“[In the Silly Putty series,] I examine black and white newspaper images, which appear to have no great value to the story they illustrate, except as filler. They belong to a venerated system of representation, but now relate to that only incidentally.”
Featured artistErik Patten uses his work “to flesh out the character” of usually overlooked objects.Patten’s Athletes in Putty diptych, which is from his Silly Putty series, lifts newspaper images of sports stars and gives them new meaning. By spreading silly putty onto printed media, the images are transferred—and flipped horizontally—onto the putty. Ideally, the series uses a nostalgic childhood pastime to project popular culture. The mirrored subjects become both confined and displaced on the synthetic putty membrane. The flesh-like quality of the putty suggests humans enclosed within an unnatural environment. Patten was selected for the Juror‘s Honorable Mention in the Center’s “New Visions” exhibition.
“It’s an experimental show. It’s an interesting take on the myriad ways in which people can use photography to tell stories and to share their personal vision.”
Juror Michael Itkoff visited the Center for the artists’ reception of the “New Visions” exhibition. He also lead a gallery talk and reviewed portfolios the following day. This video is part of an interview with Itkoff about his selections for the exhibition. In the video, he contrasts work by featured artists Lorena Turner and Francesca-Renata Nicolae.
Michael Itkoff is a Founding Editor of Daylight Magazine, a print and online publication. Daylight has become one of the premier showcases for contemporary photography, by collaborating with established and emerging artists, scholars and journalists. Itkoff has been a reviewer for New York Photo Festival, En Foco, Critical Mass, ASMP and Santa Fe Center for Photography. He has been a recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008) and recently published his monograph, Street Portraits, Charta Editions 2009.