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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.    

CAC – Art@Radio

Sounds of art@radio returns to a new location and streaming effort employing several  low power radio transmitters embedded at the Chesapeake Arts Center broadcasting trans-local voices and sounds of place. Also broadcast will be excerpts from the a@r archives.  Stay tuned for more information as it develops. This is an example of some of the sounds of Curtis Bay, south Baltimore City, Maryland. Standing just inside of the Chesapeake CompostWorks warehouse with a steamy 12 foot pile of compost on one side and an open space that expands out towards the Inner Harbor the sounds of trains moving in and out of earshot along with various industries percolating in the soundscape.

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IA Conference @ UMBC

Imagining America or IA is scheduled to be hosted by UMBC from October 1- 4, 2015.   quoted from IA’s site: Imagining America was formally launched at a 1999 White House Conference initiated by the White House Millennium Council, the University of Michigan, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The name Imagining America reflects the theme of the White House Millennium Council, focused on renewing participation in all walks of U.S. life: “Honor the Past – Imagine the Future.” Conference participants became the basis for what would become IA’s consortium of colleges and universities, and the University of Michigan agreed to be the initial host campus, with Julie Ellison as founding director. Achievements of IA’s early years include fostering a national network of campus-community collaborators in humanities, arts, and design; developing an analytical framework to aggregate and critically consider the range of nascent artistic and scholarly endeavors; and promoting […]

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MFEM School #203

Maree Farring Elementary Middle School, Brooklyn, south Baltimore City.   We are working on an interior upgrade to the school to enhance the learning of the young people at MGFEMS.  This will be a collaboration with MICA Design School, UMBC and Maree Farring art students.   We might also have a number of Benjamin Franklin High School students work with us as well.  Maree Farring is a feeder school to BFHS.  We have a deadline of February 1st to hand over a color scheme to the contract painters.  Then we will begin the next stage of the project, which will be to look at integrating “banner” systems to signify what that area of the school is designated as, i.e., kindergarden, the different grade levels, library, cafeteria, gym, main office and so on.   Students will paint onto prepped banners with grommets so that every few months the students can update the […]