All images from the series Animals Are Outside Today by Colleen Plumb

Review by W. Tanner Young

This classic series by #FilterFriend Colleen Plumb seems a fitting reminder for Earth Day. I have no doubt there will be a plethora of Ansel Adams posts showing the grandeur of nature. On the other side, perhaps an equal amount of Robert Adams and the New Topographics, showing the decline of nature under the grey suburban sprawl. Plumb’s work, however, beautifully and poetically shows the psychology and attitude of the human condition towards the natural world. We assign control over the natural world while still attempting, maybe even subconsciously, to feel like we’re connected to, and still just a part of a larger whole. Depictions of nature via artificial scenes and stuffed animals, or simulation of habitat with caged animals in zoos or at home - all serve to offer us a connection to the natural world, while keeping it at bay. Perhaps the fact that we need to set aside a whole day to ponder this idea (though do we really, anymore?) attests to the fact that we continue to distance ourselves from the natural order.

gregruffing:

new zine Peripheral5.5x8.5”, 24 pages, saddle stitchedGreg Ruffing

More great work from local Chicago artists. This zine contains work from Ruffing’s Peripheral series, which seamlessly weaves a wanderlust that seems to express both a sense of reverent reverie & awe with cynicism and dystopic daydreams.
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Nikon D700
  • 800
  • f/4
  • 1/80th
  • 85mm
gregruffing:

new zine Peripheral5.5x8.5”, 24 pages, saddle stitchedGreg Ruffing

More great work from local Chicago artists. This zine contains work from Ruffing’s Peripheral series, which seamlessly weaves a wanderlust that seems to express both a sense of reverent reverie & awe with cynicism and dystopic daydreams.
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Nikon D700
  • 800
  • f/4
  • 1/60th
  • 85mm
gregruffing:

new zine Peripheral5.5x8.5”, 24 pages, saddle stitchedGreg Ruffing

More great work from local Chicago artists. This zine contains work from Ruffing’s Peripheral series, which seamlessly weaves a wanderlust that seems to express both a sense of reverent reverie & awe with cynicism and dystopic daydreams.
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Nikon D700
  • 800
  • f/4
  • 1/60th
  • 85mm
gregruffing:

new zine Peripheral5.5x8.5”, 24 pages, saddle stitchedGreg Ruffing

More great work from local Chicago artists. This zine contains work from Ruffing’s Peripheral series, which seamlessly weaves a wanderlust that seems to express both a sense of reverent reverie & awe with cynicism and dystopic daydreams.
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Nikon D700
  • 800
  • f/4
  • 1/60th
  • 85mm
gregruffing:

new zine Peripheral5.5x8.5”, 24 pages, saddle stitchedGreg Ruffing

More great work from local Chicago artists. This zine contains work from Ruffing’s Peripheral series, which seamlessly weaves a wanderlust that seems to express both a sense of reverent reverie & awe with cynicism and dystopic daydreams.
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Nikon D700
  • 800
  • f/4
  • 1/60th
  • 85mm

gregruffing:

new zine Peripheral
5.5x8.5”, 24 pages, saddle stitched
Greg Ruffing

More great work from local Chicago artists. This zine contains work from Ruffing’s Peripheral series, which seamlessly weaves a wanderlust that seems to express both a sense of reverent reverie & awe with cynicism and dystopic daydreams.

What is A Substitute or A Surrogate for Three-Dimensional Space?

Technology has been scrupulously layered, Benjamin and Warhol carefully invoked, and then at the last minute, the entire serial effort is cast aside in a frantic, last minute appeal to humanism.”

Our Managing Director, James Martin Pepper Kelly, has a great write up of the lobby installation at Gallery 400 by UIC BFA student, Bryan Volta. Technology vs. humanism. A manipulated, terrorized image hanging on the wall, demanding attention in an otherwise sterile waiting area. Don’t worry, the article isn’t quite as long as his name.

Elinor Carucci on Bust.com

A great review of Elinor Carucci's Mother series on Bust.com. Carucci’s work will be included in the upcoming show Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. She will also be part of a book signing and gallery talk on April 23.

Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood
April 18 - July 13
Reception: April 24, 5:00 pm
Book signing & Gallery Talk: April 23, 4:00 pm
MoCP
600 South Michigan Ave

All images from the series Nocturnes by S. Gayle Stevens

 By W. Tanner Young

A big congrats to S. Gayle Stevens on recently the acquisition of her work through the Fraction Magazine Acquisition Fund. Stevens taught a collodion-process workshop at the 2012 Filter Photo Festival, as well as attended reviews during the 2013 festival, where Fraction Mag’s editor, David Bram was reviewing. Her work will be donated to the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Additionally, Stevens’ work is currently up at Chicago’s Schneider Gallery through April 26, with work from Christian Weber.

In this series, Stevens uses pinhole cameras and the wet-plate collodion process to create dark and surreal seascapes. Sinister structures loom high as shadows extend their reach across the sand, the waves roll in and out incessantly, and the moon burns strange thoughts into the mind of the beholder. These dark mediations that take hours to make, rendering the night as day and the moon as sun, creating a tension and eeriness within the scene that becomes almost palpable.

At the AIPAD Photography Show, Bits of Museum Shows, Past and Present

Scene Report: Contemporary lens-based media and conceptual photography are making a strong showing at the 2014 AIPAD Photography Show. This is also apparent in this article, which strongly features Chicago’s Catherine Edelman Gallery and represented artist Gregory Scott’s moving-photo video pieces. Traditional and vintage photographic prints are still in the majority, and the above article also mentions Chicago’s Dawoud Bey at the Stephen Daiter Gallery.

Do we have any Chicago friends out there for the show? Field Reports, please!

artslant:

Douglas Gordon, Roni Horn, Jim Lambie, Pipilotti Rist ‘19th Biennale of Sydney – You Imagine What You Desire’ at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
http://www.artslant.com/ew/events/show/322088-19th-biennale-of-sydney-you-imagine-what-you-desire

artslant:

Douglas Gordon, Roni Horn, Jim Lambie, Pipilotti Rist ‘19th Biennale of Sydney – You Imagine What You Desire’ at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

http://www.artslant.com/ew/events/show/322088-19th-biennale-of-sydney-you-imagine-what-you-desire