13 Nov

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the ‘snapshot’ as 1) a casual photograph made typically by an amateur with a small handheld camera and 2) an impression or view of something brief or transitory.

While amateur relates to unprofessional, or non-professional, the first definition is dated by the fact that recording devices, while becoming smaller, are also now capable of more definition; in the case of cameras, we are capturing more pixels quicker and gathering a more clear picture of the focus our eyes make. In a sense, the term amateur might be a relic, a judgement of standards from bygone days.

To the second point, as the pace of modern life speeds up through Internet advancements, we scan social media to take in or leave out data according to our interests. While the essence of life is fleeting, the hope is to synthesize something real, or to fabricate a record of something perceived as the reality of a moment.

Valerie LeBlanc
November 11, 2019

1 STATUE OF LIBERTY – from Staten Island Ferry

2 Guggenheim – exterior

3 Guggenheim – ARTISTIC LICENSE entrance

4 Guggenheim BACK OF THE NECK, Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1983

5 Guggenheim – MOONLIGHT, Philip Guston, 1978

Lawrence Weiner, 1970

7 Guggenheim – Interior levels

8 Central Park – tunnel under bridge

9 Central Park – City view with pathway

10 MoMa (outside) – tour bus advertising CALL OF DUTY, MODERN WARFARE,
video game launch, October 25

11 MoMA (In the gallery of artists reflecting on War) COLLECTIVE SUICIDE,
David-Alfaro-Siqueiros, 1936

12 MoMA closeup: COLLECTIVE SUICIDE, David-Alfaro-Siqueiros, 1936

13 MoMA: SEESAW ACROSS MEXICAN BORDER, Teeter-Totter Wall, meant to foster a sense of unity between the two nations. The work of architecture studio Rael San Fratello, a partnership between San Jose State interior design faculty member Virginia San Fratello and UC Berkeley architecture professor Ronald Rael, author of the 2017 book Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary.

14 MoMA – VL

15 Museum of the Moving Image – Handy-Looky, early portable

16 Museum of the Moving Image – early experiments in capturing movement – bird

17 Museum of the Moving Image – film strip drying spool

18 Museum of the Moving Image – VL, image capture on Digital Flipbook

19 Museum of the Moving Image – exterior patio of museum (surreal space)

20 Snug Harbour Museum grounds – architecture and carriageway

21 Snug Harbour Museum – Mammoth

22 Hudson Yards – VESSEL

23 Statue wash

24 Street manifestation for impeachment

25 Street vendor – Broadway

26 Time Square – RUMORS OF WAR

27 Time Square

28 Time Square – VOTE: image mockup from John Carpenter’s They Live


30 PRINTED MATTER BOOKSTORE, comforting offer

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About Valerie LeBlanc

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pluri-­disciplinary artist and writer Valerie LeBlanc has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between poetry, performance, visual and written theory. Valerie LeBlanc has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s, and is the creator of the MediaPackBoard (MPB), portable screening / performance device.

L’artiste pluridisciplinaire Valerie LeBlanc est vidéaste, poète, performeuse et essayiste. Son travail oscille entre le remarquable et le quotidien. Elle a exposé ses œuvres en Europe, en Australie et au Brésil. Elle crée des vidéopoèmes depuis le milieu des années 1980 et a inventé le MediaPackBoard (MPB), un appareil de projection mobile pour la performance.

Date : April 2020
Genre : Vidéopoésie/Videopoetry

Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie

Small Walker Press

Date : January 2021
Genre : Poetry