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I'll be the Art Lunch presenter today at HISAM. If you are in the neighborhood, please come here me talk about my journey doing live "backwards" than most people, and how that led to the mobile work I'm most known for now.
Yesterday here I Photolucida I met with reviewer Elin Spring. Today she featured my work in hser blog post about a first glance at the best of Photolucida, Day 1. Feeling truly blessed and very happy. You can see her article here.
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I'm not sure how long this has been live, but I'm proud and excited to announce four of my mobile photo collage images are now *exclusively available* for the DADA LIGHT light boxes in a project curated by Galerie Mobile Camera Club of Paris, France.
My images are the rightmost image in the top row and the three leftmost images in the second row of the online catalog. Anyone familiar with some of my work such as the Self Exposure series might instantly recognize which images are mine. Other artists in this curated collection include Nadine Benichou, Patricia Geyer, and Roger Guetta, among several others.
The DADA is a customizable light box in variable configurations. It is manufactured in France of poplar wood and equipped with a strip of 120 LEDs, a touch dimmer switch on white cable and a 12V transformer.
The catalog is available here: http://www.dadalight.com/en/55-slide-photo
I'm beyond happy and excited. I'm beyond thrilled to announce that In the In-Between Journal of Digital Imaging Artists has featured by Self-Exposure series.
So as not to mis-state what ITIB is, I will quote their ABOUT page here:
In the In-Between is an artist-run web and print publisher that highlights artists working at the intersections of photography and digital media.
The primary mission of In the In-Between is to serve as a research platform for the photo-arts field to examine contemporary artists exploring the uses, concerns and consequences of 21st century image technology. Through interviews, project reviews, portfolios and essays, our features explore the properties, theories and applications of digital-based imaging in a field largely referred to now as the post-photographic.
As we enter into the third decade of the digital era, we believe digital imaging is, and will continue to be, the defining characteristic of 21st century photographic art. In the In-Between seeks to understand and disseminate relatively new attitudes and methods of such image-making; and to understand how they are being used to examine the world at large.
I feel so lucky to have my work featured alongside so many great digital imaging artists. A huge thank you to editor/publisher Gregory Jones.
You can see the article here:
Recently I learned of a Big Island of Hawaii based photography exhibition, but late in the morning a day after the deadline for entry had passed. This was the first timeI just learned this venue had opened the event to photographers on all islands rather than strictly the big island.
The juror was Phil Jung. I only knew one thing about him, and that was that he had been an artist in residence at UH Manoa, and done a two person exhibition in at the university gallery in the summer of 2015. Because the gallery had asked people to tag images on IG that fit the theme and that they would put a selected group in a gallery slide show to go along with the two artist's exhibition, I had even had a work shown. with him. But really I knew nothing more, so I looked him up and found this:
Jung received a BFA in Photography from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His artwork has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, Incandescent, The Photo Review, Mossless, and Kiblind Magazine in France. He was a recipient of the TMC Kodak International Film Grant in 2009 and Saint Botoph Foundations Emerging Artist Award in 2013. Jung has participated in exhibitions throughout the United States including The Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts, Houston Center for Photography in Texas and Foley Gallery in NYC. His work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Phillip Jung currently lives and works in both Honolulu and Boston. He teaches at the University of Hawaii throughout the school year and at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design through the summer.
I wrote to the venue via their FB page, asking if they might consider a late entry. The person told me that they would, but that I had to have it in by the close of business that day. There wasn't really a 'great category' that my image fit.. I was unsure. As the minutes of the afternoon waned, I decided to enter, but just the one image, and to use "Portrait" as my category from the choices they had for the entries.
I shot with an iPhone 5s encased in a cheap vinyl case I purchased at TJ Maxx a couple years ago for $10. Seriously. I shot while swimming around in the pool at Turtle Bay Resort,. As I was unable to see the screen, I was shooting as was using an oatmeal box. camera.
