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Outing Truth—Barebrush guest curator for October 2012 is an independent NY curator and adjunct professor of Art History at NY Institute of Technology. In selecting the photography for the October Photo Art N*des, she made the point that photography gets the artist directly to the image more quickly than painting, drawing or sculpture. For that reason, telling the truth requires more than just capturing an image or imposing a set of props on a scene. For Ms. Aptaker, truth is not about making a pretty picture—or a shocking one. There are three related aspects: first, that photography is the reality. It is the truth. Second, that photography tells us about the photographer as an artist, the photographer’s truth. Finally, this truth must be important, not trite, not trivial. Then the viewer is looking at a photograph worth seeing.
On selecting each photograph, Ms. Aptaker’s most frequent comment was, “I respect that.” To launch October, Ms. Aptaker selected Waiting by Mexican artist, Gabriel Sanchez. She also chose several others by Sanchez, especially enjoying, All Your Husbands. Another artist whose work she respected is a German ex-pat working in New York City, Guenter Knop. About Modern Times, Knop’s photo of a woman suspended in a scene of huge gears, she said, “Art Deco, Charlie Chaplin, 1930s.... That’s his reality. He lives there. I respect that.”
A third photographer also impressed Ms. Aptaker in this way. Choosing four photographs by Tony Lee of Panama, she commented. “He’s totally up front and honest, brutally honest. It may not be my aesthetic, but he is committed to it. I have to respect that.”
The retirement list is long and international: All Your Husbands by Gabriel Sanchez; three by Guenter Knop: Modern Times, Hold Me like the Sun, and Curve; Glow Dancer I by Anthony Gordon of Toronto; Luscious Scent by Corrie Ancone of Sydney, Australia; two by Dan McCormack of upstate New York, Katie_W_6-09-11--11AD and Eva_B_12-03-11--12AB; Goddess by Janet E Gorman of Long Island, NY; and Flowing by BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald of Kentucky. Artworks and photographs in three calendars are retired from competitions to keep the galleries fresh and the competions lively. Enjoy!
The 31 artists represented in October, 2012, in day order are:
1 Gabriel Sanchez, 2 Gabriel Sanchez, 3 Gabriel Sanchez, 4 Gabriel Sanchez, 5 Corrie Ancone, 6 Corrie Ancone, 7 Guenter Knop, 8 Dan McCormack, 9 Tony Lee, 10 Tony Lee, 11 Tony Lee, 12 Janet E Gorman, 13 Guenter Knop, 14 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 15 Joseph Mays, 16 Dan McCormack, 17 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 18 Corrie Ancone, 19 Dan McCormack, 20 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 21 Joseph Mays, 22 Janet E Gorman, 23 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 24 Tony Lee, 25 Matthew Smith, 26 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 27 Janet E Gorman, 28 Anthony Gordon, 29 Dan McCormack, 30 Guenter Knop, 31 William Thierfelder.
Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings for each artwork included in this calendar.
Viewers can also vote for “My Favorite PhotoArt N*de,”
a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in My Favorite PhotoArt N*
de win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced November 1st.
The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks that have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.
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