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Art Student’s videos

Xiamen University art students produced a 2-3 minute video art project within a little over a week.  After the students were introduced to a brief history of the medium of video art, they were instructed to produce a work that was important to them at this moment in their lives.

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Xiamen students

Above are the art students I am working with at Xiamen University who are creating short video works that include hybrid forms of time-based media; i.e., animations, stop-motion and motion graphics.   On the far right in the classroom panoramic image is Melody 阳, currently a X.U. graduate student assisting with translation and assisting me with the course.  She has been essential on many levels and is most open to how to best manage the students.   I think this is a very interesting model to have professors visit a foreign university and to teach a research based course in a condensed manner– offering students a unique experience besides for the faculty.   This experience has been most useful in my own practice as an artist/educator. Needless to say, I can no longer complain about crowded classrooms in America. The oddest discovery was that half of the machines have windows installed and they do not seem to […]

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Chinese BPA Plastic Bottle performance

Yesterday while waiting for the weather to cool down in Xiamen I performed with two Chinese water bottles by holding one in each hand spread out as far as I could stretch and began squeezing creating the crackling and popping sound. The distance of the bottles from the microphone and the angle to the left and right of the stereo field was considered to create a spacial listening experience.   There was no editing nor cutting of the audio except for some subtle compression and equalization of the final sound track.

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Astronomical Unit

Audio experiment using a trumpet mute inside of the a tenor sax bell along with moderate processing using the Whammy pitch shifter.  I am incorporating extended techniques; opening and closing valves that are not typical, hence the overtone and odd frequencies in combinations with the mute creates some wonderful acoustic moments.  The images are photographs of early electron microscopic imaging by Dr. Keith Porter, 1960’s whose collection is located at UMBC’s Special Collection.

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Dutch Shower

“Dutch Shower” was produced while in residency at Foundation B.a.d, Rotterdam, Netherlands, June and July 2009.  The work came out of a larger project that involves experimenting with commercially printed matter.  My choices are based on the quality of the printing and the paper.

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White On Black series

This series was created in 2009 while I was an artist-in-residence at Foundation B.a.d, Rotterdam, Netherlands. The project was supported by the Baltimore Rotterdam Sister City Artist Exchange Program.  Thanks to Rachel Singers, Annet Couwenberg and the sister city committee for making this a successful project.  Using found house paint I manipulated the surface to shift and distort the model exaggerating the body into “stick figures.”

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Reframing John Thomson

“Reframing John Thomson” shifts the focus and or intent of the photographer’s attention from the main subject(s) to what we might think of as the ephemeral or the unimportant.   This June I will install approximately 10 works at Sun Dog Gallery, Xiamen University.   Besides the works in the gallery, I will experiment with installing these on the streets of Xiamen at strategic locations to be identified in the very near future. (Above test installation was executed 06/12/15 at the Chesapeake Arts Center studios.)         Thanks to UMBC’s Special Collection, Tom Beck and staff.  Photograph fragments are from the book; Illustrations of China and Its People (1873 – 74).   John Thomson was a Scottish photographer, geographer and traveler who documented the Chinese landscape, culture and its people beginning around 1868 continuing for approximately four years. This illustration on the right corrects the position of the  selected area in relation to the original photograph by Thomson, Cheefoo Bridge, […]

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Mediated Topologies

Mediated Topologies – is a series based on found magazines, medical and science text books, pamphlets, advertisements, and other commercially printed matter.  Multiple pages are glued and stacked together into a solid object once dried is then sanded through the various surfaces of the glued object to different layers.  Mixing the various texts, image and adds to create a painting of sorts. The outcome of the technique is dependent on the paper and the duration that it is soaked with the clear acrylic varnish.  To see the series so far, visit: here. NOTE: this image above, “Europa Dance” was found discarded on a subway in Helsinki, Finland going from north to south part of the city. The drawing on the map appears to be that of a young child, which I maintained as I sanded away the rest of the area.  This was the first of the series.    

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Singing Bowl @ the NODE

Today, Alan Grover and I spent a few hours at the NODE working on the singing bowl prototype. Unfortunately, while working out the electricity we electrified the TP120‘s and probably some of the other electronic components that regulate the solenoids. Fortunately, this is not too expensive, except for the time to put the electronics back together.   One very important accomplishment was that we were able to illuminate one of the  wall warts by replace one with a more powerful amperage and wattage. For the rest of the time we focused on how the wiring will be woven through out the object and reworked with snap together hardware. Top – singing bowl, solenoids stacked on top of the Ikea kitchen can that will be tied to the decorative trash can and the old record player box that will contain all the electronics.