The Photography Irony

Seriously folks, the irony couldn’t be bolder.

The morning after writing this post about shelving my photography to focus on painting, I was notified by the International Color Awards for photography that one of my submitted photographs had been nominated for the amateur fashion category win. While I didn’t get a winner spot, I am among a few of the final nominees from a worldwide group of photographers. That’s pretty awesome and very unexpected. Last year I received a similar honor for “The Red Chair” and “Masked Man” by the International Master’s Cup Photography competition (both so equally stunning even the judges couldn’t choose so they nominated both!). Like I said, one never knows what the future holds. Crazy timing.

*link to exact gallery my nomination “There’s No Place Like Home” (last pic) is in http://www.colorawards.com/gallery/index.php?g=n&cid=273&x=a&gaid=17#142159.

shortlink: http://wp.me/p3f9L-285

My Photography’s Gone Kodak!

TvtCarMirrorKodak. Remember that company? It’s the one that ruled and dominated the photographic environment for decades. What is it now? Gone. All we have are its “Kodak moments”.

I realize this is a bummer starter but it most fits what’s happened to my photographic world. There was a time when it dominated everything. I couldn’t even go outside without a camera, always waiting for the right shot, quite frankly missing the realtime happening because I was too focused on documenting it for its Kodak appeal later. This doesn’t keep in mind the many elements it took to secure an actual model for erotic and nude photography which eventually became too much. What I mean simply is, it got too expensive to hire out models to photograph for the return financially (especially with a growing family) and it became too overwhelming serving the so called “real women” of the world who most often had body issues they couldn’t hide as easily as the models. The whole thing just became a turn off.  It’s sad.  I’m not happy about it but I had to admit there was a problem because I noticed overtime I was avoiding bookings and photo ops.

While I still consider myself a photographer, at this point in time I’m claiming “painter” as the title of the artistic flow spewing from within out onto the manifest world and the photographer just somehow got fed up, turned off, overwhelmed and disinterested from the entire over competition of creating something beautiful and eye-popping out of reality. With the domination of the Smartphone cameras, everyone is a photographer and when everyone is x-something, I move on elsewhere. So, the photography road with Tumblr, Instagram, Pintrest and you fill in the rest is a very busy one.  I don’t like crowds.  If you can’t path it, trail it.

20120629-173352.jpgQuite frankly, there’s a lot of really good sensual and erotic photography out there right now that I don’t even see a definite place for my photographic style to pursue with fervor and to get better will require more effort and this effort will take time away from bettering the painter.  See the problem?  I am one woman with too many hats and talents. ON LIMITED TIME! It’s not a complaint but it does have behind the scenes weight.  It was an awful choice, very painful, difficult and sad but I finally let the photographer go… you know, not fully but like a good love affair gone distant just because life moved us that way.  Who knows.  Maybe Facebook’s hypothetical future “Photobook” will reconnect us.

As an artist my goal is always to grow and to move beyond what I’ve artistically achieved. To do this with photography, to become the kind of photographer I’d really like to be to feel satisfied with myself as one, I’d have to put in more effort than the payback is worth at this time in my life.

I’ve found that my most interesting talent is with the paintbrush and this needs more exploration. Not taking the opportunity would be an insult to my DNA, to my core self.

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The photography I’ve done, I will repackage it into some capitalist opportunity in the future that will benefit both me and my audience so it’s not a total elimination but I don’t intend to continue photographing as passionately as I have in the past until I wear the nudity out of my paintings first.  And I no longer do any kind of private hire boudoir photography unless you really convince me.

One never knows truly what the future holds but I felt an explanation was needed as to what’s happened to the photography because I know many of my followers were originally hooked on that artistic road with me, some along for the ride maybe 10 years!  While I don’t want to disappoint any one group, I have to follow the yellow brick road because if little else, it leads to Truth.  As always, I am grateful for those who stick around to seek it with me.

More paintings to follow!

Update next day: The irony. The morning after writing this I was notified by the International Color Awards for photography that one of my submitted photographs had been nominated for the “fashion” category win. While I didn’t get first place, I am among a few of the final nominees.  That’s pretty awesome and very unexpected.  Last year I received a similar honor for “The Red Chair” and “Masked Man” by the International Master’s Cup Photography competition.  Like I said, one never knows what the future holds.  Crazy timing.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/p3f9L-27G

New Art x2: “Bashful” & “Out There”

“Bashful” and “Out there” are among my “filler paintings”. Fillers are those that I paint in between larger project minded endeavors such as “Art Porn“, “Sexibition” (currently archived), The Art Cure Project, and more. These projects usually span several months of intense focus and commitment. This is why filler paintings are so wonderful. They’re a relaxed artistic break from the restrictions intent projects place on creativity. Like a well executed quickie, they’re good, short, and pleasurable.

View more new art on www.vontauber.com/paintings

“Bashful”, 16×20 inches,  detailed info on website

Bashful

Bashful

“Out There”, 16×20 inches, detailed info on website

"Out There"

“Out There”

Update: Since writing this post (I actually forgot to post it sooner, oops) I completed another painting, Palm Beach in Heat, that’s very yellow bright and colorful.   You can see it here.

