everyday objects

Water in booth

Water in booth

Pershing Square Cafe, across the street from Grand Central Station.

We took a quick trip into New York to see the Degas Monoprint show at MoMA which is ending this weekend. If you’re within striking distance, this show is highly recommended.

Degas was one of the first artists to really let out all the stops on multiple types of manipulation(s) to a print after it comes off the press. A single etching comes off, then he draws on it and it’s a one of a kind. That’s what a mono print is all about.

The show is incredible, well worth seeing.

I had planned to see this show earlier in the summer but as many of you know, my mother passed away and we got busy with all that that kind of event brings (burial, dealing with her house, belongings, and “estate”).

We came back from Los Angeles just in time to catch this show and both Anne and I loved it.

So, this high contrast Ricoh GR shot of a glass of water at dinner last night is my reference marker for Degas’ amazing mono prints.

The show catalog is up on Amazon ($5 cheaper than it was at MoMA) and while I don’t think it’s anywhere near what the show was, it might be worth checking out if you’re into this kind of printmaking.

Anyone who shoots high contrast images with the Ricoh GR needs to see this work for sure. It pre-dates the current crop of high contrast work by 150 years and Degas was a master of moving composition (he’s famous for his ballet dancers but he drew all kinds of people doing all kinds of things).

Ken O’Connell: Sketchy

When I was an undergraduate doing my BFA in ceramics at (1973-1975) the University of Oregon, Ken O’Connell was just starting to teach basic design and I took many of his classes and we became friends. By the time I came back to the U of O to do my MFA (1979-1980) Ken was dug in as a member of the faculty and was on my MFA committee.

As he says in the video, he’s high energy and his ideas are all over the place (like mine). I’ve never gone on one of his sketching expeditions (mostly to Italy) because unlike Ken, I use a camera as a pen, but it might be fun to go with him sometime and do both: sketching and photographing.

One thing we have in common is our fascination with everyday objects. Ken draws things as mundane as a pastry and I photograph objects as mundane as what’s in my pocket (from time to time).

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