Last but definitely not least is John Roemer.
What I find fascinating about his work is his interest and slight obsession in the psychological and even physical effects of the specific color, Baker Miller Pink. I find his interpretations of how to use this color for public viewing innovative and his use of materials that can be found in basically any store or online with a simple search refreshing.
Works clockwise from top:Baker-Miller Pink Exercise, 2014, Take-a-wayThis work is a 4x4” take-a-way card with one side colored Baker-Miller Pink and the other side printed with instructions: “Using the reverse side of this object as a sample, create paint that matches its hue. Measure the width of your shoulders and draw a square on a wall with each side’s length equal to three times the width of your shoulder. Fill the interior of your square with the paint. Position yourself so that your entire field of view is dominated by your square and stare into it.
Repeat this exercise regularly.”The attached image is of my square made after following the instructionsBaker-Miller Pink Shelters, 2014Ripstop cloth with wooden support, 6x9x4’ (can be made in site specific sizes)Baker-Miller Pink Slideshow, 2014Video, 9 sec. loopBaker-Miller Pink Traffic Barrel, 2014plastic, approx. 48x23dia.”Here’s his artist statement about this series of work:Description of Work:In the 1960s, Alexander Schauss studied psychological and physiological responses to the color pink. He discovered that a particular hue of pink would lower the heart rate, pulse and respiration of people exposed to it. After his findings were presented the color started to get used widely for its effects. The works attached here are some of the pieces from my latest project Baker-Miller Pink. My goal for the work in this project is to present the color and information about its effects to demonstrate how even the simplest image has the power to affect people. In this media- and image-saturated world, I feel it is important to intervene by projecting something intended to have a positive influence on its audience. Baker-Miller Pink Exercise is the most direct take it home and do it yourself piece from the project that creates an intimate relationship with the user and the color. Baker-Miller Pink Traffic Barrel reroutes and detours traffic with a calming color rather than a cautionary one. Baker-Miller Pink Shelters are designed to create a space in public where people can lay down and be fully immersed in the glow of the color. Baker-Miller Pink Slideshow is a flickering video made from over 300 images appropriated by reverse image searching online (using teneye and google) to find all the existing images with Baker-Miller Pink in them.This is also reminiscent of Field Project’s #17 show Drunk Tank Pink.
Masai Giraffe Calf Tumbles Into the World
On April 14, Jamala, a 16 year-old Masai Giraffe, gave birth to a calf at Safari West in California. The calf, named Phoenix, was born on the eve of the total lunar eclipse, making the birth all the more unique and exciting for the zoo. He made a happy landing after his first six-foot plunge to the ground, and was standing on those spindly legs just half an hour later.
When Jim Golden was a child growing up in the 1980s, he identified as a geek. He was enamored with the technology of his youth, and waxed poetic about using a rotary phone to dial up his modem. The renowned commercial photographer’s career has spanned more than 15 years, taking him from the fast-past advertising world of New York City to the more laid-back vibe of his studio in Portland, Oregon. Though his aesthetic has grown and shifted in that time, his appreciation of “direct and logical design”–namely, simplicity in form, influenced by typologies and categorization–pervades his work.
Golden shot on film in the early days of his career, and the storyline of the decline of analog photography parallels that of the technology of his youth. His latest project, Relics of Technology, is a visual catalog of the items people of a certain age remember well, the antecedents to the technology so many of us take for granted today.
“When I look back on that tech, there’s a nostalgia element, a love for all those forms and textures and sounds and smells,” he says. “I wanted to elevate those items to art and remind people of all those overlooked objects.”