Eric Fleischauer Perfection
I really enjoyed this video we saw in class by the artist Eric Fleischauer. It shows the preoccupation within our society for physical beauty. The fact that Eric is able to speak the unspeakable aka the inner dialogue of many of us who obsess over self image and the image of others creates humor. He repeatedly references symmetry and how his face is now perfect because of it’s symmetry. With this reference to symmetry I feel like he is poking fun at studies that show how we are evolutionary attracted to people who have a symmetrical bone structure. There is an entire science dedicated to studying what we humans consider beautiful and why that is. Eric is making fun of this science.
I am Fascinated by the artist Benoit Paillé. I enjoy his approach to photography, where photography doesn’t depict reality but creates it. I also admire his ability and patience to stage photographs, which can take alot of time and effort. Photography can often be very conceptual and ignores aesthetic merit. For me personally, I find myself wanting to create a photograph for the sole purpose of aesthetics and not have to think about making big existential questions about life or creating a social commentary. His Series Alternative Landscapes is the type of work I’m drawn to. Dwelling in the sublime and re- imagining landscapes.
Photograph by Eric Fleischaur. Could this be about the easy accessibility of entertainment on the internet. This photograph has a light hearted, humorous undertone when dealing with the subject of piracy and copyrights. With the launch of youtube a few years back there was big concern of what was gonna be allowed to be posted on the site. Companies didn’t want their entertainment to be broadcasted for free on the internet. Now if you want to see a movie or if you missed an episode of your favorite TV show, chances are you could probably find it online.
Final Project Statement: Aha
An A-ha is a moment when a light bulb goes of in your mind. A belief that you’ve held is no longer valid or is now changed. In my Final Project A-ha have photographed people in a dark studio setting with only one hard light. This hard light creates high contrast dark shadows and dramatic lighting. Only a portion of the faces of my subjects remains in the light which serves as a metaphor for transitioning into a new way of thinking. I’ve asked my subjects to sit in contemplation of that old belief and their new found insight, while I take their photo. in each of my photographs a person will be seen partially lit as if they are emerging from a literal/metaporical darkness and into a literal/metaphorical light. On the prints I will leave a space in which my subjects will write down a their A-ha’s.