Jul 27

A Blur of Feathers Right Before Your Eyes

Hummingbirds are notorious for flapping their wings so incredibly fast that they create an audible hum and appear as a blur of feathers right before your eyes.

 

 

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To inspect the beauty of such a tiny creature is near impossible when the birds are zipping quickly through the air. However, during a trip to Costa Rica, Scotland-based photographer Chris Morgan  demonstrated an incredible passion for documenting the unique birds through his lens   .

 

 

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With a lot of patience, Morgan photographed the dazzling details of many hummingbirds from quite close up. His images feature the amazingly sharp details of eyes, beaks, and layers of bright, iridescent feathers, and viewers can actually stare directly into the large, shiny black eye of a single bird.

 

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“The hummingbirds were so tempting to photograph to the point of madness!” said Morgan. “It took a while to be able to get any shots of one. In the space of an hour I took nearly a thousand shots. A good proportion were excellent out of focus pictures of bushes with no birds to be seen! But I really felt my abilities improved over the hour. Nothing like a bit of practice.”   Logo

 

 

 

Source: My Modern Met

Jul 22

Abigail Lynch at Capture12

August showcases a solo show by Abigail Lynch

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Statement:
I have edited these photographs in such a way to create relationships between the singular images. The visual language I interpret daily informs me of particular issues: The humanized desert landscape that surrounds me, gender constructs that infiltrate my existence through economic commodities, and societal iconography, both borrowed and created, worshipped and purchased. It all finally calls back to the photographic medium itself, for the most urgent issue is at last, a desperate, burning desire to deeply understand photography. Hollis Frampton (or as Bill Jenkins lovingly refers to him, Uncle Hollis) articulates in his essay Incisions in History/ Segments of Eternity:

“We do not define our art, but rather it some how defines us, as hexagonal labyrinths of wax both circumscribe and detail the honeybee”

Thus, this sequence of photographs conveys the visual language of photography, explaining my thoughts without words, which are at last gratuitous.

Artist bio:
Born in 1991, Abigail Lynch relocated from Virginia to the suburban desert of Phoenix, Arizona before reaching the age of one. In high school she thrived in studies focusing on the arts leading her to pursue a Fine Art Degree in Photography at Arizona State University. Abigail’s work, ranging from hanging images to collections in books has been shown at several galleries around the metropolitan Phoenix area including Drive-Thru Gallery, First Studio, Northlight Gallery and Palabra. Her most recent work is featured among six photographers in Art Problems premiere publication 20,000 Hours. Abigail graduated magna cum laude in May of 2014 as a Bachelor of Fine Art. She is interested in self-published zines with a wide array of artistic content. She has been an active member of the Tempe art community hosting and participating in the Annual Tempe Zine Convention, which is in its fourth year.

Jul 18

Third Friday – Featuring Capture 12

 

“Third Friday is what First Friday was 10 years ago.”

– Anonymous

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While similar in programming, the Third “cousin” of First Friday takes a different approach to the arts experience – and Vive le différence!

Many arts destinations and businesses are open on this night, but the visiting crowds are decidedly more arts focused.

 

So come and enjoy the spirit and culture of Greater Downtown Phoenix and Third Friday as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors.

Tour more than 70 art galleries, venues, and related spaces.

 

Roosevelt Row staple gallery Eye Lounge turns 15 this year.The collective art space, which can house three art exhibitions at a time, welcomed photographer,

educator, and ASU alum Stephen Gittins’ business, Capture 12, to the western bay of its building last month. Capture 12 is an arts education venue with a focus on

photography skills. Make sure you stop by for a visit!

 

 

Get from place-to-place on a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route.

 

 

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Jul 18

Talented Artist Tricks Your Brain.

With Paint And Perspective, This Talented Artist Can Completely Trick Your Brain.

It’s difficult to define what “art” is. It comes in many forms and can be interpreted in countless ways. However, no matter who you are and how you would specifically describe art, you will agree that Alexa Meade is a talented artist. The different works she creates are beautiful and absolutely unique.

Not only that, but just with some simple tricks, Alexa is able to convince your brain that it’s seeing something that it really isn’t. In each of these photos, you may think you’re seeing a beautifully painted, surreal portrait…Alexa_Meade

But what you’re actually seeing are live models, painted to appear as a 2-dimensional surrealistic portrait.

Alexa Meade has had exhibits at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC, Postmasters Gallery in New York City, Galerie Ivo Kamm in Switzerland, and Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography in Germany. Her art has been in exhibitions also featuring the work of Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy. Her work has received critical acclaim from CNN, WIRED, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, and The Guardian.

Images of her art are being used to illustrate forthcoming manuscripts by philosophers Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou. Her work is being written into art history textbooks around the world. She has given lectures at the California Institute of the Arts, UC-Berkeley, National Geographic London, WIRED, and the TED Global Conference. Her TED talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed nearly 2 million times.

Mercedes-Benz, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, and MINI Cooper have commissioned Alexa to create art installations around the world. Her portrait subjects include such individuals of note as triple-Grammy Award winner Gotye.

Jay-Z’s Life & Times made a video about Alexa’s creative process that also captured a sneak peek at one of her side projects: transforming her Los Angeles home into a Funhouse. Other side projects include turning her garage into a camera obscura theater, designing tessellating shape tiles, and making a puzzle for the blind.

For more on this artist click here.

