Thursday is Museum day in Minneapolis. Lecture talks at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center (my old work place) is free from 5pm-9pm. I could make a long blog of all great things I saw today including the dramatic Sports Show, the Frank Gaard show, and the bizarre and fascinating Lifelike exhibition at the Walker. However, the most potent artist's I ran across today was photographer Tina Barney and musician Julianna Barwick.
Today, I met my Grandma and her friend at the lecture and slideshow of photographer Tina Barney. I honestly had not heard of her or her work prior to this lecture. Here is a good Tina Barney link to see some of her incredible photographs.
Tina Barney's photographs are incredibly complex and brilliantly composed. I found myself drooling over the narratives, textures and colors. She talked a lot about repetition and negative space and how different parts of her photos played off other elements in the same photo. When I got to my parents house after the lecture I decided to take two photos of my parents trying to use some of the ideas that Barney was speaking about. Here is what I came up with:
If you happen to be reading this, I would love your impression of the two photos. Which one is more compelling, visually interesting and what narratives do they suggest?
Later that night I sped off to the Walker Art Center to visit old friends and the new shows. Little did I know that Julianna Barwick was performing some impressive surreal looping vocals in one of the galleries.
Juliana Barwick, who I also had not heard of before being pleasantly surprised by her mid-gallery performance, was incredible. The gallery sound shot her vocals right through your soul, and by the end of each 10 minute song it sounded like gangs of singing angels flying over your heard. If you are not familiar with her music, I highly suggest looking her up.
If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy my other posts about photography. You might also enjoy learning about all of my art hunts across the country. Remember also to check back every Friday to see Sketchbook Fridays.