Adventures in Still Life
This class will help develop your still life practice into a body of work that’s cohesive and expressive — whether you’re creating a portfolio of abstracted botanical landscapes, working on the photos for your own cookbook, or even channeling the poetic vanitas of Dutch master paintings. We’ll study strategies and visual compositions used by contemporary artists in their still life practice as a means to further your own, as well as analyzing practical matters like lighting. Supported by in-class critique and brainstorming exercises, you’ll develop your still life ideas into a portfolio. Assignments are customized to each student individually, to help you develop your own voice in the still life genre. This class would be a good opportunity to work on a project or to simply experiment with different techniques each week. To allow time to work on your still lifes, the class session are spread out over 8 weeks.
Néstor Pérez-Molière was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently resides in The Bronx. His practice takes place mainly in the realm of photography, but also incorporates performance, drawing, video, installation, and intaglio techniques. All of these are used in unison as he turns his camera on himself and delves into self-portraiture, exploring his relationship with his body, body image ideals, and food relationships as subject matter.
Nestor has an MFA from Hunter College and holds a BSc in botany. He was part of the Artist in the Marketplace and Creative Capital’s Taller mentorship programs, and was part of The Bronx Museum of the Art’s Fourth Biennial. He has exhibited at the Museo de las Américas, the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Longwood Gallery, and the Liga de Artes de San Juan. He currently teaches digital and darkroom photography at the International Center of Photography and The Point CDC.Néstor teaches lighting for still life and more for StrudelmediaLive.