Monday, May 20, 2019

Photos from the Wells Art Expo

I was asked to be part of the "Wells Art Expo" that highlighted art made by current or former residents of my hometown. This was in conjunction of the city's 150th anniversary. There was something about it on Explore Minnesota, as well as an interview with 2 of the founders of the event on KEYC TV in Mankato. I was thrilled my hometown was able to put on such a display of the arts!

I wasn't able to attend, but here are some photos that were sent my way of the set up and of the event itself:

Two of my 4 pieces on either end here.

And my other 2 pieces on either end of this table.

Here are some close-ups of the 4 pieces I had in the Expo:

And finally, I heard about the really good crowds they had over the 3 days of this event. Here are a few photos filled with some familiar faces from my childhood:

Thanks for asking me to be a part of this, Lea!

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Camera Phone Analogy

Thoughts on this?...

I'm not sure I'd be that harsh. But I still like this analogy...

Friday, April 26, 2019

Prep for the Wells Art Expo

I was recently asked to make a few pieces for a big Art Expo as part of my hometown's 150th anniversary.

Work in my studio ready to go. (Yes, a summer project will be cleaning my studio!)

Loaded up.

With a quilt strategically wrapped between and tucked around the 4 pieces, ready for a 2 hour drive.

Monday, April 22, 2019

CVA Photo Lab Memory

Six years ago today, the CVA Photo Lab announced it's closing schedule. I managed those labs (large B&W lab, a color lab, a film processing lab, an alternative processes lab, and a digital lab) and taught in the Photo dept and Foundation dept when CVA announced it was closing.

Sad day indeed.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

The Evolution of Crayola

This is a fun infographic:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Interview in "The Oracle" Newspaper

There was a write-up in The Oracle newspaper (a Hamline University publication) about the exhibition that I was a part of earlier this month. I was interviewed at the opening, and I felt like I was tripping over my words. Luckily, this "pull quote" of mine that was part of the article doesn't seem totally incoherent:

Click here for a photo of the article from the printed newspaper, or click here to read it on The Oracle website.

And here are 4 related posts (which are also 4 out of the last 5 posts here on my blog): printing work for the show, prepping work in my studio and classroom, a few photos from the opening reception, and photos of the exhibition.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Photos from the Soeffker Gallery

A few days ago, I stopped by the Soeffker Gallery and made a few photos of the exhibition:

[click each photo for a larger view]

Here are some close-ups of some (not all) of the pieces in the show:

Curt Lund's pieces.

Detail of one of Curt's pieces.

Some paintings by Andrew Wykes.

A downtown St. Paul scene of Andrew's that I really enjoy.

My photos in the corner.

Some public art photographs from my "4 a.m." series.

This wasn't dramatic, but it was something new for me. Of the 50 or so photos I've made exploring public art at 4 a.m., I printed out 15 (seen here) and edited it down to these 9 as I tried to form a little mini-series on the wall. I don't think I've ever shown unframed work in such a "work in progress" manner before. But the gallery director was all for it and gave me a lot of options for hanging. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. (Also, here are more of the mural photographs from a post from last year.)

My 2 more "traditionally" framed pieces (with Curt's piece reflected).

Even these 2 pieces were something slightly new for me. I usually prefer more dramatic, angled compositions. But I chose 2 here with more static, centrally focused compositions. I hope no one is too bored by these. The left image is the MN Senate Building reflecting the State Capitol, and the right image is downtown Minneapolis through a hole in a pedestrian bridge. Both are from my "4 a.m." series. And you can see both if you scroll back a bit on my Instagram.

A final shot of my work.

Some of Allison Baker's studies. She also had the large sculptural pieces on the floor as seen in the opening photos.

Some fun cast pieces by Michele Signorino.

Two of the three prints that John-Mark Schlink had in the exhibition.

One final overall view.

Here are a few related posts: opening night at the gallery 1 week ago, prepping my pieces for the exhibition, and more mural work from last year.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Opening Night at the Soeffker Gallery

Friday night was the opening of the Faculty Exhibition at the Soeffker Gallery at Hamline University. Here are a few quick iPhone pics:

I arrived just after the catering truck. Good timing.

It was another snowy night on campus.

People outside the gallery.

My work in the corner. I'll have more on what I was "trying" to do in a later post.

The Soeffker Gallery on Instagram posted a pic similar to my last one the day after the opening.

I'll photograph the entire show and post those photos when I get to it. (And a bit more about the "new" things I was trying with my work.) Check back!

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