NEW WORK: The Timing of Birds 2018-19
A simple move of my bird feeder out my kitchen window, led to my patiently waiting to photograph them. It was immediately inspirational. I saw the idiosyncrasies of each bird, and how they interacted with each other, in pairs, or, for their own best interest. They always seemed to be arriving at just the right time. Positioning themselves with their wings and feet in final position. Every part of their body working to stop at the right moment, while being aware of its surroundings and impending competitors. There were bird arguments, mating rituals, feedings, group dynamics, all done within seconds, all done in the air.
In the 1970’s, I studied New Guinea Papio-papio baboons as a Post-Baccalaureate student in comparative anthropology at the Detroit Zoo. This lasting memory was also brought forward to understand inter-species survival instincts, with individual and group behavior in birds. These same birds that formed 65 million years ago, still held their right to be on the planet, as I did. The interrelationships of my work and life experiences is what brought this beautiful work forward, and one that continues to evolve with time.
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, and museums 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. 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.
I am still actively involved with education being Adjunct Associate Professor of media arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1988-2010. Links on this site will take you to my 16mm films, video, and museum exhibitions and collections, grants, and CV. Current publications and reviews are also found there.
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