New Site!

After a long wait I have finally updated the look and feel of my site. Hope it pleases you as much as it does me. In the coming days new content will be added. Stay tunned. 

New Year! New Show

Please join us next Friday, January 13th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, for the reception of “Contrast” at the Old Market Tea Smith. Artist Comments @ 7:00pm.

 

I am pleased and honored to be the first Artist showing work at the new Tea Smith in the Old Market.

 

In order to assemble this series, I faced a specific problem: most pinhole cameras have only one shot. You expose film or paper and have to go back and develop it in the lab before loading the next shot. When there is more than one opportunity for a great photograph, the only option is to carry more than one camera. I came up with a solution. I designed and built a pinhole camera that uses regular 35mm film, but in a larger format. Three rolls are combined, equally spaced, giving a triptych like image. The resulting triptych blends together by persistance of vision. No longer limited to the short distances from the photo lab; I can take this camera hiking and get four to six exposures per set of film. Exposures only limited by the number of canisters on hand and the available light.

This new camera enhances the subject matter. For the last few years I captured images of nature reclaiming the fruits of man, photographing anything from abandoned buildings on the verge of collapse to old tires dumped in a field. Fascinated by the rusting, disintegrating, forgotten objects reclaimed by nature. I believe that capturing these scenes this way helps one understand that, over time, all man-made things will disappear, nature reclaims all.

The final prints are black and white mounted on a black background. The scenes are isolated and jump out at the observer. Images are on a warm bamboo paper. The pinhole focus gives the look of a fading dream; emphasizing that everything will eventually be swallowed up and pass into oblivion.

My work has been shown nationally at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pensylvainya and the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Massachusetts. Locally my work has been showcased at Gallery 720 in Lincoln and the Hot Shops in down town Omaha.

 

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Hot Shops show


The Metro Photo Club will have another showing at hot shops for the month of December in the brick hallway on the main floor.

Two photographs I shot at burning man will be part of the exhibited work.

16x16x16 traveling show

Four photo schools have come together to put on a traveling show of sixteen 16"x16" prints from each institution. The show will stay at each school for one month, then travel to the next school for exhibiting. The photo club has curated the work that will be submitted for the metro. I have the below photo moon rise in the metro portion of the show.

The first showing of metros sixteen will be at the Art Institutes International Minnesota for the month of October.

Hot shops show

There is another metro photo club show at the Hot Shops at 13th and Nicolas. The opening is Saturday April 1st. It will show until April 24th.

My Spring Bath photograph will be among the exibited.

 

Edit: Spring Bath got 2nd runner up (AKA Third) of 70 initials 26 in the show.

 

Rejected

I just recieved this letter from the Burning Man Art Grant Comittee. This is only the first stop to get funding for my project there are many more organisations I can try.

The letter is as follows:

On behalf of the Burning Man Arts Grant Committee, I would like to thank you for submitting a proposal for our 2010 grant cycle. I'm sorry to tell you that your proposal for your project was not selected for funding this year. We received 271 proposals and regret that we are only able to fund a small portion of these.

We know that a great deal of thought went into preparing your submission and we commend you for this effort.

Thank you for your continuing dedication to your practice, and the best of luck with your artistic endeavors in the future.
We hope that you still consider creating art for the playa.
We look forward to seeing you in Black Rock City.

With deep appreciation and respect,
Bettie June
Associate Director of Art Management

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"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."
Eleanor Roosevelt

Project Contrast

Below are some crude SketchUp renderings of my current project. Each hanging column will be transparent so the participant can see the media behind the nearest columns from any angle. They will be projected images on both the front and back to ensure visibility. The participant will also experience a parallax via the 4 speakers. While on the nature side the person will experience the sounds of natural world with a muffled Urban Sound scape below it, and vice versa on the urban side. Click thumbnail to see full size. While this will only be viewable at night there will be 7 different sets of imagery one for each night of Burning Man.

        

 

Unofficially Accepted to KCAI

I have just received a email, that I should be getting my acceptance letter for the Kansas City Art Institute. I'm not sure I will be attending though. I don't want to be in debt $60,000 for two years of school that may or may not help me out in the future. Than if I were to just build up my portfolio. If I could get a full ride I would more likely attend. I'll have to look into that. School starts August 21st, I would be a junior.

http://www.kcai.edu