Hello, and Welcome.
Spring has arrived. Above is a photographic flashback from an April 2009 exhibition at the Sarah Gavlak Gallery (Palm Beach).
Over the years, I have worked in various mediums through self-imposed assignments in response to place. Making things is the process I use to understand the world by grounding the experience of living, learning and communicating. The work is an expression of the process. Due to this interdependent creative process, I am not sure which is the driving force— the subject matter at hand, the process of making, learning or the library research. And sometimes new ideas meet failed works to be reconsidered. The craft is the method used to carry traditions I have learned from my teachers and their teachers, alongside studio experimentation enables the search of new perspectives and ways of seeing.
The Current April 2019 exhibition, Out of the Studio, presents 17 new photographs made out of doors and developed over the span of a decade. The selected images were culled from the series by Anna Walker Skillman, owner of Jackson Fine Art.
While creating this work, (collecting specimens, fauna, and vegetation natural to this mountain range) I thought about many things including: nature as a living marker of societal priorities (environmental policies), healing and toxic powers (medicine), classification systems (i.e., what is considered a weed or not), and uses (and dis-used). Being a painter and someone who enjoys looking at art for long stretches, I took that same approach on making/finding/discovering the picture and light—(both in equal proportion). It takes time.
One the decade I have been working out of the studio in this temperate rain forest of Highlands Plateau of North Carolina. There is a generational Family (immediate and extended) connection in these mountains. The fertile area (rich with abundant life) is the most biologically diverse region in the temperate world. Uniquely located at the Southern end of the Appalachian Mountain Range, and the Blue Ridge Mountains—the area home to the Black Mountain School.
Some photographs from the same series were debuted at the Untitled Fair Miami 2019 with Marisa Newman Projects alongside fellow artist Lynn Gottlieb Gelfman. The booth design was by Office Ga principle—Jonathan Gonzales. It was a great fair. There were private sales, along with several works placed with the Cleveland Clinic Collection.
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P.s. This article has been making the rounds lately, and for good reason—the healing power of gardens.
Table Setting, 2018
Signed on verso
chromogenic dye coupler print
30 x 24 inches Edition of 3 + 1AP
40 x 30 inches Edition of 3 + 1AP
ADDITIONAL IMAGES IN THE SERIES