Yuma Fine Arts Association on Main Street in Yuma, AZ. If you are in the area, please stop in. The work will be up until the end of April.
An added bonus are two collaborative works that I did with artist Christine Cassano. They are assemblage works consisting of concrete, painting, ceramic and ho scale prisoner people. I had so much fun working with Christine.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
We created a mouse trap camera and did put our treated paper inside of it to make a print in a similar fashion. Unfortunately, nothing printed onto the paper. We are not sure why this did not work, except that conditions (cloudy) might have made a difference, and/or our lenses were not penetrable enough to let the light in.
We decided that along with the camera experiment we would make sun prints, which were used by Talbot with his negatives. According to our research, Talbot waxed his negative paper prints to create a positive image, again, on paper.
Kyria and I ordered a Van Dyck printing kit. Neither of us had ever done sun printing before. We turned my laundry room into a dark room and began to mix all of our chemicals. We let them sit overnight as instructed. Instead of using waxed negatives, we made negatives from original photographs that Kyria shot at my house. One is of my grandmother's singer sewing machine and the other is of my front door "speak-easy" peep hole. We took the images into photoshop and highly contrasted them and converted them to black and white. Afterwards we printed the negatives onto vellum paper (to simulate the wax effected negatives that Talbot would have made). We then treated a variety of papers with our chemicals and dried them with a blow dryer. We placed the papers onto a cardboard surface, placed the negatives on top and placed a piece of glass over that to prevent them from moving and to make a good seal between the paper and negative. We exposed them for 10 minutes in the sun and brought them in for water bath and fix. These are our results.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Monday I went back to Christine Cassano's studio. She had poured the concrete into our molds that we had prepared a few weeks back. (see inset below) The results are amazing. We cleaned up the clay that was used as a resist and did some transfers directly onto the concrete. I wanted to add a little more dirt (to the left in the piece above) and am waiting for the glue and dirt to bond and dry.
We built in recessed areas in both pieces, I think I want to add some figures that I am repurposing in the accompanying bottle collection. The process continues.
These pieces will be shown in April at the Yuma Fine Arts Association.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I got an email from Gary A. Bibb who is putting together a mail art show of guitar themed work, to be shown at Buffalo Brothers Guitars, asking me if I wanted to participate. Of course my first thought went to an old picture of my grandpa and my cousin, Michael. The photo also included me and my brother, but I cropped us out to give it a tighter composition and a more intimate moment for my cousin.
I wish I could go to the Carlsbad guitar store and see the exhibit in person, but Gary is posting the images on the guitar art blog, so I hope you take a look.
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