NEW WORK: LEAVES AND BUGS. 2016-17
The spine of a simple leaf is like the spine of a human. With this work, I saw the transfer of nature and its self-consciousness, to that of human self-consciousness. What was seen through my lens was the core strength of its spine, its natural fold and fragility, the bits of dirt and pollution.
While photographing the leaves, I started finding dead bugs in my neighborhood. Cicadas, moths, beetles, butterflies, and bees were photographed the same way, not only for similar design and aesthetic considerations, but for the continued weaving together of one life form into another, our continued existence based on their health and survival.
Chicago. July 22, 2017
I have been a practicing artist since 1978. My work evolved from documentary street work in Detroit, to large photographic transparencies of political imagery. It has been exhibited in public places/galleries where an audience can physically participate with a large two-dimensional photograph, entering a new way of looking and engaging with photographs. They are photographs of street workers, pedestrians, massive advertisements, political/religious extremism, flags, the abstractions of fire/clouds that create different individual readings and engagement. My current models for large scale installations are, “Homage to Joan of Arc" and “Passing The Time At Night”, 2012-15. “Homage to Joan of Arc" is a life-size transparent staircase covered with transparent photographs of small fires. The viewer walks up and down fire-imaged stairs that change into an abstract figurative work, with their own body reflections seen on the opaque glass opposite them, a mirror. “Passing The Time At Night” is a piece about time represented through the Eiffel Tower light moving clock-wise. Sometimes the light is dimmed, sometimes the clock goes backwards, sometimes it is stopped, as it does in the model. The complexity of a simple idea about life, and our push for continued rotation.
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