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Andy Freeberg’s uncanny portraits of Russian museum guards

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Yuri Kugachs Before the Dance, State Tretyakov Gallery, 2009.
From the Guardians series Andy Freeberg

In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over.

In conversation they told me how much they like being among Russias great art. A woman in Moscows State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. article writing submission . Links backlinks blog comments . Another guard travels three hours each day to work, since at home she would just sit on her porch and complain about her illnesses, as old women do. She would rather be at the museum enjoying the people watching, surrounded by the history of her country.

Andy Freeberg

See and read more about Freeberg’s current exhibition, Guardians, at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

Kevin Miyazaki, Table Anthurium

Kevin Miyazaki, Table Anthurium

Kevin J. Miyazaki

Table Anthurium,
, 2012
Website – KevinMiyazaki.com

Kevin J. Miyazaki is a photographer and restless creative living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His artwork addresses issues of family history, memory and personal space; and his editorial portrait, travel and food work appears in a variety of publications. He is the founder of collect.give, an online photography gallery which raises money for charities chosen by the participating artists.

Installing Limits of Photography

linkwheel . With less than a week between shows, the MoCP team has been hard at work putting together its newest exhibition, Limits of Photography. linkwheel . Take a look at the photos below to see the MoCP staff hard at work during this short install time, and catch a glimpse of the artwork featured in Limits of Photography, which opens on Saturday!1.19.12_Riley_blog.jpg1.19.12_Jess%26Pat_blog.jpg1.19.12_Jordan_blog.jpg1.19.12_Maury_blog.jpg

Patrick Millard, in Memoriam

Pittsburgh photographer and educator, Patrick Ford Millard, aged 30 and formerly of Lamont, MI, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011. I was informed by one of his devoted students, Margaret O’Hara, about this loss to the photographic community, and to Patrick’s family and friends. I featured Patrick’s work on Lenscratch just about a year ago and I loved his unique approach to image making. He had a scientific and visual mind and was exploring new terrain with his many projects and areas of interest. Margaret shared that Patrick would often show her work featured on Lenscratch and it is her goal to bring things full circle. Margaret is working on a project that I will be featuring in the future, as a way to honor Patrick.

Here is what Margaret has to say about Patrick as a teacher and mentor:
When I first met Patrick a year and a half ago, starting off my sophomore year in college at Point Park, I thought he was quite possibly the most pretentious individual I would ever meet. However, I soon learned that what Patrick was wasn’t pretentious at all, but true genius and incredibly inspired about everything he was doing with his life. I almost as quickly learned that he was just as inspired about each of his students as he was about his own artwork. Before Patrick entered my life, I was a photojournalism major at the university, kind of just doing things I knew needed to be done, taking classes I knew I needed to take, etc. After I met Patrick, I changed my major to photography, and everything about my life changed thereafter. Patrick saw something in me that no one ever had before. He brought alive a spirit inside of me that I never knew existed. He showed me what it was to truly believe in photography as an art form, and to believe in myself as an artist. One thing Patrick always said to me, that never meant so much until we lost him as a part of this world, was: “Mags, if you love what you are doing, you will make it take you wherever you want to go.” I have never in my 20 years of life come across a person so motivated about, well, every aspect of their life, and more specifically, about their artwork. I am truly thankful to have had such a great inspiration in my life, if only for a short period of time. Patrick Millard forever changed my vision of this world and what I want to make of it. I will never forget him.

Patrick Millard, Evening Reboot, 2007

Needless to say, Patrick’s passing is a huge loss to the photography and education communities, as well as to his friends and family. Here is his bio, taken from the Park Point University site:

Patrick Millard, who joined the School of Communication faculty in 2010, is an artist who originates from the small Western Michigan town of Lamont. His work in photography, new media and sound addresses ideas about media, digital culture, technology and the interactions that human beings have within their own synthetic environment.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and continues to gain recognition. Recent exhibitions include Homo Virtualis [Porto Santo Biennial] in Porto Santo, Portugal; Tek’tanik at Art Guild New Jersey and Gallery Affero in Newark, N.J.; Digital Landscapes at the TMG Gallery in Guarda, Portugal; Digital Fringe at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Melbourne, Australia; Fauna Show at The Workshop Gallery in Bialystok, Poland; Origins at the Fox Art Gallery in Philadelphia; Snap To Grid at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Los Angeles; The Human Canvas at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colo.; Virtual Worlds at the UAVM; Virtual Humanities at the Icone Gallery in Coimbra, Portugal; SMart Festival at Open Concepts Gallery in Grand Rapids, Mich., and A Million Little Pictures at Art House in Decatur, Ga.

