Friday, June 25, 2010

Still lIfe or Nature Morte - life...

     Nature Morte is a subject that I have been interested since an early age. I would say since, I was a child and I had an art class and the teacher gave us an assignment to paint and draw a vase of flowers or an apple.  Then, in my adultness I had to apply to a high school with art. the exam was drawing and painting nature morte (still life )-geometrical objects, fruits and other objects that are considered part of the genre of still life.  After high school I attended an art school , of course the exam to get admitted was a nature morte again...... I got so much attached to this still life subject that when I started making photographs one of the first things that I photographed and apparently very well was a still life. 
       From ancient Egypt to nowadays, the nature morte is a genre that depicts objects from our daily environment , objects that symbolize our existence and our needs. Subconsciously, we connect ourselves when we look at paintings or photographs that portrayed nature morte. 
These images were inspired by my early childhood, by academic education and by the objective mundane. 

Recently , one of the main exhibitions of the New York Photo Fest  2010 was dedicated to still life in the name of the contemporary photographer who recently passed away Irving Penn. 'Object Lesson' curated by Vince Aletti  was a great example of a nature morte that contemporary artists depict through the media of photography.  ... 
From the NYPH 2010: 
The history of photography is that of the still life, a staple of artwork throughout the modern era that has been reinvented with the introduction of photography. From the beginning, virtually every important photographer has contributed to the genre, and their names evoke an immense range of images and approaches: Henry Fox-Talbot, Paul Strand, Edward Steichen, Josef Sudek, László Moholy-Nagy, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Man Ray, Walker Evans, Robert Mapplethorpe and Wolgfang Tillmans, among others.
With this long tradition in mind, Vince Aletti has taken the occasion of the New York Photo Festival to reexamine the still life today. Object Lesson, according to Aletti, “pays homage to one of its masters, Irving Penn, whose work sets a standard few can match.”

Jeff Bark as one of the participating artists in Object Lesson inspired me .. 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

They could be fake or real.. , but they are all RED....!!

                         My home. My rose. Can feel the rain, but the sun.  I am cold, but hot.  I am at home.
                         The roses are beautiful and precious, it's hard to resist them, but they can also hurt you.

Something very old from old times 'Mimic the Master'- Robert Mapplethorpe!