Sunday, October 29, 2006

Ellie Brown, Video Part 3



What does a work of art mean to you and does it matter? Does Ellie herself even know what each of the the various collage elements mean? Do the lovers who are represented in these altered books understand her visual vocabulary?

In this video segment Jeremy Chrzan, her current love and the subject of the last of the Lovers Book series, talks about what he "thinks" the fish, the house in a big yellow burst and the other images in his piece all add up to. Ellie tells us if he is right.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ellie Brown, Video Part 2



The Lovers Book series is something we can all relate to but never took this far. Ellie Brown reached back to her earliest relationships and using romance novels and other found printed matter, glued together her memories of each and every past lover.

In this video we get both sides of one story. Ms. Brown tells us about a particular book and lover and what the otherwise ambiguous imagery means. Richard Watson, the subject, takes his book apart picture by picture. We are also introduced to another lover with another story yet to come.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

ITE '06, The End



The End. A bit sad, I have to admit. But the memories, some caught on this documentary, will not slip away.

The exhibition that came out of the ITE just closed at the Wood Turning Center, but you can see what the show looked like and some of the people who came out for the show and artist talks.

I would like to thank the residents, Dennis Carr, Neil Scobie, Liam Flynn, Jo Stone, Marilyn Campbell and Hilary Pfeifer, for putting up with me, my camera and lights. Something like the International Turning Exchange involves a lot of hard working people and organizations, and I would like to thank them all as well.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ellie Brown, Video Part 1



I think of Ellie Brown as a compassionate conceptual artist who also takes great care with her craft. If you look at the series of work she has produced like, The Lover's Book series, Girls, and 5th and Olney, it is clear that she cares deeply about her subjects. Both her approach and the way she handles her tools, probe and capture what lies below the surface of the subject.

She recently moved to the border of Kennsington and Fishtown in North Philadelphia, which is divided by the elevated "EL" train. Ellie teaches photography and design nearby at Temple University. I followed as she explored her new neighborhood of houses and industrial buildings with her camera in hand. There were plenty of things to shoot, some expected and some surprising.

Above, Under The Hair Dryer, photograph by Ellie Brown. Music by Alison Conard.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

ITE '06, Video Part 4



I never planned on presenting the entire ITE movie here online, so I am going to skip a couple of segments that have to do with collaboration which has already been covered. You can see the entire movie by purchasing a copy by contacting the Wood Turning Center or going to see it there before the show closes.

This segment will be on the installation that Hilary Pfeifer did that will be on view at the Wood Turning Center beyond the closing of the current exhibition.

The show close October 21st, so please go and check it out, you won't be disappointed.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

howisthisart.com



Using humor to present an artist and their work on video is the extreme opposite of the way big museums present famous artists on video. CVA, College of Visual Arts, has posted 3 video titles; Paul Billows, The Clay Elk and Mosaic Mary. The CVA website states, "We’re not haters, we’re artists. As artists, we understand everyone has the right to self-expression. We also believe every artist has potential. That’s why we’ve set up this website. We want to use this forum to discuss whether or not you think this is art."