Tuesday, July 17, 2018
I have passed this downtown wall a number of times, and each time I see it, I wonder if it will fall down. It has a serious lean at the top! This wall surrounds the churchyard at the Old St. Patrick's Cathedral. The cathedral was built in 1868. In 1879 when the new St. Patrick's Cathedral was opened on 5th Avenue, this church became a parish church.
So on this day I decided to see what I could discover about this wall. So I walked around the property until I could see into the churchyard. And lo and behold, I saw that in addition to the original brick buttresses, there have been added some brick-colored concrete buttresses. So by the looks of it, this will will not be falling down. Aren't you relieved? I am!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:04 PM
Monday, July 16, 2018
This was one of the artworks on display in one of the exhibits at ICP. The exhibit is called "MULTIPLY, IDENTIFY, HER" and it features an intergenerational group of women artists whose work explores representations of identity. Working in photography, video, and film, through assemblage, collage, multipart portraiture, and the use of avatars both analogue and digital, these artists reckon with the complex and changeable elements that inform who we are. This piece is called “Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation,” and is modeled after exercise machines for office workers. Viewers are invited to use the bicycle, while watching a video in which Perry’s digital avatar addresses them in the familiar monotone of a computer-generated female voice. I couldn't figure out what all of that meant, and I didn't ride the exercise machine. But it sure looks like an interesting collection of things, and I love the wires coming out of the wall
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:21 PM
Sunday, July 15, 2018
On the way to The International Center of Photography, I passed this restaurant and pizza equipment supply store, on Bowery. I was immediately taken by this wonderful statue of a waiter. It is an absolutely charming sculpture, and it demanded that I photograph it! My first pictures of it were from the other side, but the picture didn't quite work, because the background as seen from the other side was too busy. But when I saw it from this side, I knew I had the shot.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:37 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2018
I took the W train from 34th Street, down to the Prince Street station, to get to the International Center of Photography. When I got off the train I was surprised to see these figures on the tiled wall of the station. A lot of the subway stations in Manhattan have been refurbished and redecorated with various artworks. It is always fun to visit a new station and see if there are interesting things to see. These figures are cut from stainless steel and set into the tile. The work is called "Carrying On" by Janet Zweig, in collaboration with Edward del Rosario. Waterjet-cut steel, marble, and slate. The frieze at the Prince Street subway station celebrates the significance and individuality of the citizens of New York. ... It depicts 194 silhouetted people ... taken from photographs of New Yorkers in all their variety... arranged as a 1200 foot narrative.and was installed in 2004. It is just brilliant to see!
Friday, July 13, 2018
I went to Fun City yesterday to meet Ann and Stan at the International Center of Photography to see several photographic exhibits. And of course, I spied on them while we were in the museum, looking for a blog post. The biggest exhibit was an extensive series of original photographic prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Here they are looking at a number of hand written letters by Cartier-Bresson on display in a case. He only photographed in black & white, and his prints had a lovely warm tone to them. So I have duplicated that tone in my photograph.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:44 PM
Thursday, July 12, 2018
When I was in my senior year in college, RIT announced that they were going to build a brand new campus in Henrietta, NY and move from their downtown campus. So I went out to the huge area where the new campus was going to be built and did a photo essay of the land and what was on it at the time. One of the things I photographed this abandoned farmhouse, because the land had been farmland in the past. I thought this was astounding that the paper was peeling from the ceiling like this. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a photograph of the outside.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
This is another of my early works, one that I thought was lost. It is one of my all time favorites for a number of reasons. This is a photograph of the gate that led to the path for the cows to get to the pasture on my grandfather's farm in Guilford, Connecticut. My grandmother had a print of this for years, but I never did because I though the original transparency was lost. But I found it when I discovered a box with 12 rolls of color negative film, and a small three ring notebook with original transparencies in it! What a wonderful discovery. It is hard for me to figure out the power of this image for me,. It is a romantic landscape because it is the family farm, and I love the design of the fence, the stone walls, and the haze in the distance that is so evocative for me. As a child I played here and walked the cowpath down to the creek. That must have something to do with the power of this photograph for me.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:38 PM