Jennifer Bronson and I created a little “catalog” of a selection from the Chemical Alterations series. It is a fun edit and layout, made even more special with the use of 3-D glasses (enclosed) though not necessary by any means. The glasses can -at times- really activate the colors from the film’s component layers. Closing one eye and then the other reveals different details. Contact the studio if you would like to purchase one of these: $50. w/shipping via media mail (US).
Looking forward to the first opening of this traveling exhibition honoring the centennial of the Bauhaus. December 7th 2018 - March 10 2019
In what ways do the Bauhaus’ innovations still contribute to the development of photography’s visual language today? What role does avant-garde photography around 1930 play for contemporary artists? The exhibition “Bauhaus and Photography—On New Visions in Contemporary Art” brings together works that represent the new vision of Bauhaus practitioners like László Moholy-Nagy, Erich Consemüller, Walter Peterhans, Marianne Brandt, and Lucia Moholy with contemporary artists including Thomas Ruff, Dominique Teufen, Daniel T Braun, Wolfgang Tillmans, Doug Fogelson, Max de Esteban, Viviane Sassen, Stefanie Seufert, Kris Scholz, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Antje Hanebeck, and Douglas Gordon. Contemporary photographs, sculptures, and video installations enter into dialogue with the objective photography of the Bauhaus decade.
The exhibition’s historical point of departure is the Werkbund exhibition “Film and Photo,” which was on view in 1929/30 in the cities of Stuttgart, Berlin, and Zürich, among others. Bauhaus artist Moholy-Nagy, who was known for his experimental photographic works, curated galleries dedicated to the history and future of photography respectively, and explored this new vision in photography. The 300 exhibits from the historical portion, which may be understood as a kind of manifesto by the artist as they addressed current debates about the significance of photography as art, will be virtually reconstructed. Furthermore, part of the exhibition as it was presented in Berlin is on view. Together with the photographic works by contemporary artists, the present exhibition opens a dialogue between the historical event and the present. By sharing their own forward-looking designs that utilize electronic and digital media, design students from the Hochschule Darmstadt and the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg offer a view to the future.
After the opening at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, the exhibition will be on view in Berlin and Darmstadt. It is curated by Prof. Dr. Kris Scholz (Hochschule Darmstadt), Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Hemken (Kunsthochschule Kassel), and Prof. Dr. Christoph Schaden (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg GSO). A comprehensive bilingual catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
The project is supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, and the Hochschule Darmstadt.
The exhibition is part of the Bauhaus anniversary in NRW. 100 years bauhaus im westen is a project of the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science and the Rhineland and Westphalia-Lippe Regional Associations. The patron is Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Summer 2018 I am invited to be the Artist-In-Residence at Alpineum Produzentengalerie in Lucerne Switzerland. I will be able to use the entire gallery as my studio for one month and then host an open studio for the public at the end of the stay. Looking forward to breathe the fresh air and be close to the fantastic landscape of the Swiss Alps, also to be with the creative community in Lucerne. I have many projects in mind to work on with this precious window of time!
I am happy to announce that I am participating in the citywide effort called CPS Lives. CPS is "Chicago Public Schools" and the school I have chosen to work with is the Roberto Clemente Community Academy located in my neighborhood (where I have lived on and off for over 20 years). This urban high school is a bridge between the 'hood and a brighter future for students and parents too. Their facilities are a modern Miesian building and a sports complex. Stay tuned for the results of this ongoing engagement:
Experimental Approaches: Part II
March 16th – April 28th, 2018
Reception: Friday, March 16th 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Schneider Gallery is pleased to showcase the second part to our two-part group exhibition of experimental photography. Part II features work by Alison Carey, Doug Fogelson, Bryan Hiott and Accra Shepp. The artists in this exhibition explore a diverse scope of approaches to photography, employing non-traditional materials and historical processes.
Alison Carey’s photographic constructs are influenced by biology and paleontology, natural history, and the geology of our earth and moon. Her series, In Memoriam, recontextualizes taxidermied creatures from the Field Museum of Natural History by placing them into newly constructed dioramas. The photographs are a homage to these animals for their contribution to scientific study and for serving their afterlives as specimens on public display.
The photographs in Doug Fogelson’s series Chemical Alterations explore the natural world and the impact of climate change, ecocide and extinction by directly altering the film’s surface with industrial chemicals. The destruction of the image symbolically points to humankind’s relationship to the environment while also referencing the photographic medium itself.
