Graphic Intersections is now live

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Graphic Intersections is finally live, and it looks great. Very interesting to see how the artists involved played off of each other--I'd love to pick Noel Rodo-Vankeulen's brain to see what process he used when looking at my image to come up with his (I think his picture is one of my favorites on the site. I'm not going to show you the one before mine so that you'll actually (hopefully) check out the rest of the project). I love how the connections aren't obvious--they make you think about the impetus behind each photograph, and about how creativity is inspired. It's also interesting to see how each photographer's distinct style comes through in his/her individual image. For the whole series go here.

"Graphic Intersections
is a collaborative project loosely based on the old Surrealist and Dadaist game The Exquisite Corpse. Designed to unite disparate artists in an interconnected photographic relay of images inspired by one another, this project strives to emphasize a system of response entirely rooted in unmediated visual reaction.

The first photographer made a photograph, which was subsequently forwarded to the second in line. The 2nd then, based solely on their own visual, emotional, intellectual or philosophical response, in turn made photographs in artistic reaction to the one they were given. The artists involved were not given any written material to accompany the photograph, nor did they know whose image they were responding to. This was designed to propagate chance, or as the Surrealist’s put it, exploit 'the mystique of accident.'

Ultimately, Graphic Intersections aims to challenge the bounds of sequential, narrative imagery, while simultaneously fostering stronger lines of artistic affiliation."


Christopher Colville exhibit

Another recommendation to pass along:

I got my BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and by my junior year I had declared my major as photography. I was part of a very small group (if I recall there were about 12 of us) and over those two years we spent countless hours chatting in the darkroom, lounging on the couch waiting for color prints to come out of the processor, and sitting in classrooms critiquing each other's work. Two of the people from that program are friends Larissa Leclair, the curator (and former roommate) and photographer Chris Colville. I'm happy to see them working together on what looks like an excellent show--it's always wonderful to see people who have continued to pursue their artistic visions long after graduation. On opening night there will also be a lecture by Darius Himes who I've had the pleasure to see speak a couple of times. He's a fantastic lecturer so if you're in DC I'd be sure to head over to see what he has to say. Here's all you need to know:


Christopher Colville
curated by Larissa Leclair
November 4 – December 11, 2009

Opening Reception: November 12, 2009, 6-9pm (in conjunction with FotoWeek DC)
Location: 1215 Blagdens Alley NW, Washington DC, 20001

In his first solo show in Washington, D.C., Christopher Colville, an Arizona-based photographer explores the themes of time as manifested in death and memory in a selection of work curated by Larissa Leclair from his series Emanations, the Sonoran Project, and Iceland Trilogy. Colville embraces traditional and experimental processes, such as photograms, ambrotypes, and decay-generated images in his contemporary photographic work.

Christopher Colville is a photographer and teacher at Arizona State University. He has been awarded a 2008 Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and a 2008 Public Art Commission from the Phoenix Commission on the Arts. Colville was also awarded the Van Daren Coke/Beaumont Newhall Fellowship in 2003. He holds an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico and a BFA in Anthropology and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. www.christophercolville.com

Larissa Leclair is an independent writer and curator in the DC area. www.larissaleclair.com

FotoWeek DC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008 whose mission is to celebrate the power of photography and to unite and strengthen the Washington DC photography community. www.fotoweekdc.org

For more information, please contact Larissa Leclair: contact@larissaleclair.com.
Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 10-2pm, and by appointment.

The opening reception for Christopher Colville follows the lecture by
Darius Himes, “Who Cares About Books?”
November 12, 2009, 5pm
1215 Blagdens Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
- Interest in photography books has never been greater, with artists, photographers and curators seeing the book as the central form of expression for their work. Publisher and critic Darius Himes talks about the landscape of photobook publishing as it stands today, highlighting some of the most interesting small publishers and discussing the ramifications of print-on-demand technology.

David Bram at photo-eye

If you're in the Santa Fe area head over to the lovely photo-eye bookstore to see A Journey to Iceland: Photographs by David Bram where there will be twelve silver gelatin prints for sale. The show is on view until November 28; here are more details:

Where: photo-eye Bookstore, 370 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Contact: Melanie McWhorter
Phone: 505.988.5152 x 112
Email: melanie@photoeye.com

"In April of 2007, David Bram traveled to Iceland with a group of seven photographers, all of whom concentrated on and enjoyed the landscape. The result of 55 rolls of medium format film is 20 silver gelatin photographs of the amazing and moody Icelandic earth. photo-eye Bookstore is pleased to present a small number of the fine silver-gelatin prints from this artistic expedition."


