Sunday, November 21, 2010

Photographers Met

One of the great things about being at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is the folks you get to meet and with whom you get to visit.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting two photographers who were new to me and see the new website of a dear friend and terrific photographer.

At the Torpedo Factory we frequently get school groups visiting because this is one place where they can actually talk to working artists and see them at work. For some groups this is just a day to be out of school but every now and then we get a group of students who really want to visit with us, pick our brains, and get involved with what we are doing.

One such student was Hannah Brookhart. Hannah was very engaging and a terrific photographer. I wish I had had her kind of talent when I was in high school. You can check out her work at her site.

I also met a wonderful photographer, Tre, whose work is some of the most creative I've seen in a long time. You can check out her very modern, creative work here.

Lastly, I'd like to recommend the website of a personal friend, Christine Bernstein. Christine is a wonderful photographer and has traveled the world taking beautiful pictures. Her landscapes are exceptional.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Web Update

If there's anything more boring than updating your website I don't know what it is. There's only one thing that can go right and about a thousand things that can go wrong. It's kind of a constant back and forth between the website and Dreamweaver to catch/correct what you didn't discover when you were doing the update.

Anyhow, I finally did an update to my website by adding three new galleries, XIII, XIV, and XV. Please check them out when you have a chance at

Monday, November 15, 2010

Art Speak

In discussing my work recently I stated that I thought the quasi-innovative monochromatic schema represented in my early work had been replaced by my more spontaneous totemic tonality to bring my current vision more in keeping with the current proto-evocative gestural illusionism so rampant in the current art market. I think in the next few years we will see progression to the personal archaistic simultaneity so rejected by current art critics with their limited vision so attuned to the primitive plastic iconography.

This was too good to pass up. A friend gave me an article by Donald Holden in which he created a Chinese Menu for Art Lovers consisting of three columns. You can pick a word from each column and generate totally unintelligible phrases that sound like you know what you are talking about in the art world.

In keeping with the theme, the above pictures of dead, rotten, smelly, decaying fish on the shores of the Salton Sea have been transformed into into the patterned perceptual construction so evident in today's art scene. ;-)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Problems with Firefox

If any of you are using Firefox as your web browser you may have trouble posting comments to the blog. For some reason other browsers seem to work fine but Firefox does not. This problem has been known for sometime but apparently neither blogger or Mozilla seems able/willing to fix it.

Conceptual Art

Conceptual art is so "in" these days. This is art created as the end product of the concept. The concept is everything. The resulting manifestation is almost irrelevant. If you want some really good "art speak" on the subject check out Wikipedia.

It must be difficult to hang a concept on the wall!

A lot of it looks like rejects around which a justification for their existence is created. I often suspect that the "concept" came after-the-fact, not before.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Who Will be Remembered?

I drifted into an interesting discussion with my fellow artists at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The conversation revolved around who, among photographers living today, will be remembered in a hundred years. That leaves out most of the 20th century's great names.

I'd be very interested in who you think will be remembered and why.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I recently heard an interview with a symphony conductor who said music was just notes on paper until someone realized the potential of the score. This reminded me of Ansel Adam's famous quote, "the negative is the score and the print is the performance."

One of the great impediments to becoming a good photographer, as opposed to a snap shooter, is being able to look at an image and develop or understand its potential. Furthermore, it's one thing to be able to recognize the potential and another to be able to execute. This is where the marriage of vision and craft come together. Recognition without the craft to execute or craft with no vision is worthless. It takes both to create a great image.

For the most part, craft can be learned. Vision has to be developed and nurtured.