“[My drawings] constitute a visual diary of a personal world.”
– Clyfford Still
This week I was able to get my hands on a copy of the Clyfford Still: The Works on Paper exhibition catalogue featuring my gallery photography. Until this, the catalogue had only existed in an online version – http://pubs.clyffordstillmuseum.org/worksonpaper. While I was equally proud of the work in the online version, there is something about feeling the paper and smelling the ink that makes a printed book seem much more real.
I would also like to congratulate Sarah Wambold for all of her hard work on the entire Works on Paper project. This project comprised a lot of firsts, not least of which was the designing of a book for publication.
Below are some images I took of the book. Additional gallery images can be viewed in my Works on Paper gallery.
“It is water; the river and the sea made solid.”
– Andy Goldsworthy
The month of January can be a great month for photos. Snow and ice can be fascinating to photograph, especially when combined with the low light of winter. And though my last shoot allowed me to capture some of this beauty from the warmth of my own home, I thought I would throwback to some photos where that was definitely not the case.
Exactly 10 years ago, which is crazy to think about, I made a winter trek through Starved Rock State Park in northcentral Illinois. I braved the 9-degree cold in order to capture images of the icefalls that sometimes form there when conditions are just right. I had been a handful of times prior but because either conditions weren’t right or the inspiration wasn’t there I had never captured anything that memorable.
However, on this day, in this particular canyon, I was lucky enough to find a frozen fall that I could actually walk behind. Shooting from within the fall changed everything. The ice had a luminance that could only be captured from behind. It was fascinating to look at the ice and see the different shapes created by the water dripping and splashing, and to see the way the light changed as it traveled through the varying thicknesses of the ice. It was a truly great experience and it was totally worth getting a little wet and a lot cold to capture these images. I still can’t believe it was a decade ago.
“In this New Year I am resolute to engage with photography. I want to shoot more, experiment more, and be more creative. And being able to do that while I stand in my laundry room wearing Christmas pajama pants and sipping coffee is just a bonus.”
Owning a house with mostly original finishes has its charm. Our electric range with the push button controls is a nice conversation piece, the red and orange shag carpet in the basement is good for laugh, and the refrigerator with its sticker noting its color options as “Avocado, White, and New Harvest coming in the spring of 1968” is very charming. However, over the course of 50 years there have been numerous advancements in home tech and décor that our house has missed out on and nowhere is this on display more than in the handful of original windows that are still installed. These paper-thin, aluminum-framed beauties are one step up from screens and do very little to hold back the chill on cold winter days.
This is why when sub-zero temps settled two days ago, I was not surprised to wake up to frost on the inside of our laundry room windows. And while this is not ideal and I will likely see the affects on my next gas bill, it created a great environment to take some photos. It’s not too often that you get to take “wintery” pictures without standing out in the cold for long periods of time. The light outside provided nice backlighting which highlighted all of the unique frost patterns on the window—these particular patterns remind me of feathers.
After getting the photos I wanted I decided to experiment a little and attempt a time lapse video of the frost melting off the window. I speculated that the rising sun and increasing temperature would cause the frost to slowly disappear. So, I set up my camera with an automatic trigger that took a photo every 10 seconds. The result was about 300 images that I stitched together into the 12-second movie. It is not a technically perfect movie. The constantly changing light outside demanded that I use auto exposure, which created a flickering from frame to frame. Additionally, as the frost disappeared it revealed how dirty our windows are, which is not ideal.
In the end, producing an imperfect video doesn’t matter. In this New Year I am resolute to engage with photography more. I want to shoot more, experiment more, and be more creative. And being able to do that while I stand in my laundry room wearing Christmas pajama pants and sipping coffee is just a bonus.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once [she] grows up.”
I suppose it’s the logical byproduct of Evelyn having a mother who works in the arts and father who is a photographer, but as I pulled together images for my new website, I was entertained by the variety of images I have of Evelyn in museums and galleries, next to masterpieces, or in some cases playing in the artwork. Below is small collection of my favorites.
Oh… and welcome to my new website.
Images top to bottom: Martin Creed’s Work No. 1190, Half the air in a given space, at the Hyde Park Art Center, 2012. Installation by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, at MCA Chicago, 2012. Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2013. Grant Wood’s American GothicSuzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium at the Henry Doorly Zoo, 2013. Art Institute of Chicago, 2013. Martin Creed’s Work No. 798, at MCA Chicago, 2012. Clyfford Still’s PH-89 (left) and PH-177 (right), at the Clyfford Still Museum, 2015. Clyfford Still’s PH-247 (“Big Blue”), at the Clyfford Still Museum, 2015. Redline, 2015. Family Tours at the Clyfford Still Museum, 2016. Installation of Liz Larner‘s work, at the Aspen Art Museum, 2016. Clyfford Still’s Works on Paper, at the Clyfford Still Museum, 2016.