I was heading to the gallery today where my photographs from my recent exhibit are still hanging. The idea was to take them down. But this morning a scout from Ralph Lauren came in and is considering using the gallery and the pictures as a backdrop for a fashion photo shoot. Being an art-pessimist I thought, “whatever, it ain’t going to happen.” But the gallery and I agreed we should leave them up a bit longer just in case.
On the way home I got thinking….
Isn’t it ironic that a big wig clothing corporation is thinking about using my pics as a backdrop? When it comes to corporate road culture, I avoid it like the plague. Unless of course I’m into making fun of it (see McCulture). Thinking further I thought why not appropriate a few Ralph Lauren model photos and photoshop them in next to my pictures?
So here I am. I decided to put circles on the faces, just like John Baldessari does. This really makes them true art. I can just see these beautiful white people lounging in front of old buildings. Places that they’ll never go.
It’s cool really. I’m loving the look and thinking this might be a new series.
The untitled photograph chosen for the exhibition RED at the Cambridge Art Association (top above image) is from a series of pictures taken on road trips in the U.S. This particular photograph was taken in the summer of 2011 in a small town of Montana. It is essentially mondrian (used as an adjective). It’s geometric design of straight lines and squares, reds and blues are a throw back to the modernist painter Piet Mondrian. However what makes it photographic is the shadow shape which dominates the vertical, photography being about shadow and light.
When captured it was not preconceived in relation to past works of art. It was instead a distillation of a search. I was searching for “nothingness” in a small town. I wanted to find something in nothing and when I captured this I knew I had found it!
The other 3 images above were taken just this November of 2011 while in Italy. Again I was soooooooo mondrian.
Having spent 6 years, 3 in Dorchester and 3 in Lower Roxbury, tutoring in the inner city of Boston, I’ve recently returned to the area with my focus on photography. There is an inherent beauty that lies dormant amongst the streets. Architecture barren with vast potential. Shadow and light plays across revealing creative life and potential. Unfortunately It’s dormant beauty is often covered up by fear.
This is a series of diptychs made with fujifilm instax wide film. I’ve been hauling around my instax 210 camera at times and taking shots along side with my other camera. At times these pictures are more exciting and moving then my other pictures. In this scenario this was definitely the case. The film provides a present-time nostalgia that worked well with the old bridge in Turner Falls Massachusetts.
A new series of images taken on the road across America during my travel through all 50 states. Pictures are embedded with words to bring concepts to mind that linger over images providing layers of meaning. only.single.art are words that define the series. In the same idea the embedded words define the pictures. I will be updating the gallery of only.single.art routinely so please check back for more.
Photographs with words has been an idea that I’ve contemplated for some time. Recently reading an article about conceptual artist Glenn Ligon in the New York Times (The Inside Story on Outsiderness by Carol Vogel), I realized the idea of only.single.art as an overall broad theme to my life. This finally brought about the beginnings of this new series.
What’s this you might be saying. I’m making a small run of postcards and stickers that look just like this. If it works for me, I may do a bunch and distribute. I’m thinking it’s a teaser, a mystery of sorts to attract attention and interest in my upcoming show at the Art Complex.