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Minescape at FORMAT

Posted in Minescape, Personal with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2011 by brettvanort

Just a few days to go before my project, Minescape, shows at FORMAT festival in Derby.  I’ve delivered the work to the Silk Mill Museum and the work should be hung at this point.  One show down and one more to go.  I’ve settled on a framer at this point for my London show and the work should be completed before I go to Derby for the preview date; March 3, 2011.

Forest-Trebevic © Brett Van Ort

Whether or not I’m happy with the framing for the London show will remain to be seen until then.  I’m a bit anxious having to find another place to frame the work, as the design and function of the frames are intergal to the final product.

I’ve been asked by the curator of my show at FORMAT to display instructions on how to operate the frames.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to with hold myself from doing, i.e. explaining to the audience how to interact with the work, but the general consensus from the people at FORMAT is that a brief set of instructions is necessary.  I always felt that if the frames aren’t operated, then the audience “walks” into these fields not knowing what lies beneath.  However, the majority of those at FORMAT feel the entirety of the work must be seen.

You can follow this link here to see my page on the FORMAT website.

Also, FYI, I will be delivering a talk in Derby on my work on March 23 from 2pm.  Info is available here.

I’ll be speaking about the project and how a painting by Fredrich Edwin Church and the destruction of my family farm in Tennessee influenced my thoughts and ideas about the project.


PDN Photo Annual

Posted in Minescape, Personal with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by brettvanort

The PDN Photo Annual came out recently on US news stands.  I’ve been trying to find it for about a week here in the UK and I can’t find it anywhere.  I even tried the Photographers Gallery to no avail.  How is it that one of the most highly thought of US photography publications not make it over here in the UK?

No answer, huh?  My wife is going to the States for some work soon so she’ll be able to bring one back with her and it will be June before I see the May 2010 issue that my work is in.

The Front Cover: Snowy Owl (2009) © Andrew Zuckerman

The online gallery was posted recently as well.  It seems a little clunky in its operation, but I can’t complain.  Happy I made it in there.  Although I have to see if I can make them change the links to my website.  That sucks!


Posted in Minescape, Personal with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2010 by brettvanort

Four pictures from my Minescape series were selected to be included in the American Photography 26.  I’m overwhelmed by the names of some of the other photographers that I will be included with.  I could go on and on with the names but I’ll post a link and have you take a look if you wish.

AP26 Selected.

Pond-Majevica Range. One of my images selected for the book.

There is a release party in New York on November 11th.  I will definitely be there as I run the gauntlet of agencies and editors in the city.  Time will tell if it will be a successful trip.  I’m sure it will get the butterflies going in the stomach!!!!  YES!

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