Ever wonder what someone does for fun after they’ve turned their passion and what they did for fun into their work? Me too…
My fun looks a lot like my work and my work looks a whole lot like my fun. They both look like a lot of travel with a camera up to my face, and time in the studio experimenting with materials and techniques. However, they often feel distinctly different to me, like the difference between a sketch book and a canvas. Or maybe between listening and talking. Many times when I am playing with my camera (sketching), I need a bit of direction, so I give myself exercises – specific things to explore to get me out of my usual patterns of seeing. Like the yellow assignment in Mexico to help me see the streets around me. And like the sketch books filling the shelves of many artists studios, my playtime photographs are rarely seen, as the opportunities for showing these idiosyncratic images are few.
So when I found out Dan Frueh, my neighbor and owner of The Trap Gallery, was organizing the second annual “Love Rust” show I was eager to participate. I had just the perfect thing to include in the show! And then when I began dipping into my “sketch book” of photos I found many images that I wanted to experience as final prints on metal. And soon my “piece” for the show was comprised of 17 images, as I found them more impactful as a series.
Much like those yellow images taken in the streets of Guanajuato, ubiquitous jalapeno cans gave me a point of focus in the visually dense environment of a quintessential Mexican cemetery. Multiple cans in different states of repair and decoration accompanied each crypt and plot, providing a place to leave flowers and other remembrances. I became fascinated by the form and the variation of the humble cans, the textures and light play provided in these simple shapes. These cans mirror much that I admire about the people of Guanajuato, their resourcefulness, their celebration, their honor and dignity – their regular everyday beauty created by the environment.
Here is a sneak peek at the series I have opening tonight in Kansas City as part of the Love Rust show. If you are in town please come by and have a look!
If you are interested in learning more about this series or adding one of them to your art collection please contact me.