Posts Tagged ‘art’

Art Imitates Life

March 22, 2013

We’ve often heard the saying “life imitates art”, but as Eric Schwortz, the creative director at Glasshouse Images puts it, “art is beginning to imitate life.”

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As social media and photo sharing apps continue to gain prominence, the commercial world is embracing the DIY look popularized by sites such as Instagram and Flickr.

There is a movement towards “faux authenticity”, and special effect filters that give photos an accessible quality.

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Coming off of a trend towards HDR (high dynamic range) imaging, where every pixel of the photograph is so highly sharpened that it gives an illusion of hyper reality, these highly filtered images allow for a more down to earth, old school experience.

Jai-Lee Egna, an artist’s representative at Glasshouse Assignment, correlates this aesthetic shift to what is happening in the world today. “We are looking to step away from the harsh realities of our lives, and taking a more nostalgic approach to the way we see things. We are able to use technology to emulate the look of analogue photography.”

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Young photographers are not only using plugins and postproduction techniques to create images that have a vintage characteristic, they are also reverting back to shooting film, as they yearn for the simplistic look of the past.

With the photo-sharing (and over sharing) phenomenon growing in popularity, the quest for quality imagery has shifted. While the seasoned professionals in the art-buying world understand the necessity to pay photographers for their work, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to control.

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Pinterest, the online content sharing service, is just one of the many vehicles in which photographer’s work is used without consent or compensation. The site does attempt to link the work back to its original source, but that does not necessarily benefit the photographer, whose images may have been used or commissioned by the brand or magazine that posted it.

This accessibility, compounded by the diminishing printed media industry, has made photography more difficult to succeed in than ever before.

What do the experts look for, when representing a photographer today?

On the assignment side, Egna says she looks for photographers with a specific niche, well-developed technical skills and an aesthetic sensibility that makes them stand out from the pack. A congenial personality and a high level of professionalism are crucial elements to success in today’s narrowing marketplace.

In selecting images for the stock library, Schwortz looks for a style that is consistent and evocative. Each photo needs to tell a story, and the lighting, composition and execution need to be flawless.

While current technology allows anyone to take a great photo, the professional photographer is able to execute a vision beyond the norm.

photos courtesy of Glasshouse Images

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Hot Tips Tuesday: How to Revitalize a Dried Up Marker

March 19, 2013

Hey creative types…this ones for you! You know the irritation of finding the marker you need has dried up? Don’t toss it just yet. Help is on the way.

Bucket of Markers and Colored Pencils

Dip the tip of the offending marker in plain white vinegar and set it tip up to dry. After about 5 minutes or so, blot the marker, and put the cap back on securely.

Allow to sit overnight, and viola! The marker is good to go.

Not the instant gratification you might have been looking for, but a good way to save the marker for future use!

photo: Glasshouse Images

Family Matters

October 15, 2009

Did you know that the Museum of Modern Art offers great family programs for children of all ages?
The programs at MOMA are designed to introduce kids and adults to the world of modern and contemporary art through gallery conversations, art workshops, artist talks, and activity guides.

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The “Closer Look” series, for children 5-10 years old and their adult companions is interactive and educational, while being a fun hands-on experience for all. This series allows the group to look closely at modern masterpieces and explore the artist’s motivation through discussions and activities that allow the participants a chance to work in the style of the featured artist.

The current workshop, entitled “Line, Shape and Color: Abstract Art “ explores the artist’s use of these components to create abstract art.

The program changes monthly, and is offered every Saturday and Sunday morning through December 20. It is free of charge, and includes museum admission for the family. There are also programs geared to tweens and 4 year olds as well.

It is a great way to introduce children to the wonders of modern art, and a wallet friendly way to spend the day.

For more information, call the MOMA at (212) 708-9805, or visit the website.

Sites We Love

July 27, 2009

Student Art Gallery

Student Art gallery

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A site that provides a forum for emerging student artists to showcase their work, and has a philanthropic twist? Count us in!!

We love the Student Art Gallery, launched last June by two Arizona entrepreneurs, Jeff Skoglind, and Danny Wojtenowski.

Their mission is simple: to bring art to the forefront and support it’s evolution, while giving exposure to student artists and providing a means to sell their work.  Did we mention that a contribution from each sale is gifted back to the artist’s school?

Currently, the site features a highly curated selection of 150 pieces, but the founders hope to represent 1500 works by the fall.
It’s a great way to support the future careers of up and coming artists, find affordable artwork, and help fund the arts programs while you shop. What’s not to love?

Check it out!   http://www.studentartgallery.com


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