From The Field
TOFT POINT REEFS
January 2, 2008
Year to all! What strikes me about this photo is the level of the lake...
image made three years ago, the rocks in the left foreground of the
picture above are the foreground subject of the linked photo. Also note
the new reefs on the horizon...
we're spending a lot of time in DC, but mostly helping at the new Moore
place in EB - some time for photography, but for the most part just
taking photos but nothing to share, yet.
reaping from the archives, taken sometime this fall in Minnesota...
DAY AT THE MAM
November 26, 2007
I returned 'home' to Milwaukee to visit family. We had a great time
though Thanksgiving takes on a whole different meaning when you're busy
chasing an 11-month old around the room! I didn't get stuffed full of
turkey as is normal and I didn't even get to go back for seconds - too
busy facilitating a hungry baby. Oh well, I feel better for it now,
a side trip on Friday and took in the Photographs
from the End of the Earth exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
It's a collection of contemporary and historical photos of the arctic
regions, curated by Lisa Hostetler, MAM's associate curator of photographs.
say, on first impression I was quite dissapointed in the overall floorspace
dedicated to the show - it seemed quite small, jammed in a corner on
the fourth floor mezzanine. Furthermore, I was under the impression
there would be more contemporary pieces in the exhibition when there
was clearly a 30/70 split between contemporary and historical photographs.
Because of this the lighting was abysmal, probably due to archival reasons,
and I was shocked to see people wandering around with magnifying glasses
inspecting the photographs. Later, I deduced the Inspector Gadget garb
was to actually see the dozen or so postage-stamp-sized photographs
on display. Again, I realize the historic importance of some of these
photographs but I was very dissapointed. Nonetheless I was impressed
Banerjee's single representation in a very large and impressive
print of migrating caribou, and also with Stuart
I left feeling a bit cold (haha) after leaving the Arctic photography
exhibit, my daughter enjoyed crawling around Windhover Hall and in general
squeeling and singing with glee. That was worth it.
October 28, 2007
shoot film, but not so much the Kodak flavors anymore. I wonder if they
shot this on film or digital.
it looks like YouTube disabled the embedding on this clip. Here's the
October 22, 2007
lost their left size 12 Mossimo® sandal, let me know, I think I
could help you out. In fact, if you can name this location, its all
I'm just kidding, as with all mysterious
footwear that I find in the wilds (without the owner) I choose not
to touch the actual relic, so if you can name the location, chances
are its still there, so go and pick it up yourself.
And what is it with left feet being compromised in the Great Lakes?
A mystery is unfolding...
AM THE ARTIST
September 26, 2007
been a lot of soul searching on my part to find “my place”
in the art world, specifically, the fine art photography world. It’s
frustrating to try and articulate one’s own style in a way that
will fit into Academia’s historical view of art. Even more annoying
is the practice of others trying to divine some sort of meaning out
of your photographs and then put you into a certain style, period, school
or camp of photographers based on their perceived meaning (or lack thereof)
of your work; a rather convenient way of dumbing-down, in my opinion.
The consensus has been that my photography follows the trend of the
“neo-modernist”, but I’m having difficulty embracing
that moniker. Some day I may do something different, and then what?
A recent post on Mark Hobson’s blog
confirmed for me that enough is enough. Enough wasting time in anguish
trying to decide where I’ll fit, just go out and shoot and make
your mark – enough talk, show me what you’re made of. In
the words of Neil Peart “Show, don’t tell.” In the
words of my father, “talk is cheap.” Some people spend a
lot of time talking about art but don’t produce squat.
I am an artist, I make art. I am not a curator, nor critic. I’m
not an agent, dealer, gallery owner, or consultant – I just make
the art, I’ll let the others figure out where I land. If I decide
to cast off my neo-modernist tendencies and dabble in post modernism
for a project or two, so be it. Its not absurd for one person to see
the world in many different ways. Its not a huge leap to appreciate
beauty in one project and construct a social commentary in another.
If that is confusing for the art collector, so be it – they should
enjoy the challenge of trying to understand my mark on the art world.
And if I defy Academia’s attempts at corralling me with their
categories I shan’t loose any sleep. I am the artist.
and text © 2007 Brett Kosmider