“Mind Prints” ?! What The Hell Are Those? [A Fresh Book From Frank Meo]

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38 Responses to “Mind Prints” ?! What The Hell Are Those? [A Fresh Book From Frank Meo]

  1. Daniel Kappelle January 16, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Interesting, a very creative and special approach to an art booklet. I like the idea, but I wouldn’t buy this.

  2. Chris January 16, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Brilliant.
    I was sceptical but it totally works. If I had to critique, I’m not sure I like how John Lennon’s eyes are out of focus in the pic with the lawyers. It just brings down the impression for me.

  3. Mike Charbonneau January 16, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Nice idea (it does work) but I would have called the project “Picture This”

  4. don't flame me January 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    you have got to be kidding me. Please don’t tell me this is something anyone expects us to buy….with money?! Heres a even better doper beatnick idea, print a book called “mind photos” and just leave the pages blank, and we will have to create the images with our brain cameras…

    its not even original thoughts, its just a couple words on a page about something that happened in the past, its not even the “artists” original idea! nothing about this is original or “artistic” or creative.

    “brilliant”?! really?

    • David January 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      LOL at posting a trolling rant post as “don’t flame me.”

    • Chase January 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      hey @mr/mrs don’t flame me.

      I’m leaving the soul of your post, but editing out the insults. in the future, if you have an opinion, it’s good to share it, just avoid outright name calling – you’ll do better to get your opinion heard. normally, I just outright delete such posts.

      but i’m keeping the heart of your matter so as to clarify a point.

      now, considering what you said above, I still have to disagree. these pieces of art are called “conceptual”. they don’t have to do with pretty pictures necessarily. conceptual art widely and highly regarded in the art world as legit. so hopefully you’ll take that to heart in forming opinions on this and future conceptual works.

      • Michel Sauret January 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

        I get what you’re saying Chase, but I personally find the book very gimicky… there are so many more things out there (especially books) more stimulating and energizing for artists.

        I find the overall idea rather lame… it’s almost like a bad college assignment that you turn in last minute without much effort

    • Don Juan January 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      Haha, love this response.

  5. Scott January 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    He lost me at “Joan Benet Ramsey”. Sigh…

    • David January 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Yeah, that got me, too. Pretty huge error. That and J. Edgar Hoover in a dress, since that is a proven myth (http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/cross-dressing-j-edgar-hoover-story-dismissed-by-historians/2011/11/08/gIQAyiiQCN_story.html). Also, Gotti wasn’t alleged to be in the car with Sliwa.

      I appreciate the concept — I think it is powerful to have one’s attention drawn to how vividly we can imagine these situations. I do not appreciate the inaccuracies in some of the scenarios that even minor vetting would have corrected.

      • Kurtis Bowersock January 18, 2012 at 4:23 am #

        Are you saying that you never heard a rumor and made it true in your head; thought out the entire situation with vivid images. That’s half the fun of the book. I don’t think they’re trying to get us to recall the factual images in the media as much as the ones we made up. So, if the story wasn’t true… that just makes it better.

  6. Marc S January 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    The mix of history, news, and rumors, and gags dilutes the impact a bit.

  7. Vincenzo January 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    The concept is very cool, don’t get me wrong… and I love history and have many times thought of things just like this in my head. However, to call this art? I would be hard pressed to find more than 1 in 100 even understand this, let alone purchase it. Seems to me that anyone can make a dollar with any type of idea today.

    On the other hand, love your stuff Chase, keep up the good work.

  8. Mike Padua January 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I think this is the start of a great idea which will lead to something else (what that is, I can’t claim to know). However, it just doesn’t speak to me and I’m not really feeling the impact.

    It does, however, interest me in learning more about Frank Meo and what he does. If that’s the point, mission accomplished.

  9. WUFEST January 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    as any creative art work goes, you always have to start with something visual. I don’t suppose you have to see it in a defined shape.

    You can’t always put a $ onto every single art piece.

    If by purchasing a concept with these pages on a recycle paper with no hard binding but going through them at the most random times in our mind then producing something of our own. That is money worth spend isn’t it.

