The Artist as Hero

At last my MFA thesis work has been completed. Inspired by my work with Everything Waffles and the projects that have been taking place with Danger Punch, The Artist as Hero shows you the pathetic nature of my imagination.

Enjoy the gallery of images that a the start of a new project and look at for many new works to come.

Where is Justin?

You might be wondering what I have been up to since there hasn’t been much activity since February. You can find all of the latest work I have been doing over at everythingwaffles.com. This site continues my work with self-portraiture and you can enjoy every image that is recreated to become more awkward.
Here is just a taste,

 

Comics and Zines

It’s time to inform you about the latest underground workings from us. We have started a new Kickstarter to bring a new project to printing by the end of July. The comic book, yet to be given an official title, will be printed and mailed out to supporters and those who wish to purchase it.

Why so quickly? Why the rush? We are aiming to attend San Fransisco’s Zine Fest this year in September and also trying to attend Comic Con San Diego this time next year. The zines and comics will be shown at these events as well as shirts and small figures created to support the project.

Unlike the previous Kickstarter funding project, I want to create comic books and web series inspired by the portraits I have created for the past 2 years. We are entering a world of fiction now and moving away from the parody that has been Everything Waffles. Want to help? Just check out the Kickstarter for all the information. Like it, share it, and post it as much as you can so that we can expand the Everything Waffles Universe.

More is on the way about the next zine and upcoming comic book. Follow the Kickstarter for now though,

Family Photo Albums #3

The family photo album project is gaining momentum and over the past month I have been documenting family albums within my studio and creating my own archive. The images provided is are examples of what this project is aiming to create a entire collection. Although each album contains unique photographs to each family, the albums themselves develop a history of their own.For those of you unfamiliar with this project and those that might become interested in assisting me in this project I will give a reintroduction for you.

Late last year I began a series of photographs that examined family snapshots and body language within each image. I have since moved onto examining the albums in which snapshots are contained within. I am asking for your help in order to collect albums from all over to begin documenting them in my studio. I am not looking to have the photographs themselves, but your old albums or shoe boxes to photograph them as part of this project. They will be within my possession for no more than two weeks and will be returned as they came to me. This project can only go so far without help from other outside of my area.

I believe that these containers may have the same inherent value as the items we place in them. Through this project I want to discover what importance we place on them and perhaps uncover what happens when I remove them from their context of their home. By placing them in my lighting studio, I am removing all external ways of perceiving the owner and its history. When we look at them in this space, we can begin to develop a profile and character for their owner. In a way, these albums may be stand-ins for us as we allow others to view our albums.

If you are interested in contact me and assisting this project please email me at: info@justinscwhab.com

Twitter: @justin_schwab

Justin and Waffles Kickstarter Project

Having started the book and creating videos online for the Everythingwaffles.com website, I have started a Kickstarter to help the project. I am seeking to raise $1,500 to complete all aspects of the project. More information about the project can be found at my Kickstarter page.

The funding for the project runs until March 6 however the project itself will take further months to complete. As the books are printed and sold, part of the funding will go to the original animal rescue center where I got waffles and also the Humane Society.

 

 

 

You can find the full link here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects

The original book link:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore

Justin and Waffles: Portraits From the Web

Finally my self-published book of portraits with Waffles has been published and printed. This book is comprised of 15 portraits with Waffles over the past year reflected internet images circulating the web. You can check out the preview below and if you are interested in a copy please let me know.

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/2280469/f32e6b7bda00de8090d15488004d0905255bb873?ce=blurb_ew&utm_source=widget

 

Copy this link until infinity and help me publish project across the very source from where this project came from.

As a reminder, Everythingwaffles.com is a website now. It is experiencing some issues right now but it is a great place to see some of the videos that have been made.

 

A Request For Your Family Albums

As I continue to work with family as a part of my recent work, I have stumbled across a new series of images that I would like to pursue. Unlike the first part of this project where I recreated past family photos, I want to look at the places where we put photos. After handling so many of my own family images, I discovered that the shoe boxes and albums they were kept in were just as interesting as the images themselves.

I look at these containers as a geologist might see a core sample of rocks. As the old boxes fall part and new ones are added, we can see the layers of history unique to each family. This personal archive exists in all families that collect their own images. Whether it is in an album or a tin can, these containers become an intimate item within the family.

Now to the part where you come in, I would like to ask for these containers from your family so that I may document them. I do not expect to have the family photos in these when given to me, but the boxes and albums themselves. As I understand these are precious in some cases just like the photos, all care will be taken to ensure their safety. Whether I pick them up personally or you wish them to be shipped to me, I will cover all expenses in this processes. These images of the albums will be for my professional practice and they will part of my larger body of work dealing with family.

If you are interested in allowing me to documenting these boxes and albums, contact me through email at info@justinschwab.com or find me on twitter at justin_schwab.

 

 

 

Justin and Waffles Book

After working on the self-portraits with Waffles over the past year and half, I finally decided to bring all of the images to book. This book is more than just what I have shown and holds many images that have not been seen. With all of the costumes and source images, I believe this represents a survey of portraiture through the past few decades. The main purpose of including Waffles in this body of work is to insert a trending topic(cats) into portraits that followed trends during the time they were taken.

July 2010

From the original photo above, my goal in this series of images is to portray myself in a similar setting as the original. This body of work stands as a survey of styles and photographic trends that circulate through the internet and a re-contextualized from their location online.

Along with this book, I have started a website to continue this series of images with not only photos, but videos as well. I approach these in a similar way to find trends of videos found on YouTube and elsewhere and match that style while using my cat Waffles to alter that meaning.

Currently this book edition has a limited quantity so please contact me if you may be interested.

To keep up with this body of work, visit everythingwaffles.com or justinschwab.com

Family Photos Part 1: Installation

After the amount of responses from friends and supporters, my project using family photographs expanded and incorporated new elements. This project was created in response after examining many family photos. What you see in these photos is only a small part of the installation which uses a sound clip projected out of the chair at a low volume.

After sitting in the chair, the viewer begins to hear a telephone ringing near them at a volume that can be heard only while sitting in the chair or standing next to it. This is a constant part of the chair, looping continuously and without the viewers control of stopping it.

Although the family photographs are of my own family, the project is not intended to be autobiographical. The focus remains on the uncomfortable sound projected around the viewer and the interaction with the photos displayed on the wall that act more as objects than photographs.

Not familiar with my project using family photographs? Check out the project here and learn more.

Not a Performance

I have been meaning to put up some videos of the boring parts of setting up for a portrait with Waffles. Now that my space is a little bigger I can just set the camera and record away.

Honestly I edited out everything but the boring part of the video just for your entertainment. Honestly, would you expect anything different?

What more could you ask for than a video of a man ironing fabric? Perhaps a new photo with Waffles?

Perhaps.