The photo project by visual artist Gesche Würfel explores how architecture was used in the development of the NS terror system. The photos examine the inhumane ways that prisoners were forced to live and labor in German concentration, labor, and death camps as represented by their architecture. These structures continue to influence the contemporary landscape, its inhabitants, and our understanding of history.
I am happy to announce the release of my second book, A Series of Occurrences, out now via Flat Space Books. The book brings together a collection of black and white images made over the last three years in various places around the United States. You can read and see more about it over on the Flat Space site.
A Series of Occurrences
94 pages, 59 black and white images
Softcover, perfect bound
11 x 8 in. (27.94 x 20.3 cm.) Edition of 100
Each edition comes with a 7.5 x 5″ pigment print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl paper
$40 (+ shipping) BUY NOW
A Series of Occurrences is also available in a special edition of 10. Details below:
Special Edition of 10
Each special edition is signed, numbered and comes with a unique pigment-printed dust jacket and two editioned 6 x 9″ prints on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl paper.
$80 (+ shipping) BUY NOW
There are also a few copies of Adrift left for anyone who is interested. You can get one herewhile they’re still available.
I must give thanks to Diane Allen, my speaking coach, who dedicated herself to my talk. Without her guidance and feedback I would have never been able to pull this off. I also want to thank Krayna Castelbaum for believing in me and my work and inviting me to apply. Additionally, I have to thank the countless volunteers of TEDxBend who actually made this opportunity possible as well as the magical city of Bend, OR for believing in and supporting this event. Thank you to my incredibly supportive family and friends who have shaped and encouraged this work in so many ways. Angie, thank you for putting up with my constant photographing and for being vulnerable and honest so that these ideas can live beyond the walls of our home and into the lives of people around the world. Lastly, thank YOU for taking the time to read this and for supporting me and my work over the past several years.
Below is the link to my talk and if you enjoy it, please share it. I want to continue spreading this message of awareness and balance. Beyond the video is information about how I prepared for the talk and reflections on my TEDxBend experience as a whole. Thank you for your continued support!
My TEDxBend Experience
The real work in preparing my talk began in January when I started drafting countless versions of my idea. Week by week, my coach and I edited down an hour long talk into the final 11 minutes that I presented in Bend, OR. Once I started practicing the talk aloud, I began to make photographs like the one I eventually made on stage at TEDxBend. Knowing that I was photographing 1400+ audience members with film was nerve wracking to say the least. This wasn’t a photograph I could redo so I had to test everything from the wide angle lens to the exact film holder that I was planning to use for the shoot.
After months of practice I finally arrived in Bend, Oregon and had the day to walk around town and visit some breweries. The downtown area was lined with banners for the event and it was this moment that things got real for me.
The presenters were given rooms at the ridiculously fancy Oxford Hotel which is likely the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. Everyone working there was incredibly friendly and helpful and they give you fresh baked cookies when you check in. Awesome. I absolutely loved the place. I was able to meet some of the other presenters and have dinner with my coach that first evening.
The event was being held at Bend Senior High School which has a huge auditorium and I was first up for rehearsal because I was the opening speaker for the event. I got on stage, wasn’t too nervous, set up the view camera for the photograph, started talking to a mostly empty auditorium and then silence, I froze. I swallowed hard, found a few more sentences and then froze again. Eventually, I made it through my talk and a wave of panic fell over me. I became terrified that I would lose my place in my talk and just freeze with the entire world watching.
That evening, Angie finally arrived and we went to a special dinner just for presenters and key sponsors of the event. We met more of the presenters, organizers, volunteers, and funders of the event over some delicious food and everyone told us about their favorite places to go walking. Seriously, everyone in Bend loves to go walking. All of the time. Eventually, someone gave me a microphone so I could participate in this icebreaker activity and I think I said something about rain sticks and Ansel Adams. I was still in a nervous blur about my freezing episode during rehearsal and am grateful this part of the weekend was not being recorded.
The day of the event, I woke up super early, locked myself in the bathroom at the hotel and went through my talk at least 15 more times. Before I knew it I was in the shuttle with the rest of the incredible speakers, all seemingly more accomplished and important than me and we were on our way to the event. I’m not exaggerating about the accomplished part either. I was in a van with a two time olympic gold medalist, speaking coach to Brian Wilson, and a man who has climbed all seven summits of the world and has skied to both poles!
Right before the show opened I was in the makeup room where they put on the finishing touches and made me look pretty.
They set me up with my mic, brought me back stage, introduced me as a New York artist (which is half true I suppose) and then I walked toward to red circle with an enormously loud applause from the audience. This was it. I remember planting my feet, placing my left hand over my fluttering heart and then saying the first three words of my talk, “Imagine a world”.
