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Model: Taylor Montague
Agency: Next Models – Miami Beach
Photographer: Sam Dobrow
Location: South Beach, Miami Beach, FL
Date: Feb 19, 2014
Although the CGAF is a huge show with easily a mile of tents to peruse, I was disappointed by the quality of the art. This is not to say that there were no good artists but, they were far and few between. The price point seemed to be under $1000 though I did see some large pieces going for quite a bit more. It seemed to me that the food venders were the ones making the sales as the crowd worked up an appetite strolling the streets on this beautiful afternoon. Because of the diversity of the show, I can’t draw any conclusions about the current trend in art from this event other than people will purchase art on a whim if the price is below $1,000 and they can walk away with it. So the rest of this story will be focused on my observations at Art Wynwood which seems to have a more consistent theme marketing to the high end art buyer.
Art Wynwood is a contemporary art show, most of the artists are still living, and the art on exhibit was curated by art galleries targeting an international art buyer. Most of the art on display was traditional wall art (paintings, graphic art, and photography) with sculpture a close second. A few galleries were showing digital images, video, and other electronic compositions.
The slideshow below presents what I consider to be the best of Art Wynwood 2014 and represents the current art trends exhibited at Art Wynwood 2014.
Best of 2014 Art Wynwood
This bronze sculpture makes a statement about man using a beautiful golden bronze patina.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/best-of-2014-art-wynwood/thumbs/thumbs_02-a-03898-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]60580Optical Illusion
Graphic illustration on a "pop art" surface where the lines of perspective drawn to the vanishing point actually protrude toward the viewer not away from the viewer. The resulting illusion causes the vanishing point to float as the viewer moves from side to side. It is virtually impossible to unscramble the illusion until the viewing angles is from the extreme side.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/best-of-2014-art-wynwood/thumbs/thumbs_30-a-03935-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]60080Multimedia application to photography
Photography of the nude abstracted by shooting through a back lit diffuse material further abstracted by writing on the print and encasing surface elements with a translucent epoxy-like resin.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/best-of-2014-art-wynwood/thumbs/thumbs_32-a-03937-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]59570Abstract Painting
An interesting deviation from the edgy disturbing standard in modern art, this artist paints abstract landscapes with color and soft lines to convey a sense of relaxed and peaceful energy.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/best-of-2014-art-wynwood/thumbs/thumbs_05-a-03905-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]59250Metal Sculpture
Ultra contemporary sculpture of two heads with an etched look using a pewter, nickel or zinc type of metal.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/best-of-2014-art-wynwood/thumbs/thumbs_22-a-03925-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]59090Textured multimedia on canvas
Heavy use of paint and textured material to create an abstract image enhanced by edge lighting to emphasize the textures and 3-dimensionality.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/best-of-2014-art-wynwood/thumbs/thumbs_25-a-03930-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]58920Digital photographic manipulation for composition
An imaginary world assembled from many photographic images to create a unique artistic expression.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/best-of-2014-art-wynwood/thumbs/thumbs_33-a-03939-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]58670Iconic celebrity photography
Behind the scenes photography of The Beatles on their initial US tour
Current trends in sculpture lean heavily toward presentations of the human form in abstraction whether that be from the technique, materials, or distorted dimensions. High quality craftsmanship, materials, and finishing seem to be the key factors. Ultra modern geometric works are not as prevalent this year. One new theme surfaced using neon signs with emotionally disturbed phrases to make a statement.
Sculpture Trends at Art Wynwood 2014
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[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/sculpture-trends-at-art-wynwood-2014/thumbs/thumbs_46-a-03952-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]30350Abstracted Human Figure
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One artist from Asia created a collection of figurative sculptures depicting the same female at several stages of body mass ranging from anorexic to extremely obese. The video below shows each figure as viewed walking around the display.
Popular styles in photographic art include mixed media, digital composition, figurative art, and iconic celebrity shots (Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis). Nudes and figurative art dominate the photographic scene followed by “can’t loose” iconic photos of celebrities. Digital compositions of numerous images are combined to create extreme altered realities. Some of the more engaging images effectively blend size, lighting and perspective to create a seamless integration of the different images.
Photography at Art Wynwood 2014
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Emerging trends in photography include 3-D imaging with and without special eyewear. The video below presents a 3-D photographic image of a nude woman swimming in a pool. The effect is attained without the use of special eyeglasses using a prismatic optical surface.
