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Art event: Oceanside Art Museum

Today I went to oceanside Museum of Art.

They had several different exhibitions going on, but the ones that ecspecially caught my eye was Pablo Mason’s “My sister’s voice”.

These were a series of 40 portait photograpies of women in all variations of skincolors. Within this exhibition there are largescale black & white photos of a culturally diverse group of females who participate in society at all levels. Their age is between 18 and 92, and are showing the courage, wisdom and value of women of all ages. With each of the videos are a 3 minute long documentary that is telling each womens story.

One of the other artists that caught my attention at the museum, was Neil Shigley, and his exhibition “Invisible people”. He is trying to tell the story of the homeless in this city trough his photos. He has documented a group of “hidden and forgotten” people. Through the presented largescale block prints and graphit on paper works he captures the incredible caracter that life on the street has given these persons. The pictures show great strength and vulnerbility. They are very “humane”, as he has brought this people out into the light and shows their beauty to the rest of the world.

Last but not least I also saw the “Naked” exhibition, by Sandra & Bram Dijkstra.

This one showed me a lot of portaits on naked women. The techniques that had been used was very different, some were in color, some in black/white, and some was a mixture of both. This exhibition explores the female figure through the eyes and work of over 45 artists working either with oil,  water color, pencils, charcoal or photograpy.

I found all of these artists work very interesting, and i will definetly go back after christmas, as they are having some new and very exiting exhibitons at that point.

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Art event: MOPA exhibition, Balboa Park

I went out to see an exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Art, in Balboa Park. The exhibition at the time was called “After Ansel Adams”, and was divided into two smaller parts.

“Aperture Mix” & “After Ansel Adams”.

Ansel Adams’ work is continuing to inspire and amaze contemporary photographers of today. The “After Ansel Adams exhibition at MOPA, presented a selection of original photos by Ansel Adams that show the intense beauty of national parks of Western-America, alongside the work of nine of todays modern photographers who have photographed in the very same surroundings.

The photographs in this series offers the viewers an opportunity to experience the rich diversity of photographic approaches that have been practiced in these breathtaking American environments. The images varies from traditional landscaping-photography to conceptual works that captures the essence and history of each place, every photographer brings a unique sensibility to these well-known landscapes. In addition to Ansel Adams himself, photographers included in the “After Ansel Adams” exhibition are;
Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe, Binh Danh, Chris McCaw, Donna J. Wan, Michael Lundgren, Millee Tibbs, Matthew Brandt, and Takeshi Shikama.
Ansel Adams:
American photographer. February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984. He is well-known for his black & white photographs, especially from Yosemite national park in California. He has written several books on photography, and he had a collection of him own that contained 40 000 negatives.

In the fall of 2008, Adams had an exhibition in Bergen museum of art, (Norway – where i am from), showing over 70 of his pictures.

He also invented a “zone system”. This is a technique that allows photographers translate natural lighting onto specific denominations on the negatives or paper. The pictures taken between 1921 and 1968 was all shot with a large format camera on a tripod, which was his favorite way of working. 

After I had gone to the exhibition, I had to sort out all of the different impressions and photographies, to feel wich images that had inspired me the most. It was a lot of good work at the show that inspired me..
Aperture Mix
The photographer that inspired me most from this part of the exhibition, was Doug Rickard.
The exhibition reveals Doug Rickard in response to Steven Shore’s “Uncommon places” (1982/2004).
“If amateur snapshots reveal the interior of American culture, the postcards show the exteriority”.
Shore’s initiation into color photography began with the postcard. He saw them as both the “face of a culture”, and as a remarkable description of place. They recognized the purity and magic in these plain views of American streets and interiors. These small rectangular pictures of America’s  comings and goings seem to have contributed to his work on a foundational level. In “Uncommon Places”, one can see the essence of this connection.
In his pictures you can track the postcard as a a source code for his use of color and space – a point of departure for his work.
“Ordinary Places” is an exploration of this connection. Using the internet, he built up a collection of American postcards, guided by the sensibilities and subjects of Uncommon Places.
Within these scenes lies an America of both truth and myth. It is portrayal of an America that sits in sunlight, in opposition to the one hidden in darker shadows. He says it is just idealized depictions that fuel his own urge to create work. He has used these American postcards as raw material and the digital appropriation of the images – not the objects themselves – as both subject and medium.
Using this strategy, and inspired by the blueprint established by Steven Shore’s own journeys decades ago, he has explored the American streets and interiors of the past. He was always looking for connections of composition as well as of a certain loss of idealism. With the neatly selected photos, and the extraction and manipulation of portions of each featured image, he has attempted to shape a narrative based on visual patterns from a shared past.
Through this project, with the postcard as a foundation, he hopes to propose an exploration of culture, time, and geography, and to construct a framework through which one aspect of aspect of influence can be examined.
I think this exhibition will have me look for places in my own environment here in California, like “on the road” type of photography. I will definitly look for cars, buildings, shops, roads, etc that could make a cool setting for an image of mine.

All in all, this was a nice experience, and I would absouloutely recommend others to go too.