EXPLANATION AND RECAP
“Artists quit when they lose the destination of their work, for the place their work belongs. For art students, losing the destination of your artwork goes by the name ‘Graduation’“
– David Bayles, “Art and Fear”
Okay, Bayles, you got my attention. “Art and Fear” had me moving immediately. I quickly picked up the marvelous technologies given to me in the form of social networks to create what is now known as the Photo Lounge. Bayles convinced me that the death of the artist— any artist— is unfortunate and unnecessary. I was that artist. But I am glad to say that I am now resurrected.
“Artists no longer make work when, abruptly, their work is no longer seen. No longer exhibited. No longer commented upon. No longer encouraged. The real killer is the lack of any continuing support afterwards.”
– David Bayles, “Art and Fear”
This sentence stopped me in my tracks. For over a year I have wanted to create a network for photographers, a safe place to show work and have the feedback that is lost upon graduation. Right here, in the good ole ‘artist’s Bible,’ my beliefs were validated. Graduation can be the ultimate death of a photographer. But it doesn’t have to be.
The most interesting thing about social media is that while it is designed to share work, it is a hub for artists to hide behind their screens and project negativity towards others— jealousy masked as superior knowledge. People get discouraged when their photograph doesn’t get a “like.” But what is a thumbs up on an image in comparison to physically showing your image to a friend? Numerous times I have posted photographs without response— only to later share my work in person and have the viewer awe-stricken. To be honest, an image with hundreds of likes cannot compare to a room full of people giving you encouraging feedback and constructive criticism. So while it’s important to get your work out there, it’s arguably more important to let your work live in the real world. To print it out, hold it. Hang it on a wall and share it. And in order for that to happen, you have to make work.
THIS WEEK’S FEATURED ARTIST
This week we looked at the project titled “American Fraternity” by Andrew Moisey. I would like to thank him kindly for allowing me to post his work here.
“The American Fraternity is a mysterious photo and ritual book that lifts the veil on America’s most influential male tradition. The text comes from a real decaying ritual manual from a prominent national fraternity. Untold numbers of American leaders have taken arcane oaths of chivalry and allegiance like the ones it contains. It is filled with dark power.”
THIS WEEK’S SUBMISSIONS
Lastly, here is a list of resources elaborating what we’ve mentioned during this meeting. If you missed or did not understand any references from our last meeting, please contact me. I’ll gladly add them.
Lenscratch – An online contemporary photography hub. Sign up to receive daily emails of emerging photographers work.
Art and Fear – “This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren’t any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius.”
—-from the Introduction
Large Format View Camera Movement – Ray Larose explains the technicalities behind large format photography.
Andrew Moisey – Author of “American Fraternity.”
“Fraternity.” by Alexandra Robbins – “Two real-life stories. One stunning twist. Meet Jake, a studious freshman weighing how far to go to find a brotherhood that will introduce him to lifelong friends and help conquer his social awkwardness; and Oliver, a hardworking chapter president trying to keep his misunderstood fraternity out of trouble despite multiple run-ins with the police.”