reclamation

I moved to Houston three years ago, and was immediately intrigued by the abandoned architecture, empty lots and vastness of Houston’s East End. Like many photographers I am attracted to the implications and aesthetics of abandoned spaces. Houston is unique in its mass of buildings and structures left to the elements. Low real estate costs and no shortage of land have created whole neighborhoods left alone to decay.


Initially it was the buildings of the East End that attracted me to that neighborhood, their monolithic stature and seeming indestructibility. But at a closer inspection, what may seem indestructible begins to show signs of abandonment and wear. The integration of man-made structures with the slow tenuous forces of nature is evident. A silo can become slowly entangled in ivy or a broken telephone pole can be flooded in a flash summer rain. Time, entropy and memory are themes which I continue to return to in my work.

These photos are taken using Polaroid Positive/Negative Black and White Film, a large format film that has been discontinued since 2008. It is a fragile medium that has a tendency to react to changes in temperature, humidity and other environmental factors. Like the structures I photograph, if uncared for, the film will continue to decompose and change. This combination of instability and susceptibility reinforces the duality of these crumbling landscapes.





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Kinesthetech Sense perform in DUMBO



One of my closest friends (April Renae) just finished her residency with Kinesthetech Sense in Stony Brook LI, they will be performing their new piece at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO on Saturday. Unfortunately I cannot attend, but hope some of you will make it.


Date:
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Time:
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:
Galapagos Art Space
Street: 16 Main Street
City/Town:
Brooklyn, NY

BKLYN:111

In order to support the Brooklyn Artist Gym along with their highly effective community programs I have donated two pieces from Specimen for their "Everybody Gets Art" Benefit. Please view the press release bellow for more information, it sounds like a lot of fun!

Brooklyn Artists Gym
168 7th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Between 2nd & 3rd Ave in Park Slope/Gowanus

Show dates:
October 17th - 25th
Opening: Saturday, October 18th, 6 - 9pm
"Everybody Gets Art" Benefit: Saturday, October 25th, 6 - 10pm

In anticipation of Brooklyn's 111th year as a New York City Borough, The BAG Fund presents BKLYN:111, an exhibition, fundraising event, and dialogue about our urban space both as environment and as a participating factor in the creative process.

BKLYN:111 opens October 18th with a FREE reception during the AGAST Studio Tour, and closes in grand fashion on October 25th with the "Everybody Gets Art" party, beginning at 6pm.

At "Everybody Gets Art":
  • 110 works of art from 65 artists will hang on the wall
  • There will be 110 ticket holders
  • When a ticket holder's number is called, they will have 11 seconds to find the work of art they want and remove it from the wall
  • Party!
All the works of art are valued at more than the ticket price of $200. A filming of the art frenzy will constitute the 111th work. Collectors, meet artists! Artists, meet collectors! All proceeds go to The BAG Fund. You may preview the art at The BAG Fund website, or by coming to the BAG Gallery during the week of October 18th.

Tickets (to get art): $200
General Admission: FREE

“Believe” a Cocktail Reception and Photography Benefit





One of my pieces will be up for auction during “Believe” a Cocktail Reception and Photography Benefit Auction to Support the Obama/Biden Campaign.

I hope some of you will join me!

Believe
Thursday, October 16th 2008
6:00-9:00PM
Rogue Space
508 W. 26th Street, Studio 9E
www.chelseagalleryspace.com


Suggested donation at the door.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance: Odd Works


The New Orleans Photo Alliance: Odd Works
Exhibit will open on October 4th 6-9PM. I will be showing three new pieces from Specimen. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend, but for those of you in New Orleans please stop by the opening and take lots of pictures!

http://neworleansphotoalliance.org


DUMBO Arts Festival 2008

Please join me during The DUMBO Arts Festival for the opening reception of Subdivision: Individual Intent, the opening is on Friday, September 26th 6PM to 10PM. Gallery hours are on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th 12PM-6PM.

Pochron Studios
20 Jay Street 11th Floor
Suite 1100
Brooklyn, NY 11201

F Train to York Street

I hope to see you at the opening!

Some new work....