Public Spaces and Art

The public art/spaces panorama project is de facto on hold, along with the rest of my photography, while I devote my time to studying for my architectural license exams and steaming over the destruction of America by Orange Murder Clown (thanks, Alistair). Still, I wanted to sum up the progress so far, and I thought my extended show at Les Nereides (108 N State St, Chicago) would be a good benchmark:

There are also a couple I didn’t have the space to show that I thought weren’t half-bad:

This being Chicago, there’s plenty to choose from, and plenty to revisit. Now if it wasn’t for those pesky licensing exams…

Memories of Everyday

I’ve been thinking of a summary for my long-exposure project from a couple of years ago. I decided I really needed to do a solid edit of what I had, and to think about what it really meant. I had two major concepts at the outset – of once again shaking up my own self-imposed formal austerity and of maintaining a balance between abstraction and representation. As the project progressed, I realized that I was making images that resembled memories of everyday things we all have – things like the face of a passerby, or a building that caught our attention in passing. These aren’t crystal-clear memories, not the type of things that might stick in your head if you witness something extraordinary, whether good or bad. No, these are memories of everyday things: ones you remember, but not very clearly. You could call them impressionist memories.

I think the most successful of these images achieve my initial goals and the subsequent focus on examining visual memory. Formally they’re more dynamic and colorful than anything I had done before, even my floral time-slice series, which, though colorful, did not have the same variety of form as these images do. I also think that the focus on remembrance adds a level of depth that sets it apart from my other ‘formal’ work.

Anyway, here they are. Let me know what you think.