The only other memory I really have from my talk was at about three minutes in, I can remember excitedly saying to myself, “You’re really not going to fuck this up!” All of my practice had finally clicked in and I knew I was in my zone. The talk was flowing through me and no matter what unexpected thing happened, I would be able to roll with it and keep my message on course.
I left the stage on such a high and I was showered with compliments the rest of the day. It was incredible to hear personal stories from people who had already been touched by the photographs months prior and that they and their family members had altered their device habits. The rest of the day Angie and I enjoyed the incredible stories by my fellow presenters and left feeling energized, rejuvenated, reminded of forgotten emotions, optimistic, and specifically in my case, relieved.
After the weekend’s events, Angie and I stayed in Oregon for a few days and did some of the suggested walking around and also got in a little snowboarding. I look forward to returning some day. Lastly, thanks mom and dad for watching Charlie!
This experience is one that will forever change my life. If you’ve never been to a TEDx event, I want to encourage you to do so! They are happening all over the world and very likely near you. You can find an entire listing of TEDx events here.
Congratulations to MA 2016 Meredith Hale on becoming the Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship at Yale University’s Haas Family Arts Library and the Yale Center for British Art. She starts her fellowship on July 1.
PhD candidate Kim Bobier has received a 2016 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art. Their release announcing the awards is below:
Eleven Graduate Students Awarded Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the twenty-fifth annual Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The 11 advanced graduate students are pursuing promising research in object- and image-based US art history.
“This fellowship program represents a longstanding partnership between the Luce Foundation and ACLS to support new generations of scholars working within the field of US art history,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “Over the past 25 years, 240 fellows have helped strengthen the field, becoming leaders at their institutions and in their intellectual domains. This year’s 11 newest awardees carry on that tradition as they develop their original and significant contributions to knowledge.”
Fellows will spend the academic year researching and writing their dissertations at any site appropriate for their work. The cohort also includes the second Ellen Holtzman Fellow, named for the Luce Foundation’s past program director of American art in celebration of her two decades of achievements in that role.
Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows and project titles are listed below; for more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.
Marissa Howard Baker (University of Illinois, Chicago) The Nation Within: Chicago’s Black Arts Movement and the Figuration of Black Liberation
Kim Bobier (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Representing and Refracting the Civil Rights Movement in Late Twentieth-Century Art
Rachel Hooper (Rice University) American Art Histories: Framing Race after the Civil War
Joss Kiely (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) The Infrastructure of Itinerancy: Aviation, American Economic Imperialism, and the Late Modern Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki, 1951-1986
Ashley Lazevnick, Ellen Holtzman Fellow (Princeton University) Precisionism in the Long 1920s
Ellen Macfarlane (Princeton University) Group f.64 Photography and the Object World
Kimberly Minor (University of Oklahoma) Pictographic Motifs: Memory and Masculinity on the Upper Missouri
Emma Rose Silverman (University of California, Berkeley) From Eyesore to Icon: Outsider Art, Racial Politics, and the Watts Towers
Sydney Skelton Simon (Stanford University) Harry Bertoia and Postwar American Design Culture
Juliet S. Sperling (University of Pennsylvania) Animating Flatness: Seeing Moving Images in American Painting and Mass Visual Culture, 1800-1895
Gillian Turner Young (Columbia University) Electric Theater: Joan Jonas and the Emergence of Performance Art in the 1970s
The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 73 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $16 million to over 300 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.
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MFA 2016 Erin Canady was awarded the department’s Top Prize for Outstanding MFA Work. Eric Shiner, guest curator of the Ackland exhibition of 2016 MFA work, chose the recipient on behalf of the department, and praised the intriguing and complex work made by the other recent graduates in our program.
In America, America, Truong examines the history of colonialism and conflict in America. The work embraces Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopias, as sites that mirror, distort, and invert other spaces. Painted gestures reside in a space reminiscent of the void in eastern landscape painting, and bear the uniform of regional textile designs, referring to a worldwide textile trade that for centuries has been a complicated narrative of migration, hierarchy and power. The trade assigned the various Easts with exotic mystery, and supplanted it significantly as the other. The nonverbal aesthetics of textiles transcends language barriers, yielding notable capacity to be culturally absorbed. The painted gestures envelope, penetrate and permeate each other among echoes of water and fluids; signifying the separation of nations, and dissolving of the painted bodies. The movements become phantoms of history, creating a labyrinth of violence, migration and coupling. The paint and space coalesce, creating entanglements of our eternally diasporic, global world.
Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 6-9pm, Artist Talk at 6pm