In this BBC documentary, Gormley is shown examples of early art in different countries of the world, dating from around 14,000 to 40,000 years old. There are many theories as to why the work was created, often deep inside dark cave labyrinths. The images may depict animals such as deer or pigs, but representations of human figures are also visible in some locations. More frequently seen are the hand-shaped stencils believed to have been sprayed by mouth, using natural pigment and saliva. Rather than being hand prints, these stencilled shapes instead reveal the outline of hands that were once there; they are signs both of presence and absence. Although this documentary centres around rock paintings as being origins of art, it is relevant here as it is also about the human drive to make images and to leave a trace of ourselves. Continue reading
“Why does it have to be flat? Why does it have to be a rectangle? Why is it in a frame? Why is there mount board? Why is there glass?” (Wilson, 2015)
Liz Deschenes is an artist working with cameraless photographic techniques to create work that possesses sculptural qualities; engaging the viewer in a constantly changing view by nature of the multiple aspects from which her work can be viewed. She is known for exploring photography in work “that probes the relationship between the mechanics of seeing, image-making processes, and modes of display.” (icaboston.org, 2016) Continue reading
In the panel discussion, Transcending Boundaries, Lyle Rexer questions the boundaries of the photograph. I am posting a link to the discussion here as I felt it relevant to this week’s themes.
I begin here a brief look at some of the photographers / artists whose work was included in the What is a photograph? exhibition, NY, 2014, discussed this week.
Welling is an American artist with an extensive history of image-making using various forms of photography. His early work in the 1970s comprises Polaroid photographs, taken in his place of home and work. Continue reading