project is a street friendly version of the current work i am doing (statement
below)....i propose to photogcopy the original images in black and white
@ 60% and bind them in booklet form....the original images are 11"x
11" altered (bleached, dyed and/or fogged) black and white prints
with text....i am not looking for realistic reproductions of the work
but will instead aim for unique images....in the originals the text is
written within boundaries defined by the image....in the smaller reproductions
the text will necessarily be proportionately larger and take on a different
tone than in the originals.
HOW TO LOCATE
The booklets will be distributed inside and outside the whitney museum
(at 945 Madison Avenue & 75th Street).
project will go from the first week of April
through May 26.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I have shown my photographs and assemblages in Massachusetts, New York
and North Carolina. Born in Morehead City, North Carolina I received BAs
in Communications and Business from NC State University. While studying
photography at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston I studied under
Barbara Bosworth, Abelardo Morell, Laura McPhee and Nicholas Nixon.
At the most basic level the photographs in my current work are about the
self awareness of flowers; the flowers in these images know that they
are pretty or beautiful, that they are desirable or lack in some quality
generally associated with a flower. I use language to illustrate their
self awareness and explore flattery and narcissism, that of the plant
as well as the onlooker. It depends on the viewers perception whether
the words represent the thoughts of the flowers or are half of a dialogue
between themselves and the flowers. Ultimately, that rests with how attracted
one is to a particular image. One thing is for sure, these pictures aspire
to make the viewer want to engage with them.
Certainly there are possibilities for different kinds of interaction with
the images I make. Some people may feel superior to the flowers by being
able to read their thoughts. Others may elevate the flowers by allowing
a dialogue to occur and thereby completely personifying them. Alternatively,
some folks looking at the images may not perceive they are interacting
with plants at all but rather feel as though they are engaged with art
hanging on a wall. In these cases the artwork is fishing for the compliment.
All the photographs originate from two negatives printed right side up
or inverted. The negatives were made inside a tulip magnolia tree in Central
Park with a portrait camera. The resulting images are printed on different
papers, using a variety of chemicals and procedures. Often the paper is
fogged intentionally and then bleached and/or toned. The words that are
part of the pictures are drawn from the personality that emerges from
each individual flower image during the process.