Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ampersand for the Nov. 11, 2013 issue of The New Republic Magazine

In October, I was contacted out of the blue by the Art Director of The New Republic, asking if I could create an Ampersand out of film, for the "Books & the Arts" section of their magazine, It would run in the same issue as the last review of their long-time film critic, Stanley Kauffman, who had just died.

With about 2 weeks until deadline, I set to work. I messed around with short and long pieces of film, played with foam core, straight pins and super glue, and sent the AD several working photos of the piece, which he responded to enthusiastically. When the piece was finished, I booked the excellent photographer Pete Duvall, and he and I worked together to get just the right shot.

Which I thought was this:

And of course the Art Director hated it.

The film in this photo, while beautiful, doesn't read enough like film. In retrospect, this turn of events wasn't surprising as the AD and I had not discussed the lighting in enough detail. Which is basically my fault, since this was my first experience working with a magazine, and I didn't know what questions to ask ahead of time.

Luckily, I had a back-up plan, and Pete was available to work with me again the next day.

This time I used film with more light areas in the image, so that it would read more as transparent, and created more shadows on the back drop. And of course, adding the film reel helped give it context.

The AD loved it. And it was pretty darn awesome to see my work in print 3 weeks later:

Friday, April 5, 2013

Film Dragon 1

Photo taken at the Thurmont Library in Frederick County, MD. 
I've loaded more photos from the show onto flickr, but most are not yet edited.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Installation at the Thurmont Library

Currently up at the Thurmont Library in Frederick County, MD - through April 2013

Vertebrae Photos

I've started saving chicken bones again...

I'm especially fascinated by the fused part of the spine.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Installation at L'Eclat de Verre

I'm showing coffee filter pieces this month at the Georgetown art framing shop L'Eclat de Verre, with painter Lindsay McColloch

There will be a reception next Thursday evening, time to be determined.

Neither Lindsay nor I had realized how long the hallway was, so at first we thought we hadn't brought nearly enough work to hang. But we were able to create an unexpectedly fun wall installation by playing with negative space and intermingling our work.

More photos of the installation: 

L'Eclat de Verre

L'Eclat de Verre

L'Eclat de Verre

Friday, May 25, 2012

Taking apart a film piece...

I may have reached new heights of ridiculous detail work with this, especially since I plan to punch words in it, then put it back together again.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Photos of my Artomatic 2012 Piece

My Artomatic 2012 installation is the first step of a new series using 16mm film, in which I'm exploring my struggle to make sense of the passage of time, and aging.

As this idea is in the early stages of getting worked out, constructive feedback is most welcome.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Looping shapes with film

I spent part of last Friday playing with new film forms... 

Photos taken with my phone.