UNseen opening

The UNseen opening on Thursday night got a huge turnout by an enthusiastic crowd. I had a fantastic evening and can't thank Ruben enough for promoting the show so well and being such an energetic "host" (that's him and me above). The after-party was a blast and I've been on a bit of a high since.


Pinch me

© Doug Dubois
© Timothy Archibald
© Phillip Toledano
© Tierney Gearon

Another piece of news I'd like to share is that some of my work is in the feature Photographing Family curated by Aline Smithson for Too Much Chocolate. The other artists included are Phillip Toledano, Doug Dubois, David Newsom, Timothy Archibald, Jack Radcliffe, Tierney Gearon, and Dona Schwartz. Aline asked all of us what it’s like to be a "participant observer: to be a child or a parent, and at the same time, reveal something extremely personal through [our] art, often exposing and tarnishing an idealized concept of family." The photographs and writings contributed create an amazing portrait of what it means to be involved in such artistic intimacy.

My inclusion in this line-up is a bit surreal for me--I'm having one of those pinch-yourself moments. (I mean, Dubois' All the Days and Nights has a permanent place on my night table. Deep breath...) About a year ago I was in a bit of a crisis of faith concerning my work: I felt I had so much to say but that few were listening; that recognition was hard to come by and fleeting; that maybe the tenuous balance between my art and raising my children involved too much sacrifice. And now I'm in that place I wanted so much to be in last year, and I haven't quite adapted yet, I have to say.

I know, I always kind of hate it when people who are getting some press act like little fish, but I still feel like the little fish who's alongside these people whose work I admire, wondering what their secret is. I don't know if part of it is that my day-to-day life is so different from the concept of the continually creative artiste with an added "e." As a mother my kids don't care if I'm in a show or online or what--they just want their cereal now and a treat now and another TV show now and won't leave me alone when I go into the bathroom. Sometimes I essentially forget that I'm a photographer when I'm trying to block out a tantrum or untangle the rat's nest out of Edie's hair (when I'm not training my camera on these moments, of course). Yet that's precisely the point of Photographing Family--that day-to-day ordinary people are photographers are ordinary people; that it's all mixed up together, these parts of our lives, and this work that we're doing as children and parents and artists is simply part of who we are.

So for me really it's just a matter of getting used to being asked to participate in things rather than sending images out and hoping for the best. And I'm very, very grateful. And as simplistic as it sounds, humbled. Still, I wonder if Tierney Gearon ever looks in the mirror and goes "holy crap, I'm famous!" and doesn't quite believe it. All I know is she was as vulnerable as any of us in The Mother Project, and I admired her for that vulnerability, and now you can see her work with mine and we're all just human after all.

Today's Flak Photo: Rejected popsicle

My image Rejected popsicle is today's Flak Photo as part of their feature on The Center for Fine Art Photography's 2009 International Exhibition--my image above was selected by juror and Flak editor Andy Adams for a ShowCase Award. Many thanks to Andy for the support he's shown my work over the past couple of years (two other images of mine have been on Flak before, see them here and here). I've discovered many great artists as a result of Flak; visit the main website to see for yourself.

The feature will run weekdays until October 30th--here's more info:

In support of the C4FAP project, Flak will highlight work from twenty-one of the photographers selected in the month of October, including images from Nicole Hatanaka, Maureen Drennan, Bethany Souza, Alison Smith, Erin Toland, Bonnie Jones, Justin Walker, Jonathan Blaustein, Stuart Brown, Yijun (Pixy) Liao, Stuart Clugston, Elizabeth Fleming, Ted Casey, Salma Khalil, Eduardo Maurizio, Darren Lee Miller, Janet Pritchard, Ali Smith, Aaron Thomas, Julie Young, and Stephen Weissberger.

The exhibition features photographers from the United States, Mexico, Canada, China, Argentina, France and the United Kingdom and celebrates the Internet's influence on contemporary photography culture around the world: connecting international audiences to art experiences, enabling the discovery of new work and presenting never-before-seen channels of expression and communication.


Changing October light

Today is dreary and rainy, nothing like the evening these photos were shot. Today is the kind of day that induces the Austen-esque desire to make tea and crawl under a heap of covers. I may do just that, as my production level has been reduced to staring out the window--when I'm not staring aimlessly at the screen.


UNseen at Randall Scott Gallery

Two of my photographs will be in the show UNseen, curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel, who I'd like to thank for being such a continual advocate for my work. I was very happy to find out that my image was chosen for the promotional materials, as you can see above, and I'm also happy to be in such great company. (It's a small world--Leah Oates and I used to share a studio in DUMBO years ago and Will Steacy and I went to the same high school, though he's quite a bit younger than I am.)

