WOMAN IN MOTION By Rick Doble

Artist's Statements & Resume




From the Exhibit at the North Gallery
at the Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC (1995)

      An  exhibiting  photographer  for   25 
 years,  Rick  Doble decided to  rework  the 
 classic  photographs of Eadweard  Muybridge 
 from  the  "Human  and  Animal  Locomotion" 
 series  (1887).  Doble  wanted  to   create 
 images   that   were  at  the   same   time 
 photographic,  painterly and  computerized; 
 formal  and  unposed;  100  years  old  and 
 modern.
      The "Woman in Motion" exhibit is  both 
 a departure and a consolidation of  Doble's 
 skills.  It  combines his  experience  with 
 historic  photographs  as Director  of  the 
 Durham   Historic   Photographic   Archives 
 Project   along  with  years  of   computer 
 programing  and  a life  long  interest  in 
 painting. 
      Writing  half of the software  himself 
 for  this  show,  Doble  wanted  to  become 
 intimately  involved  in  all  aspects   of 
 creating   computer  imagery  rather   than 
 simply using commercial software.
      Pictures  from the "Woman  in  Motion" 
 series  have  been reproduced in  color  in 
 Sanskrit,  a  magazine  published  by  UNC-
 Charlotte, and were considered in the final 
 selection  for  the Competition  for  North 
 American  Artists by the Museum  of  Modern 
 Art of Miami. 
      A  North Carolina citizen for over  30 
 years, Rick Doble received a Masters Degree 
 in Communications from the Dept. of  Radio, 
 TV, and Motion Pictures at UNC-Chapel  Hill 
 in 1975.

From the One Man Exhibit
at the Cambron Black Gallery, Beaufort, NC (1993)

MUYBRIDGE REVISIONED
      As a photographer for over 20 years, I 
 decided  in 1988 to explore the  computer's 
 ability to work with photographic images. I 
 wrote  five major computer programs to  aid 
 me  in digitizing pictures, and used  these 
 along  with several commercial programs  to 
 transfer  an  image from  a  video  camera, 
 alter  any of its 50,000  points  (pixels), 
 and  then print it out in color.  This  was 
 done    on  inexpensive   equipment   which 
 produced  a rough dot pattern that I  liked 
 for its painting-like quality.
    Once  I had accomplished this, I  turned 
 to  the work of Eadweard  Muybridge.  Being 
 over a hundred years old, it was no  longer 
 under  copyright.  His  studies  of   human 
 motion  changed  forever  the  way  artists 
 looked   at  the  human  body,   and   were 
 instrumental  in the development of  modern 
 painting  and motion pictures. They  showed 
 the   continuous  movement  of   a   figure  
 simultaneously  from several  angles,  each 
 frame   frozen  in  a  split  second,   not 
 artificially posed.
    My  goal was to redraw his figures  with 
 an artistic eye, through careful  selection 
 and close cropping, as well as the addition 
 of  color,  background,  abstraction,   and 
 mood.  I  wanted to create a new  work,  in 
 much  the same way as a musician creates  a 
 novel  rendering of an older melody,  or  a 
 classical  composer  orchestrates  a  piano 
 piece by a predecessor.
    From  thousands of shots I selected  the 
 few  you see in this exhibit. The  computer 
 translated  my  video  close-ups  into   16 
 shades of gray. I then assigned each  shade 
 1  of  64 colors.  Over several   months  I 
 developed approx.  50 complete  sets of  16 
 colors (palettes) which I tried out on  new 
 pictures   and  modified.  In  addition   I 
 usually  eliminated  the  lined  background 
 Muybridge  had set up for  reference,   and  
 sometimes    added    my   own    patterns.  
 Occasionally  I  used  computer  techniques 
 to  abstract  the figure. Each  image  took 
 about four hours to complete.
    These  were then printed on an  ink  jet 
 printer,  using  two  different  commercial 
 printer drivers. I did this so I would have 
 two  hardcopy translations of  the  monitor 
 image  to  choose from. I also  replaced  a 
 chip in the printer to get richer colors.
    The  final step was to make color  laser 
 copies, which both enlarged and intensified 
 the  picture.  I  made  each  one   myself, 
 modifying the color settings on the  copier 
 as needed.



