Sunday, January 30, 2011

WSU Photography Prof. Marilyn Zimmerwoman makes an appearance on ‘The Steve Barman Show’


Photo: Photograph by Erin Miller used by permission.
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I was glad to see Wayne State University Professor Zimmerwoman receive the recognition she deserves in this recent interview by Steve Barman. To read my recent article on examiner.com click here.
 
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To watch the taped second episode in its entirety click here or follow the link http://thestevebarmanshow.thecaid.org/

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Interesting discussion today regarding  Suzie Gablik's book entitled 'Has Modernism Failed'. One of the authors arguments was that today's art world is divided into two aesthetic camps, those that believe art for art's sake, and those that believe all art is political. This discussion prompted a heated debate in my group.

I'm kind of on the fence between the two arguments, but I feel it is impossible for any artist to leave out his, or hers, personal beliefs and life experiences when creating art. The art a person chooses to produce and create says a lot about that person as an individual.

Not too long ago, I had the unfortunate experience of showing a PowerPoint of  my self-portraits in a class and I was bombarded by questions as to, "Why? Why? Why? Why do  you photographed yourself?" I was even accused of being narcissistic.

My answer was that I do it because I enjoy practicing Adobe photoshop on my images. My answer wasn't good enough. I was suddenly under attack.  I felt like I was defending myself against a hostile audience.

 "There's more to it than that." They insisted. "It goes deeper...there's got to be an underlying motive." was my audiences unanimous response.

Well after this discussion I guess maybe there is more to it... and when I seek psychoanalysis and find the hidden meaning behind my work I promise to disclose the true reason.!  =)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Medium (the televison series) canceled?!

Can I just say I was really bummed to discover that Medium was canceled?  In my opinion it was one of the few shows on television with quality writing and actors. I literally cried as I watched the final episode...it was so sad. =(

Why doesn't the Networks realise a good thing when they have it in their lineup?  I usually watched it online on Fancast.com when I missed an episode.

I am hoping a new Network will  'pick it up' and that that last episode was just one big nightmare (like Dallas, lol!).

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Painting Coast to Coast Art Exhibit January 21 through March 11, 2011



James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History
480 W. Hancock St., Detroit, MI 48202; Phone 313-993-7813
art@wayne.edu
Contact:Thomas L. Pyrzewski tpyrzewski@wayne.edu
Hours of operation: Tuesdays through Thursdays 10AM-6PM and Fridays 10AM-7PM

The opening exhibit was a success. To see additional photos click here.  To read the article click here





Exhibiting artists include the following;
Rollin Beamish, Linda Besemer, Morgan Craig, Adrian Deckbar, Angela Dufresne, Chris Gallagher, Dick Goody, Laurie Hogin, Ashley Hope, Chris Hyndman, Matt Martin,   Larry Bob Phillips,     Holly Roberts, Mark Sengbusch, Kevin Tolman,  and  Alison Wong
This exhibition has been curated by Adrian Hatfield and Margi Weir. ~ http://art.wayne.edu/files/coast.pdf

WSU Painting Coast to Coast Discussion

Last Thursday, January 20th, 2011, I photographed the panel discussion held at the Shaver Music Recital Hall located on the WSU campus.  It was a great presentation, and the art work was outstanding. =)


The panel consisted of exhibiting artists Rollin Beamish, Morgan Craig, Chris Gallagher, Dick Goody, Larry Bob Phillips, and Alison Wong. The discussion was moderated by Adrian Hatfield and Margi Weir.




Saturday, January 22, 2011

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During my recent class tour to the Mariners Inn I had the pleasure of meeting Maurice "Moe" Hunter. He was a very pleasant fellow who proudly showed us his Mosaic art pieces. It would seem that art has played a huge role in aiding his healing, his addictions, and turning his life around.

I was so impressed by his obvious enthusiasm I decided to feature him in my examiner.com article. Since I hadn't taken any photos of his work, Moe was kind enough to send me photos via cell phone (too bad I hadn't thought to use my cell phone at the time!)

Well wonders never cease... but due to some technical glitch with my editorial tools at examiner.com I am unable to add slide shows at this time. What a great thing that I started this blog so I can feature his photos here. 
Mosaic by Maurice "Moe" Hunter

Thank you Moe for sending me the photos! Hopefully I will soon be able to share with my examiner.com readers =)







Mosaic by Maurice "Moe" Hunter

Mosaic by Maurice "Moe" Hunter
 
Mosaic by Maurice "Moe" Hunter


Mosaic by Maurice "Moe" Hunter

All photos featured in this blog entry are the property of Maurice "Moe" Hunter. (c) All rights reserved.  Photo of Maurice "Moe" Hunter by Tanya Britt, eyesonuphoto.

Friday, January 21, 2011

What is blogging?

A good friend of mine that I invited to follow my blog asked me on Facebook, "Tanya? what exactly is blogging?"


My answer was as follows, "Blogging is keeping an online journal of sorts...like a personal diary you share with the world. My blogging is an article of sorts that I don't get paid for...but it shines positive light into a dark world of negativity. ;)

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As a photographer you are advised to carry your camera with you at all times. The reasoning behind this is that you don’t want to miss out on a photo opportunity. So of course I make a point of taking my camera everywhere... to the market, to my classes, to the mall, to restaurants… and pretty much everywhere else. Well alas the evening of the class bus tour I was indeed without my camera.


There were some great photos to be taken but regretfully I could not take them. I could have kicked myself. It wasn’t until the last stop that I got the idea to use my camera on my cell phone. This was short lived because my cell phone memory was quickly full to capacity.


I have posted the few photos I was able to take at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  The portrait of President Obama was done by children using dominos!  The other photos lining the walls in the hospital corridors were also done by children. Art is a beautiful thing; it does amazing things to brighten up an otherwise intimidating and scary environment for children as well as adults.


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I am very excited about an art history class that takes students out into the immediate community to make a difference in the lives of others. Our recent bus tour took us to learn about the programs at four WSU Community Partner's locations within the city of Detroit.

The establishments we visited were Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Mariners Inn, Heidelberg Project Office, and Children’s Hospital of Michigan. WSU Students are given the option to volunteer their individual talents as artist in the program of their choice. This unique experience gives me, and fellow students, the opportunity to make a difference in the community.



I had no idea that programs such as those we learned about were playing such an important role in enriching the lives of others with art. These programs make art accessible to those who might not otherwise benefit from the exposure of seeing art and creating art.

Please click on the hyperlink/highlighted words to read my Examiner.com article written on the subject.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 20, 2011

Blog set up =)

Tanya Britt, eyesonuphoto in the city of Detroit.
Today is the day of my blogs birth! My intentions are to shine light on positive issues.