Sunday, December 30, 2012
I'm spending the week dog/house sitting in Wilmette. The suburb is very quiet over the Holidays - then we had 3 inches of lake effect snow, then I developed a cold, and now the temperature has dropped to the low 20s. If it weren't for video on demand, (first season of 'Homeland' - amazing), and my new Kindle with loaded with 'Sweet Tooth' (Ian McEwan) and 'Gone Girl' (Gillian Flynn), I'd be going a little bonkers. But I do like Frankie the dog, and enjoy the walks, particularly through the alleys. I tote my camera with me and try to pay attention to what I'm paying attention to. Without comment, here is a small series of photographs of some of the garages of Wilmette, Il.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
"30 Buildings In 30 Days" was the original idea for this series of digital images when I began it last winter. I was toying with an old photograph of mine from my series of Chicago housing projects which were very flat and patterned. I have acknowleged the connection between the toy building blocks I had as a child and some of the things I am doing in collage, both digitally and in paper. With 'Photoshop' as a tool it is easy to make digital building blocks, and your imagination can take off from there. All of these images are improvised off the one photo, and most elements reoccur in multiple locations. I like these resulting images, they read as buildings, admittedly fantastic and a little brutal, but still rooted in photographic reality. I tried to work quickly, not over-think, and avoid and impulse to be too critical. Hence the choppy nature of the buildings and most obviously the sky. I never made it to 30 buildings, but here are nine interesting examples, and I'll hold on to the title as an homage to my first impulse.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
As I refer more and more people to my blog, I often have to clarify what is for sale and what is not for sale. So in an attempt to simplify things a bit I'm creating a new category on my blog. I'll call it 'Available Work'. As I post new pieces, mostly drawings, that are available for sale I will label them as such using the tag 'Available Work'. If a person specifically wants to look at my blog to see what could potentially be purchased, all they have to do is hit the label 'Available Work' and all such drawings should appear starting with the most current and proceeding backwards by date posted. In the text accompanying the blog posting I will attempt to include as much information about the piece that is possible at the time. The drawing below is my first attempt at this new category.