A nice long break for Thanksgiving and now back to the proverbial grind.
Coming off of E.A.S.T. I’m sure everyone is floating with arty warm-fuzzies, I know I am.
Today I’d really like to share the work of a particular young artist whom I think is definitely on the up and up. Brit Barton is a photographer living and working in Austin. Her work recently was seen in Jaime Castillo’s Eyes Got It! competition where she was a finalist. She maintains a blog that is a sort of an obscure diary of her daily thought processes. In her newest series Waiting For Occupancy she explores the academic institution through the metaphor of hotels. Her photographs are quiet, dense and exquisitely thoughtful.
Please Click to see the photographs in their full glory. (They’re stunning.)
Talking with Brit she says in her work she is thinking critically about academic institutions and her temporary role as a student. Feeling as if her position as an art student is the same as countless other students before her she likens it to the concept of student-as-commodity in the big business of university education.
The luxury hotel acts as the imagery to represent the side of academia she intimately has experienced.
We go to a hotel to pay for an artificial luxury experience in which everything is pre-prepared, pre-conceived and constructed for us from our meals to our surroundings, not unlike the collegiate experience.
“Photography is a metaphor to materialize a cynical outlook.” She says.