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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Americo Gariety - Wilfull Suspense

Oct 12, 2016

For the past several years, I have been continually fascinated by how choice and belief relate to each other and with how choice and belief relate to truth. The work Willful Suspense is born out of my interest in process—the process and the rationalizations that occur in the mind as one consciously rejects belief. I hope to analyze how belief and belief systems translate directly to truth in the mind of the believer and in the process of separating belief from truth in the attempt to understand and become truly objective. I chose to shoot 35mm, black and white photos because of the relationship that analog photography has to both truth and deciet. I wanted the photographs to portray the real world while, at the same time, referencing supernatural moments of semi-lucid dreaming that occur between being awake and falling asleep. To create this world, I hope to use altered and contradicting perspectives to add an extra sense of depth to a two dimensional surface. I hope to create a world that retains a sense of believability while at the same time being completely unbelievable and false. An in-between world where perfect balance is never quiet achieved, and where doubt and uncertainty are welcome guests in the questioning of space. In conclusion, my main goal with this project is born out of a deep yearning to better understand myself and my choices. I want to understand the things that are true that I choose to not believe in. I was captivated by the role of doubt in my life and doubt’s role in choice. I hoped to achieve a sense of weightlessness and convey that floating sensation of numbness right before sleep comes. I want to understand general disinterest within my family associated with reasoning and critical thinking. I am interested in the reasoning behind purposefully suspending belief. I also hope to pinpoint the moment when belief in something stops becoming a choice and turns into a reality. Is what we believe always true? Do we always believe the truth?

Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

Natalia Marzec – Specere

Oct 18, 2016 - Americo Gariety

Natalia Marzec is an artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Her recently published photobook, Specere, was shortlisted for the Unseen Dummy Award and was displayed in Amsterdam at the Unseen Photo Festival. From statement

This project is a photographic exploration of the concept of stigma in relation to individuals with Lyme Disease. As suggested by Goffman, the stigma is created when the individual feels he or she is not fulfilling social expectations and standards of how individual should look or behave. In the case of patients with Lyme Disease, it is their ‘imagined’  and unexplained sickness that becomes a stigmatizing experience, as the individual fails to meet stereotyped expectations that are implied in social actions. Prejudice and discrimination towards individuals with Lyme Disease causes embarrassment where the individual may feel ashamed and may hide chronic symptoms. 

The body of work is inspired by Sartre’s concept of visibility which suggests that the individual’s perception of itself depends on intersubjective relation of being observed and judged by onlooker. Sartre argues that we become self-critical, as we see ourselves through perspective of the observer, ‘’I see myself because somebody sees me’ (Sartre, J , 1977: 260) which is a reference to being publicly visible and being-seen-by-another. 

The project is focused on creating a strong visual expression of individual’s state while being aware of issues of visibility and sickness. I am constructing images that show the relationship of power between spectator and the subject matter. Through managing the model’s and its relation to spectator, I am recreating the imbalanced power relationship experienced by ill and stigmatised patients with Lyme Disease in these images and I am making visual connections to landscape, symptomatology and the phenomenological experience of being objectified. I have implied specific body language and photographic composition that creates connotations that are decoded by the spectator on the unconscious level.

Jacob Haupt – Blood Quest

Oct 17, 2016 - Americo Gariety

Jacob Haupt (b. 1989) D&D. Video Games. Magic. Jokes. Sadness. Fantasy. Fear. Yearning. Love. Wanting. Returning. Statement So far I haven’t met a wizard, pulled a magical sword from a stone, or become a half-vampire.  A love of fantasy does not necessarily equate to a disinterest in reality, but it does cultivate a unique loneliness. Blood Quest isn’t a story that can be read, a game that can be played, or a surrogate for adventures of the fantastic sort that life seems to lack, but it is something that I can see.

An Unfailing Result

Oct 15, 2016 - Americo Gariety

An Unfailing Result is a project that was born from loss, a transition that led me from complete and undying belief to utter faithlessness. During this transition, I desperately attempted to reconcile my beliefs with the new information I was acquiring, new information which completely disproved the base of my beliefs. This change, although extremely confusing and painful, opened up entire worlds of thought that had been closed to me in the impenetrable bubble of my faith. In my repurposing of commercially produced religious photographs and imagery that surrounded me as a child, An Unfailing Result is an exploration into the (old) new worlds that have now become available to me because of this beautifully painful process.

Noah Jackson – Hymns

Oct 14, 2016 - Americo Gariety

Noah Jackson's (b. 1994) Hymns is a solemn ode to creation. Noah's playful and funny creatures reside in worlds all their own, and reign over the nothingness in of the strange places have been created for them. They take on a creationist role themselves, and feel almost like Gods in their own contemplative and creative sphere. Holy holy holy.   Statement Hymns is a tribute to the sweetness and bitterness of feeling lonely. I am beginning to understand the world around me by archiving friends and dreamscapes that exist in these imaginary places. In these venues heavenly feelings are complicated and Godlike creatures feel bored or sad.  Knowledge comes in halves and pieces and the desire to become fluent and natural fades in and out.

Daniele Vickers – Simulacra

Oct 13, 2016 - Americo Gariety

Images. Representations. Daniele Vickers' Simulacra lives in a quiet and somber tension that seeks to identify and examine relationships between "what is perceived to be real and what is perceived to reference reality via a photograph." Daniele cuts, burns, crumbles, and even takes out the trash in her representation of her found photographs as she plays with their relationships to "real" objects in "real" space. The images are layered on top of one another in their meta-examination of the act of "seeing" and how "seeing" informs our perception of what is true. Daniele is currently pursuing her MFA in Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.