Last fall I was asked to contribute images to help launch the opening of a 'Living Alley' here in my hometown of Greenfield.
The goal of the Living Alley is to create a public gathering space that fosters community events such as live music performances, food markets and a general place to meet the characters in your neighborhood. Eventually the alley will lead to a connection with our public bike trail and other areas of interest in our downtown.
we love adding to the character of Greenfield!!
last November i spent a few days with students of The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens GA. Professor Alex Murawski spearheaded my visit and helped facilitate the workshop
i was honored and humbled to receive the Jack Davis Distinguished Artist Award. the list of names that preceded me are folks i never thought i could be listed next to.
that evening i realized the role Mr. Davis playing in my early development. growing up in rural Indiana, art wasn't a staple in my daily life. However, inside my mother's buffet record player was a Johnny Cash LP with a Jack Davis drawing that i spent many hours pouring over the details. i along with many illustrators owe a debt to the shear breadth of work by Mr. Davis.
a handful of students participated in my ‘Rotational Shadow’ workshop over the weekend. each student was assigned a letter and had pick a noun that started with the same letter. they then had to assemble found objects in a way to create a silhouette of the noun and then when the assemblage is rotated 90 degrees it had to reveal the letterform.
after each project was completed we then compiled them to spell out Lamar Dodd Arts.
i consider this workshop a foundations type of workshop, its not a portfolio piece but it is an exercise that incorporates many aspects of what i consider in my work on a daily basis.
including character design, hands on manipulation and assemblage of found objects, 2D - 3D spacial relations, composing visual elements in camera, lighting, photography, controlling audience point of view, etc.
a series for Meetings & Conventions Magazine on Attendees From Hell:
It didn't take long to decide that Beelzebub should be the cover model for this one. But I really like how the interior spots turned out.
Thanks to Mayumi Hudgins for the project.
i wasn't exactly sure how i was going to pull off the flames without scorching the puppet or burning down the studio. I thought i may be able to create an effect with cutout gels. It wasn't until i started messing around with moving the gels during the exposure, that a solution surfaced.
one of the accounts was about an attendee who decided at the last minute she was Vegan and demanded the food be specifically prepared to her individual liking and when that wasn't good enough the staff ordered food for her from a local Vegan restaurant and then the food wasn't visually appealing enough for the attendee.
another account was of an attendee's wife who after consuming several glasses of wine fell out of her chair and couldn't get up. When the staff came to her aid, she became combative and refused their help.
a cover for the Nov - Dec issue of Planadviser. on the theme of getting folks on board to re-enrolling.
it is always a pleasure to get to work with SooJin Buzelli and her team. every issue they curate is a wonderful feast for the eyes.
this little blue fella is the smallest scale figure i have created. still need to work out some kinks, although i like how at this scale, the gesture has to speak louder than the details.