Here is a slight update from my work with the Nuthatch Cache. Since I have taken over online store management and have work as the photographer for the merchandise I am updating the sites images and content. Check out this set of images from the most recent update.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on twitter at justin_schwab.
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.
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.
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.
Now its time to discuss some useful tools for the artist or designer on a budget. Since I have been using Google SketchUp recently in attempt to design the Low Road Gallery to aid artists in exhibition proposals, I thought I could share my brief experience.
Even if you are not familiar with the process of design architecture, building layouts, and CAD I would recommend downloading Google SketchUp. The program is very slick and has many tools to get your started on making simple layouts.
Within the program there is a way to download models created by other users for use in your own project. I was hoping to show you an interesting design by another user of the program, but unfortuntionetly I came up only with this:
Although I have shown you large scale buildings and rooms, there is plenty of options for you to use the program for small projects such as jewelery and craft design. The tools are flexible to allow minor changes and delicate manipulation of edges.
Still not sold on the program? Well there is no reason to worry about your investment, because Google SketchUp comes to you completely free. All you have to do is search for it through Google and you will easily locate it. I can even help you in this, just click on any of the times I mention Google SketchUp and you are there. And by my count, I have mentioned Google SketchUp a total of 6 times, therefore I will soon be billing the company soon.