Penelope Umbrico Lecture
I enjoyed how she thought out side of the box; exploring what her media could do. I think that it's interesting how people get so upset that she uses images that she finds. The idea of authorship comes to mind; when I look at how people are upset about her using peoples photographs. She is not using photos that were intended for art. She is using them to produce a work of art of her own. The work would not be as strong if she did not create the dialog with the audience.
The images that she makes are her art and have a strong signature look. People would never question a painter's work of a still-life's or of a landscape. Those images are not created from their imagination purely. All artists are affected but the images around them, either man made or natural objects in the world.
She has done what I am set out to do; produce work that has something that sets it apart from others. I really enjoyed her craigslist works because she is truly taking an everyday image, created to explain what the item for sale looks like, and then she looks at the images to create a story with them. She was able to find items and images that the person taking the picture may not have ever looked at or thought of. (reflections and unnecessary objects in the photo).
This was one of the better lectures this year because she took the time to explain her processes.