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SW Regional SPE: Skott Chandler

Sharing photographers that I met at the SW Regional SPE Conference hosted by the Center of Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado….

I think most of us would like to think we lead interesting lives, but Colorado photographer, Skott Chandler provides the evidence that much of what we do is routine or banal. Skott gave a spirited presentation at SPE that spoke to his creative approaches to making images. The photographs featured today from his project, House Watch, are the result of self-created pinhole cameras secured to the ceilings of a whole host of living spaces.  The results reflect how people (and dogs) use space–those who are in focus or semi-focus are more stationary, those who disappear are only moving through the room.

Skott is a  photographic artist in Denver, Colorado where he teaches at the Art Institute of Colorado. He received his degree in Studio Art at Southern Utah University, and during that time he received a UGRASP (Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Program) grant for his surreal Photocubism series.
He then received his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Skott has exhibited work throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Bordeaux, France, Hong Kong, and Geneva, Switzerland. His work was selected for Klopmpching Gallery’s inaugural FRESH 2011 photography competition and he was recognized by Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, as one of the Top 30 Emerging Artist Under 30 for 2011.

 House Watch

Humans have many levels of connection with their personal spaces. Narratives within these domestic spaces differ depending on the inhabitants and their activities that may be mundane, ambiguous, hilarious, absurd, or unsettling. The space within a house affects the inhabitants, and the inhabitants affect the space–an oddly intriguing phenomenon that proves difficult to visualize. 

Creating a photographic representation of such an abstract emotional experience was my motivation. The photographs take the perspective of an omniscient voyeur investigating the dynamics of space within a home. Ceiling mounted pinhole cameras cast an unflinching gaze upon the inhabitants and rooms within the walls; not to judge, but to witness.

Greg Friedler

Colorado photographer, Greg Friedler, is a prolific image maker who has a range of work from sensitive still lifes to terrific portraiture, but he is most well know for his work with nudes. In fact, I was mesmerized by his series of Naked cities (New York, London, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas) where he presents typologies of people clothed and unclothed. Documentary filmmaker David Palmer followed Greg as he compiled his fourth and final book in his “Naked” series and created the film, Stripped: Greg Friedler’s Naked Las Vegas. Greg will have two images featured in Identities Now: Contemporary Portrait Photography, to be published by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Arts in late 2011 and will be teaching weekend workshops in Colorado and New York this fall.

It would make sense that Greg is drawn to things that are stripped down and minimal, and his new project, Exquisite Color, gives him a breather from human contact taking him to places that are isolated, forgotten, and over looked. These quiet observations of color and shape are archaeological evidence of human expression, no matter how simplistic.

Vacant parking lots, construction zones, blighted homes, chipped paint, forgotten properties, missing bricks, shoddy veneers, dirty withering walls, overgrown lots, piecemeal scaffolding, broken windows, dancing gutters, old garage doors, battered storefronts. All of these elements are present in my project, Exquisite Color.

As an artist I am drawn to subject matter which is rather imperfect, revealing, and seldom seen or merely overlooked. Whether I am photographing a portrait or a nude or a still life, I am unconsciously always stripping away the veneer or façade to document the raw underbelly. My project, Exquisite Color, initially began in Brooklyn five years ago and I have since found relevant subject matter in Denver, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Boston.

I find beauty and a level of veracity in these photographs of flawed urban structures. I find beauty in these structures because they represent the antithesis of a more generic, homogenous architecture which lacks authenticity. When the forms, colors, textures, lines, and patterns are aligned (at varying degrees), a new order is established. As the project has progressed, the photographs have grown to look more painterly in nature.

A sensitivity for these observations have taken him to another new series of more complex abstractions which is is still underway. An example is below.