3/30/10

Center winners announced

Center Santa Fe has just announced the results of their competitions--no go for me this year for any awards alas, which was a disappointment, but I was happy to see Jonathan Blaustein and Jennifer Loeber won Honorable Mentions in the Project Competition category. Another round of congratulations!

Justin Visnesky solo show

© Justin Visnesky

Justin Visnesky has some great new work up on his website, and a solo show opening at Imagebox Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA this Friday from 7-10pm. More info here. Congratulations Justin! (The image above isn't from the series he's exhibiting, it just happens to be one of my favorites.)

3/25/10

I forgot--

--to thank Randall Scott in my last post--he had my work up in his gallery as part of the UNseen show curated by Ruben, which is where Joe Baio purchased two of my prints. The other bathroom image was from Dan Cooney's igavel auction, so a big thank you to both Randall and Dan for all of their help!

Party at Joe Baio and Anne Griffin's

In front of my piece in the bedroom--ignore all the red-eye, I was too lazy to retouch it out
Above the bed
Martine Fougeron, Thekla Ehling, and Edie reflected in the mirror in the bathroom
My image below Doug Dubois'
Me and the fabulous Ruben Natal-San Miguel (you can't tell but we're holding hands under my photo). I owe it all to this man--he's the reason I'm in the collection. Thank you, Ruben!
A study in red
Me and the fantastic Eric McNatt, also in Joe and Anne's collection. He left the party briefly to walk me to the subway--a true gentleman

I must admit I was quite excited when I received an invitation to a yearly party hosted by collectors Joe Baio and Anne Griffin. Held around the AIPAD fair, they open their Manhattan townhouse to guests in order to showcase the latest works in their amazing collection. It really was an honor to have three of my pieces hanging on the wall. Strange as this may sound, seeing one of my images in the bathroom along with photographs by Doug Dubois, Thekla Ehling, and Martine Fougeron (who I had the pleasure of meeting) was just about the highlight of my career to date.

I was a bit in awe of the sheer number of gallery directors, artists, and curators present--all in all it was a big night for me and Joe and Anne couldn't have been more gracious or enthusiastic. I wish James could have joined me but our babysitter got sick at the last minute and he was stuck at home with the girls--thanks for holding down the fort, honey.

3/18/10

Mark Menjivar

© Mark Menjivar: Carpenter/Photographer | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household | 12-Point Buck
© Mark Menjivar: Disabled | Marathon, TX | 2-Person Household | Weighed 390lbs earlier this year

Another Santa Fe friend I've been meaning to write about for a while now, and who I feel I've neglected in taking so long to mention, is the talented Mark Mejivar. Like Deborah (see last post) he was one of the people I spent a lot of time with on my trip, and he was so enthusiastic it was infectious. The way he talked about his "you are what you eat" series was quite inspiring--his passion, and his true consideration for the social aspects of his project, were beautifully explained and pondered in his descriptions of his work. He's deeply concerned about food issues, and says it better than I can in his artist statement--here it is:

you are what you eat is a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the united states.

for three years i traveled around the country exploring food issues. the more time i spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more i began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities. an intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits.

a refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. one person likened the question, "may i photograph the interior of your fridge?" to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. each fridge is photographed "as is." nothing added, nothing taken away.

these are portraits of the rich and the poor. vegetarians, republicans, members of the nra, those left out, the under appreciated, former soldiers in hitler’s ss, dreamers, and so much more. we never know the full story of one's life.

my hope is that we will think deeply about how we care. how we care for our bodies. how we care for others. and how we care for the land.

There's also a limited-edition food journal illustrated by Kate Bingaman-Burt (whose blog Obsessive Consumption I've been a fan of for a while now) with a small print by Mark; all proceeds go towards organizations doing urban gardening. I was lucky enough to receive one from Mark in the mail, and I love it. I can't figure out how to link to the actual purchase page, so just go to Mark's site and click on "food journals." You also have a chance to buy his work through 20 x 200, see here. Look for more of him in future, his concepts are very relevant these days.

