Ad Reinhardt, How to Look at Art, Arts & Architecture, January 1947
all photographs © William Mebane
This is so great.
Just revisited a picture of my mom from 2011. It was on my first roll of medium format film with a shitty Yashica.
Hey y’allz. I made a new song!
Thanks to everyone that sat through my lecture in Portland. Not unlike juggling on a treadmill, it was a bit of a nerve-wracking experiment.
One of the things discussed in the lecture was the question I recently posed to William Eggleston. Yesterday Eggleston’s reply was published:
Alec Soth: A few years ago Robert Frank said, “There are too many images, too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. It’s just life. If all moments are recorded, then nothing is beautiful and maybe photography isn’t an art any more. Maybe it never was.” What do you think about this?
William Eggleston: I don’t disagree with any part of that statement.
Read Eggleston’s answers to other photographers, critics and curators HERE
These past two years I have been immersed in the world of EDM on account of dating a producer of this genre. After the first year we both realized that it was important that we needed to find common ground in both of our artist mediums so that an exchange of critique and dialog could exist in this artistic relationship. After showing me the M Machine and attending one of there shows it was almost the perfect balance between our two worlds. Their melodic structure paired with the visual interpretation of the song projected behind them allowed us to both to fully participate.
The M Machine is a reference to Fritz Lang’s silent movie “Metropolis”. This movie directed in 1927 is categorized in the art movement of German Expressionism right in the wake of World War II. The animated visuals associated with this movie that were projected during their set presented the connection of industrial progression and human disparity in the location of a futuristic city. This film was involved in the immense discussion throughout the art world of the celebration of the industrial revolution juxtaposed with the conditions and labor that accompanied. I’m really interested in finding out how if they see their music participating in this same critique.
Producing any type of art that is multilayered decreases it’s ability to quickly become unimaginative and unprogressive. I was really impressed with this artist collective and I hope to see more emerge in this same vein.
Been really busy with school lately and havent found a lot of time to photograph so I now photograph my schoolwork.
Took a great portrait of my great friend Jonathan Kane (aka Shreddie Mercury) the other day.