Bryan Hiott’s wet plate collodion portraits create moments of stillness in which the subject reveals something beyond surface appearance. To sit for a portrait in this process is to engage in a dialogue between the present and the past, between what is hidden and what is revealed.
In his new body of work inspired by a residency in Italy, Accra Shepp explores the relationship between the past and present through two and three panel contact prints using the cyanotype process. Dating back to the 1840’s, the cyanotype’s signature intense blue forces a shift in how we understand the images while simultaneously linking us to our past.
I am quite stoked to have one of my color photograms from the "Forms & Records" series accompanying an article in Harper's Magazine's New Books section about the title, "Parental Discretion is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A. and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap" by Gerrick D. Kennedy. Check out the review here:
Very excited to have a piece in re:collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago! Here are some images, much better go see the whole show as it has some great works across multiple spaces in the museum:
July 13th - Oct. 1st, 2017
at Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Another fine release on cassette from the label Love All Day and my images were inside & out.
Bucket Brigade – Mnemosyne
Cat #: LAD 013 — Year: 2017 — Format: Cassette
Second release from Chicago artist Jacob Kart’s Bucket Brigade project, in which Kart sets up situations via a Eurorack modular synthesizer to manipulate degrees of randomness into fully realized compositions. A mainstay of Chicago’s improvising scene, Kart eschews overdubs on the recording, treating the machine as another intelligence or living organism whose spontaneous emissions can be played off of and interacted with. Though extremely pleasant to listen to, there’s a kind of edge-of-your-seat tension throughout most of these pieces that is located precisely where the pure waves, pattern inducing patches, and cellular logic of the machine meets the intelligence & in-the-moment reactions of an improvising composer. One is reminded of nothing less than the final outcome of one of artist Sol Lewitt’s famous process & system based artworks, in which predetermined outcomes have nevertheless been graced by the vagaries of human intellect & ability.
Very honored to have an image from The Broken Cabinet on the cover of Antennae #40 and a nice Q & A inside, together with many other wonderful talents.
Download your copy here:
Here's a bunch of early warnings for shows this fall:
Goethe Institut USA- Chicago
Exhibition- A Little Piece of Bauhaus : Forms & Records
10.27.17 – 12.31.17
Bauhaus-Archiv Museum fer Gestalung - Berlin
Exhibition: New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography
11.15.2017 – 5.3.2018
DePaul University Richardson Library - Chicago
4.1.2017 – 7.1.2017
Intractive Installation: O.L.A.F.T. Research Station
Hyde Park Art Center- Chicago
10.22.2017 – 12.1.2017
Excited and honored to show with some of my contemporaries!
Perspectives Gallery is thrilled to announce its next show: EXTRA SENSORY: PROCESS AND PHOTOGRAPHY, featuring works by Alison Carey, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Stephen Eichhorn, Doug Fogelson (pictured), Daniel Hojnacki, John Opera, and Julie Weber. Please take a moment to see this beautiful show if you're in Milwaukee!
Happy to share that I have new work in the Midwest Photographers Project (MPP) at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Here's a link to the web version with eloquent words by Allison Grant. Go see the prints (many more in the box than what is displayed online) and works from many great Midwestern artists at the MPP @ MOCP sometime in person.
Very exciting to see this image used on the three CD box set of Nos Futurs?
Christophe Rocher: clarinets
Sylvain Thevenard: electronics
#1 Mike Ladd: spoken word
#2 Anne-James Chaton: poetry
#3 Benat Achiary: vocal
Sonnenzimmer, the Chicago based art practice and studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, was commissioned to further explore, through planar interventions, the destruction of my photographs from the Chemical Alterations series.
I am thrilled to be featured on Collier Brown and 21st Editions The Od Review blog!
Here is an excerpt:
“And while I know the best results are usually found in the tension between representation and abstraction, my mind is still pulled toward complete obliteration,” says Doug Fogelson.
Fogelson’s reflections recall for me a line from Wallace Stevens’ “Sunday Morning,” where death “strews the leaves / of sure obliteration on our paths,” and yet, she “makes the willows shiver in the sun / For maidens who were wont to sit and gaze / Upon the grass.”
I’m no maiden, alas—but do I sit and gaze at these photographs as if they were willows shivering in the sun? Yes I do. Yes I did. Yes I will.
I recently attended a weekend retreat gathering in the UK for the followers of Dark Mountain. It was quite an interesting time, read my recap here:
I was happy to be a Rule Breaker and loved the words from Kyohei Abe, who is the Executive Director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography and a cool photographer himself.