Fall 2011 Work Share

Yesterday was the Fall 2011 Work Share at Visual Studies Workshop. I shared the photobook I have been working on for the last seven months. The response was positive and the criticism that was made, I was expecting. This book is definitely not finished yet. If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed this tweet – which I can’t help but laugh at myself about now. “I feel really good about this one!” Really? Really, Megan? Now, with each book dummy I print I am getting closer to a finished book, but my instinct has always been to finish up a project at the end of the semester and move on to the next project. This is a mindset I need to get out of. This book will be finished when it is finished.

I still need to come up with a title – bane of my existence second to writing an artist statement! I also need to work on my statement. I did reach a “moment of truth” in thinking about my artist statement, and my work in general. I am interested in the way in which images speak to each other. I am interested in design and formal relationships. When writing artist statements I always feel pressured to make the work personal even though the work is not. I write the artist statement as I feel others want it to read, rather than being honest about the work. This is a problem. Now that I have owned up to this shortcoming on my part, I know I can finish this book strong.

Next semester is Graduate Project I – Research Seminar and my last semester of classes before I start working on my thesis. Spring 2012 I will not be participating in Work Share as I have the last three semesters, but will be presenting at the Graduate Review which is when I will be proposing my thesis project. My colleagues in the VSW community will vote on whether I can start working on my thesis. I am closer and closer each day to becoming a Master (MFA). No pressure.

I am officially on semester break until the end of January and plan on giving myself a couple of weeks off from working on my book. I will keep you all posted! Also, with the end of the semester means more blog posts. A lot of exciting things are going to be happening around here in the next few weeks! It’s amazing how this personal blog has grown in the last year. Thank you all for reading!

read about Spring 2011 Work Share and Fall 2010 Work Share

PLEASE NOTE: originally posted on my old blog, I’m slowly moving over my favorite posts!

Liminal Camera & VSW

I had a meeting at school this morning and was excited to see the final photographic print from this past Tuesday hanging in the studio! It came out so great! What an awesome experience. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the short video clips I posted (1,2) of us VSW students riding around in the Liminal Camera. HUGE THANKS to Metabolic Studio for sharing this experience with us!

I recognized a few classmates in the photo: Megan Magee Sullivan, Alicia Hope Taylor, and Juliana Muniz.

PLEASE NOTE: originally posted on my old blog, I’m slowly moving over my favorite posts!

Liminal Camera in ROC

When I walked into class this morning I was confronted with the large negatives and black and white photographs you see above and I knew that the camera had arrived!

Earlier this afternoon, before heading to Brockport, I took a ride around the city in the Liminal Camera – a project of Metabolic Studio led by artist Lauren Bon. I was first introduced to Bon’s work the spring of 2009 with the Not A Cornfield project via the PLANT room (now the Re:PLANT room) at Rochester Contemporary Art Center and the exhibition Not A Cornfield at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

“The Liminal Camera can produce a photograph with-in hours of having taken it. It captures an image without drawing attention to itself as most cameras and camera equipment do.

The camera body is a shipping container which makes it hard to recognize as an image-making machine. Its size means that camera operators are able to be inside the camera. From the operators’ vantage point the subject appears upside down. The Liminal Camera is both an image capturing tool and perceptual tool.”

Metabolic Studio offered us VSW students a free workshop on the camera – picked us from VSW and everything! Our final destination was the former First National Bank of Rochester (35 State St.) where the final prints were on display for an event later tonight (which I was unable to attend). The ride from VSW to the former bank was my favorite part! It was such an AWESOME experience to watch the city move past upside down right in front of me. So bizarre. The moment I spun around in the light-tight darkroom door and entered the back of the camera I instantly smelled the fixer and had a flashback to high school photography and the hours I used to spend in the darkroom. See, the Liminal Camera also served as the darkroom to make the prints. Fun!

Once we parked at our destination we then prepped to take a photograph! As a class, we worked together to first make a test-strip. I got to wear a red “safe” light on my head and set the timer for exposure. This is actually where I had to leave the party as I had another one to attend. I do know, from classmates, that they successfully made a negative and print. The print will be staying with us at Visual Studies Workshop. Score!

I uploaded a couple of unedited video clips to my flickr so you can get a sense of what it was like riding in the back of the truck/camera. The first one was when we were still at VSW and the second one was when we were further downtown. I was impressed how sharp the image was and how GOOD it made Rochester, NY look! I have several more clips and when I have the time (ha!) I will be properly editing them into a video of my experience.

PLEASE NOTE: originally posted on my old blog, I’m slowly moving over my favorite posts!