Shortlink:http://wp.me/p3f9L-27n

Spring Art Exhibition at Savannah/HH International Airport Gallery

From now until June 30, 2015, you can view three of my original artworks at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport as part of the Savannah Art Association’s spring show, “Another Blooming Art Show”. The airport gallery is located at the departure hall upstairs by the escalators (pic). The paintings are for sale. Also, these pieces sit with many other local artist talent as part of SAA so if you’re visiting Savannah, be sure to make a quick stop to soak up a bit of local art before you head off to your destination. :)

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Click to view larger

Shortlink:http://wp.me/p3f9L-279

ART PORN, the online gallery

The thing with sex is at some point, if you don’t stop, you have to show the goods.

The ART PORN show has been very successful thus far. I expect low attendance the last two days due to expected rain and the work week but I will be at the gallery 12-7pm Monday and 12-3pm Tuesday for those of you who want to see the art up on a wall before the show ends.

The past few days has been a fantastic journey and feedback has been mostly positive.  I am 100% confident many people were curious but didn’t come to the show out of fear more than judgment and if they could see it in a safe, protected environment such as online, they would. So I give to thee my gallery. Now you can view it privately and share with your friends but if you’re local, I invite you to make the trip to visit Oglethorpe Gallery, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave (and Habersham) to view the full collection in person.  This is the first time this collection is being shown in full. It took approximately 4 months to paint, between September 2014 to January 2015.

I hope you enjoy the art and may you discover something positive about pornography, and perhaps yourself.

Thank you,
Tatiana von Tauber

THE ART PORN ONLINE GALLERY

#artporn

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Savannah Buzz & the “Art Porn” show

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This is Mary from my painting “Mary, Jane and Peter”.

I’ve had a wonderful flow of support for my show, Art Porn this week so far. Rain and the Savannah Music Festival were slight competition challenges for attendance but I think the show has been very successful so far with a fair attendance rate and LOTS of fabulous and interesting comments, some of which I will be sharing with you this week. The show ends Tuesday if you’re Savannah local and want to make it. Hours are below just to make it easy.

Below is the press and controversy about my sign, “Art Porn” being removed due to the HOAs insistence. I’d like to say that while the press has helped publicity and maybe attendance, I think the sign would have been very advantageous to bringing more foot traffic in. As a former storefront owner, signage is KEY to bringing people in outside location and location isn’t prime for Oglethorpe Gallery: it’s in a residential, low foot traffic area. When the sign was up, everyone noticed who walked or drove by. With the sign now, a majority simply go by without looking at the window, probably because it looks like it ALWAYS looks, and with the necessary curtains, zero catches the passerbys attention. Thanks HOA.

Gallery is on the corner of Oglethorpe Ave and Habersham.  Open but without signage, hard to know right?  Well, I am OPEN.

Gallery is on the corner of Oglethorpe Ave and Habersham. Open but without signage, hard to know right? Well, I am OPEN.

I’m not going away and I’m painting more sexual imagery so get to used me in Savannah, especially those who are afraid of artistic or sexual expression and words such as “porn”. A new generation of young minds is flocking to this lovely city and with the current renovations and Broughton Street improvements, tourists and new locals will expect more diversity. One point of Art Porn was to provoke thought and discussion in Savannah. #success

The art community has shown great support for artistic expression and the need for more diversity in Savannah. My favorite paraphrased quote from a viewer yesterday was “I’m so glad you did this. Savannah needs stuff like this to shake it up.”

Let’s shake then.

Current press:

PRESS: The latest Savannah buzz on the #artporn show in “Do Savannah”

1) Interview: Homegrown Savannah: Painter brings ‘Art Porn’ to Oglethorpe Gallery

2) Controversial: Homeowners association tells artist to remove ‘Art Porn’ signage

Hours: noon-7 p.m. Sunday and Monday; noon-3 p.m. Tuesday

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“The word “porn” NEEDS a feminine revamp, no?”

A lot of controversial buzz is going on in Savannah’s art community and my show ART PORN is in the center of it. I have a lot to say about it, of course, but I will only recap the basic facts and leave deeper discussion for the show itself or after it for online audiences.

NOW SHOWING in Savannah, except without the big white ART PORN letters on the windows.

NOW SHOWING in Savannah, except without the big white ART PORN letters on the windows.

1)      Minutes after I blogged my post about ART PORN opening today on all my online networks, I get notification that the homeowner’s association (HOA) is not happy about the word “porn” nor the large size of the letters on the window. I had to remove it. I felt the true problem was the word “Porn” and thus leaving “Art” in 10 inch lettering on the window would be acceptable. It was my only advertising on a very low foot traffic street and so I tried to negotiate it.

