Congratulations Heather Dewey-Hagborg!

Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s Stranger Visions series wins
Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention for Hybird Arts!

The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most time-honored media arts competition. Winners are awarded the coveted Golden Nica statuette and an opportunity to showcase their talents at the famed Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. The categories in 2015 are Computer Animation/Film/VFX, Digital Musics & Sound Art, Hybrid Art and [the next idea] voestalpine Art & Technology Grant competition.

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In my artwork Stranger Visions I create portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public spaces. Working with artifacts that strangers unwittingly leave behind, this work demonstrates the possible future of forensic DNA phenotyping (determining appearance from DNA), and points to the emerging privacy issues related to the increasing accessibility and decreasing costs of biotechnology.

Much of my work begins with a question. In past works I have asked questions about language, AI, creativity and machines. The question behind Stranger Visions came to me as I was sitting in a therapy session, ostensibly with the purpose of introspecting and reflecting on myself. Staring at a generic print on the wall, I noticed that the glass covering the print was cracked and in that crack was lodged a single hair. I became fascinated by this hair. Who did it belong to? What did they look like? How did they act? What did they think about? How much could I find out about a person from a single hair?continue reading
– Heather Dewey-Hagborg

In loving memory of Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015).

It is with profound sadness that we report the passing of Mary Ellen Mark  – one of the greatest photographers of our time. Our heart goes out to her husband Martin Bell, her family and terrific staff. Mary Ellen was working on many projects including a film with her husband, a book with Aperture featuring new work about Tiny, and an upcoming exhibition at CEG featuring her greatest hits.  We, along with the entire photo community, thank her for making a difference in the lives of those she photographed and those who had the honor of seeing the results.

Tiny in Her Halloween Costume, 1983 © Mary Ellen Mark
Tiny in Her Halloween Costume, 1983 © Mary Ellen Mark
Lillie with Her Rag Doll, Seattle, 1983 © Mary Ellen Mark
Lillie with Her Rag Doll, Seattle, 1983 © Mary Ellen Mark
The Damm Family in Their Car, LA, 1987 © Mary Ellen Mark
The Damm Family in Their Car, LA, 1987 © Mary Ellen Mark
Beautiful Emine Posing, Turkey 1965 © Mary Ellen Mark
Beautiful Emine Posing, Turkey 1965 © Mary Ellen Mark

Work of the Week: Jack Spencer

World Watcher, Mexico, 2005 © Jack Spencer
World Watcher, Mexico, 2005 © Jack Spencer

Jack Spencer is a self-taught photographer illuminating a singular mood, person or place, exposing us to the raw beauty etched into the faces and landscapes in his photographs.

Jack was born in Mississippi, attended Louisiana Tech University and now currently resides in Nashville Tennessee. In his first body of work, Native Soil, he traveled the back roads of small towns dotting the Louisiana and Mississippi landscape. Since then he has traveled throughout the U.S. and Mexico allowing life to lead him toward his next photograph or body of work.

Whether traveling the roads of Louisiana, Mississippi or Mexico, Jack Spencer is on an endless quest for beauty — to capture small moments and freeze them for all to wander into. It is here, within his images, that we grasp his magic, as each image reveals its own meaning. Spencer is an artist whose vision is unquestionable, as is his commitment.

Two Wild Horses, Cumberland Island, 2007 © Jack Spencer
Two Wild Horses, Cumberland Island, 2007 © Jack Spencer

I never liked having the camera do all my work for me. I never liked just pushing a button and saying, “there, I’m done.” I would try all kind of weird things in the darkroom; it’s a wonder I didn’t blow myself up. I wanted to create a mood, something unique, something my voice could be heard in. -Jack Spencer

14 Trees, Wounded Knee, SD, 2003 © Jack Spencer
14 Trees, Wounded Knee, SD, 2003 © Jack Spencer

We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day!

From the Flat Files: Terry Evans

It’s been a slow start to our Chicago summer. I think as Chicagoans we are looking forward to a little less cloudy weather and more Vitamin D! Below are photographs of the Chicago summer we are all looking forward to, taken by Terry Evans:

North Avenue Beach, Chicago, June 24, 2003 © Terry Evans
North Avenue Beach, Chicago, June 24, 2003 © Terry Evans
Lake Michigan, Sailboats, July 23, 2003 © Terry Evans
Lake Michigan, Sailboats, July 23, 2003 © Terry Evans
Inland Beach, Humboldt Park, Chicago. June 29, 2004 © Terry Evans
Inland Beach, Humboldt Park, Chicago, June 29, 2004 © Terry Evans

Moving Photographs at Art Miami New York!

With technology advancing we could foresee the endless possibilities of video art. Static images are now constantly changing in real time! Make sure to see Michael Itkoff and Gregory Scott‘s moving photographs in booth C2 at Art Miami New York!

Michael Itkoff illustrates how to learn various skill such as posing and Tai Chi in his ongoing series, How To. His pieces are made up of photographic stills pulled from vintage how-to books. Michael layers these static images creating moving figures shown in short gifs. Come learn How To do just about anything from Michael’s pieces at Art Miami New York.

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Gregory Scott’s newest piece Van Gogh’s Bedroom, 2015 is currently featured at Art Miami New York! Gregory’s pieces are created in a mixed media fashion combining photography, painting, and video into a singular photograph. Gogh see it at booth C2 before he heads back to Chicago!

install_10To see more work at our booth C2 at Art Miami New York please visit our website!

The Portrait Collection of Booth C2.

We all know there are many styles of portrait photography including traditional, environmental, fashion, documentary, etc. We all know the power that portraiture can display from various expressions and moods to identity and physical makeup. This is your chance to see numerous styles of portraiture on view in booth C2’s portrait collection at Art Miami New York!IMG_0919First up in the portrait collection is Floriane de Lassée. In Floriane’s series How Much Can You Carry? she documents portraits of people in remote communities carrying their treasured possessions on their heads. Representing a sense of curiosity and fun these portraits put forward what can be considered the community’s only survival means.

Bigawa, Nepal, 2013 © Floriane de Lassée
Bigawa, Nepal, 2013 © Floriane de Lassée

Next in the portrait collection is the work of Heather Dewey-Hagborg. Heather’s Stranger Visions series illustrates the future of science through portraiture. She collects cigarette butts, hair and chewed gum from public areas around various cities for DNA samples. Using these discarded items, Heather cracks genetic codes creating 3D face portraits of strangers. You have to see it to believe it!

Heather Dewey-Hagborg Stranger Visions: Sample 4 NYC, 2012-2013
Stranger Visions: Sample 4 NYC, 2012-2013 © Heather Dewey-Hagborg

And finally, the well know work of portrait photographer Sandro Miller and his muse John Malkovich. Sandro’s series  Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich – Homage to photographic masters recreates some of history’s most iconic portraits. Don’t miss the many faces of John Malovich in booth C2 at Art Miami New York!

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Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014 © Sandro Miller
Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014 © Sandro Miller