Monthly Archives: November 2013

Is This It?

Joey Versoza has a show in the CAC which is… interesting to say the least! His show incorporates the use of photography, videography, and sculpture (or more installation art). His show was inspired by the late Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour and how it never came to fruition. There were blurred photographs of people working in the studios, HUGE balloon sculptures with a looped video track of Jackson’s most famous videos and moments, and lastly there was a chandelier with plaid shirts hanging off of it. I have to admit though… it left me asking myself, is this it? Due to Michale Jackson’s fame and success, and the media coverage of his death, I expected something more. I got the connection between the Christmas trees and how life is fleeting, but I was not understanding the plaid shirts that came from target (I only know that because they still had tags on them). Not to mention right in the other room there were photographs of empty beds, and it was silent. There was also a bed that looked like it had come straight out of an insane asylum. So, to take myself out of that space and bring myself into that space of weirdness was an almost impossible feat. I am not sure how the other people I was with felt about it, but if you were there, or have seen the show yourself and agree or disagree feel free to comment!

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Kim Dalton

I am fortunate enough to get to meet some really amazing people and artists where I work. Kim Dalton happens to be one of them. She has taken many photos for our company and they are always stunning. I am particularly drawn to her black and white images of downtown Cincinnati (shocking, I know). I feel like her images relate to mine because she is not just shooting a building to shoot at a building, she is taking in the street and the culture around the building that she photographs. Although I have yet to successfully nail down how to do this without making it look like a “drive-by shooting”, I can look at photographers like Kim and learn from them. If you would like to check out more photos by Kim Dalton click on the photo below!

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Emulsify

After running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get things ready for the show on Friday, dealing with other classes, working and being sick I feel like it finally paid off. The show was a success. More than a success. We had more people in the gallery than could even fit in the gallery! I was not expecting that great of a turn out.

Not only did we have such an amazing turn out, but as many people know I have been struggling with my concept because it is too commercial and there is not enough meaning or depth in my photos. Well after our Emulsify show I think I am just going to take photos of what I want to take photos of now because my art sold! All three pieces. I might not have work that you have to sit and think about for hours and hours to find the deeper meaning, but if they are visually appealing to me and others find them visually appealing as well isn’t that enough? Not in the UC DAAP standard it’s not but for now it’s enough for me.

JR @ The CAC

JR

The French artist JR is the currently showing his work at the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. I was drawn to his work more so than any of the rest of the shows that we got to look at in the CAC. The images he displayed were full of life and excitement. I also liked how they were displayed in the space. Some of his works were framed, some were on the wall like wallpaper, and some were mounted on plexiglass. He showed that he has full range of knowledge and skill in his field. I appreciate an artist who takes the time to consider every aspect of their work and craft.