Tinytinygroupshow unveiled its latest show, “Unreal,” yesterday. The online photography exhibition features 21 photographs by 18 different artists from five different countries and 11 different states. “That’s the beauty of an online exhibition – no crates, insurance forms or lost artwork,” said founder and curator Kevin Miyazaki.
As the name implies, all featured photos are either set up, digitally altered or contains something — you guessed it — unreal. “Photography can be used to document evidence, but it doesn’t need to. These artists are creating work where the element of the ‘unreal’ is important,” said Miyazaki.
Miyazaki collects the photos from his searches online and his own photography books. Some of the photos are not visible in the exhibit but must be clicked on to take you to an external site.
One of these photos is Robert Kenneth Wilson’s infamous Surgeon’s Photography taken in Scotland in 1934 of the alleged Loch Ness Monster. In 1994 Christian Spurling made a deathbed confession of his involvement with the hoax, claiming the monster had been created with a toy submarine and plastic.
Also included in the series is a 2008 photo released (and later retracted) by Agence France-Presse. The photo shows four missiles being launched as part of an Iranian missile test. The photo appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune as well as BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com and many other media outlets. It was later revealed that the fourth missile had been digitally altered into the photo, causing many of those same media outlets to retract the image.
In another photo, Two years later, I was drunk enough to sing at the St. Pat’s Party. How embarrassing!, Chicago artist Jennifer Greenburg manipulates herself in place of the original subject of a vintage, black and white photo. The photo is part of her series “Revisiting History,” where she has done the same thing in various scenes, from playing the piano to laying in a casket.
At first glance, there doesn’t seem anything strange with Emily Shur’s photo Untiled #15. That is until you notice the strange palm tree in the background. The fake palm tree in is actually disguising a cell phone tower, the subject of Shur’s series “Nature Calls,” showcasing these camouflaged eyesores of southern California.
Without a curatorial statement or introduction to the exhibit, the photos and their theme is left to the viewer’s interpretation, “allowing the viewers to experience the pictures and come away with their own ideas and connections that may exist within the work,” said Miyazaki.
Miyazaki has released three exhibits on tinytinygroupshow in the last year. He plans on unveiling a new exhibit within the next three months. Watch out for what he does next and enjoy the Milwaukee art scene from the comfort of your couch.