    The media isn’t the key. Its what the concept would eventually evolved to that counts.

    would I buy the book?
    would I want to meet the person behind the concept?
    wouldn’t it be great if I am able to visualize all of my ideas in my art creation process?

  10. Justin January 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I like the concept for sure. This could be the new porno.

  11. Kurt January 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    After reading it twice, I kind of like it. I create the “pictures” in my mind and can actually visualize them.

    I’d buy the book if it cost $5 though for a coffee table book. Not more.

  12. Alan Matthews January 17, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    I won’t flame but this is one that has me scratching my head.

  13. stanchung January 17, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Let me sell ya a lump of coal- it’s a diamond, really. I don’t buy it but thanks for sharing.

  14. John Garon January 17, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Is it just me, or is this a “why didn’t I think of that” moment? Great concept.

  15. Chris Reardon January 17, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    I think that everyone is more just pissed they didn’t think of it first. ;)

  16. JerseyStyle Photography January 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Guy in New Jersey. [not getting the point of this]

    I guess I don’t get why this will be in the Art Directors of NY gallery for six weeks. I don’t see it as visual, no pun intended.

    Isn’t this what all books do? You read words and then create images in your head to fit what your read.

    “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth.”

    Everyone has a different idea of what Lolita looks like, different than Mr. Nabokov. But no one is hanging the book in the Art Directors Gallery.

    I dunno. Not for me. To “Pet Rock”-ish

  17. Sy S. January 18, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    Chase, sorry but this one is just plain lame. This “book” is just another example of someone trying way too hard, or not hard enough, to be different. This is just another sign of society in decline.. Also, in your words ,” conceptual art widely and highly regarded in the art world as legit”.. What exactly does that mean? I enjoy your blog quite a bit, but this just doesn’t make much sense. What is “legit” in the world of art? Legitimate: Conforming to the law or to rules…. I was not aware of any rules regarding art.

    • chase jarvis January 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      glad you felt like sharing your opinion. I don’t agree with it, but that’s fine by me. to answer your question…by “legit: i mean “legitimate” and by that I mean that it’s a recognized well-rounded, growing, evolving discipline within art. it’s not some crazy ass fringe thing. as in “conceptual” art.

      an example of something that wouldn’t be recognized would be fingernail painting.

      • Alan Matthews January 19, 2012 at 7:43 am #

        You should see my daughter’s fingernail painting ;)

  18. RobyFabro January 18, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Fascinating, we all have our personal image book printed in our mind! :)

  19. MattVanBIene January 19, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    why this book kinda kicks ass…

    It makes me picture Ted Kaczynski stumbling into the post office with an arm-full of oddly shaped letters. Desperately trying to hold them all and not drop one. As he lumbers toward the counter, a bomb filled letter slips and as Ted watches it drop in horror it is caught by a stranger passing by. The clerk looks over at him and smiles, “well don’t you have a lot of friends.” He gives her a half-cocked smile, trying to look and innocent and friendly, “uh, yeah you could say that.”….

    This makes me chuckle. What price can you put on a good chuckle?

  20. Frank Meo January 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Thanks for all of the comments and I do mean all. I really appreciate you taking time to stop, join the discussion and contribute to the conversation. It means the world to me. As a small way to say thanks I’d like to send all of you a copy of the book, yes all. Of course no charge, you’ll receive the book within a week – no strings. Again thanks to Chase for starting the dialog. Please send me your mailing address to: frank@thephotocloser.com.

    • chase jarvis January 25, 2012 at 1:10 am #

      very generous of you, Frank!

    • Andi February 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Ahh, well, I quite like the concept. It’s different – but it is not related to photographic art in my view. As mentioned already above, it reminds me of reading…

      BTW, I probably shouldn’t have posted this now after Frank offered a book for everybody commenting so far ;-)

      • Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 11:53 am #

        Andi send me your address…. book waiting

      • Frank Meo December 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

        Send me your address – I want to send you a book. email me @ meoreps@aol.com

  21. jenn January 23, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    Not quite the same, but reminds me of Unphotographable (a text account of pictures missed)- http://www.unphotographable.com/

  22. Les February 15, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    Many thanks for all you do.

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