Dunn. Harvey Stein is an internationally renowned street photographer who photographs people all over the world. His work spans from Mexico to New York City, Italy, India and many other places. His most recent book titled “Mexico Between Life and Death” explores the idea of humanity living in a state of limbo, that we normally call “life,” prior to death. He travelled to numerous cities in Mexico throughout the course of 14 trips in 18 years to complete this thorough body of work.
During his presentation on the book at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington DC, Stein discussed his style and the photographic techniques he uses to tell the stories in his work. He was specific about his straight forward approach towards photographing his subjects to express stark emotion. Stein likes to photograph his subject matter head on and without smiles to show the people he photographs in a natural and whole form. He uses the composition of people, shapes, 2D vs. 3D planes, and a combination of photographic techniques in his work to create images that challenge the eye. He uses film as an additional mode of genuine expression in his art.
Stein makes the point that although he travelled to Mexico for almost a decade for this series, he does not know Spanish. This did not hinder his ability to interact with his subjects, which is a preferred means of working with the people he photographs.
Maps Glover closed his month long residency at the A Creative DC: Brookland studio space with a performance art piece titled “Don’t Talk to the Artist While in Practice” and an open house for fellow artists and supporters. Glover is a DMV local artist that went to school at the Delaware College of Art and Design. He creates work inspired by human behavior and observation. He visualizes how time affects that behavior and how observation of that behavior alters the viewers perspective. Performances is where he best express himself, in this medium all of the ideas he has about how we interact with our emotions and make decisions as humans comes to life.
During the residency he created 27 art pieces centered on police brutality, media, and the speed of life. In the middle of the studio stands an installation, he calls an altar, created for a previous performance series that took place at transformer dc. The installation includes paper airplanes folded, unfolded, and refolded by hand that represent the 987 African Americans killed by police brutality this year.
The checker board pattern is a new theme in the work and represents the quickness of life. These pieces touch on the theme of age due to Glover turning 27 this year. He uses visuals of news and media in a couple already sold paintings that show news personalities discussing people’s lives and ultimately misrepresenting them. Police brutality and black life are a subject matter repeatedly examined by Glover and is present throughout all of his work.