Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Walker Evans' Postcard Collection

Photographer Walker Evans amassed a collection of over 9000 picture postcards during his lifetime.  These postcards and many of Evans' works are now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  The Art Dept. trip to New York is the perfect opportunity to see this show!  More on the show here

Monday, February 16, 2009

Congrats Chris Kirk!

Bucks photo student Chris Kirk hits the BIG time.  Chris was hired to photograph the stylists at Redz Hair Studio -  his photograph is now on this billboard!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

For all you digital photo students out there, I just found a fun competition for you to enter. The gallerist at Danziger Projects in NYC is holding a contest for the next week for the best homage to Harry Callahan's famous photograph of his wife Eleanor. Not only could you win a catalog of the Harry Callahan exhibition but also a box of chocolates. I am serious. If the box of chocolates wasn't incentive enough it is also a great way to practice using adjustment layers. Though I am in it for the chocolate.

If you are interested click here for more information.

Good luck!



Join us for the Bucks Art Dept trip to NYC.  
Date:  Friday, March 27,  the bus leaves Bucks 8am and returns around 10pm.
We will make stops in the gallery district in Chelsea and at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of art.  Please come along, you can bring a friend. Bucks faculty members will be on the trip to show you around.  Chad States & Kimberly Witham will guide interested students on a tour of Chelsea photo galleries. 
Ticket Prices:
$23 for tickets purchased by Feb 13
$25 for tickets purchased between Feb 13 - Feb 27
$27 for tickets purchased after Feb 27 - buy now and save!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A bad week to be Shepard Fairey

This just out. . . Shepard Fairey was arrested on his way to the opening of his solo exhibition at the ICA in Boston.  Fairey is well known as a tagger and street artist.  He was the originator of the Andre the Giant "Obey" campaign.  He was arrested for allegedly tagging private property with his "Obey" logos. . . More on his troubles here

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Shepard Fairey's work contested

In light of the recent post about the use of appropriated photography in artwork, here is the latest controversy to arise. Shepard Fairey's now iconic poster of Barack Obama is being challenged in court because of its direct use of Mannie Garcia's photograph. Read more here. chad.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Do you want to join the photo club?

We are considering starting a photo club at Bucks.  Are you interested?   Sign up sheets are posted in the Hicks digital lab and  outside the darkroom in Hicks.  Sign up with your name and email address.  We will contact you for our first meeting.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mark your calendar

•••There will be a meeting of all art students from noon-1pm this Wednesday, February 4 in the Hicks woodshop.  Food and drink will be provided. You must attend!!
•••The Art Department trip to NYC will take place on Friday, March 27.  The bus will leave at 8am and return around 10pm.  We will make stops in Chelsea and at the MOMA and the Met.  Kimberly Witham will be on the trip leading students to the best photo galleries in Chelsea.  Get your tickets now!!

Speaking of appropriation. ..

Thomas Ruff has recently been working on a series of appropriated images as well.  Ruff selects images from pornographic websites and then prints the low-rez images at an extra large scale.  Due to the poor quality of the original images the resulting prints are soft and painterly, far removed from their original context.  By stripping the images of their detail, Ruff removes much of their erotic value.  He also points to a conflict between the personal nature of these images and the highly public space of the internet. . .