Deborah Hamon



© Deborah Hamon

Congratulations to Deborah Hamon for being one of the artists selected for PDN's 30, the magazine's prestigious presentation of 30 photographers to watch. Deborah's work deserves recognition: it's unsettling, beautiful, and in my opinion quite unique among today's imagery. She paints pictures of girls, and then places them in photographic landscapes, creating a new hybrid. I was very excited to see her on the list as she was one of the people I spent a lot of time with last year at Review Santa Fe and she was great to hang out with. She's a mother as well, and it's always a sort of comfort to me that I know women who are doing both, and that I'm not alone. There's also something very satisfying about seeing people you've become friends with through the photo community win things, I think--we have a subscription to PDN and when it came in the mail this month it really was wonderful to open it up and see Deborah's images inside. To view the rest of the winning photographers go here.

3/12/10

I will not...

...go back to bed. I will not go back to bed. I will not go back to bed...

3/10/10

Illness

James left today for an out-of-town job so I'll be on my own until Monday and what do you know--Edie woke up with a stomach bug. Sigh. She and June are currently zoned out on the couch with Pedialyte popsicles. (June's not sick, she just seems to enjoy the slightly salty flavor of illness-related freezer pops.) I'm so tired I actually fell asleep in the middle of reading them a book--something I've never done before. It felt quite bizarre.

Oh, and here's a motherly tip: when choosing an on-demand movie avoid the 1972 British musical version of Alice in Wonderland because your kid will inevitably make you watch it with them and, trust me, it's not as good as you remember from when you were young.

3/4/10

Newspace



I'm excited to have one of my images on the cover of Newspace's Spring catalog, see above. I'm madly prepping for the April 2nd opening date of my two-person exhibition there with Bryan Wolf; I'll be in Portland for the show and will give an artist's lecture on the 3rd. I'm also happy to report a solo show of Jesse Burke's work will follow in May. I'm an enormous fan of his work--I wrote a post on him a while back that you can see here; I'm sure it will be a great exhibition. He also has an inspiring new blog. Up now at Newspace: Susan Burnstine, details here.

Today will be a no-work day as June woke up with a stomach bug and I'm feeling a bit funky myself. Writing this will be about as much as I'll get done for the next 24 hours more than likely (Scooby-Doo is allowing me these few minutes of computer time). Sadly this means I'll miss Ruben's opening tonight, very disappointing. Keeping my fingers crossed that we're all well enough to check out SCOPE and the Humble show on Saturday. Off to rest.

3/2/10

So much going on

© S. Billie Mandle
© Leah Oates
© Amy Stein

There are so many openings and great things going on; I wish I could post about all of them but if I did my kids would never see me. I highlight as much as I can so will mention some things here: If you love Amy Stein, and I know you do, you can view her work at Clampart in the group show The Museum of Unnatural History. I have yet to see it but it's up until April 10th and looks like a great lineup.

The SCOPE art fair also starts tomorrow and one thing I'm excited about (among many) is that Leah Oates will be launching a new limited edition portfolio called Road Trip curated by none other than Ruben Natal-San Miguel (how does he do it all? Don't forget his opening on Thursday, by the way). Leah and I shared a studio in Brooklyn many moons ago, and her drive and creativity were a huge inspiration to me back then as well as now. She's the director of Station Independent Projects which is a curatorial business that organizes exhibitions and events with a focus on artist advocacy; they'll have a booth at SCOPE where you can view her portfolio along with the group show Sway.

Last but not least is Humble Arts Foundation's 31 Women in Art Photography show curated by Charlotte Cotton and Jon Feinstein. It's opening at Affirmation Arts this Saturday from 6 - 9 pm; note that an RSVP to rsvp[at]affirmationarts.com is required. HAFNY is a tireless promoter of emerging artists and I'm looking forward to being there on Saturday to help support them; congrats to Billie Mandle (beautiful beautiful work, see above), Irina Rozovsky, Robin Schwartz, Brea Souders, and Rachel Sussman for their inclusion. This is one not to be missed.

3/1/10

Massimo Sordi



© Massimo Sordi
A few months ago I did a print trade with Massimo Sordi and got two beautiful photographs in the mail, see the top snapshot of them. Aside from the ones now in my possession my other favorites are above, from his series Rooms/India. Happy March, and happy birthday to my lovely sister Annie.