Hey Nina, welcome to WB, so you are currently studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art, can you give us an insight into your University life and what projects you are currently up to?
Life at MICA is pretty busy these days. I’m graduating in December, so I’ve been working on my thesis. Alterity is a sort of study of the semiotics of poetic language. The meaning of a poem is formed contextually, in the way individual words bump up against each other. I’m applying the same logic to the way I arrange my images, re-contextualized into sequences and “stanzas.” I’m also working on a book that dives into a recent obsession with scaffolding. It’s a mix of photographs, scanned drawings, lithographic and letterpress prints, and a bit of writing.
Your work is very natural and fluid, how are you taking your pictures, do you have a pre planned process?
I don’t really have a specific process when it comes to the act of photographing itself. I wish I was one of those people who makes images every day, but I’m not. I’ll travel somewhere, or go home to New York for a weekend and shoot a lot in a short span of time. I’ll work for a few weeks selecting images, editing, sequencing and re-sequencing, until I figure them out. I’m a big believer in letting the work dictate its own meaning. I also read a lot, which is a big part of my process.
I think the first image in the series ‘The difference between Poetry & Prose‘ is my favourite, where was that taken?
The Difference Between Poetry & Prose is the work I completed last summer in San Francisco, during a residency at the San Francisco Art Institute. That image specifically was taken in the courtyard at SFAI.
You have done your fair share of Artists in Residence and internships, what are the most useful things you have learnt thus far from them?
Each residency was an opportunity to be influenced by a new place, and a new group of people. I’ve grown tremendously from the friendships I’ve made, and since my process is very intuitive, a change in situation is a way to shift my own perspective on the work I’m making and how it relates to the work I’ve made previously.
What purpose does your collection of images on your blog serve?
My blog is kind of a public sketchbook. I post recent images, or sequences I’m “testing,” and I post a lot of quotes from things i’m reading. Sometimes I feel like I post more quotes than actual images, but I like using it as a bookmarking tool and a record of my thought process.
Eric Helgas is 22, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He recently received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Eric’s work revolves around media and its constructed realities and addresses ideas of desire, illusion and artifice.
If you are selling your work—and especially if you are selling your work without representation by a gallery or agent—you have probably found yourself scrambling to price your product, often with short notice, to capture a sale. You’ve probably also realized afterward that you didn’t take into account the overhead costs associated with that sale. Have you found yourself scribbling on scrap paper trying, with your pidgin math, to ricochet numbers off a price until you hear the mental “ding” of estimated tax coverage? There’s a better, simpler way.
If you STILL want an awesome solo exhibition this semester in the Wilgus Gallery, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for you guys!!
APPLICATIONS are due tomorrow SATURDAY, JANUARY 26th at MIDNIGHT to email@example.com!
To submit an application: email us a proposal of 5-10 images as well as a written artist statement and mention the level of completion your work is at (i.e. all my work is framed, my work can be framed/matted, the work is 80% complete, etc.)
We are really excited to announce the release of two publications in time for Printed Matter’s first LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown LA, January 31st – February 3rd, 2013.
The Master by Nicholas Gottlund is an examination of printing aberrations occurring as a result of both physical and digital interventions throughout the production process. Printed with a Risograph machine in an edition of 100. Pre-order here.
Suzanna Zak’s photographs, collected in Now Dim, are interpretations of the since commodified experience of the Carlsbad caverns now replete with guide rails, artificial lighting, and tours. Printed with a Risograph machine in an edition of 100. Pre-order here.
A signing for both releases will be held in the lobby of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on Friday, February 1st at 4pm. In conjunction with the fair we will be co-hosting a party with our friends Golden Spike Press. Details forthcoming!
APPLICATIONS are due THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th at MIDNIGHT to firstname.lastname@example.org!
To submit an application:
email us a proposal of 5-10 images as well as a written artist statement and mention the level of completion your work is at (i.e. all my work is framed, my work can be framed/matted, the work is 80% complete, etc.)
“Am I Invisible? A Portrait of New York Bicyclists” is an open call for photographs and photography-based art that capture the style and diversity of New York City’s distinctive bicycling community. A portion of the entry fee will be donated to Transportation Alternatives, New York…
I hope everyone is having a restful winter break! CAP applications for the spring semester are due Monday, February 4 by 4:30pm. As in the fall semester, we will accept all applications up until the due date. Placements will be made based on the office’s capacity, student interest, and availability.