What Happened to Beautiful Art?

This is a video about why so much modern art is just so bad, with artist Robert Florczak:

For two millennia, great artists set the standard for beauty. Now those standards are gone. Modern art is a competition between the ugly and the twisted; the most shocking wins. What happened? How did the beautiful come to be reviled and bad taste come to be celebrated? Renowned artist Robert Florczak explains the history and the mystery behind this change and how it can be stopped and even reversed.

I’m not so sure I fully agree with Robert Florczak on his assessment but it does make one think. My work is based on a personal vision of what I consider to be beautiful. I’ve been told that my photography doesn’t harvest the dark side of humanity so it will just be something pretty to look at — pretty to look at won’t sell to a broad art market. So, if I want to cash in on the art market, I have to make my art shocking, disgusting and offensive to be accepted. Well, I choose not to. I will always present the world as I see it… a beautiful place. If you feel the same way I do, put some of my art on your walls. Enjoy the beauty. Reject the ugly.

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Sam Dobrow to Exhibit at Coconut Grove Art Walk, 3 May 2014

Sam Dobrow, a resident artist living in Coconut Grove, will be exhibiting several limited edition acrylic prints from his South Beach Collection. The exhibit can be seen free of charge from 7 – 10 PM on Saturday, May 3, 2014 during the Coconut Grove Art Walk. Sam Dobrow’s exhibit, in conjunction with Brenda’s Boutique, is located just off Main Highway between Commodore Plaza and Fuller Street at 3444 N. Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL.

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The Truth of Perceptualism in Photographic Art

For several years I have been developing a style of post processing for my images which I call “Perceptualism”. Perceptualism is the expression of how I perceive the experience. I choose to push the contrast, saturation and sharpness to a level of abstraction to emphasize details that typically go unnoticed as we walk on by. When I capture an image, I look for interesting graphic elements and compositional lines in a scene then focus on the story it tells. Back in the digital darkroom, I experiment with color, sharpness and texture to develop the desired outcome. This article looks back at the history of photographic art to provide a foundation for the new direction I am exploring.

I began my work in photography with black and white. I learned to look at the scene through my viewfinder as if it were monochromatic with an emphasis on light and shadows to create form and mood. The abstraction of black and white did not change the content but it could definitely change it’s perception. With the advent of digital photography, I began to see opportunities to add different levels of abstraction to the image. Those abstractions did not change the content but they certainly did alter the perception of the image and its representation. My choice of abstractions, focus, contrast, colors and hues are carefully constructed to convey my perception of the composition.
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Eye Candy – a photographer’s “gift”

The term “eye candy” has different meanings to different people but it generally means something sweet to look at. As a photographic artist, I am always on the lookout for something sweet to look at. Sometimes I go out seeking something specific. I may have passed a site many times and finally decided to go there at a specific time of day to capture it. Other times, I might be just doing my every day errands and then, right there in front of me, totally unplanned and unexpected “it” is staring me in the face, bold as ever, begging me to capture the moment. When I have my camera in hand, ready for the moment, that resulting photograph is what I call a “gift”.

I received this gift late in the afternoon on May 4, 2011 as I was driving along Georgia Hwy 9 between Alpharetta and Cumming on my way back from a photo shoot of a young family. The scene above caught my eye. There was no place to stop. I turned around and looked again. Finally I found a small driveway I could pull into and walk to make this photo. Most people would just keep driving by because there was no place to pull over. Being the determined photographer, I found a way.

The late daylight cast a warm glow over the field of yellow flowers back-lighting these black cattle feasting on their gift of spring. The sky had nice clouds and all the trees were lush with tender spring leaves. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. I made three bracketed exposures to create this HDR photo.

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