Here's a list of the other artists:

Alex Leme, Clayton Cotterell, Bon Duke, Elizabeth Fleming, Leah Oates, Adam Krause, Cara Phillips, Megan Cump, Richard Renaldi, Chad States, Natasha Gornik, Nadine Rovner, Nicola Kast, Ryan Pfluger, Will Steacy, Phil Toledano and Eric McNatt.

The opening is on Thursday October 22nd from 6 - 8:30 PM at Randall Scott Gallery in DUMBO, 111 Front Street, No. 204. It will run until November 21st; contact the gallery at 202.332.0806 or visit the website for more information.

And here's Ruben's curatorial statement:

UNSEEN is an introduction to some of New York’s most promising, hard working, and creative minds in the photography field whose bold ideas, themes, and techniques work to transcend the history of photographic art.

Adam Krause, a third generation Holocaust survivor, creates portraits of Neo Nazis. Nicola Kast, a German, explores and deconstructs German History. Cara Phillips' Singular Beauty is a haunting social critique on modern surgical rooms, while Phil Toledano’s portraits of plastic surgery patients is a classic aftermath of the surreal. Portrait work by Chad States, Natasha Gornik, Eric McNatt, Richard Renaldi, Bon Duke, and Ryan Pfluger examine the notions of self and the other. Leah Oates and Megan Cump visit serene, painterly landscapes while Nadine Rovner sends us back to retro the seventies through feel and color. Elizabeth Fleming examines the simplicity of the moment in a child’s world, Clayton Cotterell documents his brother now serving in the US military, and Alex Leme searches random urban settings.

As an Art Collector, I address the challenge that most art lovers constantly face… the search of new art and the issues of acquiring work for small spaces. By using the salon style for this show I demonstrate different themes and techniques, presented in a very traditional manner, that work within a confined space. Space should not limit your desire for collecting…the sky is the limit!

-- Ruben Natal-San Miguel

I hope to see some of you at the opening!


J. Wesley Brown / 52 Editions

© J. Wesley Brown
© Aline Smithson

Only one more day to bid!! Apologies for not posting this sooner (we're halfway through October? What?) The photograph above by J. Wesley Brown is currently available through the West Coast's answer to 20 x 200, 52 Editions, for the affordable price of $45. After tomorrow--if not sold out--the print will become available for $75. The talented Aline Smithson and Shawn Gust recently had editions offered so be sure to check out the catalog as well. (Aline's photo is fantastic, see it above, and buy it here.)



This small fort made out of some sticks and a sheet was spotted on our walk to school. I went back with my camera after the girls were settled for the morning and these photos are the result. It felt good to be shooting.


Self-promo time

Me and friends Mark Menjivar, Kurt Tong, and Susan Worsham at the Simon Roberts opening at Klompching. (Great show--it's up until October 24th.)
My little sister Annie and me at the Photography Book Now opening, where my book was awarded an Honorable Mention. (Kurt, see above, won not one but three awards, including the Editorial Category Winner, while Susan received 1st runner up in the Fine Art category. And Mark has images up on 20 x 200 which I'll highlight in an upcoming post. Talented friends all.)

Now it's time to potentially bore all of you with some self promotion. It's mainly so my family can see what I've been up to all in one spot...

Here we go:

I'm included in The Photographic Center Northwest's exhibition The Curve: Center's Award Recipients which opens on October 8th (the reception is from 5-8 pm) and runs until November 5th in Seattle. Details here.

I was very pleased to learn that my image Rejected popsicle was chosen for a ShowCase Award by juror Andy Adams in The Center for Fine Art Photography's 2009 International show. It opened yesterday and runs until October 31st in Fort Collins, CO; details and images can be seen here.

I have to say, I was pretty darn excited to see my work up on director Spike Jonze's blog We Love You So last month. From the description of the site: "This place has been established to help shed some light on many of the small influences that have converged to make this massive project [Where the Wild Things Are] a reality." The timing of the post was quite uncanny because just the night before I had read a New York Times magazine article about the movie and Jonze himself. It's kind of strange that in some small way I might have had an impact on the creation of a movie based on a book that I read as a child and now read to my children. The world works in mysterious ways...

A while back I was in the exhibition HERE and THERE curated by Justin Visnesky at Snowflake/City Stock gallery. The show was just named Best Gallery Exhibition by the Riverfront Times in their 2009 Best of St. Louis feature. It was also chosen by Sina Najafi, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Cabinet magazine, for a critique through the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' Emerson Visiting Critics and Curators series. Congrats Justin for a job well done!

I took part in Project 5's first Portfolio Review and it was fantastic. I'll write a longer post with details soon; in the meantime I highly recommend applying for the next one which will take place on December 13th.

Four more things are in the works--must remain mum for now but will fill you in in the coming weeks.

Thanks for your indulgence.