Mourning Light of Bedding, 2013
Ultrachrome inkjet print
image 20 x 11
|A good portion of my recent work has been done around our house. The reasoning behind that is partially due to retiring from teaching with the realization of Edward Steichen retiring to his upper NY State 'pond' and working on their Shad Blow Tree and the realization and interest I've had for a few years that so much visual information and beauty is right be fore . . right at the finger tips. There is, in the early light of our mornings, beautiful sunrises . . this, done in August, notices that soon the early light will not be there due to the sun going behind hills, hence the 'mourning' in the title also implying morning. I set up a prism to cast
a rainbow because I noticed the shadow of a hanging heart that Diane (my wife) had hung in the window. The patterning of the sheets and the shadow of the heart and tree leaves from outside were the impetus to cast the prismatic rainbow. So, it is both a spontaneous yet constructed photograph relating to love, not lust.
It was printed on silk to imbue the idea with more beauty and grace, then hung the next morning in a window and re-photographed.
Since I wish to work quickly and see results of something this fleeting, the digital camera was used. I could see what was what immediately and walked to the studio, and with very little manipulation printed it about 2' x 3' on Habati Silk made by Jacquard on my Epson 9900 printer with Ultrachrome ink set. After drying it was sprayed with Premier spray to provide what we call 'archival' properties. It was then ironed and hung in the window.
Entering the retirement phase after 43 years of teaching (at the San Francisco Art Institute) and much of that overseeing the photography department, at present, concentration is on printing work accrued for various projects and at the same time working in the similar spontaneous and conceptual methodology applied to this piece you have for auction.
In general, the photographic work from the studio is a constant flow of diverse imagery, a portion of which is configured for the camera. Another portion is from the ongoing stream of daily life and experience with no planned agenda, hence the work is diverse, or as others might say, "all over the map". I like it that way for it echoes my self and follows no dogmatic or succinct approach to the medium.
My work is in a number of museums. I exhibit not that frequently. Have won 3 NEA awards and additional others.