Artist of the Day-

Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962.  Morell received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and his MFA from The Yale University School of Art. He has received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College in 1997 and from Lesley University in 2014.

These photos really had the viewers at the MFA stumped. It is difficult to figure out what’s going on. Morell has been working with ‘camera obscura’ for some time. In these photos he uses a tent as his camera and projects his image on the ground…taking a picture with his phone…I think. Go to his website for the REAL explanation. These were huge in the exhibit and really interesting to ponder.


Artist of the Day- Victoria Sambunaris (click on image to view individually)

Whoops…here are a couple more contemporary photographers from the Ansel Adams show.

Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. Her most recent project has been working in South Texas photographing the intersection of geology, industry and culture encompassing the petro/chemical and shipping industries situated around the Gulf Coast.

Artist of the Day- Laura MacPhee (click on image to view individually)

For the next 3 days I’ll show the work of several of the contemporary artist who were part of the Ansel Adams exhibit.

McPhee is the daughter of John McPhee, the environmental writer.

She graduated from RISD and now teaches at Mass. College of Art.

Her images of the devastation and rebirth of nature after a forest fire could make you weep. In almost all of her beautiful pictures there is the reminder of the cost in the way we use the earth.

 

Artist of the Day- Ansel Adams (click on image to view individually)

We attended the Ansel Adams exhibit at the MFA in Boston…on the second to last day. Whew! So crowded. People however were patient and polite and we felt both rewarded and exhausted at the end. Among my friends there was some controversy about the juxtaposition of contemporary photographs alongside those by Adams. I really appreciated the contrast. I’ve seen many of Adams’s images over the years…all fabulous…carefully planned and scrupulously printed. But the current photos really helped to throw new light on the earlier ones. The changes in our landscape, OUR impact on our environment, was made glaring by the contrast.

 

Artist of the Day- Mary Jones (click on image to view individually)

I make maps about the wilderness of social space. The raw materials come from rambling walks punctuated by stops to draw, write and take photos. I choose spaces to move through both familiar and strange. The resulting works layer physical geography with memories and random images that come to mind while walking.” I live in the woods. What different images my ‘rambling walks’ would produce!


Artist of the Day- Tabitha Soren (click on image to view individually)

In this series of photographs, Soren addresses our current issues with visual images that have become increasingly important in our lives. In this case… the images on our phones. She has pulled photos from facebook, instagram, and online news sources. The difference is…she has allowed all those swipe marks and fingerprints to remain and then become imbedded in the image. It’s an interesting thought; how much time we spend swiping through our phones …how the action and the visual transform to become expressive.

 

Artist of the Day- John McNamara (click on image to view individually)

Please read the statement below from the DeCordova Museum.

I know it’s long. My sister and I sat in front of this huge painting for a long time…which is just what the artist wants! It deserves a long look.

John McNamara’s large-scale works from the 1980s earned him the label “epic abstractionist” from Boston art critics. This monumental canvas envelops the viewer in dark washes of color, against which striated brushstrokes seem to give off a phosphorescent glow. The central hill-like form is a recurring motif in this period of McNamara’s work; here it emerges like a glacier floating on a reflective body of water. Other references to the natural world, such as horizon lines, lend the scene a sense of depth and cause Murk to shift between pure abstraction and landscape.