i’m no “beautiful losers” lover, but i must admit that each of those artists has contributed something unique to the “mainstream”, in particular what i like to refer to as the “un-art”. (i know, the quotations are getting a bit sickening…) by this i mean the unappreciated, the unknowns, the unwanted, unseen world of reality. and certainly the work of san francisco artist Dave Schubert is no exception. under his own admission, he has attempted to do nothing more than “to try and make good photographs of what I am interested in making a picture of at that moment in time”, (last quotes i promise). and yet somehow he has consistently managed to capture a specific scene or sector otherwise overlooked and under-appreciated, (namely the counter-culture lifestyle and attitude of the Mission School and other san francisco based underground art movements), all in a manner and style completely his own. and now you can view a sampling of this photographic record on view at his debut show with The Shooting Gallery entitled Vision is a Dream running from november 13th until december 4th. the show consists of 18, documentary, portrait, reportague, abstract, and experimental photographs taken from 1992 – 2006. so get down there and take a look for yourself before the hype becomes history.
if you’re looking to murder a few
minutes hours of your day, may i suggest an amazing tumblr called 9 eyes created by canadian artist Jon Rafman. in short, it’s a series of screenshots taken from google’s ever controversial “street view” mapping service. in long, it’s a photo-journalistic library of sociological significance, examining the attitudes and behavior of our entire “public” populous while redefining the essence of the human condition through the sterile and detached lens of 9 robotic eyes. in an essay on the project, Rafman writes:
“With its supposedly neutral gaze, the Street View photography had a spontaneous quality unspoiled by the sensitivities or agendas of a human photographer. It was tempting to see the images as a neutral and privileged representation of reality–as though the Street Views, wrenched from any social context other than geospatial contiguity, were able to perform true docu-photography, capturing fragments of reality stripped of all cultural intentions. … Google Street Views present a universe observed by the detached gaze of an indifferent Being. Its cameras witness but do not act in history. For all Google cares, the world could be absent of moral dimension”.
if you’re doing the veggie thing like i am, and you like to cook, you should check out fresh 365. it’s a great vegetarian food blog with all kinds of wonderful recipes, (check out the peach soup pictured above). and although i’m too lazy to actually prepare my own dinners, (i love you tina!), this site has really encouraged me to give it another try. (i’ll let you know how that goes…) but the thing that’s really cool about fresh 365 is not just the amazing recipes, but the featured photography as well. that’s right, it’s a food and photography blog in one. so while you have the salmon sizzling, (sorry, i’m actually a pescetarian), you can browse through some photos while you enjoy that glass (or two) of wine. enjoy!