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photo post #10

In PHOTO on 10/26/2009 at 7:06 PM

Martin McFadden
1212 Gallery
post-1
I enjoy how this image seems to elevate the mundane above it’s everyday banality. Sharp and beautifully executed- I’m a fan of urinals anyway. Would’ve been less appealing had it been the trough variety so thank goodness this artists decided to depict what they did.

Rita Bernstein
339 Gallery
post-2
Deceptive and haunting, this image was printed on hand-applied emulsion on a crumple texture paper which adds a nice authentic feeling. Very interesting and dark image to add to the textural quality of the entire image together.

Troy Lee
Doma Gallery
post-3
This image uses a fantastic contrast to emphasize the subject- a flower that focuses upon a spectacular tonality that offers the image great depth. Intriguing inclusion of a reflection to suggest the fallen flowers position with itself.

MINE
juan15
This image captures a captures insect with a stunning dirtiness that creates an interesting harmony between the natural and society’s need to encapsulate everything into a neat little package- whether in a glass jar, a fixed image or a prison cell.

juan14
The delicate caress of immature play is the highlighted activity. I enjoy fun sometimes and this image is certainly an exploration of fun and toilet humor.

juan12
Direct bare bulb lighting help to exaggerate the details of this creepy doll head. Vacant and ominous, the face stares away from the viewer to anticipate a destructive nature found so readily in found objects whose history is forever ambiguous.

Monica, Your Mother is a Whore Documentation

In MAX/MSP on 10/22/2009 at 9:22 PM

Monica, Your Mother is a Whore: Parts One & Two
Afternoon Delight Pitch Affected Karaoke Patches Documentation
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Monica, Your Mother is a Whore: Part One is a patch of custom software made for Afternoon Delight Karaoke, an interactive performance hosted by Rebecca Dolan and Adam Trauwein.
karaokeFlier

Monica, Your Mother is a Whore: Part One was created in the software package Max/MSP/Jitter. This patch works interactively with the performer by automatically assessing the pitch and volume of their voice to vary the speed, brightness, contrast and saturation of the video projected on screen. Manual adjustments affects the cross-fading of two separate video feeds. Here is a short clip of the patch and performance working together.

Performed:
October 4, 2009, Noon-4 PM
The Walnut Room, Denver, Colorado

Click the image below for a better view of this specific patch.
maxPatch1

Much in the same vein of Monica, Your Mother is a Whore: Part One, a second patch- Monica, Your Mother is a Whore: Part Two relies heavily on one video being driven by a performer’s vocal pitch. This second video is derived from an adult movie where a voyeur watches an interaction from a concealed environment, the footage is primarily toned red. To move this video, my patch uses volume and pitch input to change brightness, contrast, saturation, and the speed of the video. However, this patch differs in that it allows for manual adjustment of temporal processing to dictate the outcome which creates blurry video that peaks with momentary lucidity. Click the image below for a better view of this specific patch.
maxPatch2Monica, Your Mother is a Whore: Part One text patch (lacking video files):

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Monica, Your Mother is a Whore: Part Two text patch (lacking video files):

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photo post #9

In PHOTO on 10/21/2009 at 9:57 AM

Lee Friedlander
Andrew Smith Gallery
pother-2
Dark and creepy: just how I like it! This building is scary-looking, I appreciate the disrupted horizon that weighs the road against the more obvious subject of the building.

Christian Cravo
Doma Gallery
pother-3
This is a beautiful image of a diving Jesus. Divine diver or something to that effect. Maybe I’m stretching but he stretched arms of the subject offer this image a much higher status than a simple waterfall dive. Looks extremely well technically executed as well.

Mabel Odessey
Photo Arts Gallery
pother-1
Great color and fantastic movement created by a pinhole camera offer this and the other images in this series amazing aesthetic qualities. The images are of an older calliope or similar piano-esque instrument to offer an ambiance reminiscent of a carnival.

MINE
juan01
This single arm reaching from under a bed sheet is wonderfully placed and lit very nicely. The colors work well with a blue/orange complimentary relationship. Love it!

juan03
Garish magenta cast allows this image to create a psychedelic ambiguity- yum! Nicely abstract and visually jarring- this image finds a soft spot in my heart because of it’s seeming invalidity where I find complete validity.

juan04
Dots! I love dots. These dots are oblong and blue and create a nice diagonal composition. This image offers glowing electronic sexuality- easily.

photo post #8

In PHOTO on 10/21/2009 at 9:54 AM

Michael Massaia
Photo Arts Gallery
other-1
The haunting subject matter and selective dodge/burn effect is most intriguing in the works by this photographer. The depiction of this surreal carnival is evocative of an imaginary and contrived innocence.

