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Lang has returned to the genre 50 years later with an essay, Be: There, about the Be Bar, a lounge in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, now undergoing a rebirth after the riots of the 1960s. Again Lang uses available light and a hand held camera; but now he employs digital techniques to capture the stark raw, color of the place and the people. He’s always there and not there at the same time, observing the community - the bar tenders, the drag queens, the go-go boys, and the people who gravitate to the atmosphere of the place. BE: THERE.
The constructions I have creating are an actual lesson plan gone wrong. I am an art instructor, and created this unit of study to explore and explain Surrealism to my 8th grade students. The students were introduced to such artist as Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and thrown in for a little excitement, Arcimboldo. The students then began the process of discovering and dissecting a piece of art work by one of these artists. What is surrealism all about, and why so unusual?
The students were then given a copy of a person, Mortomore, a copy from an 1886 Bloomingdale’s Catalog. The student’s selected a background including interior and exterior copied from many sources. Then they choose as many objects from black and white copies and created their surrealistic adventure.
The students then needed a written account of their character and the story they had created. This is the part of the process that brought them to a halt. They found the process very difficult and brought the learning process to a stop.
I, on the other hand, found that by creating examples with my students, I could not stop creating more and more on my own. I found the process to be exciting and brought out a lot of creativity that I had not worked with for a long time.
I enjoyed the ability to create mini worlds that I and my characters can exist in. I also find the process of creating these small worlds to be very therapeutic. I spend my days around a lot of students demanding more and more of my time. I enjoy the ability to sit alone and cut and combine images to be very peaceful and relaxing.
The abstract expressionists and their surrealist cohorts, who pioneered abstract art in America in the mid-20th century, are my “Old Masters.” I spend a lot of “quiet time” in my studio studying their paintings and techniques. I am particularly intrigued by the concept of automatic drawing and writing that was a central theme of the surrealist movement.
I work in the abstract because of the freedom it gives me to “see” and interpret the physical and emotional world around us in unconstrained and exciting ways. Abstraction frees my imagination and encourages creativity and innovation.
I am an intuitive action painter.
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The line that some say distinguishes photography from art seems to be blurring as technological advances, especially in photography, computer programs and printing, have enabled experimentation and creativity not historically available. It is part of a social evolution, and what qualifies as art, as a reflection of society, also grows and changes to accommodate such expression. Thus, while always open to debate, what is and what is not art remains a highly subjective facet of our changing social environment.
Some of us were in the studio every day. I know I was. What to leave on the canvas, on the paper… what to paint and what to draw? Lasansky, the print maker knew some days we would not know what terrain we had crossed ,- compasses, maps to no avail. And if you met Lasansky in the art building halls on “one of those days”…(he had taught for so many years and had so many students), he would lower his head and walk by discreetly as if not to disturb. I know I am grateful for his tact since I doubt, some days, I could have a made a good answer had a conversation ensued.
So what’s happening today? I still dream of large sculptures, paintings, drawings yet unmade in the world and I regularly look through art books to see if someone has been listening to my dreams, prodding me to tell what I am making and exhorting me to speak out the functional secrets of unforgiving methods and materials.
“The process of Life for me is an art form. Over the years I have developed my Portraiture and Fine Art Photography to explore expressive emotions and the way we as humans portray them so beautifully. Whether I’m weaving an intricate tapestry of stories or capturing a daydream within reality, when creating my main intention is to expose the art inside and all around us. Beauty is everywhere and in everyone… Through my eyes we are all living works of art.”
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