Polaroids Are Go!
I find myself working in several mediums depending on the need for
certain technologies. Polaroid photography, on the other hand, is simply
a love-a joy and a love of 'accidentally' capturing some perfect moment
of beauty in the natural world and watching it develop before my eyes.
It's like the toy prize in the bottom of the Cracker Jacks box, like the
B-side single you've never heard from a favorite band.
Flowers are amazing creations-their colors, shapes and sizes suggest
organic explosions out of the earth-floral fireworks. Again, their
organic systems-building themselves up out of the ground from tiny seeds
and synthesizing energy out of pure sunlight, water and soil-make them
amazing machines. Good designs from the greatest Designer!
With this juxtaposition in mind - the technology of nature-my Polaroid
photographs are struggling attempts to fuse a science fiction aesthetic
to natural beauty. Using unusual angles, close-up shots, light
intensity, intentional blurriness of the images, as well as my own
hand-manipulations of the film as the pictures develop, I strive to
create a modern or even futuristic feeling with each photograph. The
title of each piece also contributes to this aesthetic, as words are
very important. Since Polaroid film grows rarer than honest politicians
these days, I hope you appreciate this fun method for capturing light
and color. The selections in this show have been compiled from a 16-year
Daiv Whaley, 2010
Daiv Whaley studied Writing & English Literature at Kent State
University. Although active in graphic arts in high school, it was not
until residing in the art dorm at university that he began to catch the
art bug. Promoting local punk shows and then God through flyers he
stapled around campus, he soon developed a liking for the Russian
propagandist Radchenko. Stints living in Chicago and Akron and multiple
visits to NYC exposed him to artists like Dan Flavin, Marc Chagall, Barb
Kruger, The Kids in the Hall, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol, as well
as bands such as Pere Ubu, Wire, Pixies and Pavement - all influences he
cherishes. Working in several mediums - Polaroid photography,
propaganda, light & sound works, Eco-art and performance, Whaley has
shown or performed at Lake Erie College, the Beck Center, Roy G. Biv,
Asterisk Gallery, Akron Public Library, Ingenuity Festival and First
Night Akron - Ohio; ASAP and Versionfest in Chicago; and the Mattress
Factory in Pittsburgh. He also curates independently and writes about
Rock & Roll. He is at work on his first comic book and will produce an
ECO-based exhibit for the University of Akron this Autumn. He thanks you
very much for attending this exhibit.
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