Saturday, July 19, 2014

a sampling of new work

Interstitial Space #3 and #9

Saffran  Interstitial Space #3 redux  42" x 19"  sewn color photograph 2014  $400


Saffran    Interstitial Space #9    26" x 19"  sewn color photograph  2014  $300

Idols of the Cave  redux
Saffran  Idol of the Cave #2   19" x 51"  sewn color photograph  $400


Flow - the book version

Saffran  Flow  handmade accordion fold book  7" x 100"  2014  $400 

top view when unfolded
detail inner pages

detail inner pages

detail inner pages

 I will be showing these pieces along with other new works at the On The Way Art Show 
August 3, at Moretown Town Hall - Sunday 12 - 4pm.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

25th Annual Green Mountain Cultural Center Photo Show

You'll have the chance to see three of my constructed still life photographs from two earlier series Searchers and Princess at the Round Barn in Waitsfield during this annual event July 28 - September 1. 

This show is part of the month long Vermont Festival of the Arts celebration held here in the Mad River Valley.

I've heard the opening reception has amazing food but you have to get there early!  There will also be a cash bar and artist talk (not by me!)

Opening Celebration August 6 Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30.

What you will see:

Saffran   Destiny is Opening  2011 13"x19" $300
Saffran  With Him Are The Keys to the Unseen  
2011 13"x19" $300

Saffran    Magic Wand   2010 6.75" x 11.25"  $250

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

exposure to large quantities of art bad for mental health

Stendhal syndrome is characterized by physical and emotional anxiety up to the level of a panic attack, dissociative experiences, confusion, and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art. 
The syndrome is usually triggered by art that is perceived as particularly beautiful or when the individual is exposed to large quantities of art that are concentrated in a single place. 
The term can also be applied to a similar reaction to an overwhelming experience, for example when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.
Stendhal syndrome is named after the famous 19th century French author Stendhal who described his experience with the phenomenon during his visit to Florence, Italy, in 1817, when he was 34 years old. 
It has also been called hyperculturemia or Florence syndrome. Usually, Stendhal syndrome is self-limited and not followed by lasting or severe mental sequelae, and no interventions beyond supportive measures are needed.
No interventions beyond supportive measures are needed! 
reprinted from Medscape   sent to me by Bruce

Monday, June 16, 2014

take note . . .

Two of the aprons from the Domestic Lives of Others will be shown as part of this event.  

Alternative Process Photography Group Show

Come meet the artists:
Friday, July 11th from 6-8 closing reception

Show runs from June 2nd – July 12th
Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop, 5 Stowe Street, Waterbury

In recent years, contemporary photographers have been taking a fresh look at early printing processes. Axel’s is pleased to announce an exhibition showcasing alternative process photography, curated by Matt Larson, a photographer and alternative process printmaker from Waterbury Center.

Work by ten Vermont artists who are exploring methods including Ambrotype, Bromoil, Cyanotype, Hand Coloring, Lith Print, Polaroid Transfer, Platinum/Palladium, Van Dyke Brown, and Wet-Plate Collodion will be exhibited.

Artists that are exhibiting are Victoria Blewer, Melanie Considine, Alexis Doshas, Emma Howell, Gary Kittredge, Matt Larson, Nelson Parker, Michelle Saffran, Patricia Lyon-Surrey, and Linda Treash.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Interstitial #3 Triptych

Interstitial #3  Triptych Michelle Saffran 2014  each panel 13" x 19" $450

Interstitial # 3 detail  Michelle Saffran 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

the latest - space, energy and identity

Michelle Saffran  Green Fire  28" x 19"  sewn photograph 2014  $250

detail Green Fire  Michelle Saffran

Michelle Saffran  Interstitial Space #1  24" x 13"  sewn photograph 2014  $250
Michelle Saffran  detail Interstitial Space #1 

Michelle Saffran  Interstitial Space #2  24" x 13"  sewn photograph 2014  $250
Michelle Saffran  Interstitial Space #2 

Michelle Saffran  Failure of Words  sewn photograph with book pages  2014  $400

Michelle Saffran  detail Failure of Words

Michelle Saffran  detail Failure of Words
Interstitial space is a discrete zone that exist between two structures. Its function is not that of a transition phase nor is it defined by the characteristics of its neighboring regions. It is an area that is complete and useful on its own terms.  My interest is in the energy inherent in this territory and how once depicted might become a place for reflection on purpose and identity.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

why drive 4 hours to see art

Under The Surface, Surrealist Photography was an "AHA" moment for me.  Traveling straight to my heart and prying lose an internal gasp of understanding.

Like an orphan finally finding her birth parents after years of disappointing searches or P.D. Eastman's hatch-ling returning to the nest after a litany of "Are you my mother?"

For me, jaded by most photography in this age where everyone is a photographer, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art's exhibit stopped me in my tracks and propelled me straight into admiration.

The sixty photographs, mainly from the first half of the 1900's, ranged from the happy accident of Frederick Sommer's double exposure portrait of Max Ernst to the amazing Spell of the Shadow by Clarence John Laughlin.  Along with the expected May Ray rayograms and solarization experiments the show expanded my understanding of surrealism through the inclusion of works by Eugene Atget and Brassai, photographers not generally thought of as surrealists, but included because of their enigmatic presence their "chance capturing on film of some marvelous coincidence" (Andrea Rosen Curatorial Assistant)
Frederick Sommer  Max Ernst 1946

Clarence John Laughlin  The Spell of the Shadow  1953

While I loved it all my favorites where Lee Millers Exploding Hand (what's not to love!) and Dream 28 by Grete Stern.  Stern's photographs accompanied a regular column in an Argentinian women's magazine called "Psychoanalysis Will Help You".  The column analyzed readers dreams in the latest Freudian style.

Lee Miller  Exploding Hand  1930

Grete Stern  Dream 28 1951

Standing in the presence of these images, experiencing the physicality of them - their scale, the subtle gradation of tones, the thickness of the paper - all under the beautiful gallery lighting - cannot be duplicated on the computer screen or even in a book. This is why I drive 4 hours to see art.