View the entire photo essay on Google Open Gallery.
Just three days ago I visited Escuela Normal Rural Miguel Hidalgo in Atequiza, Mexico. This is not too far west from yesterday’s shootout in Tanhuato. I felt it was important to publish this series quickly. A different perspective on Mexico at this time is needed, within my realities as a visitor seeing this place for the first time.
My series of black and white street photography that documents Fat Tuesday in Ajijic, Mexico has been featured in the Huffington Post. Head on over and check it out – they were nice enough to let me include a small essay about the experience.
Especially thrilling for me was it was not some writer with and interest in arts (nothing wrong with that) but an artist and a writer named Micheal Ernest Sweet. His work has always impressed me and this interest from a very accomplished street photographer based in New York is very encouraging. Generally when artists and children like your work then you are doing something right.
Thanks to Pat Apt for her support, encouragement and providing me the space to exhibit this work.
Compositions exploring the dynamics of crowds in public spaces, centered on ceremony, has been an emerging interest for me. Formal issues relating to classical works, the sociological gaze within a post-colonial framework (in particular D.H. Lawrence’s problematic and revealing Mornings in Mexico) as well as critical interest of Mikhail Bakhtin’s Carnivalesque theories are reflected in this narrative.
If you happen to be in the mountains just south of Guadalajara stop on in and say hi.
#5: Otino Corsano*
Corsano is a New Genres Artist influenced by Los Angeles art practices now based in Toronto, Ontario. He works in a variety of media and his art writings and artist interviews were primarily published in artUS Magazine (LA).
Drawing inspiration from the “neo-conceptual” school enables Corsano to avoid being locked into any singular production mode. One notable series are his “Quick Draw” artist interviews that utilize Facebook’s IM Chat feature to record and document conversations with international artists (http://artpost-oc.blogspot.ca).
This is the fourth in a series of 11 artist interviews I conducted in 2014 titled “a new space; artists and social media”. You can learn more about this academic research project at http://artistsandsocialmedia.tumblr.com/
Lincoln is an experimental artist and educator whom I have been following on Tumblr for about four years. He is a well known artist using social media and his recommendations to me on who else to contact for this project proved invaluable. Lincoln is concerned with how we are dealing with, for the first time in history, such huge influxes of data due to online networks. He describes the information we have now as “atomized” and, as artists, we take this information and combine them in new and meaningful ways. His practice is to incorporate other artist’s blogs, as well as own content, into a series of “blogmix” videos. This process started when he started to sees “likes” as a run-off of content that he did not want to share as he would lose followers through the sheer amount of diversity of this content. He then realized there is many types of liking, and wondered what it would look like if one were to speed scroll through them. Citing the Structural Film movement of the 70s, Lincoln sees film montages as mirroring the moving images one after another we see in our daily lives online.