Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
Chicago, IL and Milwaukee,
They wished to flower,
and flowering is being beautiful:
but we wish to ripen,
and that means being dark and taking pains.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
In Natural History, plant forms integrate with portraits of women in the ripenes of their years. We created these images to represent maturity as a web of potent physical and psychological connection.
We photographed these women in the attitudes of Roman portraits. After the application of a historical chemical solution, the images are overlaid with plants from our garden and exposed to the sun. Women and flowers merge in cyanotype impressions which overtake individual identity and speak of cosmic natural histories.
The power of birth, death and regeneration pulse beneath the ephemeral beauty of the shadows of plants. Sun and season inscribe the passage of time.
Ponder Food As Love
Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape
Processed Views interprets the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology. As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.
In our commentary on the landscape of processed foods, we reference the work of photographer, Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). His sublime views framed the American West as a land of endless possibilities and significantly influenced the creation of the first national parks. However, many of Watkins' photographs were commissioned by the corporate interests of the day; the railroad, mining, lumber and milling companies. His commissions served as both documentation of and advertisement for the American West. Watkins' images upheld the popular 19th century notion of Manifest Destiny – America's bountiful land, inevitably and justifiably utilized by its citizens.
We built these views to examine consumption, progress and the changing landscape.
Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, self, Chicago, IL, 2014 All Things Are Always Changing, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, Lulu.com, Chicago, IL, 2011
We collaborate on photographic projects. Our interest is in photography's storytelling potential to engage the edge between the heroic and the commonplace. We are drawn to the confluence of history, myth and popular culture as they shape our understanding of who we are. Our work has been in numerous solo and group exhibits and is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Our collaborative practice began from our work at the Institute of Design. Working with a collaborator provides critique, a willing model, a road trip companion, an assistant, an editor. On a conceptual level, it challenges the notion of the primacy of the individual artist’s vision, the artist/model relationship, and ownership of the final work. Collaboration has been the core of our practice and demands moving into the realm of collective experience.
BARBARA CIUREJ (b. 1956) is a Chicago-based photographer and graphic designer. She has a BS in Visual Communications from the Institute of Design+Illinois Institute of Technology. Ever looking to the art historical past to invoke order and harmony, her search for narratives to explain her plight has fueled 30+ years of making pictures.
LINDSAY LOCHMAN (b. 1952) is a Milwaukee-based photographer and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin /Milwaukee. She received her MS in Visual Communications at the Institute of Design+Illinois Institute of Technology. Inspired by the intersection of science and history, her quest to organize her natural world is marked by hyperbole, cynicism and the unconscious.
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