Joan Myers
Andrew Smith Gallery
other-2
This image is extremely crisp and suggests something bigger than life might be happening. The ambiguity of the figures creates a tension that forgoes identity and makes me ponder the circumstances of a shared humanity.

Jessica Lange
A Gallery
other-3
This photo is along the same lines of the first one discussed above. The high contrast and interesting depiction of an older mechanical fortune teller reminds me of the movie ‘Big’ however this image is far more entertaining.

MINE
angie&jody15
This image is a fantastic foray into a self-dictated shame imposed by a larger society. I appreciate the composition as well as the pose. Thanks to this anonymous model for her patience in creating this shot (and wearing those socks!)

jonP-005
This re-authored photograph of a Man Ray icon uses a layered canvas of copy paper to fracture an original image. The intersections and gaps created through the projection add something fantastical to the presentation.

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This image of a petrified rat is dramatic and disgusting. Gazing at you with a hollow eye and recoiling against the returned gaze, this image suggests an elevation of moribund essence and gives life to an otherwise unlovely presence.

photo post #7

In PHOTO on 10/13/2009 at 7:39 PM

Christopher Burke
Doma Art
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This image relates an artificial presence through color upon a natural subject. The simultaneous contrast between these complimentary colors creates a surreal atmosphere.

Sundeep Gajjar
Photo Shelter
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A mostly symmetric image, this photograph allows the viewer to contemplate the similarity and differences offered by this object. The dramatic lighting seems to create a mood of nostalgia but also melancholy.

Bill Wittliff
Andrew Smith Gallery
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The ambiguous nature of this image is intriguing. Not knowing what is depicted creates a tension to explore and seek an answer to the unknown. The back lit object radiates with a soft light that suggests an ethereal realm to where oblivion remarks on presence.

MINE
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This image comments on the electric facade of the secular against a proposed messiah of the sacred. The dark essence of myself as the figure of Christ against the contemporary signature of the mythology emitted by the Xmas lights emphasizes my stance against the hybridization of these two entities.

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The empty cavity of the scooped out brains of the deer head depicted makes me contemplate the empty minded thoughts I feel many in society constantly submit themselves to. The startling image offers a beautiful emphasis on shape and color within the composition.

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I like the deconstruction of this found image. It’s something I really appreciate. Done by digitally projecting the image on a created canvas of layered copy paper- suspended by my favorite: fishing line! Woooo!

photo post #6

In PHOTO on 10/13/2009 at 7:34 PM

Mona Kuhn
Jackson Fine Art
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This image appeals to me because of the use of focus to create a dramatic representation of this pond. Reminds me of a Monet painting in style and subject.

Robert & Shana Parkeharrison
Jackson Fine Art
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This team of artists works to create a dialogue of the human and our tie to nature. The interesting juxtaposition and remarkable composition is appealing in both aesthetic and conceptual aspects.

Alec Soth
High Museum of Art
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Along the lines of the Parkharrison photo, this image imagines a character within a natural setting. This image instead remarks on isolation rather than an introspective look at a shared environment. The texture of the stark tree limbs affords a detailed view that seems to consume the figure.

MINE
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This image is spooky and I find it interesting because of the process involved using the large-format 4X5 view camera. The image is out-of-focus and adds to the tension I found apparent within.

angie&jody16
This image has a drastic contrast that adds to the concept of the duality of shame and freedom being conveyed. Black censor bars commit the subject to a self-dictated and self-authored censorship.

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The subject is a skinned deer head that evokes ideas of elevated disgust. The seamless background makes this object a spectacle to imbibe. A juxtaposition of the divine with the disgusting is a delineation I enjoy.

MAX ?’s finally…

In MAX/MSP on 10/11/2009 at 7:38 PM

Sorry to Rebecca and classmates for not posting sooner, I’ve been a little busy lately so don’t take the lateness of this post as a hostile act of rebellion or anything. I now have the time…
My questions from reading are:

1. While I’m relieved that Max uses an object-oriented language to more easily program rather than relying on strict coding language- it seems a little much. Like Robert eluded to the idea of an even more user-friendly interface in his post, would the availability of a program like Max to a larger population devalue it’s wow-factor? Would you be more willing or less willing to explore with this tool if it weren’t such an abstract/esoteric presence in the world of interactive media?

2. A point that was brought up during a discussion in my thesis class was the idea that art is supposed or can be therapeutic however, since becoming a student, I have experienced art as everything but therapeutic and was wondering if I’m doing something wrong. Is it possible within the framework of digital art for a balance of technical and conceptual that could end up qualifying as therapeutic rather than arduous, devastatingly technical or mind-numbingly abstract to the point of alienation? I guess I’m relating this to the McLuhan idea of medium is the message- where the message I’m getting is to become a painter. Any thoughts?