Happy New Year wishes to you and yours!
Image: Glass Gazebo, New York, NY, 1996 (printed 2021)
Late Summer 2021 update, a new collage.
50" x 27" x ¼" Silver Gelatin Photo Collage
Mounted on 8-ply Rising board
22 duplicate darkroom prints
From a photo shot in 2000 and printed in 2020
I am currently in "production mode," creating large-scale collages with the funds received from two recent grants. I am grateful to the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (MD), and the Maryland State Arts Council, for their support of my work.
This is the latest, Infinity Gate, a 38" x 42" collage of 18 duplicate darkroom prints of a wrought iron gate in Manhattan. Mounted on 8-ply Rising board.
I am pleased to announce my affiliation with Trigonal Gallery in Jersey City, NJ, and Brooklyn Collage Collective founder Morgan Jesse Lappin, for a World Collage Day online exhibit which began in May and runs through October.
A full list of participating artists is available on the gallery's artsy page, with links to catalogs of works on offer. All prices include domestic shipping.
On June 13, I participated in "The Art of Art Business," an ongoing podcast series with Jonathan Goodman of Trigonal Gallery and Morgan Lappin of The Brooklyn Collage Collective. If you've ever wanted to peek into my darkroom, studio, and work process, take a look! My segment takes place in the first half of the video. Also featured is the intriguing collage work of Stephen Tierney from Australia.
The YouTube video link is here.
GRANT AWARD UPDATE
I am happy to announce that I have been awarded a 2021 Artists & Scholars Project Grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland. I applied for funds to create, document and frame several large-scale silver gelatin photo collages.
I recently tested out a new technique, a hand-built, stacked matboard platform which raises the photo collage 1/2" above the surface of the substrate. I made a 3-minute video which illustrates this process, just prior to the final assembly.
"Chiclet" is a hand-cut and -assembled 3-D silver gelatin photo collage measuring 13” x 9” x 5/8”. It's the first in a 3-part series using this image of a glass canopy over the doorway of 21 E. 63rd St. in Manhattan.
More grant news! I am happy to announce that I have received a 2021 Independent Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, in support of my handmade photo collage work.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE WORLD
One of the things going on in my artlife for the past few years, is my role as a design consultant for the Wheaton, MD Town Center Redevelopment public art project.
In the early morning hours of October 22, 2020, "Meet Me At the Triangles" was installed in the new Marian Fryer Town Plaza on Reedie Drive.
"Meet Me at the Triangles" incorporates imagery (laser-cut stainless steel, and patinated bronze objects in the interior) relating to the history, people, and life of Wheaton.
The design for those perforated and curved "wings" casting dramatic late-day shadows came from my photograph of an architectural element on a nearby house, which was duplicated and arranged into a fan-like shape.
There is a Flickr catalog of images shot the day of the installation, including some exciting early-morning shots of the elements being moved from the truck bed to the plaza: here.
A 3-minute film of the installation process, with some dramatic footage: here.
On April 28, I participated in a live Zoom event, Created Conversations, which brought together many people involved in the project. The one-hour video is fun to watch: here.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE GALLERIES
I presented a solo exhibition of 30 of my photo collages at Portico Gallery in Brentwood, Maryland, from September 17 to December 17, 2020.
On November 27, the Washington Post published a review of "Analog," by Mark Jenkins: here.
On the last Saturday of the show, December 12, I was in the gallery doing a live Zoom video walkthrough of the show, which lasted about 40 minutes. It is available for viewing on YouTube.
There is also a 12-minute youtube video of a wideo walk-through of the show with Curator and Gallery Director John Paradiso: here.
Portico Gallery exhibition web link: Portico Gallery
I am happy to continue my affiliation with Robert Anderson Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Robert is a friend from his former gallery location on 57th Street in New York. During my visits, we would discuss the works on display in a deep and meaningful way. He included my work in several shows during his two-year tenure in his last gallery space in Denver.
Gallery Weblink: Robert Anderson Gallery
I am proud to have participated in Picturing Space: Artists Imagine Architecture, at The Art and Design Gallery at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, curated by Anne Finkelstein.
The show opened on November 26, 2019, and continued through January 5, 2020. Two of my large 3-D silver gelatin photo collages were on display.
The Forces of Victory, one of the included works,
measures 29-1/2” x 26-1/4” x 1-1/2” deep,
and is made of more than 170 individually hand-cut photo sections.
I created it from numerous duplicate prints of The Victory Apartments
on 10th Avenue near 41st Street in New York.
|Here's a picture of me on opening night, in front of my work.|
I am happy to announce the purchase of my 2014 photo collage, Broken Windows Theory, for the collection of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. I am grateful to Gallery OonH in Washington, DC for facilitating this acquisition.
Broken Windows Theory
28-1/4” x 26-3/4” x 1-1/4” deep
Hand-Cut-and-Assembled 3-D Gelatin Silver Photo Collage
(Made of more than 150 individual pieces)
WHAT'S NEW IN THE DARKROOM
In late 2018, I created a publicly-editable Google Sheet, where people worldwide can list, donate, and receive, unused darkroom equipment. The sheet is located here.
While clearing out excess possessions some years back, I listed my first enlarger + a bunch of accessories on Craigslist Free Stuff. I was contacted shortly thereafter, and happily gifted the equipment.
A few days later, I was contacted by someone who was yearning for equipment, but I had nothing left to give her. I have never forgotten that, as I was once young and poor and longing to express myself photographically.
A March 20, 2017 Washington Post story by John Kelly about his late-in-life foray into analog photography, related that he had been contacted by several readers who have equipment "collecting dust in the basement," which they'd like to give away. I've read too many sad tales on listserves and facebook groups, and have myself been witness, to enlarging equipment being thrown out as trash.
Nothing would make me happier than to see this never happen again - short of a worldwide renaissance of analog photography!