Artists & Critics

Artists and Critics:

Carol Flax: "Carol Flax is an internationally recognized artist who has been experi menting with electronic media for several years. This on-line version of her book project, "M/Other Stories" "addresses issues of her own adoption along with the larger societalimplications of how women are viewed in our culture."

Lorna Simpson's "Wigs" project: an interactive site at the Walker Art Center :"Simpson explores the ways people, especially black women, are identifed, classified, and judged based on their physical atrributes and personal styles. 'In my work,' says Simpson, 'I try to get viewers to realize... that it is all a matter of surfaces and facades." The objects she includes in her photographs--coiled and braided hair, shoes, African masks--serve as symbolic stand-ins for the body.'

Lorie Novak's Collected Visions : "Drawing upon snapshots collected from over 300 people, Collected Visions examines how family photographs shape our memories. We invite you to explore and contriubute to our archive of images and stories."

Gilles Peress: Farewell to Bosnia : this web version of an exhibition and book of Peress' documentary work during and after the Bosnian war is a powerful integration of images and text. "I think I have a peculiar disease that has to do with time and history and it has to do with the fugitive absence/presence of personal and collective memory."

Joseph Squier: "the place": includes "Urban Diary: a web-based artowrk that chronicles the thoughts and feelings of an anonmymous urban citizen. The recurring themes of Urban Diary are control, faith, and desire" and "Life with Father: a memoir which deals with fear, power, anger, and forgiveness. One of the first artworks to be published on the Web."

Bea Nettles: thie site features several of her autobiographical projects which incorporate photographs and words including "Turning Fifty", "A collection of images and stories that address the female body, growing older, journeys, strength, loss and gain."

The Temple of Confessions: an interactive project by Guillermo Gomez-Pena explores the tensions between north and south by inviting visitors to respond with their fears and desires concerning ones encounter with "the other".

ZoneZero: from analog to digital photography: a site developed by Pedro Meyer, an artist/activist/critic who is at the forefront of digital photography. "ZoneZero is dedicated to photography. Its name intends to be a metaphor for the journey from analog to digital image making. One of the references comes from "The Zone System" a fine example of the analog heritage in photography made so famous by Ansel Adams. From the analog dark room we are now moving to the digital one; where everything analog is transformed into digits represented through the infinite combinations of either zeros or ones." Check out the magazine which features some excellent articles, photo essays, a page of useful links to related sites and an entire photo book "Distant Relations" which can be downloaded for free.

The Guerrilla Girls: "are a group of women artists and arts professionals who make posters about discrimination. Dubbing ourselves the conscience of the art world, we declare ourselves feminist counterparts to the mostly male tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger. We wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than our personalities. We use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny."