sleuthmikan-blog liked this . In the spirit of the 19th-century landscape photographers, who produced idealized, utopian images of the American wilderness, Justine Kurland crisscrosses the country with her 4 x 5 camera and her young son, meeting and photographing fellow travelers in grand natural settings. It's of a tunnel—the light at the end of the tunnel—and it says "hope" on the wall. It is one thing to teach students photography, and it is another thing for those students to love the work that you make and for them to want to hear your opinions on art, life, and everything else in between. They began haunting rail yards, and Kurland started photographing the snaking series of engines, boxcars, gondolas, flat cars, and chemical cars, and, later, the people who ride them. Like, OK, stand over there, a little to the right, a little to the left. Raised on the Road: Justine Kurland in Conversation with Her Son, Casper After years traversing the U.S. together in a van, the photographer and her son sit down for a candid interview. I have to back up a little bit. It was like there was a kind of weird attention on men in my life. Justine Kurland Reflects on Her Photographs of Teenage Girl Runaways By Justine Kurland aperture.org — Between 1997 and 2002, the photographer portrayed teenage girls as imagined rebels, offering a radical vision of community and feminism against the … When her son Casper was born she started taking him along on her trips, but by the time he turned two in 2006, his boyish love of trains had redirected her focus. In the late 1990s, photographer Justine Kurland imagined runaway girls roaming the American landscape — gathering in the woods, along highways and in open fields. But I think the trajectory of my work has been about my hand being pulled away from the narrative, and what defines my photographs is this portal to a certain kind of fantasy of America, of what our national identity is, a seminal identity. This series has a lot to do with your son (rather than girls or mothers and their children)—his love of trains were an inspiration but also, as you point out in the book's afterword, you're observing him grow up through the lens of your camera. And the lady said ‘I have worked here for 25 years and I’ve never seen anyone with this scholarship’. Justine Kurland: In your book A Real Imitation, you use the camera to reenact psychological scenes. Each class session, the student who was showing their work, would pin it to the wall and listen to what the other students thought about it. AN INTERVIEW WITH JUSTINE KURLAND. Sep 27, 2018 - VICE is the definitive guide to enlightening information. One where the landscape becomes a receptacle for utopian ideals, the pioneer's dream of the west as a promised land. When I was younger, I had this idea of the wind in my hair. Freedom and Photography: An interview with Photographer Justine Kurland Art — 10.01.18 Translating an exhibition to the page: Ellen Gallagher’s Accidental Records She made work about that. JTF (just the facts): A total of 31 black and white and color photographs by Justine Kurland, framed in white and matted, and hung against white walls in the main gallery space and the entry area.The 30 black and white works are gelatin silver prints, made between 2016 and 2018. Like this guy Cuervo, who's in a bunch of the pictures. Well, the portraits are staged the way any portrait would be. Apple Music’s Zane Lowe speaks with Justin Bieber about life, love, and his new album, Changes. The poor kids in the inner city schools, maybe they would drink in the park, and maybe someone would bring a knife to class, but the rich kids, their parents would leave for the whole weekend, and they would have all the money and access to designer drugs. Justine Kurland (born 1969 in Warsaw, NY) is a fine art photographer based in New York. Or at least, I must … Darker than any picture that I've ever made before. It was like, "This world fucking sucks and I hate everyone and I want to die, and, like, fuck you all, assholes." It's not like I'm studying gender. Kurland sold her van and called it quits on the quasi-nomadic life that had fueled her art for years. I later started photographing people that were living out of their cars, the trajectory of the work went away from the idea of the road trip, my escape and my freedom were no longer about this utopian idea of making the reality I wanted to exist in for the camera. You would think that in wealth there is all of this freedom, which of course there is, but in the end, I was the one who got to pursue my art and she was the one who got to be the wife of a banker. But male artists are always artists first. Her work is in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, and International Center of … And then I found my own way through it. That little girl has a penis! Our guest in this episode is photographer, writer and teacher Justine Kurland. Like when the sun passes over the trees in a certain way, you are really in tune with it because you have been so sensorily deprived. Share; Tweet; Snap; Ghost Town CSX, 2007. What do you do when the language that you speak in has been spoken by the oppressor or the patriarch? The photograph becomes a site to stage a fantasy, yet your figure inside the frame seems fugitive. I haven’t been back there, my grandmother used to live there, but she died the year Casper was born. by VICE Staff. Aw! Justine Kurland… Her deep interest in the road, the western frontier, escape, and ways of living outside mainstream values pervade this stunning and important body of work. He died, his son took over the school. My father got diagnosed with cancer right at the time that those train pictures came out, and it had been really hard for me to find out that I was having a boy child and not a girl child, so maybe there's something cathartic in the work. Mommy! “As an artist, you do one thing after another, after another, after another, and you end up on this trajectory,” Kurland said in a recent phone interview. It was such a beautiful and a genius way of talking about police brutality that is still very present now. Justine Kurland. It's very streamlined for him. Justine Kurland's new book "Girl Pictures" brings together images of rebellious teens taken in the late 1990s. Casper was born at home, twelve years ago. from Yale University. Justine Kurland (born in Warsaw, New York, 1969) received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Yale University. ", Vice: In 2000, you said of your photographs of teenage runaways, "I drove from New York to California by myself. I had to ask myself what I was doing as an artist and as a human being, what kind of responsibility I had. You know, once you focus the camera, you can't have anyone move out of the plane of focus. Share on Facebook; Share on Twitter; They were not farm men anymore, but migrant men. ", All images courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash. On the 20th anniversary of her project “Girl Pictures,” the photographer Justine Kurland looks back at her now-iconic images. Our thesis class with Justine affected the way we all spoke about our work; we were not allowed to tell the other students in the class our thesis statements. I remember when I did the mama pictures [Of Woman Born], and I was like, wow, I'm really gonna get slammed, and I had this conversation with Jay Gorney, and he's always been really supportive of my work—there's always this money issue 'cause I'm always, always broke—but he was like, "You know, Justine, I don't know who's gonna buy these pictures because women don't like women and men don't like women." Her work has been exhibited extensively at museums and galleries across the United States and abroad. ... “I had this desire to make this girl world, this feminist utopic solidarity between (young) girls and teenagers,” Kurland said in a recent phone interview. I feel like everything I do is counterintuitive, antiproductive. She would get me dressed up in her clothes, gogo boots, mini skirts, we had fake I.D.’s, and we would go to Studio 54. Poison Ivy, 1999.PHOTOGRAPH BY JUSTINE KURLAND. Justine Kurland is a photographer born in 1969 in the US state of New York. But it initially became a tool for me because I wanted to be like this other girl. A freedom which is already this privileged entitlement. I feel that the nominal subject matter of this body of work is trains, landscapes, hobos, marginalized populations. There is something else about driving, how slowed down and boring it actually is that there is this real meditative space. Image title: Finger, 2000. ", In the book, you wondered what Brice Marden's paintings would look like if he had painted with a child on his hip. It better be worth it, you know. I record something about the American landscape, but it's subjective, and this idea was like my own kind of gypsy American nomadic thing. His pictures all feel really raw; he has this beautiful way of weaving and braiding image repertoires. Jul 6, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Morgan Badillo. Ultimately I think that it's not the artist who should be the upholder of moral responsibility, but then I think it's a personal responsibility to be a moral person. But I'm shooting all of this with a 4 x 5 camera, which has a big setup. Justine Kurland. There was this thing about reading Jack Kerouac, something about American identity; it is interesting to think that freedom is one of those words that changes so dramatically. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The romantic sensibility is still there, but her subjects are mostly men, and their world is one where, as Woody Guthrie sang, "You never change your socks / And the little streams of alcohol come a-trickling down the rocks. When I went to his office, he joked “don’t start taking off your clothes.” He was this funny guy that day I went, and I never spoke to him again because I was terrified, I had told the other waitress to go ask him for help. I was like OK, I'm gonna be more political in my work. And from those pictures, it went to the train photographs, which was only because Casper was really into trains. One of the professors at Yale, John Pilson whose a great artist and a really smart guy, sent me a video. He had this bodyguard who was black and always inevitable had a broken leg, a black eye or a broken arm. He thinks the whole idea of a rider on a train is disturbing, because it ruins the perfect square after square after square after square. Most times on a Saturday morning while Casper, her son, played video games. The images that resulted—a selection of which were recently published by Ecstatic Peace Library as This Train Is Bound for Glory—evidence a shift in Kurland's photography. Well, it's interesting. On view at the gallery’s Chelsea location on the occasion of the project’s 20th annive View Justine Kurland’s artworks on artnet. And I think it’s important to push you all to think about examining it and re-examining it. Patricia: So you didn’t grow up in Fulton? Jul 6, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Morgan Badillo. I mean, there's no way you could survive if you were lying there. In order to dismantle all the ways, photography categorises and exerts power over the viewer and the photographer. lensculture.com - Justine Kurland’s take on the classic American tale of the runaway takes us on a wild ride of freedom, memorializing the fleeting moments of adolescence and its fearless protagonists. This was before Trump was elected and before the Muslim ban. I just started going around to these spots and meeting rail fans and learning more about the history of this train merging with this company, and thinking about the whole idea of how the West was won. The experience for runaways is pretty harsh, for instance, but you put them in a sort of Eden, the best place they could possibly end up. Justine Kurland‘s pictures are a glimpse into a better world.An idealistic utopian fantasy where men (actually mostly women) live in harmony with nature. Her method helped us realise that what we think the work is supposed to be isn’t what it always is, especially from the starting point. They're just like the most banal symbol of America. Justine Kurland’s Timeless Photographs of Runaway Girls. You're getting your heart broken every second. Justine Kurland is an artist and photographer known for her utopian photographs of American landscapes. Justine Kurland, … b. How did that happen? I know he's getting an amazing life, but I don't know that I picked the right choice as a mother. 