images. The app algorithm is usually for security codes on websites, however you he has come up with a new way to present his images and it’s interactive with the audience; which I think is a great way to get people more interested in something, is for them to be interact it. Another photographer I liked from this chapter, is Lyle Ashton Harris and the wall collages Harris made of his images and other works. Harris compositional got all the images he had to blend well together, have personal narratives, have a central image, and the other images would connect to that main image.

  7. I really enjoyed this chapter because I can relate my work in these photos to my previous work in the class in ways of color and abstract. I really enjoy bright colors and nicely decorated rooms. That’s why I believe I enjoy Isa GenzKen’s work caught my eye. I think of myself as an artist with painting and drawing and in her picture on page 227, it shows an empty room with a bunch of brightly covered painting. Ever since we did the abstract assignment I have stayed more on the abstract side of things. I enjoy making weird things that are actually appealing to the eye. Jason Evans had remarkable work with his abstract photo on page 240. I don’t know why I like it, I just do, but I think its abstract. To me this chapter challenges me to try and make better abstract photos. Gator ain’t never back down from no fight, so you know I gotta do it to’em. The answer to the last question of how this chapter reshaped my view on photography can be described as Ideally abstract in a way where it helped me figure out what I like to photograph. I’m not saying I’m going to be the next Picasso, but ill definitely keep it as a side project. This is my last response and as my last words in this class, I want to tell you all… Take it Sleazy, and I’m out….

    Kadin Morrow
    Aka Birdman

  8. I really enjoyed this chapter and appreciated the photos that were shown in the book. Chapter 8 had a lot of neat pictures but a couple really stood out to me. I enjoyed Walead Beshty's photo on page 230. It's a very bright picture and colorful. It reminds me of my project that I've been working on the past few weeks. I really find deep passion in taking photos that give off a vivid color that catches the eyes attention. I really want to follow my passion towards this project and try to become a professional photographer. I also liked Jessica Eaton's photo on page 236. This photo reminds me of gamecube. I grew up playing that game and this looks just like the logo. Just wanted to say thanks Chris for a fun semester and i learned a lot about photography!!
    Ps. Me and Kadin left you a photo from our last project on your office door. Yuo can use those pictures to use as examples for your next class.
    -Matt Wood

  9. Chapter 8 was fairly enjoyable. It looks at how the photographers are conceptually looking to highlight both the physical and material nature of photography. The medium of choice is part of their artistic decision in the piece. I really like it since it involves things outside of the image and pulls in physical objects into their photography outside of an image. Sara VanDerBeek does something like this by adding sculptural contexts to her images. In Eclipse I she made a construct that hosted her two images of statues, which emphasizes the material qualities of both the photographic images she has as well as the personal connect that they constitute for her. I also like Anne Collier who took photos of the sky. She creates a diptych of sky one a clear blue sky with some clouds the other dark clouds. This is shown in a descriptive way since the sky is framed constituting that she has framed the sky in a way that is not able to be depicted. I enjoyed this chapter since it looks at photography not just as the image itself but the surrounding that the image is to be displayed. It shows something that photographers should do on a normal basis. -Haley

  10. One of the most interesting artist in this chapter, too me anyway, was Zoe Leonard. The thing that I appreciate the most is how she used an Rolleoflex to capture street signs, goods or advertisements from basically a passing time. Her image TVWheelbarrow, depicts exactly what it sounds like, a Television in a Wheel Barrow. Both the television and the wheel barrow appear to be relatively old, in front of an old rusted gate.
    Another Artist who interested me was Shannon Ebner. I was mainly interested in her work because she uses words in her sculptures and photography. Her work is a commentary on “things breaking down or functioning through false claims”. Her section in the book also introduced me to another artist such as Clunie Read, who also uses text phrases or words in some of his work.

  11. The photos in chapter 8 mainly focused on artists’ exhibitions in galleries. Lyle Ashton Harris has a wall collage called Blow up IV that is made up of own and found photos. This collage is meant to be viewed in a gallery up close, not from a zoomed out image.

    I am also interested in the work by Walead Beshty. This artist achieved this work by using photographic paper and exposing it in the darkroom. This work can definitely be considered abstract, and it is something I wish we could have experimented with in class.

    I also appreciate the simple work by Jessica Eaton on page 236 from the series Cubes for Albers and Lewitt. She creates multiple exposures of a white cube and overlays them to create minimalist images.