This website is not an inventory of work when my professional career began in 1968. The work shown is only a representative selection of work beginning in 1998. This was when I became most fully engaged in creating crossing narratives within the work’s totality. As time passes, new work will be added. However, some older work and information will also be incorporated to create a larger historical perspective.
The photographing of urban landscapes is the primary means for developing my work’s ideation. Cities have evolved from containing 5% of the world’s population to 60% in the last hundred years. The work’s emphasis is in exploring the accelerating manipulation of our cityscapes and its effect on our psyche. Issues of alienation, displacement, aggression, consumption, and control are some of the concerns. Our “figure/ground relationships” within urban contexts are increasingly askew.
The images are manifested in five types of forms: singular photographs in individually designed frames, multi-image prints with words, hand made photo cases, modular wall works, and installations incorporating CCTV surveillance systems with miniature “billboarded” photographs and DVD video imagery periodically. In whatever type of form, the photographs are in black and white. Also, all of the frames and installation components are painted in black and silver. This enhances the art work’s harder edge urban context.
As with many artist today, including myself, computers and digital photography have had a pronounced impact on working processes and resultant work. However, unlike most artist, the CCTV surveillance system has been another primary technology in advancing my work’s ideation. The system makes for a highly expanded field of vision. The TV monitors are not only broadcasting images in front of the viewers, but from around the totality of the exhibition space, and often with other viewers included. The “crossing narratives” of imagery is not only important in the installations, but often influences my other art forms. At times, viewers will choreograph their spacial movements in the gallery together and even extend this activity into a “comparison of notes” among themselves.
As of 2012, most of my imagery has been accessed from international surveillance cameras. Night time surveillance imagery can be very evocative. Their quality and resolution are often blurred and loaded with “digital noise”. I embrace this characteristics both visually and conceptually. For me, they reference some of the earliest “unsophisticated” photographic processes not often seen in digital photography today. The image selection process and rendering approaches address the urban context in its either more glittery and/or grittier associations. The sense of scale and weight of the pictorial elements are intentionally defied by lower density ink printing techniques. I find these contradictions engaging and serve as metaphors regarding the precariousness of the human condition no matter how “technologically advanced” we become.
Born in Los Angeles (1946) though mostly raised in Chicago and New York City. Classes were attended at the Children’s Art Workshops of the Chicago Art Institute and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. A BFA and MFA were earned from the University of Cincinnati. Numerous solo exhibitions and/or installations include the New Museum of Contemporary Art/NYC, The Irish Museum of Modern Art/Dublin, Center for Contemporary Arts/Santa Fe, Slade Art Academy and Bartlett School of Architecture/University College London, Scottsdale Center for the Arts/AZ, Arizona State University Art Museum/Tempe, University of Arizona/School of Art/Tucson, and the Phoenix Art Museum. Group exhibitions include The Print Center/Philadelphia, Artists Space/NYC, Franklin Furnace/NYC, Art Basil/Miami, Florence Biennale/Italy, San Paulo Biennale/Brazil, Cincinnati Art Museum/OH, Dayton Art Institute/OH, Museum of Contemporary Art/New Orleans, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA), Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts (LACDA), Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History/NM, SoHo Photo Gallery/NYC, Museum of Photographic Arts/San Diego, Tucson Museum of Art/AZ, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art/AZ, and the Phoenix Art Museum/AZ. Works of art reside in over sixty museum, public and private collections. Also, a number of residencies have occurred during the past fifteen years. Most recently, the American Academy in Rome served as a visiting artist residency site for extensive photographic work during 2008 and 2010. A self-made photo case with forty images of Rome permanently resides in their Photographic Archives. Current gallery representation is with LACDA/Rex Bruce Gallery/Los Angeles. Currently reside in Phoenix, AZ with a Professor Emeritus position at Arizona State University. Current exhibitions are a one person show, “Veiled Perceptions/Surveilled Grounds, at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) and the 88th International Online Exhibition with The Print Center at the Philadelphia Art Museum.