W. o’ W.: Robert Frank

“You are free and you risk something by taking a photograph. It’s not taking a snapshot of your sister. You risk because this is maybe not the way people think one should photograph. So you go out on a more different road. There is a risk involved in that. And I think if an artist doesn’t take risks, then it’s not worth it.”

Ecce ICCI.

Click on the writings to enlarge and read.

Once again, the participating artists were Karlee Wech, Stephanie Washko, Stephanie Walterman, Hana Vanderveen, Katie Strack, Brooke Schocker, Hayley Schaut, Sean Ruffatti, Marcus Rowe, Margaret Rajic, Austin Presti, Sammy Padiak, Nikki Nixon, Kelly Neises, Elisabeth Monsen, Mackenzie Lestan, Duyen Le, Sarah Lagenstrass, Nicole Kornely, Cassidy Karwowski, Alex Hallerberg, Kailey Gilbert, Kaeley Ferguson, Maddie Carrigan, Olivia Bueno, Kyler Bruner, Sarah Betar, Morgan Behrens, and Grace Barbolla. (Go Google yourselves.) And thanks to all the insightful in-house reviewers, some of whom are represented here.

John Cleese Pontificates (appropriately).

Listen and learn.


He may not realize it, but he’s describing… the darkroom!

Deep Background on Duke Ellington





Woodman. And Meatyard.

This week’s review of the Francesca Woodman exhibit in New York City (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/16/arts/design/francesca-woodman-at-guggenheim-museum.html?scp=1&sq=woodman&st=cse) is balanced and insightful, but something occurred to me which has never come up in my decades of paging through monographs, down in the dank darkroom: how much influence was there on Ms. Woodman from one Ralph Eugene Meatyard? Look at these jpegs of their images and see if you can guess, completely correctly, whose is whose. Oh, sure, one can easily point out the differences, but look at the similarities.

ICCI Reinvents Itself

The Interstate Creative Camerawork Invitational is back after a year’s hiatus. Participating schools include Schaumburg, Lincoln High in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Lake Zurich, Cary-Grove, Buffalo Grove, and good ol’ BHS.

No awards per se this time, but certificates of participation all around.

Ms. Covelli of LZ chose to attend over another event at their school (I always thought she was brilliant and perceptive).

The show is so wide-ranging that it’s diffcult to know where to look.

Get in to see everything tomorrow or Friday; don’t try on Monday or Tuesday (some sort of SWAT training will make a visit to the school potentially life-threatening); after spring break, the AP Seniors exhibit will displace this stuff fairly rapidly.

Artists in the exhibit are Grace Barbolla, Morgan Behrens, Sarah Betar, Kyler Bruner, Olivia Bueno, Maddie Carrigan, Kaeley Ferguson, Kailey Gilbert, Alex Hallerberg, Cassidy Karwowski, Nicole Kornely, Sarah Lagenstrass, Duyen Le, Mackenzie Lestan, Elisabeth Monsen, Kelly Neises, Nikki Nixon, Sammy Padiak, Austin Presti, Margaret Rajic, Marcus Rowe, Sean Ruffatti, Hayley Schaut, Brooke Schocker, Katie Strack, Hana Vanderveen, Stephanie Walterman, Stephanie Washko, and Karlee Wech.

I *Saw* Hendrix, Man.

It’s true. July or August of 1968, Auditorium Theatre. The clincher for me was that The Soft Machine opened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwo3ht8sxJo&feature=related (I already had their LP). All this came flooding back (and yes, I do remember the ’60s) when I came across this record of a vibrant performance.