Friday, April 13, 2012

Iris Rising: QR Art Guide

This QR code will take you to the mobile site using your QR phone app.

 Iris PhotoCollective, in collaboration with sound curator George Fishman, have placed QR codes in "Eclectic", a art showcase at the Little Haiti Community Center (LHCC) in Miami, Florida.  Using your smart phone,  just scan the QR code and you can learn about this exciting new technology.

You can download a QR code scanner for your smart phone now by going to and following the instructions. After the application is installed in your phone, you just launch it and “snap” a QR code, as though you were taking a photo. The app will read it and automatically open the link, so the audio can play. You can listen right away, or snap the code and listen later. Most apps keep a “history” of codes you have scanned.

ABOUT QR ART GUIDE is a service that records and edits artist and curatorial commentaries then delivers them to audiences through their smart phones. Visit the site on your computer or smart phone for more information. 

Photojournalist Carl Juste, left, is interviewed by Fishman.

George Fishman received a fine arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He has designed and created commissioned mosaic artworks for 25 years, while also writing, editing and presenting at conferences and serving on arts boards. In 2009 he began recording interviews with arts professionals, collecting them on the Mosaic of Art web site, and now links edited audio commentaries to QR codes for galleries, artists and institutions 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Iris Rising: "A Woman's Eye"

The exhibit is an array of exciting IPC Visual Lab students' works by four women who, each equipped with a unique personal and professional vision, interpret life in South Florida through visual symbols.  Their documentary photography is driven by a wide range of emotional forces – humanistic and aesthetic – distinctly synergized by the feminine perspective.

The exhibit is curated by Carl Juste, an award-winning Miami Herald photojournalist who most recently, co-curated the highly acclaimed “I Witness” exhibit at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery – a seminal body of work by international photojournalists.   Jenny Babot Romney co-curates and exhibits her own work.

Commenting upon the importance of showcasing the female perspective, Juste says, “Women offer a holistic approach and try to find a more complete picture.  Rather than searching for visual impact, they offer more of a visual stroke.”

Exhibiting artists, all photography students at the IPC Visual Lab co-founded by Juste, come from four different walks of life:

Jenny Babot Romney is Presentation Manager for the Advertising Division of the Miami Herald Media Company.  Romney began studying photography 8 years ago and she freelances as a portraiture and wedding photographer.

Jennifer Kay is a Miami-based journalist for the Associated Press.  Kay has twice been a finalist for the South Florida Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards, honored by the National Association of Caribbean-American Journalists, and won a 1999-2000 Virginia Press Award for a front-page story about gang activity in the D.C. metro area.

Sacha Suarez is Senior Manager, Partner Relations at Univision.  Her true passion and calling since age 14 has been art – drawing, painting, and molding any medium.  Suarez is a professional artist and freelances for the Miami Herald and private engagements.

Nanci Thomas founded the Oscar Thomas Foundation in 1997 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of her late husband, his achievements, and to carry on his dream of a better life for others through the power of art.  Thomas’ husband was an iconic billboard, mural, and portrait artist who was once described by NBC News as “the country’s leading artist of Dr. Martin Luther King.”  Thomas, who once studied art with her late husband, reclaimed her artistic voice through learning photography.

“A Woman’s Eye is a project inspired from observation and a feeling of passion for South Florida where so much of life is lived out in the open, in the streets, as well as in its natural environment, “comments Jenny Babot Romney.  “South Florida is a vibrant and colorful place that takes center stage through the eyes of these four female photographers.”

Whereas each woman brings a different viewpoint, the exhibit as a collective showcases the possibility of visual storytelling.  “The exhibit,” says Juste “is a conduit for creativity and an opportunity to channel it into something positive.  Together these women can speak a greater truth not achieved individually.”
“A Woman’s Eye” runs through June, 2012 Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with other hours available by appointment by calling (305) 751-8367.  The exhibit is free.

 What:       "A Woman's Eye"

When:      Saturday, April 21, 2012
                  6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Where:     ACND Gallery of Art
                 Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep
                 4949 NE 2nd, Avenue
                 Miami, Florida 33137

Contact:  305-751-8367