17-06-19 Keith Haring Studio Visit

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a studio visit arraigned by the  Keith Haring Foundation for ICP Community Partnership with The Mt Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Blog Haring himself set up the foundation in 1989 before he died.

“Keith Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990.”

The space is extremely impressive and the staff of the foundation could not be more friendly and welcoming. In the interests of personal privacy, I am only including images of the space.


17-01-03 Trans_Lucent Dreams

“Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all the time.” – Chuck Klosterman
“I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.” – Mark Twain

I am always extremely impressed with those definitive people who can say with confidence on January 1st that: “this was my best/favorite work of the past year.”

I seem to always feel: “Well, yes, that is true today but how about next month? Or next week? Or tomorrow? I will have changed by then. So, I expect my opinion will as well.”

Pretty wishy-washy, I guess.

Anyhow, a few of my favorite images made in 2016 from my project “Trans_Lucent”  as of 1/3/17 at 9:00 am…





12-13-16 Patterns

From the moment of my birth
To the instant of my death,
There are patterns I must follow
Just as I must breathe each breath.
Like a rat in a maze
The path before me lies,
And the pattern never alters
Until the rat dies.

Paul Simon

“If your friend says of some picture, “Yes, but what does it mean?” ask him, what his carpet means or the circular patterns on his shoes”

Stephen Potter


9-13-14 Weekly Photo Challenge Humanity (2) _iPhone

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

Albert Camus

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”

Bob Marley

I bet that it is no surprise that I am revisiting Humanity. My first go is Here.

This time I thought I would iPhone it. The first three shots are from a fascinating opening I went to tonight. The show is called  the“Bronx Artist Documentary Project“.

It is a very simple idea “The Bronx Artist Documentary Project is a borough-wide collaborative endeavor involving Bronx photographers documenting Bronx visual artists at work in their studios or other Bronx venues.

The results are really good and moving in some cases. I would have gone to see the exhibit in any case but since I know three of the photographers (Angel Franco, Ricky Flores, Robert Fass) and one of the documented artists (Helena Starcevic) I went tonight. If you are in NYC between now and October 8th, you should try to check it out.

The second set of pictures are from my visit to The New Museum.

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5-16-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art

The Challenge this week is work of art“Art” isn’t just paintings and sculptures, it can be anything in which we find beauty and meaning

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“Art” isn’t just paintings and sculptures, it can be anything in which we find beauty and meaning 

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4-8-14 The Children’s Hour (River And Park Edition)

It was a beautiful spring day in the city. High somewhere in the low 60’s, partly sunny or partly cloudy depending on your point of view.


(Digression – Why the internet can be great. So which has more sun a partly cloudy or partly sunny day? Off I go down the google hole!)






I’m back. So…while you waited did your glass become half empty or is it half full?

It seems that officially, meteorologistly speaking…partly sunny and partly cloudy mean the same thing! It depends on the speaker. Now, I always assumed that a partly cloudy day was less sunny then a  partly sunny day but many people out there in internet land make a convincing counter argument. If your glass is partly full or partly empty which has more liquid in it? I would say the partly empty glass is more full then the partly full glass so isn’t a partly cloudy day therefore more sunny than a partly sunny day?

Could be! Who knows?

Anyway. The temperature at the river was the same as the rest of the city but…


the wind was blowing in the high teens or low 20’s so it felt a bit brisker. That didn’t stop these kids from PS 75 who took an art trip to the river


to make their own driftwood and flotsam/jetsam art!  I didn’t ask what grade they were in because I just assumed second or first. If it was a third grade class they almost certainly would have been trapped in a classroom being taught the finer points of taking a bubble test, – sorry I mean learning the math and english appropriate to the  grade level of their required make or break test – which is being given shortly. They certainly would NOT have been wasting time on such frivolity as Art (or for that matter History or critical thinking or deep reading).

As they headed back to school for dismissal I headed up to Riverside Park and shortly thereafter the fun continued with a wider range of ages.

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1-15-14 It Is Done When It Is Done (It’s Not The Vision I Had)

“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work.  I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw.  She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”  ~Howard Ikemoto

Yes, we do.

I would think, since my background and terminal degree is in theater that I would know that there is a date fixed; a date when the curtain goes up and the work is shown to others.  Once upon  a time, I was very good at that.  x weeks to concept; x weeks to cast and design; x weeks to rehearse and build; x days to polish and tech; then boom: Opening Night! I could look at the work. I could think “Damn! What the hell was I thinking! Idiot!”: but it was in front of the audience, it was their work now to love or hate or more likely be indifferent to but…I was done. Time to move on.

Unless you are on assignment or have a contract in hand, the non-performing arts, photography in my case, are not like that.  You can continue to work with the negative or digital file into eternity and no one is the wiser. You can chew on the image, and chew and chew, deepen the shadow, burn, dodge, highlight, up the saturation, crop…throw it all out and start again and it doesn’t matter. You will never get it “right”. In the words of one of my theater professors at Pomona it always end up: “It’s not the vision I had.”

I took this image on January 26, 2011.

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At one point it became this:

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Then this:

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and today, this:

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8-5-13 The Brooklyn Museum – El Anatsui

As I said yesterday we visited the Brooklyn Museum to see El Anatsui‘s Gravity and Grace. El Anatsui is a Ghanaian sculptor who has spent much of his working life in Nigeria. He started his career working in wood in the form of cut up wooden serving trays with symbols burned into them,

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moved on to ceramics and then back to wood which he frequently sculpted with chain saws, and drills among other scoring tools.

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In 1998 he began to use milk can tops for large floor sculptures.

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More crucially also in 1998, to quote a number of critics, he invented a new art form. He began to make monumental hanging pieces out of bottle caps. Doesn’t seem like much you may think…

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A close up look at the work

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When you first walk in you are greeted by massive hangings made of aluminum and cooper wire

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Boro Walk

Unfortunately this work will only be in Brooklyn through August 18th but will be showing in several other venues around the US.

Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines, Iowa
October 24, 2013 – February 9, 2014

Bass Museum of Art
Miami, Florida
April 11 – August 10, 2014

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
San Diego, California
March 5 – June 28, 2015

If you have the chance, do not miss it.

Please note that I make no claim that these photos do the work justice. They don’t.  Wrong lens, no lighting but I believe they do give a good taste of the incredible work of El Anatsui.

5-13-13 I’ve Got Nothing To Say But It’s Ok – Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

New York City, Central Park, February 2005 – The Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Boro Walk

Find The Weekly Photo Challenge – here

A few other views.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern | Mike Hardisty Photography


Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns | wordsvisual

Knitting in the register – with apologies to Charles Dickens | Menomama3’s Blog

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern | An Unlikely Gypsy…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern | Platypi Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern | Picturing England


Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern | Lee Castillio

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern | i play camera

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern | Touch of Insanity

Weekly Photo Challenge : Pattern | Rek ayo Rek

Damascene Work in Toledo, Spain | ilargia64

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern | The Sleepless Sessions

5-1-13 Deep And Penetrating? Flat And Dull? It Is A Puzzlement

Over the past few days I had the chance to have a significant amount of my “A” list Hudson pictures looked at and evaluated by two professional photographers. One is more theory/fine art/academic while the other is more journalistic/documentary. Both published and very well-respected. I very much appreciated their feedback and, in general, they had similar responses to much of the work. However, on one sequence of shots they completely disagreed.

One said that these were my best shots. They “revealed your soul”  and you could “feel your presence” in them and while the framing was slightly off it didn’t matter, this was the work and where my focus should be.

The other said they were well framed but the lighting was bad, they were flat and I should re-shoot.

I think that is why it is called art and not science.

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