Greg Penner, ceramic artist and Senior Educator at the Speed Art Museum, selected “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” by Jeff Koons for our show this week. He says, ” If you have ever had the opportunity to a view a Jeff Koons in person you are lucky enough to get the true scale and boundaries that are thrust on to you.”
Greg’s own ceramic work is inspired by the shiny, saturated, appealing qualities in Koon’s sculptures—he loves that these things draw viewers into the piece so that they can then explore the rest of what is there. You can read more about Greg’s process, inspirations, and see a few images in the Painful Truths article below.
Paul chose Gayle’s image because of it’s simple elegance. Gayle uses 4×5 film and traditional darkroom techniques to create her silver gelatin prints. On her subjects she said, “I have always enjoyed the out-of-doors, especially the plant world. My career as an instrumental music teacher did not keep me from gardening and exploring natural areas with my children and my camera.
After many years of photographing nature in color with 35mm cameras, I moved into the world of black and white large format photography. Tom Potter, photographer and naturalist, expanded my vision of photography by introducing me to the history of photography and the great masters who inspire and define photography as fine art. In addition, Tom taught me the technical skills of black and white film photography and the artistry of darkroom printing. Additional studies with master printer/photographer, Howard Bond of Ann Arbor, Michigan, were important in my progress.
My photographs have been exhibited in Indianapolis and Zionsville, Indiana; the Tsongas Gallery at Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts; Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana; and in the Paul Paletti Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky. In January 2008 my botanical photography was featured on the cover and as the lead article in View Camera Magazine, an international journal of large format photography.”
James Robert Southard chose two images from his series Tooth and Nail for this week’s show. Rob has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Bellarmine University, and University of Louisville. His artwork has appeared in group shows all over this country and in Cuba, Italy, and in South Korea. Southard’s work is included in the Louisville Visual Arts Association’s 2013 Photo Competition at PUBLIC, 131 W. Main St., from Friday, October 4 to Saturday, October 26. The Competition’s juror, Henry Hornestein, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), selected these images to be part of the show.
We took a different perspective this week since we had the artist on the show with us. Instead of only interpreting his art work, we created a sound track meant to show what a work day might sound like for Rob while creating these images.