Posts Tagged ‘photographs’

The Ball-Shaped Pain from “The McCann Family” Series at Center for Photography in Woodstock

Posted in dolls, family, photography, portrait on August 20th, 2010 by karendavis – Comments Off on The Ball-Shaped Pain from “The McCann Family” Series at Center for Photography in Woodstock

photograph by karen davis, "The Ball-Shaped Pain" from the McCann Family portfolioLast fall I received the CPW 2009 Artists’ Fellowship Award. In addition to a cash prize to help me pursue my work, two of my photographs became part of the of the Center’s print collection housed at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. I used part of my award to upgrade my camera and part to enroll in two workshops at CPW one with Keith Carter, the other with Dawoud Bey.  Last weekend was the hands-on, inspirational class in Portrait with Bey.  I was happy to see that, in addition to two larger exhibitions, my photograph, The Ball-Shaped Pain from “The McCann Family” series was included in a smaller show of recent acquisitions by the Center.  There is a larger exhibit curated from the Permanent Print Collection at the Dorsky.

Davis Orton do MASS MoCA

Posted in photography on July 25th, 2010 by karendavis – Comments Off on Davis Orton do MASS MoCA

photo of wall at MASS MoCA between men's room and ladies room that exhibits 7 of my photographs of their restroomsMark and I visited MASS MoCA a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits – especially “Material World” but also  Petah Coyne and the Mike Disfarmer photographs.  After so many years I finally photographed my ongoing exhibition there – between the men’s room and ladies room and visited Hardware, the museum shop, to admire my MASS MoCA restrooms postcard portfolio – for sale there and at the Davis Orton Gallery.  Click to see some of the work in my larger series, “For Patrons Only” and a picture of my portfolio.

In Vietnam

Posted in on March 6th, 2009 by karendavis – Be the first to comment

About the photographs

In December 1999, I traveled to Vietnam. My guide and companion was my son, Jonathan, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin.  After he received his Ph.D., Jonathan married Nan and moved to Singapore, then Hong Kong as a university professor. Jesse was born in Spring, 2008.  In December 2008, my husband, Mark and I traveled to Hong Kong then we all headed to Hanoi where Jonathan introduced his friends to baby Jesse.

About the presentations

I have been experimenting with various software options for presenting my images on the web and am using this section about visits to Vietnam to illustrate some of approaches I could take.

  • a) Vietnam 1999 and b) Hanoi 2008 represent the linear presentation that can include a narrative.
  • Hanoi SV is Simple Viewer Gallery
  • Hanoi nexgen is a gallery program that includes a slide show.  It also will show each image against a dark background if the thumbnail is selected.
  • Hanoi-FlipBook uses Flipping Book software.  Images can appear on a single page or be split. I am still working out dimensions and use of text, but this presents the idea. (a navigation bar is possible but I chose not to include it in this example.

McCanns

Posted in on May 29th, 2008 by karendavis – Comments Off on McCanns

Tom Reflected, photograph by Karen DavisWhen we were small, over half a century ago, my younger sister Cheryl played with a set of dolls she called the “McCann Family.” They were a thinly disguised version of our family. Cheryl decided she was “Tom McCann,” the spunky boy doll. I was, “MaryAnn,” the girl doll. At first Tom could stand alone. Later he always lost his balance. Cheryl diagnosed him with Polio. She fitted him with crutches and braces like hers. (Cheryl was born with spina bifida.)

Tom thought Mother and Father disliked having a disabled child. He felt bad about that. One day, Father’s leg fell off. Cheryl taped it back on as a prosthesis. After Father became an amputee, he was a lot more understanding about his son.

The McCann Family, book by Karen DavisWhen Cheryl died in 2006, I inherited the McCann Family. Now I place the four-inch tall dolls on stage and direct their actions. I present these emphatically colored photographs in a large format to bring both the McCanns and memories of childhood to life.

The McCann Family is also a book, 7 inches by 7 inches.  The figures are close to life size, 4 inches.  Click on book for preview.

In 2009, for the McCann Family Portfolio, I received the CPW Artist Fellowship Award juried by Hannah Frieser, Director of Light Work. Juror’s Statement

Dinners Were Tense from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Dinners Were Tense

Mother Works on Tom from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Mother Works on Tom

Close As Children from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Close As Children

Mother is Vigilant from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Mother Is Vigilant

The Ball-Shaped Pain from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
The Ball-Shaped Pain

Tom Reflected from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Tom Reflected

Father Explains from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Father Explains

Mother Can Be Tender from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Mother Can Be Tender

Saturday Mornings from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Saturday Mornings

Family Portrait from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
McCann Family Portrait

Mother Dreams from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Mother Dreams

Tom Walks Alone from The McCann Family by Karen Davis
Tom Walks Alone