In 2008, Patrick began to show his work inside the virtual simulation world Second Life; exhibitions that advance beyond two-dimension work and expand his ideas of simulation, virtual reality and the synthetic future where the physical object gives way to its virtual counterpart and its presence is valued entirely for its idea rather than its place in space.

This transition toward a more prominent virtual presence as an artist eventually led to the inevitable. In 2009, shortly after becoming a regular exhibitor in the virtual environment, Millard embarked upon his first photographic series that used the environment and society of Second Life as its subject matter and conceptual theme. Virtual Lens is an artistic and anthropological investigation into the life of the avatar, landscape of the sim environment and experience of the virtual world. Millard continues to photograph and exhibit his portfolios as well as spend time with fellow avatars in Second Life.

Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts in photography from Grand Valley State University and a Master in Fine Arts in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

During June 2010, Millard was an artist in residence at the Biosphere 2. During his time in residence he worked on photographic, sound and digital media portfolios.

A recent Vimeo of Patrick lecturing…

Patrick Millard | Formatting Gaia + Technological Symbiosis from vasa on Vimeo.

Rest in Peace, Patrick. You are missed.

Photographer #375: Gerco de Ruijter

Gerco de Ruijter, 1961, The Netherlands, is a landscape photographer with a unique perspective. His aerial photographs are taken on a analogue camera hanging from a kite or sometimes on a long fishing rod. He studied painting and the first images were supposed to be used as studies for his artwork. He soon found the photographic images much more intriguing. One of his latest series is Baumschule and focuses on tree nurseries. The images are composed geomatrically. The distance from the subject helps to create the impression of an abstract painting. Gerco considers his best images to be those where recognizable reality meets abstraction. He has a lot of control on what will be on his photographs by making clear choices. The small part he doesn’t control is fixed by framing in a way to achieve the best result. He has traveled to Iceland, Dubai, USA and various places in Holland for his photography. The following images come from the series Baumschule, 2008-2011 and Transfer.


Website: www.gercoderuijter.com

Receiving and Reporting on a New Installation from Thailand

Even with Our Origins in full swing, the MoCP staff is keeping their eyes focused on new and influential works for future exhibitions. Last week, that future included a shipment of new artwork from Thailand.

The work by Thai artist Sutee Kunavichayanont is currently on extended loan to the MoCP from the “FarEastFarWest” collection, based in Hong Kong. Like all artwork received by the MoCP, each piece from this installation needed to go through a rigorous condition report process after being shipped from Bangkok last month.

Take a look at the photos below to watch our process for unpacking and reporting on the condition of one large-scale installation, including multiple photographs, booklets and a lightbox. And stay tuned to learn when you can expect to see this or similar artwork at the MoCP!

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The work arrives at the MoCP storage facility.

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Mike Gamis, Storage Coordinator of ICON Group, and MoCP’s Collections Manager, Kristin Taylor, carefully remove the artwork from its crate.

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Gamis and Taylor unpack and arrange each piece of artwork.

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Finally, each piece is individually photographed and inspected, and documented to ensure each piece arrived to Chicago in the same condition as it left Bangkok.

For more information on future exhibits at the MoCP, check out the Exhibitions page on our website or find us on Facebook.

Receiving and Reporting on a New Installation from Thailand

Even with Our Origins in full swing, the MoCP staff is keeping their eyes focused on new and influential works for future exhibitions. Last week, that future included a shipment of new artwork from Thailand.

The work by Thai artist Sutee Kunavichayanont is currently on extended loan to the MoCP from the “FarEastFarWest” collection, based in Hong Kong. Like all artwork received by the MoCP, each piece from this installation needed to go through a rigorous condition report process after being shipped from Bangkok last month.

Take a look at the photos below to watch our process for unpacking and reporting on the condition of one large-scale installation, including multiple photographs, booklets and a lightbox. And stay tuned to learn when you can expect to see this or similar artwork at the MoCP!

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The work arrives at the MoCP storage facility.

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Mike Gamis, Storage Coordinator of ICON Group, and MoCP’s Collections Manager, Kristin Taylor, carefully remove the artwork from its crate.

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Gamis and Taylor unpack and arrange each piece of artwork.

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Finally, each piece is individually photographed and inspected, and documented to ensure each piece arrived to Chicago in the same condition as it left Bangkok.

For more information on future exhibits at the MoCP, check out the Exhibitions page on our website or find us on Facebook.

Behind the Installation for Our Origins

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As today’s opening date drew near, the MoCP staff put the finishing touches on the museum’s newest exhibition, Our Origins. Created and organized by Allison Grant, the entire MoCP has put a lot of diligent work into this new exhibition. Take a look at the photos below to see how the installation went, from unpacking the crates to hanging the artwork and everything in between.

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Our Origins opens at the MoCP today — Friday, July 29. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on the exhibition or any of the events running in conjunction with the show, check out our website or call 312-369-7104.