Dan Westergren, the senior photo editor of National Geographic Traveler Magazine, has named his ten favorite images that were published in the magazine in 2012. I am very proud to be included in this selection of photographs! Last summer, I was assigned to photograph two of the ten Travelers of the Year for the magazine. Both of the people happened to be in Honolulu, a quick, direct flight from my home town of Portland. I shoot regularly in Hawaii because I’m based there for four months out of the year. It was fun and challenging to try and create images that were not only interesting, but spoke to the identity of both nominees. I blogged about the shoot in a previous post which you can read here. Dan chose to select the image I made of Theron Humphrey while on assignment for the magazine for inclusion in the Ten Best Traveler Photos of 2012. Thank you Dan and National Geographic Traveler for this outstanding honor! You can see all ten pictures and Dan’s comments by clicking on the image below.
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The opening reception is on September 5th. Unfortunately, (or rather fortunately!), I have an assignment on the Oregon Coast at that time so I will not be in attendance. However, I encourage anyone in the area to go and see the exhibition.
More information, including gallery hours and location, can be found here.
If you aren’t in the Puget Sound area, my work will also be included in a show opening September 5th at the Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts in Portland, Oregon. The show is entitled, “The Unseen Eye.” My piece that is being shown is part of curator W.M. Hunt’s personal collection. He purchased, “Neurasthenia #1,” and it has been chosen for exhibition at Blue Sky.
To view more of my personal work, you can do so by visiting seubertfineart.com
If you are interested in purchasing available work, you may contact any of the following galleries:
Thank you for your time!
Posted in art, art show, conceptual photography, fine art, fine art photography, gallery opening, multimedia, QR Codes, semaphore code, tagged alternative process, art, biennial, contemporary art, Disjecta, fine art photography, installation art, multimedia, museum, performance, photos, QR Codes, Semaphore, video on August 18, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Yet another long overdue post…
This year I was one of 24 artists/teams selected for the citywide Oregon Biennial, Portland2012 which was held earlier this year. Portland2012, the Biennial of Contemporary Art, is a major survey of work by visual artists who are defining and advancing the contemporary arts landscape in the state. The show was presented by Disjecta and curated by Prudence F. Roberts.
My installation at Disjecta is titled, “The Digital Divide,” and consists of a series of QR codes installed in the gallery which, when scanned with a smart phone or other hand-held device, takes the viewer to videos and/or text. The artist statement follows below. You can view the installation on my fine art web site here. The videos can be watched by scanning the QR codes from your computer screen, or by visiting the multimedia portion of my web site. I would like to thank the fabulous people at Disjecta, Ms. Roberts, Marc Greenfield and all the volunteers that helped make this piece possible. Tri-Met was a wonderful sponsor and included some stills from the videos on the sides of buses and on bus stop shelters throughout the city of Portland.
The following is the artist statement for the piece:
To explore ideas of toxic waste, environmental impact due to rapid changes in technology, specifically communications technology, I have chosen to create a series of videos, which are accessible via QR codes using smart-phone technology. New methods of communication, (cell phones, smart phones, computers), have created forms of consumption which have had a direct correlation to the environmental impact of that consumption. Although not obvious, many natural resources are used to manufacture technological goods that we now rely on for communication. These materials are often harvested from third world nations, the most famous example being the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the thirst for Colton has fueled violent conflict. Some heavy metals are used in the manufacturing of communication technology such as cadmium, lead and arsenic. The rapid change in such things as processor speed and memory capacity has led to an enormous turnover in electronic hardware waste. (One statistic cites that the performance values of Information and Communication Technology double every 18 months.)
QR (Quick Response) codes are a type of matrix barcode, which consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. They were designed by the Japanese in the early 1990′s to track vehicles during the manufacturing process. The use of the QR code is growing as a point-of-purchase symbol, where the consumer can scan the code and be taken to a video about whatever product to which the code is connected. The codes can be used for urls, text or numeric information. The problem is that the consumer must have a smart phone, access to the Internet and the application that allows the camera to read the code. Using QR codes as a method of communication, in order to see the actual visual information it conveys, most of which could normally be seen using our eyes through traditional media, one must use a camera. Eyes will simply no longer suffice to handle the task of reading, (i.e de-coding), the image.
Semaphore signal videos installed on the Internet, transmitted to the viewer via QR codes, emphasizes the digital divide that is currently prevailing in our global culture.
Working on the assumption that most viewers of this piece will not be able to read the semaphore signals as letters, (which form a sentence relevant to each location where the video was made), and that there will also be a number of viewers who will not have the relevant technology to read the QR codes, the piece will have effectively alienated the viewer from at least one critical portion of the piece, therefore encompassing both ends of the digital divide. I chose to use the Semaphore code because it is being phased out as a means of communication. Although it is still used in certain military situations, (such as refueling ships or moving munitions at sea), it will soon be gone as a method of communication. The Semaphore Flags system is used for conveying information at a distance by means of visual signals with hand-held flags.