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American Motel by Eric Cousineau — Sleepless Everywhere "They have worries, they're counting the miles, they're thinking about where to sleep tonight, how much money for gas, the weather, how they'll get there--and all the time they'll get there anyway, you see." — Jack Kerouac, On the Road, Part 3, Ch. Our relationship with intermediary places of rest is ambiguous. The ubiquitous La Quintas, Motel 8s, Days Inns and Holiday Expresses that litter today’s highway exits are for quick over-night stays or cheap holiday stops near American tourist-industry pleasure parks such as 6-Flags or Disney World.  These motel chains, along with food and shopping-mall chains, have homogenized American architecture and have successfully erased all … [Read more...]

Head with Open Mouth, 1995

Robert Stivers, Head with Open Mouth, 1995 Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of George Stephanopoulos Arnold Tunstall at the Arkon Art Museum, a gem of a museum in a formerly grand industrial city –recently introduced me to the work of Robert Stivers.  Mr. Tunstall had organized an exhibit of 40 of Stivers photographs that the museum owns. The work was striking, and the exhibition –hung in a patchwork style– displayed the work perfectly. It gave the impression that each image was trying to reach out of the frame to say something and consequently the room, though eerily silent, felt activated. The images have a pulsating aura, that might emit light in the dark. The feeling was both disconcerting … [Read more...]

The Specious Present

The Photography of Alison Rosstier – Time is deceptive. It is always hiding something. The present is so fleeting that only the past and future may be comprehended. The nano-second of immediate event perception, the “specious present” is understood only in reflection. Every moment of consciousness is spent processing what has just past while constantly anticipating the future. The brain must contextualize each thought to make sense of the world, time-traveling relentlessly in an information-saturated world that threatens to overwhelm  the ceaseless internal dialogue that defines us to ourselves. “Time isn’t like the other senses. Sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing are relatively easy to isolate in the brain. They have discrete … [Read more...]

Solar Glyphs

Chris McCaw's Sunburn Series – Every ancient culture has a sun legend: Neolithic petroglyphs depict solar barges carrying the sun across the sky while the Egyptian, Greek, Vedic, Nordic, Chinese, Japanese, North and South American Indian cultures had  sun deities and sun myths, representing the sun as a source of both life and death. Modern man knows that our sun, a yellow dwarf star, is about five billion years old. It is 92.5 million miles away and travelling at 186 thousand miles per second , its light takes approximately 8.2 minutes to reach earth. The sun’s photosphere -from the Greek word for light=photo and sphaira=ball, is a constant fusion of hydrogen and helium, which produces our sunlight. Please click on the image to … [Read more...]

Derailed

Jean-Pascal Imsand: Photographer, Swiss, (1960-1994) – Lorraine Anne Davis is a curator-appraiser of fine art photography and a board member of the Fondation Jean-Pascal Imsand. Her lecture, The Famous, The Infamous and the Anonymous, A History of Portraiture in Photography will be given at the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscon, February 4, 2011 to accompany the CCP exhibition FACE TO FACE: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture Gifted with exceptional visual talents, Jean-Pascal Imsand rose to prominence in the European world of fineart photography, only to end his own life at the age of 34. He left behind a legacy that has continued to grow making this master photographer—with his oeuvre of poignant documentary … [Read more...]

The Famous, The Infamous and The Anonymous

The Famous, The Infamous and The Anonymous is a 2 hour Power Point presentation on the history of portraiture in photography. Although Power Point is the vehicle for presentation, the actual program was composed using flash and then embedded. Cantwell Studio was the producer of the project. The presentation features sound, film clips, animation and uses both Macromedia and Power Point navigation systems. This lecture has been presented in Santa Fe,  New York, Frankfurt, and Munich. In 2006 it was presented London, Lausanne and San Francisco. A smaller version is being prepared to use to solicit funds for a traveling museum exhibition. The co-curators are Lorraine Anne Davis, Santa Fe and Celina Lunsford of Frankfurt. Nancy Cantwell is the … [Read more...]