Poets write of life as an endless exploration. But of what? And, to what end? My work, shaped by my seventieth birthday, uses photography and text to address those questions asked, especially by the elderly, with different but compelling and poignant, words: How did I get from there to here?
My work presents in separate folders, seemingly disparate images of people and cameos of their circumstances. The works are threaded together by underscoring as common denominator that everyone, consciously or not, engages life employing a shared set of behaviors, i.e. we are humanized by thinking, writing, seeing, opining, etc. If we could fully own each of our actions, coupled with, for example, an ability to replay them as video then, in a personalized rear view mirror, each road traveled could be a contextualized, vibrant parade of events defining what was explored and why.
My goal then is to recognize, and thereby value, individual events, even just thoughts as if to say: Hey, look! This moment is part of the larger, cohesive experience of me, not something to shed or discard as so much detritus. I hope, also, to announce that by being mindful one can better understand the hunger and vulnerability involved in searching for ones own pleasures regardless of externally imposed criteria, such as money or other venerated symbols of happiness.
Implicit, I think, in my work is that causality exists between social, cultural, and political issues and the development of ones identity, as that identity informs the struggle to live a satisfying life. Without that causality there would be no way to contextualize, and personalize, the experiences as photographed and threaded together.
Perhaps I can summarize by saying that this on-going body of work, both images and text, makes tangible my abiding belief that days on a calendar are far better collected neatly and preserved, as if in a suitcase, rather than summarily x-ed off with black magic marker as they march on by.
I live and work in Long Island City, Queens, New York.
My art has been included in traditional gallery exhibitions in metropolitan locations, e.g. New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Miami Beach, FL, Arles, France and elsewhere.
My work has been exhibited in online exhibitions, e.g.International Emerging Artists Dubai, and in digital group shows, e.g. Scope Miami Beach, Miami, Fl and See|Exhibition Space, New York, NY.
i have also been recognized in numerous U.S. and international competitions, e.g. Worldwide Gala Photography Awards and California Open Competition, and published in Photographers Forum, Best of Photography, International Photography Awards Competition Book, Musee Magazine, and One Life International Photography Competition Catalogue.
What I believe
"Unless art achieves an esthetic shock capable of dissociating us from our established experiences, it is just illustration." From Art In America, attributable to French philosopher Jacques Rancière
"Fashion Is Murder." Words carved in cement by an unknown author. (My take? It's real life memorialized in a Soho sidewalk. Cliches like Drop dead gorgeous. Killer looks. Dressed to kill. To die for. all expresss fantasy - amusing following a lobotomy.)