Tonight I learned that my work had been selected by the juror.he first image I worked with from that shoot was the one that got in; it is called Stroke. I was so happy with it, and the other two I have finalized to date that I decided I will work on a series of these images. As I type, I am on Maui, in Kaanapali, taking advantage of a a 5 day visit to shoot more images in the pools here.
The image that will be shown is this one below. This is the first time my work will be shown on the Big Island.
Hawaii Photography 2016
July 2 to July 30
EAST HAWAII CULTURAL CENTER/HMoCA
I decided at the last minute to enter a juried competition about water. I have done a ton of work about water, but it was always about its usage in tourism and agriculture here in HI. This, this was just plain fun. Here are the images; I took these on Sunday at the pool at the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, O'ahu, HI. I did an overnight stay with my family that night. It paid off, it seems. I am very happy with the work. Bu more importantly, I just had fun, and I think it shows in the work. Perhaps I need to go to Turtle Bay more often. Yes. That's it.
All off the images are of strangers to me, so, in effect, "Street Photo." Yes, I know they are not on a street. But in HI, water is often a form of street.
I shot with an iPhone 5s encased in a cheap vinyl case I purchased at TJ Maxx a couple years ago for $10.
Seriously. It is NOT the camera, it is the artist. As if that discussion has not been done to death. But, I shot these swimming around, unable to see the screen, and pretending I was using an oatmeal box.
Anyway, wish me luck.
Here is a great slide show on the exhibition from the wizards of wonder over the MCC, Leny Bagshop, Nadine Benichou and Stéphanié Dupont.
I love this project. It has a big heart and a lot of community involvement. It sends a message about what the participating artists feel about climate change. Take a closer look at this exciting project here.
Text from MCC:
Génie civil ou militaire, génie climatique, génie électrique, génie industriel ou chimique, génie génétique... Toutes ces appellations glorifient l’inventivité humaine et élèvent l’homme au rang de démiurge. La richesse et le développement des activités humaines seraient la preuve irréfutable de son intelligence supérieure et de sa puissance créatrice.
Et si l’ingéniosité, poussée à son paroxysme, était finalement un mauvais« génie » ? Si l’être humain était victime de son arrogance et d’une vision du monde conçue en termes de hiérarchie, de domination et de profit ?
Située en extérieur, dans l’espace urbain, l'installation, conçue comme une représentation symbolique, invite à prendre la mesure de l’inéluctabilitédu processus en cours, et de la catastrophe à venir si jamais un véritable changement des mentalités et des comportements n’est pas engagé. Nous avons invité une cinquantaine d’artistes internationaux à participer au projet et à réagir sur la question de l'urgence climatique.
Jusqu'au 2 juin
Esplanade Roger Linet 75011 Paris
Musique : Butchers by Silent Partner
Whether civil or military, electric, industrial or chemical, or even genetic... the term “engineering” (« génie » in French) glorifies human inventiveness and raise Man in the position of a demiurge. The richness and development of human activities would be the irrefutable proof of our superior intelligence and creative powers.
But what if ingenuity, pushed to its paroxysmal limit, was in the end an “evil genius”? And what if humanity was the victim of his own arrogance and of a vision of the world organized in terms of hierarchy, domination and profit?
This event is based on the vision of 50 international artists of climate changes through an ephemeral photographic installation.
until June 2
Esplanade Roger Linet 75011 Paris
Music : Butchers by Silent Partner
I'm so excited about this exhibition with a great big love for the earth and our planet created by the wizards at Gallerie Mobile Camera Club Paris, Leny Bagshop, Nadine Benichou and Stephanie Dupont.
