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Art Activity | Wunderkammer

Fri Jul 02, 2021
We asked our summer 2021 intern Isabelle to complete one of the activities in the Educational Resource packet’s “Suggested Activities” for Dan Estabrook: Wunderkammer. She chose Portrait Activity: 1. Gather random materials around the house that you would like to photograph. 2. Arrange your materials in a way that looks like a human form, whether that be a face or body. Bottle caps can become eyes, rocks you have collected on hikes can become arms, and your bedside lip balm tube can become a mouth. 3. Photograph your materials with a mobile phoneto look like a portrait. Does it look like you? 4. Now edit your image. You can do this with the editing features on your phone, or if you have socialmedia photo editing apps, use those! If not, move the objects around and then take another photograph. You can even use the pen/marker feature of your phone to add further details. 5. Post the image to your social media or use it as your new profile picture. You can also print a copy of your portrait!
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Tintypes and Daguerreotypes

Sat Jun 26, 2021
Before we had the ability to take instant photos with our cell phones, in the 19th century the daguerreotype and tintype were the most common photography methods used to create images during the time. In the mid 1800’s, a man named Louis Daguerre helped develop the technology that would become the first publicly available photographic process to capture a still image. He used the pre-existing understanding of the Camera Obscura to form a method that would take images in clearer definition, and at a quicker rate.
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Jibade-Khalil Huffman extracts and combines fragments of visual culture to create the video works on display in You Are Here. Although the three-channel video piece You Are Here seems to be in a constant state of flux, there are recurring symbols and ideas. Every person notices and understands elements differently; however, I took note of the recurring items such as the hammer and phone as well as the use of hazy, video game imagery as juxtaposition to the live-action interactions between characters. The live action scenes seem to follow the characters through a surreal series of interactions and wanderings. Khalil constantly manipulates elements to make the viewer question both sense of time and space. Through the use of shifting perspectives, the viewer does not know what is natural and what is simulated, further blurring the boundaries between real and fake.
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We asked our summer 2021 intern Camila to complete one of the activities in the Educational Resource packet’s “Suggested Activities” for Jibade-Khalil Huffman: You Are Here. She chose Cutouts: “Take a piece of paper and cut out a shape in the middle of it. Now, draw or print a picture inspired by the world around you. It can be anything! Family, friends, people, places, things. Once you’re done, cover your drawing with the cutout. What can you see? Does the covered picture look much different from the original? What can you not see? How does the cut-out change your perspective?”
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You Are Here | Art Activity

Mon Jun 21, 2021
We asked our summer 2021 intern Carsyn to complete one of the activities in the Educational Resource packet's "Suggested Activities" for Jibade-Khalil Huffman: You Are Here. She chose: "On a thin sheet of paper, draw a picture of any memory you might have. Now, hold it up to different lighting to see how the light interacts with the art. Does it change the way you see it? Could it bring a new meaning to the art?"
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The largest and most enticing work in the Wunderkammer exhibition is Studio of an Old Man by Dan Estabrook. The captivating piece draws the viewer into a mysterious and open studio space. The studio depicted reminisces upon early photography studios - closed off from all light, filled with props and backgrounds, and designed to give you a personalized piece of the most advanced and exciting technology of the time - a daguerreotype portrait. The only thing missing from Estabrook’s studio is a head brace to ensure a high quality portrait by mitigating even the most subtle and unnoticed tremors. Estabrook examines what makes photography art, self reflection, and photography’s history with artifice within Studio of an Old Man.
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Throughout his artistic process, Jibade-Khalil Huffman savors the unknown. In his artist talk with the Halsey Institute, Huffman reveals how his process relies greatly on the evolution of the unknown and its the gradual discovery. Commissioned by the Halsey, Huffman’s latest installation, You Are Here, is informed by the world around him and reflects an appreciation for uncertainty and the fluidity of perspective and control.
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Dan Estabrook’s The Thief

Mon Jun 14, 2021
We do not often see original forms of photography still being used by modern day artists, and I believe that is part of what makes the works by Dan Estabrook stand out so greatly. His art focuses primarily on the relationship between image and object, and by using photography methods such as tintypes and salt prints, there is also a focus on the relationship between past and present.
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What are wunderkammers?

Sat Jun 12, 2021
Wunderkammers, by definition, are “a place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited,” also known as “wonder chamber” or “cabinet of curiosity” (Oxford Dictionary). The term is German, and in simple words, refers to a collection of various objects and rarities, often including things from historical relics and scientific items to handmade art. A wunderkammer can be a variety of things- such as a highly decorated bookshelf to an entire room dedicated to the display of paintings and sculptures.
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Dan Estabrook never intended on becoming a photographer. This is surprising, of course, because Estabrook’s exhibition, Wunderkammer, and his artist talk with the Halsey Institute are centered around his works as a photographer. As a young art student, Estabrook was passionate about painting, drawing, and sculpture — photography was reserved for taking pictures of skateboarding. Estabrooks’s first brushes with photography were for a collaborative skate zine called Contort, where he was able to play with graphic design and learn how to shoot and print photos. However, art and photography remained separated in his mind. Young Estabrook hardly even considered photography to be art.
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