Alum Brandy Watts's Book of Alain Liogier’s Field Photographs featured in UCLA

By Joanie Harmon

By Joanie Harmon

Although many students in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies have had internship and job experience that often leads to prestigious positions in a variety of fields, it is uncommon for students like Brandy Watts to end up with a published book before graduation. However, the MLIS candidate, who graduates this spring, has done just that. Her volume on “The Field Photographs of Alain H. Liogier: Plants of Hispaniola, Dominican Republic, 1968-1969” (New York: New York Botanical Garden Press. 2017, Print) examines the renowned botanist’s practice of capturing plant specimens through Kodachrome prints that depict each of them in their natural environment.

While earning her first master’s degree in lens-based media at the School of Visual Arts, Watts worked as an intern at the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden, which involved curating and digitizing plant specimens for a project on the Caribbean region, she came across a specimen of Liogier’s, which attracted her attention.

“[Liogier had] collected some 20,000 specimens, and roughly 217 of them had field photographs attached to the specimen sheets, which is an unusual method for botanists,” says Watts. “The field photograph shows the plant specimen growing in its natural habitat before having been collected. By attaching it to the specimen sheet, Liogier may have seen a certain research value in having all the collection material together, which consists of the plant specimen, collection label, locality map, and field photograph.”

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Q&A with Jeremy August Haik in Aint–BAD


Interview with Dana Stirling

Jeremy August Haik is an artist and writer. His work has been exhibited most recently at Aperture Gallery, NY; Foley Gallery, NY, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland; Cindy Rucker Gallery, NY; PCNW, Seattle; Michael Matthews Gallery, NY; The Camera Club of NY, and Guest Spot, Baltimore. His writing and photography has been published in print and online most recently by Conveyor Editions, Mt. Figure, Der Greif, and Baxter St. CCNY. He recently published his first book Permanent Constructions with Brooklyn-based Silent Face Projects. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

In this series, each image is the product of experimentation with washes of colored light, arrangements of printed photographs and diagrams, and the materials of analog photography (polaroids and 4×5 negatives). The camera is mounted overhead and the process of photographing the composition is controlled through the computer; I usually don’t touch the camera at all. The blending of chance and intention in the way these images are constructed reflects my interest in the pliant nature of knowledge and historical narrative. By looking at small details and the physical characteristics of the collage elements, the subtle influence these material qualities have on the message they hold becomes more visible. In my work, I am examining the influence of this material container — text, diagram, paper, or photograph — on the meaning it holds, and suggesting the possibility of alternative narratives through photography.


The 9th iteration of the Re: Art Show organized by alumni Erin Davis and Max C Lee

The ninth iteration of Re: Art Show, Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:, Opening Saturday, March 18th from 6-10pm, up through April 15th.

This month Erin and Max have invited two guest curators, Alice Sparkly Kat and Patrick McNabb, to combine their separate-but-similar ideas into a dynamic exhibition about sexuality, gender, queerness, and subculture.

Highlights include:

  • A performance by trans wave band Deadname on the night of the opening (8pm).

  • Issues of Newspaper, created by Marcelo Gabriel Yáñez, a revival of Steve Lawrence’s publication of the same name from 1969, will be on display and for sale. 50% of proceeds go to ACLU, with the rest going directly to the artist.

Participating artists include: Ariel Jackson, Nandi Loaf, Adam Boothman, Ellis von Sternberg, Willie Stewart, Parissah Lin, Branch Ashton Hudgins, Nick Alciati, Zalika Azim, Elinor Carucci, Matthew Morrocco, Bryson Rand, Krista Louise Smith, and Pacifico Silano.