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Six Degrees of Summer: Part V—Guest curator, Claudia Seymour, was unavailable for August, so Barebrush CEO and founder, Ilene Skeen, selected the Curators' Choice nominees. All Barebrush curators will still have the opportunity to see the art and vote on the selections. The public also votes in the Curators' Choice poll.
Ms. Skeen selected Russian girl with accordion by Sergey Jeliseieff of St. Petersburg, Russia to launch the month. She said, "The complexity of this image is intriguing. I like the contrast of nakedness and slender fragility of the woman's body with her determined, worldly wise expression, her polka dot headscarf and the incongruity of the accordion balanced on her thigh." Ms. Skeen also selected Embrace by William Zuback of West Allis, WI, saying "the composition of this casual close up is arresting, startling." Her third choice also presents an unusual viewpoint. "The satin-like sheen of a tapestry pattern is an almost shocking contrast to the discovery of the actual repeated image and the play of the pink against green in the background gradient. Sophisticated."
Ms. Skeen added:
I really enjoy looking at the art each month and my anthropology training has helped me understand the principles which underlie the selection and enjoyment of art. After years of observation and listening to comments from curators, casual art viewers and collectors, I realized all people who are comfortable judging art, although they may have widely varying aesthetics and approaches always looks for three fundamentals when selecting art: skill, importance and emotion. In photography, that skill translates to the capture of a dramatic or unusual moment, a play of light and shadow, exquisite or novel representation of the forms, or ingenious design. The importance could relate to the representational subject. It could be a new or unusual way of focusing on the subject. Emotion, of course, answers the experiential question: Why do we bother to look at all? It could be any emotion or even a display of restraint when overt emotion would be expected. I also did my best to relate how each Curators' Choice nominee struck me as far as one or more of these factors.
Six photographs in this calendar are retiring having now been selected for three calendars. These are: Botanical Garden by Bare Ass Art Studio-Gabe Edwards of Lutz, FL; Vera_V_7-27-12--04AC and also Carling_D_8-09-11--1AB by Dan McCormack of Accord, NY; Night Post by Joseph Mays of Louisville, KY; Kaleidoscope Studio 10 by William Thierfelder of Bayport NY; and Shaving the Angel by Gabriel Sanchez from Mexico City , Mexico.
About Relaxing by Peter King of Cochiti Lake, NM, Ms. Skeen noted, "In the thumbnail, this image is indecipherable, but a look at the full picture presents us with the startling analogy of a sheltering chrysalis protecting a later to emerge human butterfly. Sweet dreams."
The 31 artists represented in August, 2013, in day order are:
1* Serge Lis, 2 Serge Lis, 3 Serge Lis, 4 Serge Lis, 5 Tony Lee, 6 Tony Lee, 7 Tony Lee, 8 Tony Lee, 9 Peter Wong King, 10 Peter Wong King, 11 William Zuback, 12* William Zuback, 13 William Thierfelder, 14* William Thierfelder, 15 William Thierfelder, 16 William Thierfelder, 17 Dan McCormack, 18 Dan McCormack, 19 William Zuback, 20 Peter Wong King, 21 Peter Wong King, 22 Janet E Gorman, 23 Corrie Ancone, 24 Robert Ferguson, 25 Gabriel Sanchez, 26 Joseph Mays, 27 Bare Ass Art Studio-Gabe Edwards, 28 Bare Ass Art Studio-Gabe Edwards, 29 Bare Ass Art Studio-Gabe Edwards, 30 Dan Simoneau, ISAP, 31 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald.
Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings for each artwork included in this calendar. Three artists, indicated by asterisks (*
), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards
. Curators’ Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top artist receives an additional prize.
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 September 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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*Curators' Choice nominee