Tag Archives: Senses

Matthew Gamber

One of the best rewards of being in Boston last week was meeting photographers.  I’ve been a fan of Matthew Gamber and his compelling imagery that challenges us to rethink how we see, think about and perceive color, so it was great to finally put a name to a face at the Flash Forward Festival.

Matthew holds a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University.  His star is on the rise as his work seems to be everywhere: included in the 2012 deCordova Biennial, the the Abstract Photography Then and Now exhibition at the deCordova, at the Flash Forward 2011 Exhibition, and last year at the Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York.  He has also been granted numerous awards and fellowships, and just got off the plane from Santa Fe, where he attended Review Santa Fe.

Matthew’s new project, Any Color You Like, is a bit like losing the sense of  taste right as you are about to bite into something you have been looking forward to eating, and the expectation of that enjoyment usually comes from the memory of having eaten it before.  By removing the memory and one of the senses, the experience changes. Matthew’s images look at objects that we have traditionally seen in color and that speak to the idea of color, and force us to see and think about them anew.  It’s a terrific project that challenges our perceptions, pays homage to an era where all objects were captured in black and white, but also creates tension (the bird image particularly) where the mind leads one to wonder about the image in color.  

The photographs in Any Color You Like are an experiment in how photography can confuse our perception of information. These photographs represent objects whose primary function is to simulate our observation of color. When these items are rendered in a traditional black–and–white format, the information that remains is merely an abstraction of its previous form.

One Morning at Home with John Irving

Whether on a grand-tour TV show or in an architectural magazine, it’s not too hard to see what a famous person’s house looks like. It’s also, thanks to paparazzi and tabloid photos, easy to see a picture of a famous person. But it’s less easy to capture iconic cultural movers and shakers truly at home—in both senses of the phrase.

That’s what photographer and videographer Shaul Schwarz aims to do with a new series of videos for TIME, debuting today with Schwarz’s visit to the home of author John Irving. “The environment sets you up to meet a person you already know,” says Schwarz.

The photographer asks his subjects what they do when they’re alone at home, really relaxing; for Irving, that question revealed a room devoted to wrestling, the author’s version of what Schwarz calls an “away-from-the-world zone.” Not that it’s automatically easier to access that intimacy when you meet a person in his own space. “Even if you have a new friend and you go to his home,” says Schwarz, “it takes a little bit to break the ice.” But when it does break, the end result is an intimate look at a celebrity, tending more toward a Sunday-morning-coffee-with-a-friend feel than a red carpet one.

“The location is, at the end of the day, some kind of reflection of the person. It’s all a vehicle to show a different look at the person,” says Schwarz. “We all know you can tell a little bit about a person from where he chooses to live.”

Read more about John Irving in this week’s issue of TIME: The Wrestler

Click here to see TIME’s archive stories about John Irving

Shaul Schwarz is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. Schwarz is represented by Reportage/Getty Images.

Scavenger-hunt : self-published artists book by Jonathan Gitelson

The Scavenger Hunt, self published book by Jon Giitelson – spread

Let me first confessed, I am a big fan of Jonathan  Gitelson’s work for the brilliant sense of humour and absurdity he finds in mundane stuff, and literally, in the junk as in The Garbage Can Project., to create a singular body of work. In his projects and installations, he uses photography, video, found objects (flyers and cars, like in The Car Project, one of his previous work) and used to self-publishe artist’s books. You can visit Jon Gitelson’s website, then you will have a clue…. I’ve always think it is a good sign when artworks make you smile or laught…just the sign that your synapses and your senses are well-connected. When you look or even think at an artist work and that makes you feel happy, it is a damned good sign. This guy is a pure genius!

I’m very happy to introduce you to Jon Gitelson’s latest project, which is….a self-published artist book : The Scavenger Hunt . To help him raising funds for the production costs,  Jon Gitelson launched a page on the funding platform Kickstarter. This is a really smart idea…(Check also a previous FFYE post about the Future of Photobook).

The Scavenger Hunt, self published book by Jon Giitelson – spread

If you are a donator for The Scavenger Hunt, in exchange  you will receive a print or a copy of the limited edition book. Feel free to to participate and donate 25$/50$/450$

After the jump, there is the text of the message I have received from Jon (reproduced upon his kind authorization) :

The Scavenger Hunt, self published book by Jon Giitelson – spread

” My project for kickstarter.com consists of publishing five copies of my artist’s book “Scavenger Hunt” for the “Hamburg Fotobuchtage Festival” that will be held in Germany this June. My books will be presented by “Kehrer Verlag”.

I’ve self published books in the past but never as one of a kind art objects. My goal is to create a full edition of 50 books and I have found a great local bindery called “Love Leaf Press” who are going to help me out. Each book is going to cost me roughly $250 to make but they are going to look really really good!

You can view my project page at Kickstarter here

Essentially, I am looking for backers to help me finance this project. Individuals who donate $25 towards the project will receive a signed 8” x 10” page from the book (page of your choice), individuals who donate $50 will receive a signed two page spread from the book (spread of your choice) and if you are feeling insanely generous, individuals who donate $450 will receive a signed one of a kind copy of the book (again, finished edition of 50).
The way that kickstarter works is that in order for me to receive the money and for you to receive your print, I need to meet my minimum goal of $1200 (however there is not a maximum cap) by June 17th.