Minimalism in photography/ Discussing Vicky Dasilva photographs

Discussion in 'Discussing a ****** Photograph' started by Jim Chinn, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. Jim Chinn

    Jim Chinn Member

    Messages:
    2,512
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2002
    Location:
    Omaha, Nebra
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I found this site linked to at the Gallery Hopper web blog. In a recent thread someone asked about contemporary photographers working in a minimalist way and good portion of this work would fit that definition.

    I can't seem to be able to upload a specific image off her site, so here is a link. If anyone wants to upload one please do.

    http://www.vickidasilva.com/
     
  2. Michel Hardy-Vallée

    Michel Hardy-Vallée Membership Council Council

    Messages:
    4,350
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2005
    Location:
    Montréal (QC
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Funny, it's the same idea I had when I took the Brownie shots that I have in my gallery, but she did so in a much more accomplished way.

    I like the graffitis, I think they are the ones that work the best with the idea.
     
  3. Gay Larson

    Gay Larson Member

    Messages:
    1,209
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2004
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Very interesting. I also like the graffiti. I think the later work is more minimalistic though.
     
  4. Les McLean

    Les McLean Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,609
    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2002
    Location:
    Northern Eng
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    A lot of the minimalism is a straight rip off of Mark Rothko, I'm not too impressed
     
  5. Ray Heath

    Ray Heath Member

    Messages:
    1,020
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2005
    Location:
    Eastern, Aus
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    g'day Jim, they don't appeal to me, nice swirls and colours, but not a good use of photography
     
  6. bruce terry

    bruce terry Member

    Messages:
    190
    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Location:
    Cape Fear NC
    Shooter:
    35mm RF
    The work on this site comes across way more maxed-out than minimalist. A hopped-up 'photographic' image isn't my idea of spare, of minimum.
     
  7. Jim Chinn

    Jim Chinn Member

    Messages:
    2,512
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2002
    Location:
    Omaha, Nebra
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    They are minimalist in that the components of the flourescent lighted works consist of simple color and form. I think her work is currently being shown along with Dan Flavin neon sculptures somewhere in NYC.

    For those not familiar with Flavin, he is considered one of the major minimalist influences from the 1960s.

    here is an example of his work for anyone interested.
    http://www.artseensoho.com/Art/LEOCASTELLI/flavin98/flavin.html
     
  8. spiralcity

    spiralcity Member

    Messages:
    118
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2007
    Location:
    Chicago Il.
    Shooter:
    35mm
    I loved the covered bridge shots. These are great pics. Thanks for posting the link.
     
  9. Sparky

    Sparky Member

    Messages:
    2,099
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2005
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    EXCEPT - that flavin's work MIGHT be considered Minimal-ISM only through the 'minimal' use of material in his medium of choice. I see this work as being more about graphics maybe... about line and form. There's certainly a 'performance' or 'ritual' aspect that complicates any discussion of it though.
     
  10. S.F. Sorrow

    S.F. Sorrow Member

    Messages:
    12
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    Shooter:
    Holga
    Those photographs look a lot more psychedelic then minimal! Still, I think Vicki did an excellent job executing the play of time and color. What sort of fluorescent tube did she use that doesn't need to be plugged into AC power?
     
  11. rudolf

    rudolf Member

    Messages:
    58
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Location:
    Poland
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Also, I cannot say it's minimalistic photography.
    It's rather an abstraction "art".
    I don't like it. :smile:

    Well, anyway isn't Kenna's work best example of minimalism in photography?
     
  12. naeroscatu

    naeroscatu Subscriber

    Messages:
    883
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Location:
    Newmarket On
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    As said this looks more of abstract work to me than minimalistic. When I say abstract work I don't mean art though. To me art touches the soul, makes you think. This work is just... sort of an intersting experiment.
    Simple compositions and strong message is what I call minimalistic art and the above reference to Kenna is a very good one.