Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Things I Once Owned


Item 80: Wallet Sized Portrait of My Father. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Julia Hechtman




From Julia Hechtman's project "SuperImpostion".

Friday, June 26, 2009

Reworked Artist Statement (In Progress)

I am obsessed with the history behind an image – that which is described by the photograph in front of me, but also the history which cannot be. That is what draws me to photography the most; the idea that no matter how much information is sharp and visible in an image, how detailed the title and how accurate the exposure, there is always a part of the image that was soley experienced by it’s creator. I love the idea that there is action in the images I make which can never be seen; the ghost of the picture which will always remain a mystery.

I have a friend who often talks about photographing the people he is close with as a way of maintaining relationships. I wonder if I agree with his logic, if the power between photographer and subject creates connection or destroys it. Can one maintain a relationship with someone they are constantly observing? This is a question I have surrounding our collective role as viewers, as an audience. If, for example, I photograph the things which gather on bookshelves in a friend’s apartment is this photograph a testament to our friendship and existence, or is it really a marker of the beginning of the end? What happens to a relationship, or for that matter, a place, when it is suddenly acknowledged as important?

My work often spans multiple mediums – photography, publishing and book making, as well as aspects of performance. My primary love and focus, however, is always photography. I photograph on a project basis, finding interest in a specific idea or situation and exploring it until I feel I am done and the work feels cohesive in sequence. If something makes sense as a zine or book, I begin the process of self publishing and move on to explore another topic. I have photographed the remnants of everyday life in gay men’s apartments, spent a year and a half making secretive pictures of people on the street below my bedroom windows, and am currently photographing the objects I left in my parents attic as I throw them out or give them away. The contemplative space of the photograph, the performative aspects of my gaze as the photographer, and the duality of loss and documentation are all issues I explore throughout each body. I am interested in engaging the viewer in a dialouge about our immeadiate environment, using photography in order to repurpose aspects taken from day to day life and encouraging the viewer to stop and rethink the otherwise banal aspects of the world around us.



Any comments or thoughts are totally invited and welcome. This is all still a work in progress.

The Things I Once Owned


Shrine: Unfinished Glass of Wine. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Things I Once Owned


I can't decide if this should be in the Shrine group or the Items group. Right now we'll just call it "Low Resolution Digital Camera Print. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009." Any thoughts?

The Things I Once Owned


Items 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79: College CD Cases. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

For the record

The new Gossip album is possibly the worst thing I've heard in a really, really long time. The song "Men In Love" sounds like 80's era Cher. Gross.

I always liked the Gossip because they seemed to progress and reinvent themselves a bit with each new record, but this record totally feels overproduced and stagnant. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of Standing In The Way Of Control any longer, but when it came out it felt innovative and exciting. This record feels like treading water, and I wonder if it would sound the same had Rick Rubin not had his hand in it. I miss Movement era Gossip.

Honestly, I think this might just be the most dissapointing record of the year.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Things I Once Owned


Shrine: Muscle Milk, Father & Son Snapshot. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

The Things I Once Owned


Item 36: Embossed Graduation Card. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

The Things I Once Owned


Items 30, 31, 32 ,33, 34, 35: Graduate School Brochures. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ryan Pfluger


Just found this on my friend Ryan's blog, and it totally makes me smile.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

My dad, sometime in the 70's maybe.


It's really weird how much we look alike at this point in my life. I found this next to my parent's computer, next to my mom's rolodex and a box of computer supplies my parents never use that were waiting to be thrown away.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Things I Once Owned


Shrine: The Silence of the Lambs VHS Tape. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Brad Phillips




Paintings by Brad Phillips.

The Things I Once Owned


Item 29: Unsent Postcard To An Ex-Boyfriend. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

The Things I Once Owned


Item 28: Undergraduate Polaroids. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Artcal!

Identities is a pick on Artcal at the moment! How exciting! Be sure to come out to the Brooklyn Borough Hall Thursday night for the opening, Darren Jones' piece sounds totally amazing and Emily North makes some pretty beautiful work as well!

*Actually, it's featured, not a pick. I suppose that makes sense since it hasn't opened yet.

The Things I Once Owned


Items 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27: Burned CD's. 20 x 20", Digital C-print, 2009.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Things I Once Owned


Item 21: Wrinkled Graduation Gown. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

The Things I Once Owned


Shrine: Unopened Bills. 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2009.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Nicholas Venaglia



Sweater 1
Sweater 2

Nicholas Venaglia found via Fecal Face

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

News

So here is some news:
***Christina and I will be showing work together during Bushwick Open Studios this weekend.



***Item 1: Day Planner. Will be included in Viking Mountain Funeral at the Celestial Suitcase Presents, 476 Jefferson Street, No. 203 in Brooklyn this weekend, also during the Open Studios.
June 5 - June 7, 2009, Opening Saturday 6-11:30pm.



*** I will have 2 prints in Identities at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Opening June 11. More to come on that as I get website info.

Yes, I know, I posted all of these images here before. Sorry to be schmoozey!

Monday, June 1, 2009