A few images put together in photoshop to be used as reference for new paintings. The satellites have sent their last signals and another form of communication has gained traction again.
I took an old PrimarFlex II camera and adapted it so I could take pictures through it with my iPhone. The results are nostalgic, gritty, and unpredictable with interesting light halos and depths of focus. The iPhone automatically adjusts when I focus the lens on the camera. The whole thing closes up and travels so I will be taking it to my residency in Mexico. Below are just some quick test photos.
Four photos of the parking meter each week in September.
parking meter installation
I moved the parking meter deeper in the woods and buried it level with the forrest ground. The sides were removed but the meter is still attached to the platform so I'll be able to transport it with the surrounding vegetation that will hopefully grow
Parking meter installed out on my best friends property in South Dartmouth, MA. I'm going to plant asiatic bittersweet vine around the base. He has two small kids and I built them a camera stand, I'm going to pay them to take a photo every week from a fixed location for two years. My friend will document the kids participation in this project, will teach them about responsibility, work, and art. It will be an interesting element to this project to witness the next generations involvement in this urban decay project. I'll create a time lapse photo slide show as part of my thesis along with the actual parking meter. I built the structure so it can last outdoors and be transported to the gallery.
Two invasion species-humans and the bittersweet vine. Asiatic bittersweet, Celastrus orbiculatus, is an invasive non-native species that wraps itself around tree trunks and other structures in forest canopy areas. It does this to climb up to higher elevations to reach greater sun exposure. The thick vines however can kill the very living thing it climbs. As it grows it shades the tree from sunlight, the added weight can break or uproot the structure, and the thick vines can choke off nutrients to the rest of the tree. Bittersweet is a strong competitor in its environment, and its dispersal has endangered the survival of several other species. In addition the bittersweet is celebrated for its colorful fruits and is often used in holiday decorations, the name lends itself to this contradiction.
I don't think the the human connection with bittersweet need be explained.
urban decay series and Mexico residency
I'd like to explore collage, abstract work, iconography and pop art while not abandoning my painting abilities. The subject matter will express my personal views in regards to politics, corporations, commercialism, religion, sex etc.... and the hypocrisy of it all.
Urban decay subject matter still holds my interest but needs to be less one dimensional, fully explained, rendered, and neatly presented. I want to expand my universe. The below images I captured are an entry point to this new approach. There is so much meaning inherent in these antiquated dishes sending out and receiving their signals.
Lots to explore with these tools of communication especially when I visit Mexico for my residency. The day of the dead celebration is all about communication through performativty. Communicating and honoring the dead. What do these tools look like in Mexico and what does urban decay mean to them?
This 4-week critical program offers competitive professional opportunities for international emerging and mid-career artists, curators, art historians, and students age 22 and over.
This unique program offers critical approaches to the representations of Death in Mexico as a source of national identity. Through the exploration of the myths of its origins, the program will present a complex perspective of the Day of the Dead celebrations. The goal is to provide tools to understand its performativity by approaching complex nuances, including sentimental representations, material culture, and the historical transition in the meanings of death. Through the program, participants will conceptualize their art by engaging their own art practice and medium in critical perspective while observing cultural practices, including mortuary rituals, food offerings, and familial solidarity. The program will also put into context the construction of popular imagery departing from the tension in baroque representations of death, modernization and the macabre, death in the invention of Modern Art in Mexico, and its political implications with visual culture. Participants will also have a chance to place their own art practice in context, having the opportunity to learn diverse art techniques directly related to the imagery and spatial construction of ofrendas (altars) which are central to the celebration of the Day of the Dead.
Street performers are also something that interest me. They are sending out messages in a different way.
religion and political icons
Elements of the below artists work I enjoy and would like to have influence my new work.
Robert Mars (earlier work)