Archive for phoneography
ART IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. That’s what the Fabulous Beekman 1802 Boys say. My friend Vicki Whicker is more than a trendsetter. She’s a movement. She’s more than an artist. She’s a visionary. She’s a mother, she’s a phoneographer, and she will change the way you see your everyday. If you’re not careful, you just might find yourself packing up your car and heading East too. That’s the power of Vicki and her vision.
If it’s not poetry, it’s designing shoes. If it’s not renovating a dilapidated barn into a chic farmhouse, it’s learning to use her iPhone to document her journey from urban rat race to rural rebirth. Her yearlong odyssey, catalyzed by a wrenching Empty Nest, captured the hearts and minds of people across social media platforms. Read the pages of swoony testimonials. Then, ask how many people literally moved across the country to take up residence in this very area. Vicki is a pioneer.
Let us celebrate! The modest Vicki has truly brightened each day of mine this past year. Each photograph reminds me to appreciate the moment, the loving detail, the mystery of nature and indeed, of our own holy breath. Her images are meditations. They are jubilations. They awaken in me what is most human.
If she calls to you too, check out her images. Her blog. Her show. And spread the word.
Vicki, I love you. I am there in spirit tomorrow. And I am deeply grateful for you (though I’m still bummed you’re no longer my neighbor!)
Love, love and more love.
Rachel is one of the bravest women I know, she is a fearless writer, a brilliant teacher and, as you can see from her note to me, a great supporter of fellow artists.
“The lesson which life constantly enforces is ‘Look underfoot.’ You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Every place is the center of the world.”~ John Burroughs
Today, I am packing my car with 7 boxes filled with 33 of my iphoneographic images printed on metal and heading to the Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley.
First, I’ll be driving to Brewery Ommegang to pick up the beer for my opening reception.
How cool it that?
If I want Ommegang beer (and I do) I just hop in the car and drive through their fortress of a brewery and pick it up. Right down the road. Just like that.
When I moved to central New York, having bought my old farmhouse off of Facebook, sight unseen, I had no idea Ommegang was here.
Or Cherry Valley with its bohemian artist culture.
I had no idea Cooperstown was here with its strong baseball ethos.
I had no idea I was a mere 4 hours away from NYC (of course, I had hoped I would be a little closer), I had no idea how beautiful it is (I had hoped for that, too), I had no idea how many cool people lived up here, I had no idea one of my best friends would move up here, too…
I just knew there was a little white house in the middle of nowhere next to a man’s house who’d be my only friend for awhile- a man whom I barely knew from a poetry class in LA.
Who does that?
I also had no idea I was going to pick up my iphone and photograph my way into this place and back out into the world.
I started with the ground under my feet. Literally.
When I first arrived, I lived at the KOA campground. Because it was summer and because baseball is king out here all of the house and apt rentals had long been booked by the families of boys and girls in baseball uniforms.
Camping was the only option left. I hadn’t camped since I was a kid. Now this wasn’t roughing it but it was living in a camper trailer in a camp ground surrounded by cornfields and cow pastures.
There was a walking trail through those fields and the first thing was take my two boys (dogs) for a walk.
And the funniest thing happened.
In the back of those fields was another field, a long, low field of clover, just like the fields of clover that surrounded my childhood home.
And there I was.
In the middle of a vast sea of green under a purple and orange sky on a warm summer’s night.
The sky was a bowl above me, the clouds were glowing with the light.
I fell to my knees in wonder.
‘Look underfoot.’ You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think.’
I lay on my back in clover. The dogs ran free.
My eyes stung.
Was I really going to cry?
I whipped out my iphone and took a picture of the clouds and the clover and the dogs romping.
I fell swoonily in love with central New York.
(Sorry, LA. Heyyyyy. But you just didn’t do it for me. I tried. I gave you 25 years. I really did try.)
Ah, New York!
And, I wanted you to see what I see. I wanted you to fall in love with it too.
This Saturday, almost two years to the day that I found my farm on Facebook, I have an exhibit of iphone photos.
There will be Ommegang and a wall full of what I saw at ‘the center of the world’.
Cherry Valley, NY- Cherry Branch Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for central New York artist, Vicki Whicker.
Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main Street, Cherry Valley, NY 13320 / 607-264-9530
APRIL 6th, Saturday, 5-7pm: OPENING RECEPTION Live Jazz with Jeff Palmer, (pre-sales 12-4pm)
“It seems like virtually every employee that finds their way to Beekman 1802 has creative streak that cannot be suppressed. Even the long days and hard work at a fast-growing company cannot deter.
At Beekman 1802, we love to see artists and artisans that interpret the traditional in a modern way.
Vicki Whicker’s work demonstrates that all of us have a profound tool for creating art literally in the palm of our hand.”
~Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell
I am nervous as hell but, as they say, the iPhoneography show must go on!
If you are in the area, please come to the Cherry Branch Gallery this Saturday for my LOVE LETTER to central New York…5-7 pm opening reception (with booze and music, too)
Cherry Branch Gallery presents Vicki Whicker’s iPhoneography- Dunga Brook Diary: A Year of Seeing Differently
Saturday, April 6th, 2013….Cherry Valley, NY- Cherry Branch Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for central New York artist, Vicki Whicker. For the month of April, the gallery will feature a collection of her iPhoneography, Dunga Brook Diary: A Year of Seeing Differently.
“The Cherry Branch Gallery is tremendously pleased to represent Vicki Whicker and her iPhoneography. Whicker demonstrates a mastery of this genre through wit, heart, critical awareness, style, technique, and an infectious appreciation of her subject matter. Looking doesn’t have to get any better than this.” Kristen Henderson, Director, Cherry Branch Gallery
In 2011, Vicki Whicker left Los Angeles for central New York to renovate an 1820’s farmhouse that she found on Facebook and purchased, sight unseen. The rundown property, she would later learn, was named “Dunga Brook,” a once a thriving dairy farm spanning over 2,000 acres in Otsego county.
