Introducing Identify Artist, Michael Itkoff!

Do find yourself looking up “how to” videos on YouTube? Are you trying to master tai chi or learn to tap dance? Like a YouTube tutorial, Michael Itkoff’s How To series can teach you just about anything.

Michael creates short how-to gifs of popular, step-by-step, illustrated instructions teaching you how to accomplish a handful of skills. Stop by CEG to learn how to master karate and properly do aerobics. Seven of Michael’s How To videos will be on view through April 4th in our current exhibition, Identify.

How To

For the series of ‘How To’ video pieces I have sourced instructional booklets from the early-to-mid 20th century including books on Karate, Yoga, Aerobics and other physical activities. These texts are rooted in the Western ideal of bodily perfection and culminate within late-capitalism where individuals can fine-tune their abilities, and thereby their identities, via easily consumable books or YouTube videos. The short GIF-like loops that comprise ‘How To’ are made by scanning, editing and sequencing the crude black and white photographs that illustrate the books and the resulting videos are exhibited on custom-built display units.

-Michael Itkoff

Michael Itkoff's upcoming piece, How To Move Through Pregnancy
A peek at Michael Itkoff’s upcoming piece, How To Move Through Pregnancy

New work from Daniel Beltrá!

Iceland #1, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá
Iceland 1, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá

During an interview with John Shegerian in 2013 Daniel Beltrá hinted at his next big project…

John Shegerian: What’s in the future for you?
Daniel Beltra: Well, right now, I don’t know when or if that’s going to happen, but I’d love to do a big project in Greenland. I think Greenland is a bit of a canary in the coalmine with all the melting of the planet. Last year, they were saying there was a surface melt in Greenland, I think it was over 93% of the ice, and so if the ice really goes in a place like Greenland, that’s going to be an incredible challenge for all of us… continue reading
A year and a half later Daniel has completed the stunning series he spoke about plus more. We are excited to introduce, Daniel Beltrá’s latest bodies of work Greenland and Iceland.
Greenland #1, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá
Greenland 1, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá
Greenland 3, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá
Greenland 3, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá

CEG would also like to congratulate Daniel on receiving the Director’s Honorable Mention for his photograph Iceland #1, 2014 at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins’ exhibition H2O (Water) running April 24 – May 30th.

Introducing Identify artist Tara Bogart!

Tara Bogart’s lifelong passion for photography began in her teenage days of ‘working’ in her Mother’s darkroom. Tara first showed photographs at CEG as our spring 2014 Ctrl+P artist. Now Tara’s back (no pun intended) as one of the five artists in our current group exhibition Identify.

Nina, 2012© Tara Bogart
Nina, 2012© Tara Bogart

a modern hair study

In 2011, I visited the photo archives of the National Library of France. While everything was inspirational, one photograph haunted me for months following my visit. “Hair Study”, by Felix Nadar depicts just a woman’s back and her hair. I could not stop thinking about what that same image would look like today.

“a modern hair study” consists of portraits of young women photographed from behind. By focusing on the back, the viewer is forced to contend with all of the peripheral things that make each woman unique.

In these intimate portraits I am a voyeur concentrating on a generation that is not mine. While certain ideals are often relevant to different generations, the ways in which women adorn and modify themselves often indicate the struggles of a young adult with their own ideology and individuality.

After photographing these women, I can imagine these struggles are timeless. Existing today as well as when the original Nadar portrait was taken.

Backs of French Roller Derby Girls with Tara Bogart
Backs of French Roller Derby Girls with Tara Bogart
Tara Bogart setting up in Paris
Tara Bogart setting up in Paris

It’s Valentines Day, show your love with photography!

There’s so much pressure putting into words how you feel on Valentine’s Day. This year CEG makes it easy. Pair your flower bouquet or box of chocolates with a lasting photograph. Show your loved one how much you care through photography.

How will you say I love you?

Darling, I adore you…

Dahlia 'Marseille' [CSL 49] , 2005  Ron van Dongen
Dahlia ‘Marseille’ [CSL 49] , 2005 Ron van Dongen
Owl always love you…

White Owl, 2004 © Keith Carter
White Owl, 2004 © Keith Carter

Hey babe, you float my boat…

At Sea, 2007 © Dan Estabrook
At Sea, 2007 © Dan Estabrook

 

It was love at first flight…

Repose, 2013 © Ysabel LeMay
Repose, 2013 © Ysabel LeMay

Make CEG your Valentine’s Day date! We are here 10am – 5:30pm!

Kelli Connell’s “Double Life” series in Columbus and Pittsburgh!

Photographs from Kelli Connell‘s Double Life series on view in Columbus and Pittsburgh!

The Valley, 2006 © Kelli Connell
The Valley, 2006 © Kelli Connell

Columbus, Ohio:

On view now through March 26th is Columbus College of Art and Design’s group exhibition Sitter. Check out images by Kelli Connell and other artists as they explore the idea of the portrait as it exists in contemporary photography. The convergence of conceptual artists and social documentarians in the exhibition yields work that carefully balances aesthetics, political ideas, and the essence of identity to frame important social issues in a contemporary manner.

Pittsburgh, PA:

A World Imagined:  Kelli Connell and Sara Macel will be on view at Silver Eye  Center for Photography from April 3rd – June 6th. A World Imagined explores the work of photographers Sara Macel and Kelli Connell who make their subjective realities visible through their photography.  Kelli Connell’s images from her seies Double Life visualize questions of intimacy and identity through a relationship created for the camera.

Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline – Francine Fleischer

We are excited to feature the work of Francine Fleischer as the next Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline artist. Francine Fleischer was born and raised in New York City, spending most summers in Paris. Her exposure to the arts started as a child when she studied ballet with the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, performing in the Nutcracker in Lincoln Center under the direction of George Balanchine. She received a BFA in Painting and Photography from SUNY at Purchase. Francine has worked with Annie Liebovitz, Kelly Klein and Michel Comte.

Swim: The Water in Between

This series was photographed in a magical yet mysterious swimming hole that had been used by an ancient civilization for human sacrifice.  Today it is used by swimmers for recreational swim. I’ve been returning to this spot to photograph the ever-changing cast of characters in this consistent pool.

The dark waters are deep below the earth’s surface and lit from above by a hole in the ground revealing sky and sunlight. When I look down on the swimmers in these inky waters, it is a bit like looking down the rabbit hole into another world. Sometimes it is an allegorical scene illustrating my subterranean dreams, other times I am a merely a voyeur, capturing the body politics and random scenarios, the contradictions of light and dark, levity and gravity, reality and revery, tribulations and joy and of course sinking and swimming.

Each time I return here, I am drawn in by these contradictions, the human conversations and the random choreography below.

Swim 3487, 2010  © Francine Fleischer
Swim 3487, 2010 © Francine Fleischer

Photographs from Francine’s series Swim will be on view at the gallery through April 4th!

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