Climate Geniuses Photographic installation
Esplanade Roger Linet 75011 Paris (In front of the Maison des Métallos, 94 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris)
From May 26th to June 2nd 2016Opening Thursday, May 26th 2016 from 6pm to 10pm
With Aylin Argun (Turquie) Eliza Badoiu (Roumanie) Leny Bagshop (France) Giulia Baita (Italie) Kerryn Benbow (Australie) Nadine Bénichou (France) Nathalie Blanc (France) Jennifer Bracewell (USA) Yannick Brice (France) Lorenka Campos (USA) Thérèse Cherton (Belgique) Federica Corbelli (Italie) Clarisse Debout (France) Gail Dohrmann (USA) Shirley Drevich (USA) Barbara duBois (USA) Stéphanie Dupont (France) Philippe Durand (France) Nettie Edwards (Angleterre) Satoko Fujiwara (Japon) Dieter Gaebel (Allemagne) Patricia Geyer (USA) Roger Guetta (Canada) Sean Hayes (Irlande) Sarah Jarrett (Angleterre) Diana Nicholette Jeon (USA) Magdalena de Jonge Malucha (Espagne) Patricia Larson (Mexique) Bobbi McMurry (USA) Kim Martino-Diaz (USA) Paul Moore (Irlande) Cat Morris (USA) Tony Nahra (USA) Sorin Obaciu (Canada) Susan Rennie (USA) Catherine Restivo (USA) Gianluca Ricoveri (Italie) Carol Robinson (USA) Marian Rubin (USA) Edward Santos (USA) Joshua Sariñana (USA) Mariëtte Schrijver (Pays-Bas) Jane Schultz (USA) Eitan Shavit (Israël) Jeffrey Simpson (USA) Wayman Stairs (USA) Mehmet Omur Sukru (Turquie) Jennifer Thomas (Australie) Susan R Thompson (USA) Dominique Torrent (France) Paul Toussaint (USA)
Originally conceived to occur during the COP21 climate conference in Paris in December 2015, this event had to be postponed, for safety reasons, due to the terrorist attacks of November 2015. We also decided to invite Nathalie Blanc, a well-known figure of environmental aesthetics, to present her latest book Les Formes de l’environnement, manifeste pour une esthétique politique.
Whether civil or military, electric, industrial or chemical, or even genetic... the term “engineering” (« génie » in French) glorifies human inventiveness and raise Man in the position of a demiurge. The richness and development of human activities would be the irrefutable proof of our superior intelligence and creative powers. But what if ingenuity, pushed to its paroxysmal limit, was in the end an “evil genius”? And what if humanity was the victim of his own arrogance and of a vision of the world organized in terms of hierarchy, domination and profit? Such are the questions we wish to raise through this installation, featuring one of the true climate genius, the tree.
This event is based on the vision of 50 international artists of climate changes through an ephemeral photographic installation. Located in the public space, this installation is conceived as a symbolic representation, inviting the viewer to measure the scope, gravity and inevitability of the situation, unless a drastic change in mentalities and behaviors occurs. It is meant to question the alleged infallibility of human ingenuity and invite the public to meditate on the importance of hope, desire, sharing, commitment and awareness. A way for each of us to get involved in a subject made particularly complex due to abstruse battles about figures and due to the importance of strategic consequences and economic interests it involves.
"The Wish Climatree" will host the visual and written wishes of the invited artists, whether they are positive wishes full of hope, or whether they denounce the causes and consequences of climate change. The public will be invited to participate by adding their own wishes. In many civilizations, trees are sacred. They are associated to life, creation and renewal. They are the synthesis between three worlds: the underground, the terrestrial and the celestial worlds. Whether cosmic symbols or remarkable forms of life, knowledge tree, tree of life, friendly and protecting, trees indeed inspire respect. Then comes today’s reality. Deforestation and over-exploitation. Trees to fell, decimate, dismember, saw and transform into wood or paper pulp. But also trees in the city, living beings transplanted as decorative features, braving concrete, pollution and evil treatments. Trees are resistants...
Here is a "the making of" video the MCC folks did yesterday, while creating the installation: https://www.facebook.com/mobilecameraclub/videos/vb.190266521162406/521842628004792/?type=2&theater
Here is my work that is included in the exhibition:
I'm thrilled to announce that Photo Phore, a web based platform about contemporary art, photography and architecture, has featured several images from my series entitled Self-Exposure in their "Light On" column today. You can see the article here.
I needed to take a breather from the more serious subjects that my last few series address, so I decided to make some work that was strictly fantastical these past few days. Here is the final version of the first image from the several pieces I am working with.