While waiting for renovations, Whicker explored the area using her iPhone to capture the world above and below her feet. It was this impromptu exercise that marked her personal awakening to the astounding beauty of New York State; beauty that has surely been here since Dunga Brook’s heydey.
Of the contemporary medium and her process, Whicker states, “iPhoneography as a mobile method for making art and as a creative movement was exploding around the world while I was stalking the flora and fauna of my new home.
Coming from LA, I was in a paradise- the lush trees, the long country roads lined with Queen Anne’s Lace big as pie plates, the crimson and gold fall leaves, those first pristine snow flakes. The more I shot, the more I saw; the more I saw, the more I wanted to see…by the time my house was done 6 months had passed and I had produced over 20,000 images.
Through the lens of my iPhone I fell completely in love with central New York.”
Dunga Brook Diary: A Year of Seeing Differently, is Whicker’s first iPhoneography exhibit and features her evocative 8″x8″ limited edition images printed directly on metal.
Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 6, from 5-7pm.
Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main Street, Cherry Valley, NY 13320 / 607-264-9530 Facebook: Cherry Branch Gallery / Twitter: @cherrybranchgal
Schedule of Events
APRIL 6th, Saturday, 5-7pm: OPENING RECEPTION Live Jazz with Jeff Palmer,
5-7pm (pre-sales 12-4pm)
APRIL 14th, Sunday, 3-5pm: Seeing Differently: Intro to iPhoneography Workshop w/Vicki Whicker. $45. Fee / Limited to 20 spaces
APRIL 20th Saturday, 5-7pm: Wine & Sweets, Poetry Reading with Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective members, Vicki Whicker, Leslie Berliant and Chris Shearer
APRIL 27th, Saturday, 5-7pm: Closing Party – SALES CLOSE @ 7pm
“Armed with just her iPhone , a keen eye and a voracious appetite for making pictures Vicki Whicker roams these hills and valleys of Central New York. Everywhere is everything. Her photographs sing of color and light – dogs and flowers, land and sky. Peeling away each season of a year that collectively they represent. A journey unto itself – from nowhere to now here.”
Mark Reinertson, Professional/Fine Art Photographer, NY, NY
“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Vicki Wicker for almost 20 years now, having first met her in Jack Grape’s writing class in Los Angeles. I was immediately struck by her honesty and vulnerability. She made me laugh, she made me cry, but mostly she made me feel. These were heady times, thick with words wrung from within. Vicki and I both came from the Midwest, originally, and Los Angeles was both a welcoming place and a hard place to warm up to. Through a sheer force of will, she flourished. But life’s circumstances has led Vicki on a new journey of discovery, ever a poet, she has taken up iPhoneography with the same zeal and power as her words.” Ellen Jantzen, Photographer/Digital Artist, St. Louis, MO
“Looking at Vicki Whicker’s work is like taking a vacation…whether it is a photograph of her dogs frolicking in the snow or a thistle at sunrise you are transported to a quieter time and place~ you are transported to Dunga Brook, I simply adore her work and can’t wait to visit!” Susie McKeown, iPhoneographer, Portrait Photographer, Verona, NJ
“Clearly Vicki Whicker has a sophisticated eye and abundant design knowledge. But what I think is truly wonderful about her work isn’t her expertise; that is the underpinning. What is captivating about her work is its vivid, uncomplicated expression of joy and emotion laid bare. I think that’s why these photos resonate with people. With her Dunga Brook Photo Diary, Vicki captures the familiar that we all cherish–home, family, nature, community– and distills it. It’s gratitude in picture form. A celebration of what matters.”
Colleen Williams, Photographer, Montreux, Switzerland
Upon first glance it is apparent that Vicki Whicker’s talents are not confined to the page or brush (Whicker is also an accomplished poet & painter). Her images provoke an immediate emotionality. What strikes one, are the details she pulls into focus, the ephemeral beauty of nature captured, whether awash in texture or throbbing with color or sharp-edged and bare. Whicker compresses moments into jewels and holds them up to the light for us to reflect upon —in her images reality mates with imagination revealing layers unseen to the casual observer. The spectator is left aching with the recognition of just how fleeting and magnificent our journey is.” Ariana Trinneer, Poet, iPhoneographer, Artis Rep
Quote by Paul J. Toussaint, Patron Saint of Iphonic arts…and one of my attempts…The Little Bird That Stole My Heart
Today, I am having a wonderful conversation with Paul Toussaint a photographer who has completely embraced iphoneography…
“my artistic visual eye has developed tenfold. I want people to look at everything because EVERYTHING is art. All the so called rules should be broken when it comes to taking a picture because with this technology all perspectives can become extraordinary.
I study lighting and the texture. If an object has potential to be stronger, I’ll bring that element out or if the subject has a calm, soothing look, I like to make the average eye feel calm and relaxed as they view the end result. I also love to use enhanced textured paper to make the image “pop” and to even make the viewer ask the question, “Is this really a photograph?”
He is light years ahead of me but we both feel this way…
“phoneography has changed my life and vision. For over two years now all of my photographs have been taken, processed and uploaded with only the iPhone. With the iPhone, my artistic vision has allowed me to produce a portfolio that at one time I only dreamed of having.”
I LOVE FB for the connections to those who INSPIRE!
Please join me on April 6th at Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley New York for the opening of my Iphonic art show….
Dunga Brook Diary: An LA Woman’s Euphoric Iphonic Discovery of Central New York (ok, a bit wordy as a slogan…but working on it).