After procrastinating the re-design of my website for the past few months, I can finally say I’ve done it! The new site features a cleaner, sleeker overall look, a more mobile-friendly structure, easier-to-navigate layout, and even some new works including (Un)Intended Targets and Dissonance (Working Title). There is also a link located on the Bio/Contact Page that leads to my Architectural Portfolio. Should anyone find any bugs, please bring them to my attention as soon as possible. Other than that, I hope you enjoy the fresh look!
This past weekend I was interviewed by the curator/director of TopPhotographyFilms.com, a wonderful photo-based blog style archive of featured talents, photography films, and links. It was a great opportunity to discuss some new things going on in my head. It also helped remind me why it is I do what I do. Be sure to check out the full article as well as the rest of the site!
This week I will have the pleasure of working with some young valley talent as part of The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Visions Teen Program. Through a photography workshop exploring the use of “large” and “small” scale photography high school students will be introduced to two very different forms of image capture - “new age” microscopic photography and “old school” large format view cameras. By focusing on concepts of space and environments and their relationships with small “things” that make them up, these young talents will learn some new methods through which to produce their own work. Any chance I have to work with young talented individuals is always exciting. I enjoy sharing and hopefully inspiring these students to continue engaging in the arts and look forward to seeing the works they create.
I have been invited to exhibit work at an upcoming exhibition at Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Gallery in Phoenix, AZ. “SNAP! Photography Invitational” will feature the photographic work of: Peter Bugg, William LeGoullon, Greg Richard, Marilyn Szabo, Jon Balinke, Lee Lusby, Wayne Rainey, Dayvid LeMmon, Carol Panaro-Smith, James Hajicek, Rachel Woodburn, Bill Timmerman, Chris Varley, Sylvia Burress, Ryan Maxwell, Tom Schultz, Gordon Flatt, Barbara Flatt, Michael Pruitt, and Joshua Caldwell. The Opening Reception is November 16th at 7PM and will run through December 16th. I’m very flattered to have been invited to take part in the exhibition and look forward to seeing it in person… All work sold goes to benefit EyeLounge operating costs. So make it a point to stop by for some early holiday gift shopping.
I have been invited to exhibit in an upcoming exhibition at Phoenix’s Bragg’s Pie Factory. A collaboration show between Anthony Zeh and artists from his studio portraits series, the show will include works by Annie Lopez, Jeff Falk, Mike Prepsky, James Angel, David Dauncy, Linda Ingraham, Rafael Navarro, Thuong Nguyen, Gennaro Garcia, William LeGoullon, Joe Willie Smith, Brent Bond, Kritsin Bauer, Carolyn Lavander, Cristine Cassano, Melissa Martinez, Lara Plecas. “Portrait of an Artist” opens this Friday, October 19th from 7-10PM. Other receptions include October 20th (Grand Ave Festival) from 11am-8pm and November 2nd (First Friday) 7-10 pm. Bragg’s is located at 1301 W Grand Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85007.
Earlier this week, works from my Fingerprints of Drinkable Culture Series were yet again featured on a site I admire greatly - this time, Copypasteculture. Using their words, I feel the following describes what has been happening a lot lately with this particular body of work…
We live in an era where everything can be copied and pasted in many different forms. Copypasteculture displays a selection of images by curating the Web and giving a platform to talented people. The images are not always in focus, are not always new and are free of contemporary preference. Nevertheless, with the collected fractions of our visual culture which we display, we create a new language; the myth of Copypasteculture.
I am very appreciative of the curator, Martijn Savenije, for including my project amongst Copypasteculture’s dialog. I encourage everyone to check out the sites many other talents.
I am pleased to announce that I will be one of approximately 150 artists featured in the upcoming Winter Edition of Studio Visit Magazine. Selected by juror, Jonathan Greene, independent curator and former director of Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey, I plan to have two of my pieces featured in this wonderful publication. Studio Visit is a series of juried artist books each featuring works from artists all over the nation. Offering artists a new and effective venue through which to introduce their work to a serious national audience of art world professionals, Studio Visit is received by a total of two-thousand galleries, museum curators, and art aficionados. I am very honored to be selected for this publication and look forward to seeing the final product.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of receiving a pleasant surprise, a phone call from April Fulton of NPR’s The Salt. After a short interview, she decided to feature some of my latest works in a small write up related to the upcoming holiday weekend. After all, many people will be consuming these beverages in abundance for Memorial Day! She ended the article with “We guarantee you’ll never look at beer, wine and cola the same way again.” and while that might be true for some, let me assure you that I am in now way trying to deter you from consuming these products. “Look at differently” - Yes! “Become less attracted to drinking them” - No! In fact, as many of you know, I’m a huge supporter of both third wave coffee and high end mixology. I drink one of these beverages every day of my life! I must say, it’s great seeing the exposure through an online outlet other than something art-related. New Time’s Chow Bella did a write up a while back, but this was a nice way to raise the bar a little further. Especially when my website has gotten more hits in the past 24 hours than the last two months combined! Check out more of the series in is entirety here.
So its been one full year to the day of utilizing Dry Heat as a place to promote events, share works in progress, connect with people, and formulate ideas. Alot has happened this past year and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and want to take the time to express my appreciation for those of you who follow and support both this blog as well as my creative endeavors. I thank you. While I continue to encourage you all to still check out my main website from time to time, there are many things in the works I plan to continue sharing news about here on Dry Heat. One such event, conveniently takes place tonight at 7PM! The Contemporary Forum 2011 Artist Grant Winners Exhibition Opening and 2012 CF Awards Presentation Ceremony at The Phoenix Art Museum. Two of my pieces are on display in The Janis and Dennis Lyon Gallery and a private reception will be held after the ceremony and film screening (which is open to the public). Once again, thanks to all of those who continue to support my career. I look forward to another year of exploring what this online outlet has to offer.