The Trade and Transformation show up at Tangent Gallery is really good and equally fun to have participated in!
Here's my finished piece. It's hard to tell from this rushed photo but I shot these 9 little pics with my iphone. After much resistance on my part I've decided that the iphone is my new favorite camera. The saturation is swell, it's super portable, and the reproduction quality is great.
When I first got my little cat I took several photos of it with my phone and then proceeded to shoot it in other scenarios, the last being a photo booth at UA Marketsquare. What's funny is that I was doing all this other stuff resisting the images I was getting with my phone because I felt like that wasn't legit even though those were the photos I liked best. In the end I took my cat to UA sat in the photo booth through three photo shoots and in the end I gave up and utilized the booth's blue backdrop to stage photos shot with my phone.
Once again I was that lady, who this time was the one in the theatre lobby photo booth taking pictures of her faux taxidermized cat. Not only was there no curtain for privacy but the booth also had a T.V. that replays your photo shoot to the theatre lobby with catchy little phrases scrolling beneath the screen like "What a face!," "say cheese," and "INSTANT REPLAY." I'm sure things only got more interesting when I resorted to the phone, ditching the main point of the booth entirely. It's interesting that the absurdity of these scenarios usually doesn't occur to me until I'm enacting them. The real gravity of the situation hit me when I entered the theatre and the usher stepped back and assessed me in a we 'got-a-live-one-on-our-hands' sort of way. I guess that's what happens when you walk into a movie theatre with a fake cat tucked under your arm. Fortunately, once you say the word artist everything is usually forgiven.
Back to the show.
Look at my little cat appearing to have been cornered by the group. This photo of the initial trade night is mega crap what with being a photo of a photo shot with an iphone. Despite all that though I love it!
Here are the shots of all the objects in the show pre-transformation. I'm really glad they weren't hung right by each work, especially given how transformed some objects were. In the end I think it was a lot more fun to look at the photo wall in an effort to figure out what was what.
My cat pre-trade.