Kevin Cooley

LGA Landing Pattern in Brooklyn

LGA Final Approaches over Queens

Photography is by nature an exploration of time. The blink of an eye may be frozen by the shutter. Or in the case of this series, many minutes or even hours add up to construct a single image punctuated by the paths of commercial airplanes traversing the night skies. These white streaks, the only aspect of the planes visible in the photographs, are created by the landing and navigation lighting on every plane. Each line represents the amount of time it takes a commercial flight to pass through the frame. The work pays respect to pioneering photographers Edward Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey, and their studies of motion, while representing the passage of time in an unfamiliar, challenging, and visually rewarding manner.

In photographing from residential and often marginal areas immediately surrounding large commercial airports, a sense of grace, solitude, and quiet peacefulness is created from the otherwise hectic airport environments. Gone are the long lines, the anxieties, and even the massive planes themselves. The audience is challenged to consider this work as metaphor for our desire for escape and the increasingly interconnected world in which we live. Ultimately, they are asked to reflect on the impact of all of this on the environment.

CRITICAL MASS TOP 50, 2007 – Kevin Cooley

Celeste Fichter

P.S.; 28 Afterthoughts in Search of Before, 2007
Running Time: 4:51 mins
Celeste Fichter – Brooklyn New York

P.S.; 28 Afterthoughts in Search of Before, 2007, is a single-channel 5 minute video that imagines postscripts to stories that have never been told. While each of the 28 afterthoughts suggest that they could be the beginning, middle or ending to an unknown narrative, they are independent ideas and in fact their own short stories; some as short as a second.

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SPE National Student Scholarship Call for Entry


Download student scholarship entry form
Deadline: November 11, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

About the National Conference:

Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts
47th SPE National Conference
March 4-7, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA

This is a tremendous time for diversity. The United States has seen her first president of color sworn into office, and Iceland has just elected the world’s first openly gay prime minister. Yet ask a photography student for the names of five photographers of diverse backgrounds and they will probably fumble. Just as in political life, the demographics of diversity are also shifting in the photographic arts, but this diversity is slow to make its way into galleries, textbooks, and the awareness of those in the industry.

SPE’s 47th National Conference in Philadelphia, “Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts,” will examine how photographers of diverse backgrounds participate in the art world today and how these artists are being received. The conference will look at inclusivity, diversity within diversity, and the various perspectives on the changing cultural dynamics of this country. It strives to bring together curious minds in celebration of the achievements by artists of all backgrounds.

For photographic educators, artists and scholars, the conference programming will:
• Discuss what diversity means within the framework of photography
• Examine how artists have expressed themselves on the topics of race, culture, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, sexual preference, and age
• Identify how these issues are being discussed in the art world and in the classroom today
• Investigate the vocabulary required to discuss diversity in the arts today

Hannah Frieser
Miriam Romais
2010 Conference Co-Chairs

About the City:
Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love,” is an ideal setting for this conference’s theme, as the city received its name from one of its most famous citizens, William Penn, who saw his tract of land as a place where people from every background could live together in peace and harmony. Philadelphia is known for its historical landmarks and cultural riches, ranging from the Liberty Bell to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The conference hotel, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, is conveniently set in a very walkable downtown area that provides a wealth of art venues, restaurants, and shopping.

About the 2010 Conference:
The Philadelphia conference marks a unique partnership between SPE and EnFoco to better address issues of diversity within the field of photography. En Foco is a non-profit photography organization dedicated to nurturing and supporting photographers of diverse cultures, primarily those of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific.

Amy Hauft Lecture – today 9/10

Photo credit: Jack Risley

September 10, 2009
Amy Hauft
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 2008
5:30 p.m.

Amy Hauft grew up in Southern California, earning her Bachelors in Art from the University of California Santa Cruz. From there, she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on scholarship, and subsequently earned her Masters of Fine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She then moved to New York City. Hauft has exhibited her large-scale architectural installations in museums and galleries world-wide including the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum, the International Artists Museum (Poland), The American Academy in Rome, PS1 Museum, Wesleyan University Gallery, USC Atelier Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Galleryaaa, Sculpture Center, etc. She has been the recipient of numerous significant grants including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (twice), the St. Gaudens Foundation Fellowship, PEW Foundation Philadelphia Exhibition Initiatives, the Howard Foundation Fellowship and a Public Art Fund Grant. She has been awarded residencies that have allowed her to work in different parts of the world including the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Umbria, Italy and the International Artists Residency Fellowship in Poland. Ms. Hauft taught for many years at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, moving from Assistant to Full Professor. She taught for one year on the school’s Rome campus. She was recently selected to Chair the Sculpture Department at Virginia Comonwealth University.

Exhibition on View:
September 10 – October 09, 2009
Amy Hauft: Counter Re-Formation
Don Desmett, curator

090909 is released

P2P ART – Peer to Peer ART

Art made for – and only available on – the peer to peer networks. The original artwork is first shared by the artist until one other user has downloaded it. After that the artwork will be available for as long as other users share it. The original file and all the material used to create it are deleted by the artist. ”There’s no original”. A project from Swedish artist Anders Weberg started in 2006. P2P Art – The aesthetics of ephemerality.