Painting and Photography

Asfáltico (Urban Art in Mendoza, Argentina)

Asfáltico, #2. Zona Casa del Gobierno, Mendoza, Argentina, 2016
Asfáltico, #2. Zona Casa del Gobierno, Mendoza, Argentina, 2016

 

I am working on connecting up and doing a photo shoot with these six artists from Mendoza, Argentina. Their work is spectacular–the above is the mere tippy tip of the creative iceberg they float throughout the city.

Stand by over the next couple of weeks for a blog post with plenty of photographs of the six in action along with their best street mural examples from the Mendoza area.

In the meantime, here is a nice video interview with them that will give you a small taste of what they do and their philosophy…oh, I guess you’ll need to understand Spanish with an Argentine flavor to get it all, but at least you can see some of their artwork:

 

Also, here is a link to their Facebook page.

La Conquista, Mural Detail

This is a detail study of an old mural in the Barrio Viejo of Tucson, right next door to Teatro Carmen on South Meyer.

To me, capturing just this portion of the entire mural–with the peeling paint, the deep cracks through the face of the a helmeted Spaniard, and the skull “buried” below a galloping horse–does more to sum up the nature of the “Conquista” and its eventual aftermath (the fall of the Spanish Empire) than a broader photographic image of the entire painting would have done.

I am not even sure my interpretation is at all close to the original intent of the muralist, but this is how I chose to frame the composition–and tell the story–on this particular warm, near-winter, day in the Sonoran Desert.

La Conquista. Tucson, Arizona, 2015
La Conquista. Tucson, Arizona, 2015

The Art of Dana Schutz

Downtown #6. Denver, Colorado, 2013
Downtown #6. Denver, Colorado, 2013

Write her name down. If haven’t already heard of this young woman (she’s only 36), you soon will. (And it is pronounced SHUTS, not SHOOTS.)

No, she is not a photographer–she is primarily a painter. But, as I have said before, much of what we learn from the other visual arts can directly influence how we approach the creative process with our own photography. Click to find out more about Dana.