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The Houston Metal Project

The Houston Metal Project

So much for those plans for an entry on Roy de Carava.  As I started looking at things, I realized I didn’t really know how to say what I wanted to say on the subject of him and my own work.  So, I’m changing my tactic a little bit.  I think this will be a […]


Wherefore art thou, Richard Custer?

Wherefore art thou, Richard Custer?

I’ve been here, but a bit inactive as of late.  I’ve been a little inactive in writing as well as creating art.  My activity has experienced an uptick as of late, but not really enough to have anything to put out there.  The long of the short of it is that I’ve fallen into a bit of […]


My Most Recent Show

My Most Recent Show

My second show after graduation was a success.  There was a large turnout for the show and many stopped and looked with great interest at my installation.  All of the other artists hung their work in a salon style.  Mine was the only work that had a conceptual theme with the work.  I’m not saying […]


Moving Forward

Moving Forward

It only took a few hours of frustration to move this blog. That does not include the typo I made in the process, which locked me out of the old blog in nearly complete fashion. I took a few classes on relational databases when I was pursuing a computer science degree. Over a decade has […]


A Small Triumph (and Other Things)

A Small Triumph (and Other Things)

Finally, I can string together a group of coherent thoughts in order to make a larger one.  Truth be told, there’s not much method to my writing madness.  Most times I simply sit down in front of the keyboard, let the thoughts stream out, then edit and organize on the fly.  This past week, however, […]


Wow

Wow

It’s been way too long since my last post and it’s high time to remedy that.  Let’s recap the past 6 months… The final semester of the BFA portion of my studies seemed to fly by in a blur.  Between losing my German Shepherd to complications stemming from megasophagus to the final preparations for my […]


Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness

Seemingly unrelated, these videos are an encapsulation of a state of mind I’m currently experiencing.  They can be viewed in any order you wish, depending on your mood.  If it were possible, these would not be placed in any linear type of order.


Labeling

Labeling

Labels, when used on people, are words that are sometimes mistaken as descriptions. Words such as loser, extremist, overachiever, etc are not descriptions. The use of these words as descriptions is a product of assumptions based on, for the most part, little information and a lot of opinion, which is then projected upon the person. […]


Condensed Information

Condensed Information

I’m not going to bore with you a big long academic style artist statement.  But truth be told, it’s because I don’t have one at this point to describe this work.   But here’s a little bit of a breakdown… Sugimoto did a famous series in the 1970’s and 80’s whereby he set up his 8×10 […]


Rock and Roll Work pt II

Rock and Roll Work pt II

The call for entry for the Rock and Roll show at the Minneapolis Photo Center has been answered.  I submitted a total of 6 images to this show.  In the end I chose 4 performance images, 1 of a stage set detail, and another of the equipment sitting on stage, waiting to be picked up.  […]


Rock and Roll Work

Rock and Roll Work

I know this rare burst of blog-writing productivity may come as a shock to some.  Every once in a while I decide something is worth sharing. I’m in the process of answering a call for entry to a show in Minneapolis that is all about rock and roll.  In fact, that’s the title of the […]


Minnesota

Minnesota

Over the course of about 17 months (2009 – 2010) I was fortunate to get to Minnesota on 3 different occasions.  On each trip I had my camera with me, with the middle trip actually being me wanting to take a photo tour of the state for a week. There is no profound artist statement […]


Armed and…

Armed and...

Gun control has become a hot-button topic again in the past few years, with several high-profile mass shootings having taken place in the United States. In response to these shootings, many on the pro-gun control side have exhibited outright fear of guns, even to the point of expelling children from school just because an object […]


Emotional Portraits

Emotional Portraits

Emotions are an important aspect of human activity and often drive our interpersonal relationships as well as our decision making in both obvious and subtle ways. While many artists focus on bringing out the “true person” of a portrait subject, the focus on this project was to bring out the true emotion being expressed by […]


Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

Sometimes we get so caught up in the demands placed on us, we forget sometimes what it was that drew us into (for me, back into) the art world.  I took a photography course to learn how to take better concert photos and it reawakened the artist in me that had been lying dormant for […]


It’s Almost July

It's Almost July

The period around the end of May/beginning of June was a whirlwind of activity as I was accepted into and had to set up for my first show, ever. I shared gallery space with 2 ladies – Brenda Cruz (3rd year MFA candidate at UH) and Elicia Garcia (newly minted MFA from UH). I was […]


Happy New Year (and Other Assorted Things)

Happy New Year (and Other Assorted Things)

And Merry Christmas, and Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m probably being politically incorrect by mentioning the last 2 in the manner I did, but not saying their proper names is succumbing to groupthink, which is something to which most artists who do fall will not readily admit. Congratulations first go out to my friends who made it […]


Hello, Again

Hello, Again

I must apologize for the dearth of updates. It has become a busy period for me as my commitments are coming into full swing once again. I’ve been juggling my schoolwork with my duties as the photo editor for The Overtime Page as well as my paying job and my CoogRadio duties. It’s left precious […]


Memory

Memory

Watch Memory on PBS. See more from ART:21. This is the first time I’ve ever sat through a full episode of Art 21, although I did watch the segment on Sugimoto a few years ago in my very first photography course.  This episode features the art of Susan Rothenberg, Mike Kelley, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Josiah […]


Well, Well….

First off, let me apologize for not having posted since late February.  It got to be a busy time, especially with my Color Theory course, where the work pace picked up in tremendous fashion as the projects got more complicated.  My Primitive Photography and Critical Theory classes both also took a lot of time as […]


Revisit

Revisit

Over time we all experience changes in our perceptions of the world.  The changes may go unnoticed, but they are there.  I’m no exception to that rule.  Here are a few photographs I took just over 3 years ago while on a trip to Los Angeles.  I initially rejected them, but my changing vision has […]


Update for July

It has been a busy month… I spent a week in New York for my 20 year class reunion.  I had a good time as I was able to see a friend I’ve been wondering about since Fall 1991 but have never been able to contact.  I also got some good photos.  Some were tourist-y, […]


Update for June

Yep, it’s been a while since I’ve updated.  I guess I’ve just been kind of relaxing the part of my brain that wants to make art.  That’s not a bad thing, but I do need to get back down to business as far as that goes. For the semester I received 2 grades of A […]


An Evening at the Museum

I know it’s a corny play on a popular movie title.  I just couldn’t leave it alone. Thursday nights at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) are free to the public courtesy of the Shell Oil Corporation (you know – that big evil oil company).  Another good thing about Thursdays is that the museum is […]