Optical illusion created by “pop art” graphic illustration is a new trend in the art scene. Artists construct a “pop out art” surface for their graphic art. A traditional perspective drawing is deconstructed such that the lines converging upon the vanishing point protrude outward toward the viewer rather than away as the mind’s eye expects. This inversion of perspective causes the image to float the vanishing point as the viewer moves his viewing point. The video below shows the illusion and exposes the technique as the camera moves to the far side of the artwork. Even after the trick is exposed, the illusion is nearly impossible to deconstruct. It is yet to be determined if this style of art is a fad or something to evolve after people get over their fascination of the illusion. Perhaps the form will be adapted to photographic exhibits and life size backdrops for film.
Paintings are a mainstay of wall art. Most of the contemporary paintings tend to be “disturbed art” creating an edgy perception of tension, anti-utopian worlds, and dark demons with sharp edges, harsh color combinations, and textures. It is unusual to find something modern or abstract that presents a feeling or warmth, calmness, or peacefulness.
Paintings at Art Wynwood 2014
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[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/paintings-at-art-wynwood-2014/thumbs/thumbs_34-a-03940-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]4390Mao Zedong by Andy Warhol
Classic Warhol, need we say more[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/paintings-at-art-wynwood-2014/thumbs/thumbs_36-a-03942-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]4350Abstract Portraiture
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[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/paintings-at-art-wynwood-2014/thumbs/thumbs_44-a-03950-cgaf-art-wynwood.jpg]4170Eerie Portraiture
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Digital technologies are evolving in the ultra-contemporary scene with lighted mirrors, computer synchronized LED lamp sculptures, and video presentations of pseudo-medical procedures.
In Summary, I am not a huge fan of the contemporary art being exhibited by galleries these days because it is mostly focused on the disturbed vision of an artist. There is too much emphasis on creating discomfort in the viewer. I see the world as a beautiful place. When I create art, my intention is to take you away into a world of beauty. When I speak to gallery owners and ask them how business is doing the typical response is a painful groan followed by something like “people are still not spending much on art”. When I look at what is being marketed, it seems obvious to me. Life is tough, people don’t want to look at something that makes them uncomfortable and they certainly don’t want to spend their hard earned money on something that reminds them of misery. Well, Albert Einstein once said insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Is it possible all these gallery owners are insane or is it me?
For several years I have been developing a style of post processing for my images which I call “Perceptualism”. Perceptualism is the expression of how I perceive the experience. I choose to push the contrast, saturation and sharpness to a level of abstraction to emphasize details that typically go unnoticed as we walk on by. When I capture an image, I look for interesting graphic elements and compositional lines in a scene then focus on the story it tells. Back in the digital darkroom, I experiment with color, sharpness and texture to develop the desired outcome. This article looks back at the history of photographic art to provide a foundation for the new direction I am exploring.
I began my work in photography with black and white. I learned to look at the scene through my viewfinder as if it were monochromatic with an emphasis on light and shadows to create form and mood. The abstraction of black and white did not change the content but it could definitely change it’s perception. With the advent of digital photography, I began to see opportunities to add different levels of abstraction to the image. Those abstractions did not change the content but they certainly did alter the perception of the image and its representation. My choice of abstractions, focus, contrast, colors and hues are carefully constructed to convey my perception of the composition.
Photography began in the early 1800′s as a tool to record visual experiences as “truths” to be believed because of their documentary quality. The first photographs captured images in a grainy monochromatic format. As the science progressed, photographic images increased in resolution and contrast providing much more realistic images. But soon after the invention of photography, the debate began as to whether photography could also be art. As early as 1869 Henry Peach Robinson created realistic but imaginary images by combining numerous negatives into a single composition. Robinson’s images were artistic creations though they looked like “truthful” photographs.
Artistic expression in photography evolved with somewhat distorted, toned, or blurred images specifically designed to imitate the art of painting. Photographers desiring to create art would manipulate the chemistry of the process and experiment with various media for the light sensitive emulsions. Many people attribute the soft focus, grainy, toned photographic images from this era to the imperfections of the technology, not realizing these images were intentionally manipulated for this effect. This movement known as “Pictorialism” reached its peak in the late 1800′s to early 1900′s. But wait, there’s more!
