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Alive and Kicking

Despite the fact that I haven't posted anything for a lonnnnng time, I am still around. I just finished updating my exhibitions list and am going to work on freshening up the galleries today. 

Meanwhile, here's what's new.

Workwise, I'm finally at a place where I'm getting regular jobs. I am primarily doing real estate shoots these days and I love them. Lots of work for local Realtors' individual listings, and also doing post-processing work for a friend who shoots from NY to DC and in betwee for property management companies who rent out luxury apartment buildings. 

Artwise, I have a big solo show this June! It is two weeks only so be sure to get there. The Impermanence of Being  will be a retrospective featuring work of mine from the past 11+ years in abandoned places. I'm very excited about it!

I also just found out that this piece was accepted into The Art of the State. The exhibition will run from June 24 to September 9 at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Artists who are Pennsylvania residents will compete in five categories: Painting, Work on Paper, Photography, Sculpture, and Craft. 

In July I am taking part in a group show curated by my mother and fellow artist Rosalind Bloom, Look at US, with work that acknowledges and explores their own privilege, opens up a dialogue on issues of continued relevance such as gender inequality, other past and present social injustices, and the history of American racial tensions. I will be showing totally different work than my usual and the exhibit promises to be a powerful one. 

 

Day 76 Sarah R. Bloom self-portrait digital composite
Can't See the Forrest for the Trees
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 08:31

This saying keeps coming to mind as I read and hear people's reactions to images in my current daily self-portrait project. I'm intentionally not telling anyone what part or parts of my body are in the photograph (though of course sometimes it is blatently obvious). I like there being some mystery about the images. I like it to be difficult to figure out where one image ends and another begins. The point of this series is abstraction: abstraction of identity and imagery.

I cannot control how anyone chooses to view any of my work, or what someone chooses to focus on, of course (nor do I really want to). However, I feel bad that sometimes people are really missing the impact of the whole picture because they are so busy focusing on what body part is there or that the texture makes my skin look weird (or in my abaandoned SPs one might focus on the nudity).

 

I hope for you to see more.

Construction
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:05

I'm working on consolidating my online profiles and embracing

Sarah R. Bloom the Artist.

Creativity is not something I want to separate from my work. My art and creativity are what drive my work and make it stand out.

Authenticity is the buzz word here.

New galleries will be showing up under the "PORTFOLIO" heading to showcase the various kinds of photography work I do, and do well.

I hope you stick around.

Completed 365 for 2013
Friday, January 3, 2014 - 10:03

>VIDEO of the SET<

I did another year! I liked doing a themed 365.
Now that I'm done, I can say it was less boring than I suspected. I wish I had not allowed makeup/substances and I wish I had spent some more time changing the shades of light and dark (originally I thought in the back of my head that I might have the shades change really subtly over the course of the series, but I kind of went back and forth and then sort of gave up).
I loved when people interpreted my expressions. I loved when people thought one was more the "real me" than another. It's all me, of course.
I also now know my face better than the back of my hand.  ;)
Yes, I'm doing another SP project for 2014. More on that later (though I did start posting to Flickr)

Happy New Year!

White Pines Artist Exchange
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 08:15

"A whole new way to support the artists you love through local business"

I am honored to be one of the inaugural group of artists in this new venture from White Pines Productions, Inc. This is an opportunity to show support for my work while at the same time making a tax-free donation, supporting local business, and getting the chance to work personally with me as my way of thanking you!

 

From the website: "White Pines Productions, Inc. is thrilled to announce a brand-new initiative, in keeping with its mission to “explore new paradigms for making art and supporting artists”.  For artists, it's often a single item, or a rehearsal space, or a class, which can make it possible to take the next step. Sometimes, it's the boring and essential things we lack: childcare, physical therapy, new tires, postcards for PR. At the White Pines Exchange, artists name some of these essential items, and ask for help.

Big Announcement Coming Soon!
Monday, October 7, 2013 - 20:14

I am very honored to have been picked as one of the inaugural group of White Pines Exchange sponsored artists. What that is and what it all means will be revealed this week.

Think gift economy. Think supporting artists. Think giving and receiving. Think creative energy. Think Yeah Art! :)