Saturday, January 23, 2016

Viral Coverage - Processed Views in China, Featureshoot, Food & Wine

GIF of Moonrise on Bologna from Chinese language website, Hokk Fabrica.
Translation of webpage: "Have you ever thought of ham, french fries, sugar Valley circles, these junk food can also be used as the raw material of art? Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman two photographers as inspiration, a series called 'Processed Views' of art, with a pile of junk food to a natural landscape, remind us, are now in a brutal way consume nature, as well as our health."
Additional coverage of Processed Views appears in:
FeatureShoot (December 2014): Otherworldly Landscapes Made from Junkfood
Food and Wine (January 2015): Look at These Famous Photos of America Recreated with Junkfood

Artists Ponder Food: Tanya Schultz Creates Fantastical Sugar Landscapes

Australian artist Tanya Schultz, otherwise known as Pip & Pop, creates immersive, large scale installations and artworks from a wide range of materials including sugar, glitter, candy, plastic flowers, and other mixed media. Schultz describes her work as, "Often ephemeral, her meticulously constructed and highly detailed works embrace notions of abundance, utopian dreams and fleeting pleasure." She is also "fascinated with ideas of paradise and wish-fulfillment described in folk tales, mythologies and cinema."

Seeing Forever
Tanya Schultz, 2012
Kuandu Biennial, Taipei

Candy Lab
Tanya Schultz, 2014
Mediamatic, Amsterdam

Getty Photographs of Yosemite by Carleton E. Watkins

In this video, Matthew Butson, Vice-President of the Getty Images Archive, examines the now-iconic photographs of Carleton E. Watkins kept within the Archive's vintage vaults. Watkins was one of the earliest American landscape photographers, and in 1861, he set out to capture the untouched landscapes of Yosemite, California. These photographs of Yosemite set Watkin on the path to become, as Butson states, "a pioneering environmental photographer." The large scale of Watkins' images and plates allowed Watkins to reproduce every detail of the vast scenes he photographed. One of Watkins' albums of his Yosemite photographs was shown to President Abraham Lincoln by a senator, which inspired Lincoln to set forth and sign the Yosemite Grant Act in 1864. This Act determined that the area of Yosemite would be held and cared for by the State of California "for public use, resort, and recreation," and not developed by private, commercial enterprises. The preservation of Yosemite National State Park by state and federal resources paved the way for the designation of other national parks and monuments.

View from Camp Grove, Yosemite
Carleton E. Watkins, 1861
Albumen print