Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sharon Core Lecture at Photo Fest

Went to the Sharon Core lecture on Saturday at Photo Festival in DUMBO. The detailed problem solving she does as a part of recreating paintings as photographs is mind boggling. It seems to me that Core must come to occupy the psychological space of the artist's work in an unprecedented and unanticipated way. Core even grows her own antique varieties of vegetables for props, in the case of the Raphael Peale "Early American" series of images she is working on. The rhythms of this kind of work are necessarily slow, timed to the growing season.

I learned that Core trained as a painter, and she uses these skills in her photos, painting in the shadows and the surfaces in the photographs, and then lighting on top of those. Shown here is one from the "Early American" series, a personal favorite because it shows jimpson weed (Datura stramonium), a highly poisonous plant that is also used as a hallucinogen.

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