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One Week Away!

Posted in Jason Gray with tags , on November 11, 2012 by Jason Gray

If you are in St. Louis, you should definitely stop by!


I’m Back!!

Posted in 35mm, Art, Jason Gray, Photography, St. Louis with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2012 by Jason Gray

Not really, but I wanted to take the opportunity provided by a sleepy Darteboard Sunday to announce my new photo venture, Photo Flood Saint Louis.

Photo Flood STL is a group of photographers (currently 50 strong and growing) whose collective aim is to create a sort of photographic map to St. Louis. At our events, we set a map with parameters for where we can wander, and then we go forth and shoot. Later on, the best of our shots are added to the blog. Click on either link to see the results of our first Photo Flood, which took place in Downtown.

Now, back to your regular programming….


Posted in abstract, Art, Jason Gray with tags , , , , on May 25, 2012 by Jason Gray

As some of you may know, I am experiencing two significant moments of my life (adopting/becoming a parent and going back to school), and this has made it very difficult to continue to post my weekly contributions to d’Arte Board. So, with some regret, I am resigning from my post at this blog. I have made several excellent friends, and many more interesting acquaintances, through d’Arte Board, and I hope that you all will follow my much less frequent posts to my personal blog, Hours of Idleness.

Nonetheless, I have invited my friend, Galina Todorova, to take over for me. Galina is a noted painter who lives and works in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Her posts will begin next Friday, so please show her some support. I have spent many long hours discussing painting with her, and I feel like her points of view and passion for art will be a welcome addition to d’Arte Board.

I have included a few examples of her work after the jump–> Continue reading

Donna Summer

Posted in Jason Gray with tags , on May 18, 2012 by Jason Gray

It’s been a rough week in terms of producing artwork. Unfortunately also, Donna Summer died, and so here’s a Friday night music video tribute:

Andreas Gursky

Posted in Jason Gray with tags on May 11, 2012 by Jason Gray

Many people know Andreas Gursky from the prices that his images command (twice, his photographs have set records for the amount paid), and possibly also for their scale (his images often are printed as large as some Abstract Expressionist works).  However, Gursky is less understood for his approach to photography, an approach that is as equally contemplative as it is controlled.

“The significant step from representational depiction to representational photographic design comes when the subject, the motif, is no longer shot for its own sake, but is demoted from its own meaning to the status of an object of the design intention.”[1] This quote summates the transition, from one to the other, of the two major, Post-Modern approaches to representational photography, New Topographics and the Dusseldorf School.  While included in the first New Topographics exhibition, Hilla and Bernd Becher were technically the founders of the Dusseldorf School.  The Bechers’ students at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in Germany, and those students’ intellectual diaspora, represented this new approach, which differed primarily from the first one in that, while the New Topographics were engaged in showing the results of human occupation (depiction), the Dusseldorf School were interested in reorganizing the world in front of their camera (human beings or not) in a way that suited their vision (design).  This photography, including Gursky’s, is formally a way of cataloguing according to common references, like books in a library, but not so much according to the subject as the photographer’s handling of it. Continue reading

Pieter Hugo

Posted in Art with tags on May 4, 2012 by Jason Gray

Pieter Hugo, Cape Town, 2004 (click pic to go to his website)

Photography’s strength is not in straight, historical documentation. This is because photographic truth is always a distortion of reality. To accept the reality inside a photograph as actual reality is to negate the unique and important relationship between the photographer and the viewer. Pieter Hugo has added, saying, “The power of photography is inherently voyeuristic, but I want that desire to look to be confronted.”` This is an attitude with pedigree; one which many photographers, as opposite as Graciela Iturbide and Ansel Adams, adhered to in some degree, but Hugo pushes the example one step further. In the photographs of his home continent of Africa, Mr. Hugo seems to question the role of his viewers (and himself) in the situations that he photographs, and although his images often seem exotic, it is impossible to avoid experiencing an underlying human connection to the pictures. In an Aperture story“ on the photographer, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen quoted the novelist John Fowles to explain this phenomena: “All human modes of description (photographic, mathematical…) are metaphorical. Even the most precise scientific description of an object or a movement is a tissue of metaphors.”“` Law-Viljoen commenced to add, “Hugo understands that a photographic metaphor, a way of describing something through reference to something else, is created as much by the elements inside the frame of the image itself as by the carefully chosen distance, what I have called the critical zone, from the photographer’s lens to his subject. It is within this zone that Hugo maneuvers through the muddy waters of political engagement, documentary responsibility, and the relationship of these to his own aesthetic.” Continue reading


Posted in Jason Gray with tags , on April 13, 2012 by Jason Gray

My wife and I are adopting, which is a darn expensive process. If you’d like to help, and are in the area, please consider stopping by the Trivia Night fundraiser mentioned above. If you are not near St. Louis, and you don’t find my Friday posts too annoying, feel free to contribute by using our Paypal option here.