A beautiful summer day in Paris overlooking the Seine River toward the Eiffel Tower.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_02-A-03601-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]4570Champs Elysees
The famous Champs Elysees avenue and shopping district as viewed from atop the Arc de Triomphe. The Louvre museum which can be seen at the far end of the avenue served as the French royal palace during the middle ages.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_03-A-03614-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]4290Paris from Arc de Triomphe
This 270 degree panoramic composition of 16 images photographed from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France illustrates the impact of urban design by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann with wide avenues, geometric traffic patterns and strict architectural facade standards. The image has been enhanced in post processing to emphasize architectural detail in this 4' x 1' wall mural.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_04-A-03581-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]4040View from Pont Alexandre III
THe Pont Alexandre III bridge is considered one of if not the most ornate bridges in Paris. It is also considered a significant engineering accomplishment of the time as it is a single six meter tall steel arch design.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_05-A-02777-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3890View for Marie Antionette
The gardens at Versailles mark the peak of French Garden designs. This is the view of the gardens at Versailles as seen from Marie Antionette's bedroom window. The formal gardens illustrate the obsession of man's dominance over nature.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_06-A-02839-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3820Walled City of Avila
Avila is a medeval city in NW Spain completely encircled by walls.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_07-A-02872-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3790Casa Lis
View of the entry to Casa Lis in Salamanca, Spain. Casa Lis was originally the home of a successful industrialist, D. Miguel de Lis, and now houses the Museo Art Nouveaux Y Art Deco.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_08-A-02876-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3710New Catherdal of Salamanca
Built 16th - 18th century combining late Gothic with Baroque styles to blend with the old cathedral.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_09-A-02901-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3650Cool Respite in Coimbra
A calm place to rest from the summer heat in Coimbra.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_10-A-02929-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3640Quiet Cafe in Coimbra
High above the main city of Coimbra, cobblestone streets lead to quiet cafes.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_11-A-02964-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3580Ano da Fe
Streets of Lisbon, Portugal. "Year of Faith" - the church, especially the Catholic churh, is very influential in the lives of people in western Europe.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_12-A-03034-Intrepid Tour 2013And2more-edit-01.jpg]3560Private Club
The Moorish architecture and fountain decorate the lobby of a private club in Lisbon.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_13-A-03041-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3530Rossio Square Train Station
The Rossio train station, constructed in the late 1880's, sits above an underground tunnel considered a major engineering feat of the time. The double horseshoe entrance is a unique architectural element of this building. This railway connects to the region of Sintra.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_14-A-03044-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3440Lisbon Cable Car
Cable cars are considered on of the best methods to see Lisbon. They are frequently crowded and sadly pick pockets take advantage of the tourists.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_15-A-03066-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3430View atop the Pena Castle
The Pena Castle in Sintra is an architectural marvel and must be seen to be appreciated fully.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_16-A-03069-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3400Fortress of Pena
The Pena Castle is built on top of steep terrain with tall walls - a true fortress.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_17-A-03079-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3360Courtyard of Violet
This courtyard exemplifies the architectural genius of its designer. From all points inside and outside the castle, the architecture is a core element of the view.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_18-A-03200-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3310Goat Farmer
On the trip from Jerez to Chefchauen the simple life abounds.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_19-A-03219-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3310Heat of Ramadan
During the heat of the day, Ramadan observers rarely go outside.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_20-A-03248-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3270Chefchauen Blue
The Jews came to Chefchauen to live and work, bringing the color blue with them.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_21-A-03264-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3220Mohammed
Our guide, Mohammud, explained that Jews were eventually forced to leave the city or convert to Islam.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_22-A-03285-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3190Douar Nzala el Rhechoua
A beautiful man made lake seen on the road to Fes, Morroco[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_23-A-03322-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]3160Panarama of Fes, Morroco
Fes has the largest medina in the world. The population of the walled-in old town still lives in a subsistence economy.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_24-A-03302-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3150Captive Audience
Outside the gates of Fes, we notice this horse and buggy waiting for passengers. Notice the horse'e legs are tied.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_25-A-03306-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3100Pastries for Sale
Just inside the gates of Fes, we are faced with all kinds of vendors. The time of day is approaching sunset and everyone is scavenging the market for their Ramadan break-fast. Notice those are not chocolate chips.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_26-A-03369-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3030Enter the Tannery
In the center of the medina (old city) we find a tannery receiving delivery of skins for processing into leather goods. The stench of rotting flesh is everywhere. I wonder if the mules care they are carriers of dead animal flesh.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_27-A-03367-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01.jpg]3020Leather Goods
Above the tannery tourists parade through the rooms of finished product whilst stuffing mint leaves in their nostrils to disguise the odors.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_28-A-03463-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]2990Enter Marrakesh
The huge medina in Marrakesh attracts tourists and vendors of all types while the mosque periodically blares the call to prayer.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_29-A-03492-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]2980Snake Charmers
These snake charmers make their living by fees charged for photographing them and their snakes. Sneak a photo and they will chase you down for payment. Pay first, but don't expect a smile.[img src=http://samdobrow.com/wp-content/flagallery/Europa II/thumbs/thumbs_30-A-03498-Intrepid Tour 2013-edit-01-edit-01.jpg]2980Marrakesh Souks
Souks are individual shops clustered together in the medina (old town). Most items sold are handcrafted goods and food.
