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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.

Maury Gortemiller - Do the Priest in Different Voices

May 28, 2014

My most profound childhood memory involves reading a family bible. The illustrations, mostly Baroque-era paintings, did not function as a mere visual embodiment of the text. Rather, the pictures communicated in a far more powerful language, evoking both comfort and trepidation. The words of the book provided little interest, but the imagery moved me to contemplate the unseen. It is the pictures I remember - not the words.

The imbalance remains when I consider the possibility of a personal faith. While I am ambivalent towards the old established narratives, the semblance of the mythical in the mundane enthralls. I identify this conflict in the everyday: objects and situations that are alternately ineffable, laughable, and at times terrifying.

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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.

The Texas Triangle

Jun 01, 2014 - Maury

If you haven't had a chance to view "Texas Triangle," the latest release in the Little Brown Mushroom Dispatch… well, it's sold out. However, I'm sure copies are available through various avenues. Alec Soth and Brad Zellar document, interrogate and rhapsodize on the facts and myths encountered during a three week Texas sojourn. The images are incredible. Here is a brief introduction from Magnum Photos: "From November 19 through December 3, 2013 the Little Brown Mushroom Dispatch was on the road in the Lone Star State, exploring the people, places, and mythology of the megapolitan area known as the Texaplex. Our rambles in this 60,000-square-mile, roughly triangular territory, home to more than 70% of the Texas population, included the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, Galveston, and San Antonio, as well as countless small communities where the Old South and the Wild West converge to create an utterly unique culture that continues to loom large in the national imagination. The results of those travels is Texas Triangle, which includes pictures and stories from the 50th anniversary of the J.F.K. assassination, Texas high school football playoffs, Thanksgiving in Houston, the birthplace of Jack Johnson, and the state’s 16th (and final) execution of 2013."

Breathe In and Disappear

- Maury

mg class="alignnone size-large wp-image-35657" src="" alt="The Competitive Apnea Project" width="852" height="700" /> Competitive Apnea is a term describing various extreme sports in which competitors attempt to hold a single breath underwater for a sustained period of time, often while swimming a certain distance or diving to a particular depth. Static Apnea entails holding one's breath for as long as possible while remaining relatively still. As a Static Apnea enthusiast since youth, I consistently train and exercise in hopes of competing in, and achieving an AIDA (International Association for Development of Apnea) record. Success, not to mention any sort of accolade, has eluded me so far. This photo series documents my Static Apnea career.

In Praise of Yellow

May 30, 2014 - Maury

Meditation on Yellow »The yellow of the Caribbean seen from Jamaica at three in the afternoon.« - Gabriel García Márquez 1 At three in the afternoon you landed here at El Dorado (for heat engenders gold and fires the brain) Had I known I would have brewed you up some yellow fever-grass and arsenic but we were peaceful then child-like in the yellow dawn of our innocence so in exchange for a string of islands and two continents you gave us a string of beads and some hawk’s bells which was fine by me personally for I have never wanted to possess things I prefer copper anyway the smell pleases our lord Yucahuna our mother Attabeira It’s just that copper and gold hammered into guanin worn in the solar pendants favoured by our holy men fooled you into thinking we possessed the real thing (you were not the last to be fooled by our patina) (more…)

The Unbearable Mystery and Pleasure of Summer Nights

May 29, 2014 - Maury

mg class="alignnone size-large wp-image-35614" src="/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/adams-house-705x700.jpg" alt="From "Summer Nights, Walking" by Robert Adams" width="705" height="700" /> Summer is still weeks away for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Here in Atlanta it's already too hot for pants and afternoon coffee. The heat becomes almost tolerable when the sun falls behind the Yellow Buckeyes in the park. As twilight unspools across the city I think of Robert Adams's "Summer Nights, Walking." Created over 30 years ago in Colorado, the high-contrast black and white images speak to the ennui that feels just a bit heavier when the mercury vapor lamps in the parking lot pop into existence. “What attracted me to the subjects at a new hour was the discovery then of a neglected peace … when … on summer nights … the sounds outside, after we call in children and close garage doors, are small –the whir of moths, the snap of a stick. . .” said Adams in the 1985 Aperture monograph. (more…)