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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Washington Glass School Open House

If you are in the DC area on December 14th,  please come out to the Open Studio and Holiday Party at the Washington Glass School and Flux Studios in Mount Rainier Maryland.

Open Studio!
3700 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, Maryland!
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Noon- 5 PM

Washington Glass School
Flux Studios

Heading West To Find A Bridge
Steel, Glass, Resin

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Jewel Box Pop-Up Exhibit

I will have 3 of my steel and glass sculptures displayed at a cool little pop-up gallery in Hyattsville, MD this month along with 18 other talented artists of a variety of artistic disciplines. The Opening Reception is Thursday, September 5th from 7-9pm.  Since I cannot attend the opening, I will be gallery sitting Friday, September 6th from 7-9 PM and Saturday, September 7th from 3-5 PM if you want to stop by and talk to me about my work or just want to say hi!
Below are links to the Art Lives Here blog page for the opening and the Facebook event.  

Facebook Event Page

Find the show here:

Jewel Box 
3108 Queens Chapel Road
Hyattsville, MD
Hours: Thursdays and Fridays 7-9 PM; Saturdays 1-5 PM

A Glimpse Of That Fire
Steel, Glass, Resin
(One of 3 sculptures that will be displayed at this exhibit)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Artist Statement - Delaplaine Exhibit (sculpture)

This is the artist statement that accompanied my 3 person exhibit at The Delaplaine this past December. I'm still fleshing out the official artist statement for my sculpture work but I thought I'd put this up there in case anyone was curious.

Artist Statement

I began my artistic career in photography, and more recently made my mark on the art scene with black and white Holga images that were multiple-exposed in-camera and processed and printed in a traditional darkroom. I constantly strive to learn new art techniques, and made the switch to glass and steel sculpture in 2010 after taking a class at The Washington Glass School. After nearly two decades as a photographer, I had been looking for a way to expand upon my artistic endeavors in a way that blended my layered photographic style with a new direction and finally found a good match in these media.

Handwriting has always fascinated me, and so that was a fitting place to begin the content of my very first sculpture. A person’s penmanship reflects a great deal of personality that an email cannot equal, and I often miss receiving those highly personalized letters in the mail. In this age of digitization, doing anything by hand has become a lost art. Therefore, as a challenge to the modern trends in society, it seemed fitting to hand-work the physical sculpture by grinding the glass circles, welding the steel frames, and showcasing handwritten letters.

My current body of artwork utilizes imagery and handwriting which I sandblast into glass, as well as imagery created with a dry plaster kiln-cast technique. Most of the writing I used was solicited especially for this body of work, though some was taken from old handwritten census reports and personal letters. By showing only small portions of the letters, combined with the chosen imagery, the viewer is given clues about the meaning of each piece but is ultimately left to fill in the blanks to arrive at an exact message. 

Holga Artist Statement

Artist Statement

I use my Holga camera as a way of digging deeper beneath the surface of my environment.  By overlapping multiple images in a single frame of film, I am able to make connections that are not otherwise apparent, and was able to uncover a spirit in a city that I initially viewed as cold, corporate, and soulless.

Upon moving to the Washington DC metro area, I was challenged with making photos in an environment that was completely foreign to me.  Everything around me seemed so standardized and clinical, devoid of any personality or individuality.  I could not find my place, or my voice.

After using my high tech cameras with little success, I decided to go back to basics and use a Holga camera to approach the task of making images in my city.  The camera itself is incredibly simple – plastic, very few controls, and prone to irregularity.  This method of making images placed much more of the emphasis on my own mind, for I have to decide what I want to say and how I want to make certain objects relate to each other, and then figure out how to translate that vision to film with minimal technical options.  This process inevitably forced me to become more intertwined with my own environment, for I am taking the time to look for objects and shapes and textures that strike me, and might compliment each other well when overlapped in a frame.  During all this, I found myself becoming more in tune to and comfortable with my surroundings while making my images.  

The body of work I created depicting areas in and around Washington DC shows a city that I do not often see portrayed anywhere else.  When most people think of the District, they think of the memorials, government, or other textbook accounts of the area.  As with every place I have ever lived, the details are what make a place unique.  Therefore the details are where I choose to focus my attention when making my urban Holga photographic images.

I have since taken my Holga camera on many trips to a wide variety of locations across the United States and beyond to make photos in this style while visiting, and have found success with incorporating my travel images into my overall portfolio.  I have also incorporated more human portraits, forms, and elements into my work style since the origination of my DC series. This manner of making images is essential to me because it has allowed me to carve out a space for myself where before there was none.  It reflects the way I see and feel in the world, as well as in the place that I call home.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Arts In Embassies Holga

A while back I was contacted by the Arts In Embassies program because they wanted to display one of my Holga images in the US Embassy in Kosovo. I also just found out that I am officially on their web site as an Arts In Embassies artist! The web site is http://art.state.gov/artists.aspx and the direct link to my profile is HERE - if you go to the main site you will have to skip to page 5, where my profile is listed alphabetically. You can see the photo that they are displaying there, which is an image of the Dupont Circle Fountain that I photographed during one of our Sketchcrawls a couple of years ago.

If I get photos of the print hanging on the wall in the Embassy in Kosovo, I will share them here. The image is a scan of the original film, printed 12x12 inches, and framed at 20x20 inches, so a little bigger than my normal display format. 

So now I can officially call myself an internationally exhibited artist. :)

Another thing I can say: I am being exhibited with Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg.. Seriously. Check it out:

Monday, February 04, 2013


I wanted to let everyone know about a fun exhibit I will be participating in this coming Saturday where everything is not always as it appears...

Whodunit  -  Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Artists included in this show will either show an original from their own collection in their own style or imitate each other's artistic style... or maybe both! The viewers exploring the works in the show will embark on a treasure hunt as they try to determine if a piece was done by the original artist or someone else. If the piece is a copy -- then who did the copy?

Save the date - Saturday, February 9 from 7:30PM - 10PM is the opening reception.

This exhibit will be at the ArtDC gallery.

FInd the exhibit here:
ArtDC Gallery  
5710 Baltimore Ave. 
Hyattsville,  MD 20781

edited to add the list of participating artists:
  • Michael Auger
  • David Hagen 
  • Matt Sesow 
  • Dana Ellyn
  • Todd Gardner
  • Roger Cutler
  • Roy Utley
  • Scott Speck
  • Erin Antognoli 
  • Jamie Gerhold
  • Paul Sikora
  • Frank Fishburne
  • Sherrill Anne Gross
  • Lisa K Rosenstein
  • Sean Hennessey
  • Ash Gokhale
  • Jennifer Bock

Monday, January 28, 2013

modular metals

The Optimist, A Death In The Family, and The New Religion installed together. My welded steel and glass sculptures are modular and able to be installed in a variety of configurations! Since it is quite a laborious process to create just one, let alone 3, of these sculptures, I do not have any new works to show yet for 2013, but am in the planning stages for the next creations...

In other news, I have a new group exhibit coming up soon... more information on that in a later post. :)

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I am a sculptor, photographer, and mixed media artist based in the Washington, DC metro area. I sculpt with steel and glass, and enjoy people and holga / alternative processes photography best, although I experiment with many different subjects and media where I find them.

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