For years I have documented odd textures, marks and other human references located in cityscapes; “imprints” in place that when “framed” appear to be abstract paintings. The past two summers I spent a month in Xiamen China, where I rediscovered my interest in these unique textures, primarily found in urban settings. The image in the banner along with the image above are from the ancient Kalyuan Temple, Renshou Pagoda, located in ancient city of Quanzhou the that has two towers in the east and west corners of the land with the temple in the center of the ancient compound. The walls where these were photographed surround the main temple. These appear to be very old with water damage, which makes for the best pictures.
Through out my time in Xiamen, I maintained a journal/sketchbook. The influence of living in South Korea and being exposed to calligraphy, silk drawings, and writing characters has been reignited from this most recent trip to China. I purchased a tube of Chinese ink and a brush along with some other tools for the following explorations.
Last Thursday night, July 9 was the opening of an exhibition at the Sandao Gallery, Xiamen University, where I had four bodies of work on exhibit. The work in the images is from the new series called “John Thomson Reframed.” More information will be added in the near future.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
Rephotographed from a glass plate produced in 1960 by Dr. Keith Porter. Images are from UMBC’s Special Collection. Thanks to Tom Beck and Emily Hauver.