Tonight 6-9 pm is the opening for #Photolucida's The Elevated Selfie-Beyond the Bathroom Mirror. If you are around the Astoria, OR area, go to #LightboxPhotographicGallery and check out what promises to be a great exhibition. It's up until June 7. Wish I could be there tonight; two of my images are being shown.
More info about the show and gallery at these two links:
Nadine Wu of the Honolulu Advertiser did a great feature on the show in this morning's Star Advertiser. You can make it larger by clicking the image of it above. It all adds up to one show you do not want to miss. So, even if you cannot make the opening today, you should go visit before the month is up. You won't be sorry. And yes, best of all, for me, is that is my image, Nature Girl, in the top left in the banner.Read More
The next exhibition in which I have works is Aloha Ho'omaluhia XXXII, and it is right here at home in Kane'ohe, Hawaii. I was invited to participate in 2001, (when I was still a student at KCC, which was pretty amazing since all of the other invited artists were established, and most were faculty at colleges here on O'ahu) and I have done so every year but 2015. This year, I am showing Nature Girl (pictured above) and Woodlands Girl; both are from my series entitled Self-Exposure.
Aloha Ho’omaluhia has been an annual event since 1984, when a group of artists responded to the beauty of the gardens as well as to the construction of H3, which threatened to disturb the equilibrium of the garden. Since then, the exhibition has continued to celebrate the sublime beauty of nature while simultaneously addressing the fragility of our ecosystem and examining the complex relationship of humanity and nature.
Aloha Ho’omaluhia is a special exhibition because each participating artist offers unique and innovative perspectives on the issues relevant to the Botanical Garden and the proximity of H3. The result is a spectrum of artwork, ranging in media, that partakes of both the indoor gallery space and the outdoor gardens.
The opening reception is Sunday, May 1 from 4:00 to 6:00. Unfortunately, I don't think I am going to be able to make it, as last December I purchased tickets to see The Book of Mormon, and both happen that afternoon. I may make it during the last half hour, but I won't know until that afternoon.
It's got a great line up of Hawai'i artists, including: me, David Behlke, Tammy Cotton-Jennings, Kauka de Silva, Jodi Endicott, Ka-Ning Fong, Philippe Gross, Carl Jennings, Kloe Kang, Toni Martin, Marcia Morse, Stephen Niles, Joseph Stanton, Russell Sunabe, Sharon Sussman and Elizabeth Train.
Aloha Ho'omaluhia XXXII
Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden
Visitor’s Center Gallery
45-680 Luluku Road • Kaneohe • HI • 96744
May 2–29, 2016, 9am to 4pm d
On April 2, 2016, I gave a gallery talk about my work for the Intervals: Photography in Flux exhibition. The exhibition was part of the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, BC, and it was the first time that multiple images from my Self-Exposure series had been exhibited together. It was also the first time my work had been exhibited in Canada.
The people of Vancouver were lovely, and I was flattered by how many came to my talk. Thank you. And big thanks to Phyllis Schwartz and Ed Peck, curators, and Don MacMillan and Meyvis Aryniva, owners of the South Main Gallery.
Go watch! You will feel rejunevated, inspired, validated.
Thrilled to learn that two of my self-portraits will be exhibited in the upcoming exhibition, "THE ELEVATED SELFIE–Beyond the Bathroom Mirror." Created by Photolucida,
The exhibition, which consists of 41 creative images, is an exploration of contemporary self-portraiture created strictly using the mobile phones–the raison d'être of millions of selfies residing everywhere on the web. However, as the name states, it sought the exceptional rather than the ordinary. Thrilled to have my work selected, I was even more incredibly overjoyed to learn that I was one of two artists with two images accepted
The exhibition opens on May 14 and runs through June 7, 2016 at the Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. After that, the work travels to the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts for a July exhibition.
Selected work can be seen via the link below.
Artist Talk | South Main Gallery hosts an artist’s panel discussion on April 2nd for Intervals: Photography in Flux — an extremely diverse exhibition of local and international artists. You won’t want to miss these images or this panel!Read More