Portait of the artist - ages 5,16,23,50
Portrait of the artist
ages 5, 16, 23, 50.

Resume and History of the Exhibit

 
   MUYBRIDGE EXHIBIT                          DATES
 ------------------------------------------------------
 GREENVILE MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBIT              1995
   Exhibit dates (North Gallery):
    Sept 8, 1995 - Oct. 29, 1995
 2 PICTURES PUBLISHED - SANSKRIT MAGAZINE     1994
   Printed in color, one to a page,  
    April, 1994,
    publication of UNC-Charlotte
 FINALIST -                                   1994
   COMPETITION FOR NOTH AMERICAN ARTISTS   
   Sponsored by the 
   Museum of Modern Art of Miami
 ONE MAN SHOW: WOMAN IN MOTION                1993
   30 enlarged color computer images based on
    the photographs of Eadweard Muybridge:
    Cambron Black Gallery, Beaufort, NC
 FEATURE ARTICLE                              1993
   Carteret News-Times, Morehead City-Beaufort
   "Artist to bring 113-year-old work 
    'back to the future'"
 HONORABLE MENTION                            1993
   Carteret County Arts Council: Juried Show
 PORTFOLIO PRESENTED                          1992
   Society for Photographic Education, 
    Southern Chapter, Annual Convention
 EXHIBIT                                      1992
   Carteret Community College, 
    15 color computer printouts
 
   MUYBRIDGE EXHIBIT BACKGROUND               DATES
 ------------------------------------------------------
 IN PROGRESS SINCE 1988                       1988-1993
   Five major programs written 
    in basic & assembly
    to aid in digitizing 
    Muybridge photographs
 11 YEARS EXPERIENCE WITH COMPUTERS           1983-1993
 
   PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITS & PURCHASES           DATES
 ------------------------------------------------------
 SIX ONE MAN SHOWS OF NEW WORK                1972-1991
 DIRECTOR OF EXHIBIT OF 
   HISTORIC DURHAM PHOTOGRAPHY 1979
 BEST IN SHOW, BEST LANDSCAPE,                1975
   2ND PLACE PORTRAIT                         
 DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL
 EXHIBITED PHOTOGRAPHS PURCHASED              1975-1984
   Duke Hospital, First Union Bank,
   Regional Coordinator - NEA
 
   PHOTOGRAPHY PUBLICATIONS                   DATES
 ------------------------------------------------------
 FOUR BOOK COVERS - CAROLINA WREN PRESS       1982-1987
 ALBUM COVER - RED CLAY RAMBLERS              1982
 MAGAZINE COVER - SOUTHERN EXPOSURE           1977
 EDITOR - PHOTOGRAPHY COLUMN, 
  THE GUIDE TO THE TRIANGLE                   1975-1983
 PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEWER - NC ANVIL              1970-1973
 
 
   PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE                     DATES
 ------------------------------------------------------
 FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER                       1975-1987
   Created & taught four different 
    classes in photography.
   Photography clients included: 
    The Duke Alumni Magazine,
    The Durham Chamber of Commerce, 
    Central Carolina Bank
 TAUGHT OVER TWELVE DIFFERENT WORKSHOPS       1975-1987
   Including workshops at: Duke, DTI, NCCU
 DIRECTOR:                                    
   DURHAM PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE PROJECT        1978-1981
   Project to preserve Durham's past 
    in photographs.
   Archive now housed in the 
    Durham County Library.
 DIRECTOR: DURHAM RESTORATION OR RENEWAL      1977
   Traveling slide-tape show of 
    Durham architecture
    both lost and threatened.
 
   EDUCATION                                  DATES
 ------------------------------------------------------
 M.A.C., DEPT. OF RADIO, TV, 
    & MOTION PICTURES -                       1975
    UNC-CHAPEL HILL
 B.A., ENGLISH - UNC-CHAPEL HILL, 
    HONORS IN WRITING                         1966
 

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© Richard deGaris Doble, 1997