Tuesday, April 29, 2008

OPEN ROAD/Languid Pose

Photographer, screenwriter, educator and former manager of The Germs (!) Nicole Panter is showing a collection of photos at Counter Culture on Baca Street starting May 1.

The show is called OPEN ROAD/Languid Pose. Of the Languid Pose photos, Nicole writes:
"The 20” x 30” large prints are an exploration of technological translations. The original prints were Polaroid SX-70s taken in 1977. In 2008, using a digital photo scanner in a drugstore, I transferred the images to disc and then, via email, ordered the large prints from Costco. These images are printed in an edition limited to 20 each.

The flaws in the prints were accumulated during the different stages of translation from medium to medium and are part of the history of the evolution of the images.

As someone just recently turned on to the joys of the digital photo machines at Sam's Club, I'm intrigued with this process.

Of the smaller OPEN ROAD photos, Nicole says they were shot:

"in locations off the interstate on my regular trajectory between Santa Fe, NM and Twentynine Palms, CA. In an increasingly franchised American landscape, I am interested in preserving and archiving images of the handmade, the homemade, the Mom and Pop, the unusual, the sadly vanishing icon."
Nicole says she's one of 25 misfits who "spontaneously combusted into what would become known as the Los Angeles punk rock scene." She's appeared in a couple of my favorite videos of the 1980s, The Decline of Western Civilization (the documentary of the L.A. punk-rock scene in which she's interviewed about Darby Crash and The Germs) and The Pee Wee Herman Show, a stage show taped for HBO that served as the precursor to Pee Wee's Playhouse.

Nicole currently teaches screenwriting at the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) and The College of Santa Fe, splitting her time between Santa Fe and Twentynine Palms, California.

Go check out those photos!

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