Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ridin' the Rails

Again, in spite of the weather, there was an excellent turnout at the Open Studio at Aurora. On the way home I had a call from Jerry Klumpp asking if I would like to ride the rails tomorrow with him and Darnell. I have always wanted to jump a freight to see where it would take me so I was excited at the opportunity. That is when he explained that they were going to start on one end of Metrorail and ride to the other, getting off to take photos as opportunities came up. Well, I had always wanted to do that also so I went for it.

We met at the park and ride on the north end of Metrorail and rode to the south end. Stopped off downtown for a walk-a-round and again at the MFA for lunch at Café Express. The ride south was stand up only because everyone was going to the rodeo. In all it was a fun day with great company. I am not sure that I got much in the way of photographs but I did get a couple that I liked. Will finish the processing tomorrow and may post a few more.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

What Should We Be Without the Poem of Death

Men Made Out Of Words

What should we be without the sexual myth,
The human reverie or poem of death?

Castratos of moon-mash – Life consists
Of propositions about life. The human

Reverie is a solitude in which
We compose these propositions, torn by dreams,

By the terrible incantations of defeats
And by the fear that defeats and dreams are one.

The whole race is a poet that writes down
The eccentric propositions of its fate.

                                                                                  ----Wallace Stevens
Okay, so I have told this story a thousand times so once more won’t hurt. I love cemeteries. I love what they say and what they do. I love going to a cemetery with a pocketful of poems like the Wallace Stevens poem above. I challenge anyone to go to a cemetery with Poe’s Ulalume,  Bryant’s Thanatopsis, Millay’s Renaissance, Donne’s Death Be Not Proud or Fawcett’s Darkness and not come home with a photograph that says something about how they feel about death or cemeteries or whatever they feel the future is to hold …


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Open Studio, Aurora Studios

Open studios at Aurora will be this week end, Saturday, March 21st, beginning at 6:00 pm. The address is 129 Aurora Street in the Heights (4 blocks south of the North Loop, 610, and one block east of Yale). I would like to invite  all my friends because for the first time I have outside wall space.

I am showing a group of manipulated photographs which are not new but until recently not shown. Actually I am somewhat proud of this group because it was among my first successful foray into digital art. It is done using photographs and photo manipulation software but bears little resemblance to a straight photograph.

I have always struggled with the personal question of how 'straight' a photograph needs to be. It is a question where what most consider straight photography loses. I am much less interested in what something looks like as opposed to how I can make something look in a photograph or digital image. A camera is no more than a tool, no more than a paint brush or a chisel. It is used to create art even though I have some difficulty thinking of what I do with a camera as art.

The group that I will be showing, Into That Locus of the Last Lost Souls was created at a time when I was experimenting with several different approaches to digital art. What began very abstractly as form and color evolved into Friends, Romans and Other Countrymen (may show later) which is still very abstract but takes on a distinct semblance to human forms with human stories and then Into That Locus of the Last Lost Souls where the images are still highly manipulated but undoubtedly human forms along with their individual stories.

I am very drawn to combining words with my photographs. They are both parts of the same coin--two forms of language. Sometimes it is simply an artist statement for a group of image, sometimes it is specific comments regarding a single image and sometimes it is a story which may be factual or fantasy. Words and photographs become one single expression in much of my photography.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Photowalk along West 19th

 Did a shoot with Houston Photowalks Saturday along one of my favorite hangouts, West 19th Street in the Village. Afterwards several of the group came over to see the studio. Had a great visit.

Otherwise it has been an interesting few days. Much too confusing to discuss.

Aurora's Experimental Artists Flea Market

If you are an artist you are invited to be part of Aurora Studios new project at 129 Aurora Street in the Heights:

"Aurora's Experimental Artist's Flea-Market" -
Saturday, April 4-2015-

A Parking lot market where all vendors will be only artists selling small inexpensive art pieces under $100, used art materials, Kraft's, jewelry, painted furniture, vintage or old stuff and miscellaneous household items from the artists homes and/or from their studios.

This project will be totally outdoors in the parking space.
Each artist will have up to two folding tables and I am looking to book at least 30 artists.

How to be part of this?
*Reserve your spot in the market for $40 and you can bring up to two folding tables and a chair.

*You can also bring standing panels if you prefer to display art that way and you can also bring a tent if you want.

*In this flea market you will be able to sell almost anything, art will be the ultimate merchandise to sell but anything goes...

*There will be a food station with homemade Galician empanadas and more food from Spain by our Spaniard cook Carlos, we will also have sodas and drinks, all for sale from our "food court" station.

*The market will start at 9:00am and we will be there until around 3:00pm or until there are no more people around.

If you are interested please reserve your space ahead of time before we run out.
Email or call show contact info to book your spot. Thank you.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 28th

Wishing my beautiful lady a wonderful 79th birthday.

Monday, February 23, 2015

1940 Air Terminal Museum

It has been a little quiet lately. For Open Studio last Saturday night I lost all my wingmen so I mostly hid out working on photos from the shoot that morning at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum with Houston Photowalks. Alcy and I had plans for today but spent most of the day shopping and eating.

Went to Panera’s for lunch. I wasn’t particularly hungry but Alcy said they had pretty good soup. Instead I opted for Mac and Cheese. I should have known it would be yuppiefied—shell macaroni and some white looking cheese. Wasn't all that bad but I craved a big chunk of Velveta to give it some down home flavor. Someone needs to introduce them to Mama’s Mac and Cheese with elbow macaroni and Cheese Whiz—now that’s good eating.

Got the rest of the week to myself so I picked up a few items to take to the studio for tabletop photography. Need to get out, hit some trash piles and scrounge up some really interesting grunge backdrop materials.

I have twenty some 18x24’s on the way so I picked up some new frames since they were  on for half price at Michael’s. And picked out a frame for the painting I recently got from Sue Lorenz, one of the artists at Aurora. So it was a fruitful day. Just wish this darn cold weather would go north where it belongs.

1940 Air Terminal Museum



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Work Gloves

ADDENDUM: I am going to have 18x24 posters made of the glove photos so I have reworked them and added a pair of yard shoes.

Aurora Open Studio