Thursday, January 28, 2010

Weird NJ just got weirder.

The Mystery of Saint Joseph's Church is something that has boggled Jersey City for almost 100 years. I recently went to a slideshow given by local photographer Leon Yost about Jersey City in the old days. Apparently I was the only one there who wasn't over 60.

Anyhow. So this creepy church... I always thought the photograph of the church in 1921 was obviously a darkroom creation. Until I saw the image taken in 2005 by Leon Yost who would never edit something like that in the darkroom, and I am pretty sure this image is actually digital anyway- Of which I am doubly sure he wouldn't edit because he is exclusively traditional and just very Leon.

Also - there is a really creepy story about a man who went to check about the source of the lights. I may have the story wrong but I believe Leon said he was with him and he went to check the lights, climbed up the ladder to the steeple [photo below - note the cruciform light at the top also interesting] and when he reached the top he died of heart failure, I may be wrong but I believe this was 2005, I will double check with Leon.

There is a puddle on the floor in this image. This could potentially break the whole mystery with an insipid dose of scientific evidence. However, Leon believes that this puddle has nothing to do with the light source. I would have to study this area myself to make any conclusions, but I trust a fellow photographer on his words--These kinds of eyes are very perceptive and investigative.

These images are courtesy of Leon Yost 2005.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cinema; Reinterpreted

I always really loved this project but I seem to forget that I have done this. It was purely explorative and mostly based on aesthetics, however I really wanted to see what happened when you disrupt the surface of the projected light of a movie that would normally be flat.

I also explored what it would be like to take long exposures of movies-primarily scenes with a lot of movement, with the original movie camera remaining still and fixed [best results with 2001: A Space Odyssey]

Sunday, January 24, 2010

MICA NYC Alumni Exhibition

These are the few images I did end up getting of the show at Spattered Columns/Art Connects New York. It was a good show and I am thankful to be a part of it. Included artists agreed to donate a piece of their collection to Art Connects New York, an initiative concept created by Fey Chandler, a MICA alum. Information about the artists here.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

When Baltimore Breaks Up

"When Baltimore Breaks Up", or "Utz+Boh=NO"

I added links for all of my friends photography and design websites. I hope you guys appreciate it as much as I appreciate the presence of your gorgeous work on my blog without your permission. I am still waiting to post the pictures of the MICA alumni exhibition--in fact I actually might still be hungover from that night. Like I said, Never Ever. Again.

OH! and I almost forgot. Dena Paige Fischer and I are working on launching a line of hand bleach painted garments for sale, hopefully through a vendor in NYC to whom we still have to present a final collection of work. Cross your fingers for us as we work work work and visit our blog here at wearartnyc

Thursday, January 21, 2010

square #2

"Brain Belch ala David Hockney" or "Bedroom From Above"

I just went to the alumni reunion taking place at Spattered Columns/Art Connects NY (491 Broadway). I saw only a handful of people I actually knew, but the beer and wine made it seem like I knew everyone. (Note to self: never beer and wine together. Ever. Again.) The show is pretty eclectic, featuring a varied body of work from New York area MICA alumni. My next post will feature pictures from the show once I figure out where the pictures are. (like I said, never. ever. again.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A square a day keeps the doctor away.

Pizza Pizza Pizza - or - The Giant Eyeball Strikes in Jersey City

I have decided that my blog is going to on an every-other-day posting schedule. I chose this because I need something to do every other day, dammit. I have a BFA and am unemployed during the great recession, life can seem pointless and things get depressing even though I continually make new art every week.

Each posting will include one square image of mine, from either my current or past collections. Each image will be accompanied by some text, possibly describing the picture, or having nothing to do with it. I will also be posting new work, new ideas, or new concepts I am working on --- for potential feedback? Thats where you come in!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Help Haiti Tomorrow at Noon!

Rafael Soldi

Successful emerging photographers from around the U.S. and Canada have joined forces to support the people of Haiti.

Every print is 8x10 inches in size.
Every print is from an edition of 10.
Every print is $50
100% of the proceeds go to Haiti.

Please go to this link and pass the word out!

Prints go on sale on Monday Jan 18th.

Some new or recent work

Conversations With Family At Home [video stills] more here

Conversations With Dan McNulty in Jersey City


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