June 21, 2008
I made this photograph over a year ago at a bar-b-que put on by a dear from of mine Joe Ziolkowski. This is an annual event he puts on for his current students and alumni of his class. It is an open party that any can come and make photographs and get away from RIT. The last time I went to his party was in the fall of 2006.
After the party Joe kindly presented me with the above photograph he made while everyone was on a tractor ride. This photograph means a lot to me because of the contents. Almost half of my class from freshmen year in college is in this picture (mind you it was a class of 12).
After receiving the photograph I talked to a friend of mine who had given me a ride to the party and he said Joe had also given him the same photograph. After realizing we were in turn all trading photographs Anthony Matoza gave me this photograph of Joe taking a picture while driving his tractor, with all of us as his subject.
On Tuesday I received a very awesome gift. Seth personett who was an incoming freshmen had photographed me making a portrait of Joe on the exact same wagon ride all the other above photographs were made. The photograph I was making has played a huge role in my direction of photography. That photograph directed my entire senior portfolio after I made the picture of Joe. It’s pretty awesome to see a photograph someone made of me over a year later. How much my life has changed since then, how much I wish I was still in school without any responsibility.
May 8, 2008
A man who stays true to his word, and his dollar. I sent Justin $1 and in return I received a whole envelope of awesome art. Hope you didn’t miss the boat. Thanks again Justin.
On a side note, the infamous Keelay will be performing tonight at Pianos. He is performing in a reunion show with These Bones. See YOU there!!!
April 9, 2008
The Handsome Furs show on Sunday was definitely the best performance I have ever seen Dan and Alexei put on in New York. Dan kept reiterating how he is always nervous when he plays in new york. He had nothing to be nervous about, the crowd loved them. The Violins opened the night, I had never heard them before but they were pretty decent. The next “act” the comedians was the absolute worst act I have ever seen. The Handsome Furs played a nice full set with what I believe were three new songs. At the end of the show Dan invited Hadgi Bakara from Wolf Parade onto the stage to play the drums. After the final song with Hadgi still on stage he brought his laptop and plugged it in to the sound system. Hadgi threw picked up Alexei’s keyboard and pronounced he would playing the “Lil Wayne leak”. It was pretty funny ending of a great show.
March 15, 2008
Last weekend I went with some friends to see the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit at the Guggenheim museum. I had never seen this artists work and I knew next to nothing about it. I went in with a clean slate;almost. I had read an article about Inopportune: Stage One and I understood a little about his works but I didn’t know much about his early works.
Cai works in so many different mediums, he is definitely a multi medium artist. Everything from Gunpowder to goat fur. My favorite work from this exhibition was Head On.
Head On is a piece that consists of 99 wolves. The wolves are made out of papier-mache and fur. The above picture is not the installation at the Guggenheim. At the Guggenheim the wolves go around in a spiral up the ramp and end at the same piece of glass like pictured above. The interaction and ability to walk around and through this piece is the best part. Each wolf is unique, different colors, shapes and sizes.
His work almost fills the entire Guggenheim. This man has created so much work it is quite incredible. I am amazed at the enormity of his portfolio and the depth of his art.
The idea of using gunpowder to create is one of most amazing things i have ever seen. It is more than just the finished piece. The way that he creates the work is an art within itself. There were multiple projectors that showed films of how these were made.
How do you emulate a car bombing without actually blowing up cars? The guy who loves to blow stuff up has set himself the restraint not to. This piece that fills the entire open area of the Guggenheim is awesome. Just the idea of hoisting cars up in the air is great and then he adds flashing lights that emulate fireworks or explosions coming out of the cars.
I know a lot of my readers won’t be able to go visit this exhibit in person but if there is any possible way to, I definitely recommend it. If you can’t possibly make it to New York to see it there is an alternative. This online exhibit has tons of information on it and the photographs are very well done. Go Learn!
All images from Guggenheim online exhibition site.
February 2, 2008
It’s Friday night and I’m home sitting on the edge of my chair with too much work to do. Too much photography. This hasn’t happened to me since I left RIT. Shouldn’t I be like at a concert or getting drunk? Ya whatever.
Lots to accomplish this weekend:
– Research boxing in Union City to the MAXXXX
-Scan every photograph my grandmother owns. (Yes that is me in the picture circa 1986.)
– Finish scanning latest 35mm film.
-Go to the movies with Marvin tomorrow.
Whatever happened to living like your in New York City?