Friday, August 31, 2012

Two Weeks Project Day Thirteen: Urban Center

Urban Center, 24" x 20", C-Print, 2012

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Two Weeks Project Day Five: Those We Left Behind (The Killing Field Part 2)

Those We Left Behind (The Killing Field Part 2), 12" x 12", C-print, 2012

I had an impulse to take out these characters who I've used before in another project, and who I initially rescued after a photo shoot where they were not good enough to be photographed next to luxury handbags and shoes. I'm thinking about the sustainability of objects and their continued use in work.  Unfortunately for these guys, this is their last call. I like their impact here atop styrofoam, which will never go away.

For information on the Two Weeks project click here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Two Weeks Project Day Four: Mom and Dad Take me to the Montgomery Airport after Christmas

Mom and Dad Take me to the Montgomery Airport after Christmas, 12" x 18" each, 2 C-prints

For information on the Two Weeks project click here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012


I came across two articles today about fiction.  One, a short essay by the novelist Keith Ridgway in the New Yorker blog about how everything is fiction.  And the second from a future novelist Michael Bourne about the hard work it takes to clinch an agent.

The day after I destroyed the first draft of my novel these two strong points of light seem to be guiding me back to that manuscript, seven drafts later, which ripped my heart a half dozen times.  I never intended to give it up.  But with visual art now at the forefront, it's given me a break to look at the novel from a new perspective, to see that I need to write a compelling story, not a clever one.  To write more honestly.  To attempt to distill more truths.  To write for a reader, not some fantasy boyfriend of Halloween past or the Literary Guild of America.

I've only been handed less than a handful of rejection letters because I never had the balls to go very far with submissions.  The good news is the relationship I've developed with an agent at Inkwell.  She's read my manuscript twice and given me great advice.  Now it's time to return to her second letter of advice and polish off another draft.

I have a lot on my plate.  And to avoid looking like this
, I will be patient and deliberate--slow and steady wins the you know what.  I will concentrate on my art, the novel, my health, my relationships, and the taming of this blog, and avoid trifling diversions so that I won't disappoint my Thousands of Readers and Fans.  Thousands of Readers and Fans is the nickname I gave my mom.

Two Weeks Project Day Two: A Portrait of an Office as a Young Artist

I think I'll call this one A Portrait of an Office as a Young Artist.  Anyone can do this at the office, if you have a bit of freedom to have these kinds of pauses.  Discover your own materials.

Portrait of an Office as a Young Artist, 20" x 24", C-print, 2012
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Two Week Project Day One: First Draft

Before the day was out I wanted to post the image I selected from my first mini-project from the Two Weeks project.  The title of the piece is 'First Draft.'  I used the first draft of my novel.  Did I mention I wrote a novel?  (This artist is beginning to think that perhaps it wasn't such a good calling, but he won't give up trying to make it into a great novel . . . eventually.)  I also used some tools from my first round of art projects that I began in February.  So it becomes about first efforts, choices (some call them failures, mistakes, blessings, and triumphs) and being drenched, swallowed completely by your calling, and fully alive for the first time.  For more images from this shoot, visit my website in November.

First Draft, 20" x 24", C-print, 2012

If you want to do this project at home, here is what you'll need:

  • The first draft of your novel, printed double-sided on cheap paper, left on a shelf or in a box for four and a half years while you complete seven more drafts
  • a sculpture armature, preferably broken and rusted over after being used for three or more times
  • a tray of some kind
  • a large bowl of water (not pictured)
  • camera (not pictured)

1. Form the Armature so that it stands on its own and place in the tray.
2. Starting from the first page, wet each page of the novel manuscript and place on the armature.
3. When the armature breaks or falls over, re-position so that it stands on its own.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until entire novel is wet and on the armature or at its base and the sculpture stands on its own.
5. Photograph the sculpture in your choice of setting.

For information on the Two Weeks project click here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Two Weeks Project

I'm giving myself a little project beginning this Sunday and ending on Saturday, September 1.

I returned to sculpt a week and a half ago to get new inspiration for a new painting.  I found that it didn't go as well as I would have liked.  Plus the painting that was supposed to be inspired by Sherry (The Great and Powerful) also hasn't been going well.  But instead of whining, I want to take a break from the sculpture paintings and do something completely different.

A new mini-project every day until school starts again (with a two-day break).  I want to try and make something from what I have . . . either at home, or at my desk at work.  I will turn everything I create into a print and display them in the fall as a celebration of creation and my life as an artist.  A fall harvest, a coming out party, a reinvention.

Of course I'll continue the sculpture paintings until the end of Winter 2013 (maybe beyond) but I'm hoping this Project will keep me focused and refraining from depression, which loves to cuddle me.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

this is the end of 'this'

I've already admitted to hating summer, but as the season gears up for its final stretch why not look back on its many joys so far.

Reading.  The one thing I loved about summers starting in middle school were our summer reading lists.  While I haven't read anything as compelling as Lord of the Flies or The Scarlett Letter or Huckleberry Finn, I have been entranced by a number of books.  Here are links to some of them:
  1. Inside by Alix Ohlin (a short compelling character study with an intense beginning)
  2. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (the perspective of Ernest Hemingway's first wife)
  3. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt (a revealing look at the psychology behind happiness)

Seeing a bridge disappearing.


Making more art with Barbie.

Gaining ten pounds and not caring.

Being in a relationship.