Timeline Was Created

 Posted by on September 3, 2015
Sep 032015
 

Timeline

(an art blog)

A true artist is always thinking, learning, and creating – but a majority of that work never surfaces. Timeline is a blog about my ongoing practice as an artist. Unlike most other blogs, I designed this one to allow me to post to the present or into the past. The idea of digging up old ideas, memories and experiences at the same time as creating new ones feels like a good way to progress and evolve as an artist… Use the navigation to the right to explore. Enjoy.

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The Musical Instrument

 Posted by on April 18, 2017
Apr 182017
 

I like to tackle a theme by trying to think of the least obvious idea, because this would be among the most interesting to encounter as a viewer. The theme here was “Musical Instruments” and so I could photograph a cello, or violin, or piano, or drum – but what if the instrument was the human body? Randomly one night, I had a vision of a person strung and playing themselves like a harp. In the studio I tied strings from my arms to my legs and clicked the shutter release a few dozen times. This was the result.

Quotes: Neil deGrasse Tyson

 Posted by on April 10, 2017
Apr 102017
 

Sunset Quotes: Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Any time scientists disagree, it’s because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what kind of data to get; we get the data; and the data solves the problem. Either I’m right, or you’re right, or we’re both wrong. And we move on. That kind of conflict resolution does not exist in politics or religion.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of my favorite entertainers. He is an astrophysicist, cosmologist, and host of the radio podcast Star Talk (highly recommended). Neil also continued the famous Cosmos TV series originally by Carl Sagon. Nothing is more mind blowing than science.

Face Shadow

 Posted by on April 9, 2017
Apr 092017
 

The goal was to explore and think about shadow as subject. I have been painting a lot lately and had a large canvas with many cracks on the surface. I hung this on the wall hoping to catch the textures, but soon realized how interesting a stretched out shadow of my face looked. I stood with my nose against the canvas and opened the shutter.

Stuck Inside

 Posted by on March 28, 2017
Mar 282017
 

I began with the idea of a “bubble” – but felt that word had too many silly connotations tied to that word. I wanted something darker. I then reduced or simplified the term “bubble” into being a thin semipermeable layer that divides space… In my studio a large thin plastic sheet was hung from wall to wall and I began making photographs of myself coming through. In this image I pushed a little too hard and the plastic began to fall down, but the contrast of the wrinkles along with my body posture really struck me as something worth keeping.

Symmetry Painting 1

 Posted by on March 24, 2017
Mar 242017
 

I have been working on a bunch of new paintings the past few months. I wanted to find something that allowed me to use my hands more in the work, which definitely lacks in photography or digital art… I am exploring chance, mistakes and happy accidents. Perception, vision, abstraction. Many of them (like this one) are semi-symmetric with many layers of rectangles over one another, different colors, different textures, creating depth and transparency. I stare into the center of them.

Quotes: Alan Watts

 Posted by on March 23, 2017
Mar 232017
 

Sunset Quotes: Alan Watts

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – It is such a simple lesson, so easily understood, but so very incredibly hard to apply to our lives. The main goal of Buddhism is to lessen suffering, and much of this suffering is brought on by our clinging to ideas, people, or things. I do this all the time… It is very difficult, but sometimes you do have to just have faith that things will work out. Of course it is not a bad idea to move around a little, and tread that water.

The Breakfast

 Posted by on March 5, 2017
Mar 052017
 

In taking on the theme “breakfast” I felt I wanted to speak of overabundance and class. I went out and bought a bunch of bagels, doughnuts, muffins and all kinds of foods (which I later gave to my coworkers in an attempt not to eat all of that bad food). I then arranged the table with some nice tableware and then moved them even tighter into the frame in post. The final image is very simple and yet has a touch of surreal, which the black and white helps, I think.

Inspire: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

 Posted by on March 3, 2017
Mar 032017
 

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, “The Source”, 2004

Many who know me know that my all time favorite photographers are the ParkeHarrison’s. They inspired me to create my early works and continue to blow my mind… This husband and wife duo doesn’t simply TAKE photographs – anyone can do that – instead they create scenes that tell surreal narratives through a combination of sculpture, performance, and using each other as models. Much of their work, especially earlier like in the series Architect’s Brother, seems to do with man interacting and working with his landscape. A character is cleaning up nature, fixing things, and exploring his desolate surroundings. Their new work is quite different and quite mesmerizing as well. Colorful, mysterious, with a hint of confusion or dismay. They create true visual poetry. See more at http://www.parkeharrison.com/

Smoke Ritual

 Posted by on March 1, 2017
Mar 012017
 

A few years ago I bought a fog machine knowing it would make for some good art. I set it up against a black wall, just above it was a speedlight with a snoot attachment to better catch the smoke. I had no other plans until I saw part of a dead plant I had picked in the garden a year beforehand (again thinking “this will make good art someday”). I held the plant at the smoke and made this image. This was actually shot horizontal and rotated 90 degrees in post… I see it as some kind of ritual.

Inspire: Harry Callahan

 Posted by on February 14, 2017
Feb 142017
 

Harry Callahan, Unknown Title, 1953

Since today is valentine’s day, my artist’s theme is love. One photographer quickly came to mind because of his love and obsession with his wife Eleanor. Many times an artist gains creative energy and drive because of a muse, and many times that muse is also their lover… Beyond city photographs and double exposures, Harry was most known for his wide range of creative portraits of his wife and daughter, in almost every scenario, clothed and nude, and every pose. He also established a photography program at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1961 (where I attended and took many photography courses, great art school).

The Dreaming State