Through the month of November 2015, you can see two of my pieces hanging at the Imaginarium show at the Rayko Photo Center at 428 Third Street in San Francisco. This piece, Americana, is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. The banjo is actually an African instrument brought to the continent thanks to the horrors of slavery and the artistry of African-Americans, yet that history has somehow been erased and it is now associated with white, rural folk music. Both images were produced using images from glossy advertisements (what is more Americana than consumerism?) that, thanks to the lusciousness of these alternative processes, now look homespun and artisanal. Anyway, if you make it to the SOMA district before December, check out the show--there are dozens of amazing images from De Anza art students.
I am thrilled to have two of my pieces currently hanging in the Imaginarium show at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco from now until December 2, 2015. The reception is on Wednesday, November 5th from 6-8pm. If you're ever in the SOMA district during the month of November, pop in and take a look--entry to the gallery is free (closed on Mondays).
Many wonderful community organizations brought folks out to the recent screening of Homie UP: Stories of Love and Redemption. Many audience members had personal experiences with our prison system and enriched our conversations both before and after the film screening. Plus, the band Spit Freely opened the event with some amazing music. And the Homie UP team worked very hard prior to the event mounting and framing new artworks from Homie UP students to display at the event.
I saw a glorious cyanotype on vellum by Emily Gomez at the Altered Views show at Lightbox Gallery in OR and promptly ordered some vellum to try. I like how translucent it is, but it will take a lot more practice to figure out how to maximize it. I didn't manage the shininess of the piece I saw in the exhibit, but I'm thinking about layering it over another kind of paper to get a holographic effect. You can check out Emily Gomez's work at http://www.emilyjgomez.com/. Her cyanotypes on vellum are so luscious. Check out the Altered Views show at http://lightbox-photographic.com/exhibitions/AlteredViews/. My own piece is #49. :)
I developed this cyanotype today. I've been working with the digital negative for this image for a long time now and have had to dodge the bottom of it in order to capture the front bumper, but the dodging left the image a little bit ghostly. What is it about an old truck?
I happened to catch the Minor White retrospective at the Getty Museum in LA. I found myself welling up in front of several of the photographs. He captures an object in such close attention that the image is almost an abstract until you are able to step back and realize what its context is. I love when artists are able to make you see something new in something ordinary.
This image, which is also part of the MOMA's collection, is a great example. I stood in front of it, captivated by the composition for several minutes before I realized it was peeling paint.