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Jul 08

Perfectly Balanced Stones Suspended in Mid-Air

For many years, Australian-based artist Ken Unsworth has made viewers hold their breath with his timeless work entitled Suspended Stone Circle II.   7-9

 

The installation was first completed in 1974 and produced again in 1988, and is awe-inspiring in both its fragility and volume. Unsworth used 103 river stones each weighing about 33 pounds and bound them together by three sets of wires that were tied to rings and secured to the ceiling. They form a suspended disc, with each element resting perfectly in its place. The sculptor hung the stones so that their center of gravity falls on the central axis of the disc, and each stone is equal distance from one another. As they remain in midair, their cone-shaped stabilizing wires mimic a force field, and it’s almost as if they are held up by this energy. Unsworth’s installation is peaceful, balanced, and even a little nerve wracking – at any moment, the work could theoretically come tumbling down. Unsworth first gained popularity as a sculptor in the 1970’s when he combined performance art with minimalist forms. In addition to stones, the artist has created other monumental works, including a piece titled Rapture, where a grand piano is formed into a large set of stairs.

 

Source:     My Modern Met

 

 

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Jul 04

Happy Fourth of July from Capture 12

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Capture 12 wishes you a safe and festive 4th of July Holiday!

Jul 02

Photo Safari to Prescott

Photo Safari to Prescott

July 26th at 8:30am til 8:30pm

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Description:

 

This Photo Safari workshop has been designed for the digital camera user seeking to take their photography to new levels and become more aware of its capabilities. It’s a fun day out where you will meet like-minded people who want to learn photography while discovering new and interesting places.

 

The Next Photo Trip is to Prescott!:

 

The summer heat is upon us and so a Photo Safari has been scheduled for Saturday July 26th to head northwest to a photographers dream! Prescott draws visitors from all over the world to enjoy our unique setting, old-west history and enjoyable climate. Throughout the year Prescott offers a variety of events and activities so that no matter when you visit, you’ll get a chance to experience the many faces of Prescott and find out for yourself why Prescott is considered one of the top emerging metropolitan cities. The cost of this day trip is only $155 per person, which includes sales taxes. Lunch and optional gratuity are extra.

 

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Jun 25

Creations by German artist Cornelia Konrads

Gasp-Worthy Creations by German artist Cornelia Konrads!

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Her works are gasp-worthy as they revolve around the specific theme of weightlessness.

Familiar, everyday,  objects like stacked logs, stones and twigs are given a surreal twist by suspending them in mid-air, thus inducing some bvigorous eye rubbing and skin pinching when viewed from a distance for the first time.  Her environmental art installations encourage biewers to onder if what they are seeing is just about to take shape or dissapear right before their very eyes!   You can learn more about this artist, and her work, on youtube:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8trnhNs4t0     Logo

Jun 20

Capture 12 Gallery, Classroom and Studio!

Starting June 16, Capture12 will be in its new, self-contained, gallery space at 417 E. Roosevelt St.

Not just a space to teach

Not just a space to teach

Not only will the space be a classroom and studio, but also a gallery. C12 will continue the utilization of the space as a gallery and the original mission of C12, that of photographic education, with a fusion of classes and photo displays.

I have enlisted the knowledge and expertise of photographer, artist and gallery curator Peter Bugg, to help select photographers/artists for each show. Every month the gallery will house a new collection of work by a variety of different photographers from around Arizona and beyond. I was a Graduate student at ASU with Peter and I’m honored that he accepted my request for his help.

Jun 17

Bottled Emotions

Therapists (and mothers) around the world have touted the old adage that it’s unhealthy to bottle up emotions.

 

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For Tennessee-based artist Taylor Kinser, bottling emotions is just one of the ways she is able to express her creativity, according to an article in Huffington Post titled This Artist is Literally Bottling Up Our Emotions

Bottled Emotions” was born of Kinser’s desire to mix a conceptual art piece with packaging. “I was interested in the idea of packaging something intangible, and emotions were an interest… I started thinking about how people are always so emotionally drained,” Kinser told The Huffington Post, “We deal with so many emotions in any one day and that is amplified when big events happen — deaths, weddings, breakups, births, holidays, injuries, etc. What does it even mean to be emotionally available anymore?”

We certainly don’t have the answer to that; but Kinser’s take on the big question sees bottles filled up with emotions like love, fear, confusion, anger, excitement and envy, each with a unique color to match the feeling. The project also includes a tonic book, which teaches people how to create cocktails for life’s most emotional moments, like Black Friday, Mall Traffic or Tacky Sweater.

You should not actually drink these heady concoctions. In order to get the right colors and textures, Kinser used paint, laundry detergent, ink, glitter, even glow stick liquid. “I would say that most of the ingredients were chosen by color and then I added ingredients like soy seeds in the envy — seeds of envy. Or anger, that has thick oozing red paint that lingers like anger would. Love is all bubbly and sparkly,” she explained.

Kinser put great effort into the classic-looking bottles, working with a specific retro aesthetic in mind. After all, the piece is as much about selling a “product” as it is about examining emotional availability.

“The bottles themselves were intended to have an old apothecary look with a modern twist. I researched different liquor labels and alcohol branding as well as medicinal branding for the look and feel of the bottles,” she elaborated, “I used vinyl for the typography and wanted to keep them very simple. It was more about the contents in the bottles than the packaging. They sell themselves in a way.”

If you love this set and want to see more, you won’t have to wait long; Kinser is already working on a wedding version for her own upcoming nuptials, an emotional milestone if there ever was one.

 

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