I spent the month of September on hiatus in Joshua Tree. While it was primarily a personal time out, I did do a little photography, restricting my subject matter to rock forms and water. Just beginning to work with this new material now.
It was a quiet summer in the studio this year as I finished a second group of pictures originating at Bernheim Forest last fall. This work is more complex, going deeper into abstraction. The new title, “With A Crane’s Eye,” was taken from the W.G. Sebald poem “After Nature.” I happened to come across the passage there which marvels at a painting showing an expansive overview as well as extreme detail. It captures what I’ve worked on for the past few years. Print details still to be determined.
Although it’s not on this website yet, this imagery can be seen as a sample handmade book at: https://vimeo.com/276779810
I am curating the exhibit wall at Photolab in Berkeley with Andrea McLaughlin, owner of the lab. Oakland artist Brittani “BrittSense” Sensabaugh is showing in September-October. Cindy Stokes is the next artist, with her series “Dreamscapes,” beginning December 1. photolaboratory.com.
The January/February show at Vessel Gallery, Persistence of Light, explored the properties of light with artists Cheryl Calleri and Ron Weil. I presented five cloud images as dye-sublimation prints on aluminum panels. I’ve been working with clouds for a long time but have never shown them or really pulled together a body of work (other than the Sky Grids made in Joshua Tree in 2015). Thanks to Lonnie Lee of Vessel for pushing me that direction!
PHOTO Fine Art Photography, the gallery I directed, closed the Oakland location at the end of 2015, after five great years. My partners Henry Bowles and Charles Anselmo are exploring a new online venture for PHOTO. Stay tuned.
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