John Divola’s art seems pretty compelling of sorts and in the interview he seemed to have some really thoughtful ideas even if he contradicted himself a little bit. I was mostly interested Divola’s works about vandalism, and those running dogs. I mean what’s that about. Also he used flash (in “Vandalism?”), which is super fantastic because I feel as if most professional photographers think flash is silly and a bad quality technique. So he says the relationship between silver paints and silver in photographing wasn’t necessarily what the Vandalism series was about which was confusing I guess it was more about combining the paint and photo? When they talked about “As Far as a I can Get” and the amount of time it takes to run away from your camera, but in context to aging, losing speed, that series became more about mortality. Which you cannot see at all from just photos in a way, and my perception of that series and all of this other series just greatly increases in quality with his artist statements and his words in this interview. For some reason the images only didn’t not seem as successful as they did after I learned the background story on each project.

I did like when Divola and the interviewer person discussed the “Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert” series. Those pictures were pretty decent mostly because the movement of the animals was so simple but effective, but more importantly the thoughts behind it were fascinating. To Divola that series talks about time as fiction and the pictures becoming fixed moments. Also one thing leads to another. He says some cool things in his artist statement about it.
Is his artist statement about “Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert” he say this thing:

“Contemplating a dog chasing a car invites any number of metaphors and juxtapositions: culture and nature, the domestic and the wild, love and hate, joy and fear, the heroic and the idiotic. It could be viewed as a visceral and kinetic dance. Here we have two vectors and velocities, that of a dog and that of a car and, seeing that a camera will never capture reality and that a dog will never catch a car, evidence of devotion to a hopeless enterprise.”

On another note, why note look at this picture by Andrew Lyman

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