Bruce Gilden and art that is round
I would like to say I think about art all the time because I do. This past week however I’ve “really” been thinking about art. Last Tuesday I was mindlessly scrolling through my YouTube suggestions when a video of Bruce Gilden popped up. It was a WNYC Street Shots video that follows Bruce while he’s walking around New York making work. I had come across his work before most notably his essay, Farm Boys and Farm Girls. The images Bruce makes are strong, striking emotive photos that arrive at such great immediacy. Not until I had seen the streets shot the video had been the first time I seen Bruce himself on camera, let alone him or someone of his caliber actively making their work. This was inspiring to me in so many ways, but I think what left me most in awe was how fearless and aggressive he was. The way he worked to make the photos felt just as important as the work itself. His work is so unapologetically human and round. From the subject of his photos to the way moves his body and the way he talks about the work. Bruce Gilden represents the good bad and ugly parts of being a person.