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2)      Unexpectedly I bumped into one of the residents who I assumed was the president of the HOA in question on the sidewalk when I went out to see how I could redo the window since the curtains I had to put up basically covered everything, like a white Hijab or burka. I see this woman looking past me and she came to look around me a bit as I was kind of watching her with curiosity and somewhat in her way. I noticed she nodded her head slightly and gave an approved look with her mouth and so I immediately made eye contact and approached her. We spoke for a bit, and she told me she was a resident in the building and we talked about the matter. I asked her if the Art was better, if it was ok as is. She nodded and said “yes, that’s fine” and she made it clear that the word “porn” wasn’t wanted in the neighborhood, and especially that building where not one resident “is under 50″. Interestingly enough, as luck would have it, my last walk in of the day was a man in his 60s who looked at each piece, read each narrative and plans to return with his wife. So there.

3)      An hour or less after that conversation with the woman, the gallery owner notified me that even the “Art” had to go. It was too big, and further, thanks to this situation (and I do apologize) all signs must now be approved by the HOA when showing at the gallery.  There is nothing above the green stripe anymore.

4)      HOA? What do they have to do with a gallery? Simply Oglethorpe Gallery sits nestled in a quaint and beautifully romantic row of homes that belong to the Oglethorpe Avenue’s residential neighborhood. Very pretty. Porn is, well, this is the South: it’s shameful. Except to me and quite frankly, to a lot of others who are just fine with the food porn, book porn, brownie porn or art porn. They might even like a little bit of sex porn. Porn isn’t a scary word, concept or purchase. Freak porn? Yes, I concede but not ALL porn is freak porn and not ALL Savannah residents feel it is appropriate for an HOA to decide our freedoms as human beings, as American citizens or as local artists. So, I’m a bit disappointed because this is apparently the second time in a month this HOA censorship has happened in Savannah.  Is it acceptable, constitutional or moral?  Do HOAs have too much power over the community?  Further, exactly what checks and balances are there for the HOA residents it represents?

5)      My artwork is elegant, classy and beautiful, and yes it’s risque but sex is how we create the future, how we feel connected to someone we love, how we feel pleasure. Pornography does nothing but document the act of these concepts we find value in yet pornography tarnishes it?  Why? The word “porn” NEEDS a feminine revamp, no?

6)      All this buzz caught the attention of the local newspaper. Because, realistically, we can play the hide the porn card but when you hide “Art” and call it out on its size, now you’re stepping on the local talent’s freedom and that’s not ok. So, more on that when word gets out, hopefully in a couple of days there might be another article.  Here’s the current article that is “hot” in  Do Savannah Arts and Entertainment section online about my artistic vision.  It comes out in print tomorrow in #dosavannah.

7)      Open reception is Saturday 3-5pm but I will be open until 8pm. I’m looking forward to meeting some of Savannah’s art enthusiasts!

Spread the word #artporn and a shortlink to this blog post: http://wp.me/p3f9L-26m

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#artporn Opens Today March 19!

NOW SHOWING in Savannah

NOW SHOWING in Savannah

I began painting ART PORN Sept 12, 2014, six months ago after a plane ride to San Francisco on Sept 11th.  I dropped off my teen as she embarked on an adventure to Nepal for six weeks and I realized on the way home that if I were to die in a plane right now, was the life I lived plenty?  No, I decided.  It wasn’t plenty at all.

I returned to Savannah the next day and immediately began painting. I planned three sexy paintings “for fun”  but quickly I became compelled to paint a full collection, blind really to what I was going to do with it at its end but I absolutely loved painting these and it helped refocus my maternal worried mind when my 16 y/o was in a third world country with 10 other teens for six weeks.

After hanging all the paintings yesterday at Oglethrope Gallery and seeing them displayed with no studio distraction, plenty of white wall space and perfect lighting I felt so proud of my accomplishment I have no shame in stating it. This was a lot of work.  I didn’t know I was capable of painting this well after many years of avoiding the painter within to explore the writer and the photographer within instead.  I’m quite confident painting is where I’m going to focus my primary artistic endeavors.

Mini updates about the ART PORN show:

1) March 19 – TODAY – I open ART PORN at the Oglethorpe Gallery in Savannah, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave. Click here for the gallery FB page and map. Click here for my website with show details.

2) Gallery Hours:

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21, 2015 3:00-5:00pm
Exhibition Dates: March 19-24, 2015
Thursday 1-6pm
Friday  4-8pm (Private Reception 4-6pm but I won’t turn anyone away if they wish to join; doors will be open for all)
Saturday 3-8pm
Sunday 12-7pm
Monday 12-7pm
Tuesday 12-3pm

3) Check out this wonderful little article written by Adriana Iris Boatwright for her “Homegrown Savannah” column in Savannah Now. I am very grateful someone in Savannah had confidence in porn and in art (and my vision!) enough to grant me an ear about the show to do an interview. A big applause to my supporters because too many people fear the word “PORN”.

4) ART PORN is a collection of 10 provocative paintings sourced from Internet pornography.  The show is intended for an adult audience and contains sexually explicit imagery.  You know, that stuff you do behind closed doors but keep hush, hush.

5) ART PORN is a sexy collection.  Come and see for yourself! :)

Shortlink:http://wp.me/p3f9L-26f