7,335 Followers, 687 Following, 1,225 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Justine Kurland (@justine4good) I don't check the train schedules. Some of that work is in the Highway Kind book. I was really mad and I was yelling at him and I said, "You know, Jeff Wall does not have to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the middle of his photo shoots. Justine Kurland, “Boy Torture: Two-Headed Monster” (1999) Kurland’s runaways usually materialize on the outskirts of society. And the thought, the planning the long staring silence that had gone out to the fields, went now to the roads, to the distance, to the West. Discover (and save!) It’s not just unique to photography but also in writing, sculpture, and painting. Which hopefully turns into the right choice as a mother. And his whole thing about "Big Rock Candy Mountain"—the idea that it doesn't matter where you go, it's always gonna be better--that the idea of travel is about this kind of prayer, that really struck a chord with me. It was such a simple gesture to get people the same age as the victims of the church bombing when they died and the age they would have been the year the series was photographed. One where the landscape becomes a receptacle for utopian ideals, the pioneer's dream of the west as a promised land. I wasn’t a train rider; I wasn’t one of them, I was the age of their mothers that they were trying to get away from. I found her later, her sister died in this really crazy terrorist attack. It was the 70’s. And the thought, the planning the long staring silence that had gone out to the fields, went now to the roads, to the distance, to the West. Freedom is being able to make the home that you want, thinking about the communes and their own versions of society and being able to run away, which was my first series that I started in New Haven of these teenage girls. Following in the photographic lineage of Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld, Justine Kurland's work examines the story of America--and the idea of the American dream juxtaposed against the reality. All of those things that we think of when we think about what the artist's experience is are embodied in this idea of having children, but still, it has historically been a women's experience. I'm not a documentarian. I remember first getting to California and dancing on the side of the road to music blaring out of my car. JK: My work is part of a 19th century photographic tradition. ... (young) girls and teenagers," Kurland said in a recent phone interview. Justine Kurland… Justine: I grew up in New York, so I didn’t know how to drive. I really wanna stress the notion, that to me these pictures present a futuristic vision rather than a look back at our savage ancestors. After years traversing the U.S. together in a van, the photographer and her son sit down for a candid interview. 1969, Warsaw, New York Lives and works in New York, NY Justine Kurland is known for her utopian photographs of American landscapes and the fringe communities, both real and imagined, that inhabit them. Mitchell-Innes & Nash is honored to present Girl Pictures, 1997-2002 by Justine Kurland. It was after the 2008 recession, and there was a more political, economic shift in the world. Raised on the Road: Justine Kurland in Conversation with Her Son, Casper After years traversing the U.S. in a van, the photographer and her son sit down for a candid interview. JTF (just the facts): A total of 31 black and white and color photographs by Justine Kurland, framed in white and matted, and hung against white walls in the main gallery space and the entry area.The 30 black and white works are gelatin silver prints, made between 2016 and 2018. She was trying her hardest to put her daughter in the best schools, giving her a great lifestyle, I think she resented that I was the friend her daughter had made. During labor, I crawled back and forth across the floor on … I mean, he's like, "Your pussy's a waste of time. Justine: What’s interesting about teaching is combing through the history of what I’ve learned and then teaching it, and thinking about what it all means, it’s like I’ve come out on the other side in a sense. See more ideas about Justine kurland, Photo, Photography. 91013 reblogged this from authentic-boredom. In the late 1990s, photographer Justine Kurland imagined runaway girls roaming the American landscape -- gathering in the woods, along highways and in open fields. Images have at least a 1/2″ border on all sides and are inkjet printed on Canson Baryta Paper. This interview is conducted over glasses of wine, Justine’s home-cooked pasta, a whole pack of cigarettes on a stoop in the Lower East Side with off-topic diversions about the political state of women and people in America. She received her B.F.A from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1996, and her M.F.A. Descubre (y guarda) tus propios Pines en Pinterest. Justine: Michael Schmidt’s ‘U-ni-ty’, and his book ‘Frauen’, a book of women who were a third of his age. "I staged the girls as a standing army of teenaged runaways in resistance to patriarchal ideals," says Kurland. 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