Bea Nettles, (paper by Marilyn Sward, printed by Audrey Niffenegger), Birch Bark, 1995
The Gainesville Sun featured a story on the life and work of collection photographer Bea Nettles. An exhibition of Nettles’ “untraditional” photographic work is currently on display at the Harn Museum of Art, through September 26. Throughout her career as an artist, Nettles mixed photography with painting, sculpture, and drawing techniques as well as with fabric, paper, and found materials. The works on view at the Harn are specific to Nettles’ experience as a mother – a “visually poetic study of her daughter, Rachel, and son, Gavin, as they mature in their first decade of life” as the Harn describes. An interesting tidbit – Nettles once served as a lab assistant to Jerry Uelsmann (also a collection photographer).
Lillian Bassman, Carmen, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, 1963, printed 1994
Eryn-Ashlei Bailey of the Conducive Chronicle wrote a lovely feature on fashion photographer Lillian Bassman last week. Avidly experimental, Bassman made black and white photographs with unusual compositions, blurred outlines, and dark silhouettes. She abandoned her studio in the 1970’s, after decades of trying to reconcile her artistic interests with commercial demands, and left behind many of her film negatives. In 1991 hundreds of Bassman’s lost negatives were discovered and returned to the artist, who set about reprinting them. In the process, Bassman decided to reinterpret her images from the 1940s and 1950s, often giving the images a dramatically different form. Read more about Bassman, her abandoned negatives, and fashion photography struggles in this New York Times article from 2009.
Judy Natal, Ladder, 1999
Photographer and Columbia College professor Judy Natal has been working on her Future Perfect series, which focuses on “sites that fabricate nature, not through duplication but simulation as the modeling of natural and human systems, in order to gain insight into their functioning.” Natal’s photograph of Biosphere 2, a built environment meant to represent Earth’s many ecosystems (including rain forest, desert, marsh, and mini-ocean), was featured on the Nevada Museum of Art blog this week. Of her artist-in-residency work at Biosphere 2, Natal says her images “depict, with transparency, the fabrication of environments that ultimately appear natural. It is my intent to seek out sites where this process of chaos has been repeatedly transformed.” Read more about her residency with the University of Arizona B2 Institute here.
Ben Gest, Jess & Alan, 2004, 2004
Images by Ben Gest and Glenn Rudolph have been selected for the Silverstein Photography Annual (SPA) at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City. The SPA is part of the gallery’s ongoing effort to provide exposure to emerging artists whose work incorporates the medium of photography. The gallery will host a opening reception for the exhibition on March 27 from 6-8pm.