Well everyone always asks “What did you do last summer?” Sometimes it is difficult to answer without monopolizing the conversation… so this series is meant to definitively answer the question with only a few words. People say “a picture is worth a thousand words”… Here are my 30 pictures! I’ll save you from the word count. So the title gives it away, I took a trip from Paris to Marrakesh over a period of three weeks with my daughter Jordan. Since Jordan wants to become an architect, we went to many historic places with unique architecture.
Our gateway to Europe was Paris, France. After a few days in Paris, we flew to Madrid, Spain where we met our Intrepid tour group. Our tour proceeded to Salamanca, Spain followed by Coimbra and Lisbon in Portugal, and culminating in Morocco with visits to Chefchaouen, Fes and Marrakesh. Although, I have hundreds of images (of which I will post more of in the future) this series represents my favorite images from the journey. I am adding this group to my fine art gallery on samdobrowphotography.com. Please visit the site if you want some of these images on your own walls.
Please do scroll through the entire series in full screen mode and be sure to click on the [i] button if you are interested in the story behind the image.
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The Pena Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Sintra, near Lisbon Portugal. The castle is an amazing work of Romanticism architecture combining several styles (Gothic, the Portuguese Manueline, Islamic and Renaissance). The castle is situated on a steep mountain ridge where it receives cool breezes and fog. The castle is surrounded by a heavily forested park of approximately 500 acres.
a 270 degree panoramic composition of 16 images photographed from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France. The image has been enhanced in post processing to create a 4' x 1' wall mural.
This image is a 270 degree panoramic composition of 16 images photographed from the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. The Arc is a center of Parisian traffic with many streets converging upon the large circular street surrounding the Arc. Due to the nature of the panorama the circle has been straightened out and the converging streets appear parallel to each other – just imagine projecting the image onto 3/4 of a circular wall while standing in the middle and you’ll get the picture.
The center of the image looks down the famous Champs Elysees shopping district ending at the Louvre which was transformed from the monarchy palace into one of the largest museums in the world. The Eiffel Tower, located near the Seine river historic district, is prominently visible above the horizon to the right. In the far distance is the beautiful Basilica of the Sacré Cœur (Sacred Heart) which is positioned on the highest point in Paris above the trendy Montmartre night club district and home of the Moulin Rouge cabaret.
The image has been enhanced in post processing to create a uniquely styled 4′ x 1′ wall mural.
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The Palace at Versailles is about an hour from downtown Paris by train. It is a short walk from the train station to the main gates. The Palace is a major attraction and lines to get into the palace are frequently several hours. We decided to tour the gardens instead of wait in line. After touring the immense grounds, biking several miles around the lake, catching a bite to eat, and touring Marie Antionette’s residence we returned to the main palace and were able to walk right in with very limited crowds. The late hour also provided an excellent photo opportunity with light streaming in many of the windows as well as few people.
The furniture and artwork are obviously quite old and subject to fading. These images were shot in very low light conditions without flash. Many rooms had very little sunlight allowed through the windows with massive curtains. The bright, crisp images were captured with an aperture around f/2.8 and ISO 2000 with a wide angle lens (Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L) and extensively post processed. Post processing includes adjustments for perspective (keystone), crop, white balance, noise reduction, sharpness, contrast, and color saturation.
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This series was taken in Marrakesh, Morocco on my visit during Ramadan.