Carson City Mural Project

You may have thought that over the past couple of months we were franticly packing up and moving out of our bank building in Eureka, Nevada. You’d be partly right! Long before we had an offer on our building, we had set into motion the creation of “Roper”, our largest mural project to date. It’s part of the National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” program in partnership with Arts Midwest. Carson City’s event, also sponsored by Visit Carson City and the Carson City Cultural Commission titled “True Grit” offers art and literary events for everyone from May 1st through July 22nd 2018. This mural is one of the many creative interventions to reimagine vacant and blighted commercial properties in Carson City.

180507011“Roper” is located at 310 Stewart Street, Carson City, Nevada. Look to the rear of this empty building. You’re looking at the mural from the Nugget’s #6 parking lot, just two blocks from the State Capitol.

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I created this image with a modified Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera, re-loaded with Kodak Tri-X black and white film. “Roper” was created at a ranch that Trish and I had frequented many times. We had made an assumption that it was an abandoned ranch since we had never seen anyone there and by how run down the place was. But, on this day, we arrived to find some cowboys and cowgirls sorting and branding calves. They invited us to stay and were welcome to make photographs of them working. What a memorable day that was. Thanks to all of them!

I process all my own film and make my own prints, including this giant 9’x22′ wheat paste mural. These wheat paste images are printed on 20 lb. plotter paper using an Epson 24″ printer, taking twelve hours to print and less than two hours to install. We had help from Mark Salinas, who is Carson City’s Arts & Culture Coordinator. Click the link for a 29 second time-lapse video of the installation.   “Roper” Time-Lapse 

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IMG_9147The day prior to installation Trish and I showed up at the site to prep the wall. We brushed off the loose paint, rolled on TSP and sprayed it off with clean water.

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“COWBOYS” at Northwest Reno Library

062212#1(Roping)I have a show entitled “COWBOYS” hanging at the Northwest Reno Library. Open January 5th through February 24th. You are invited to the closing reception from Noon to 1:00pm Saturday February 24th. Hope to see you there!

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Northwest Reno Library is located at: 2325 Robb Drive, Reno, NV 89523

Monday-Tuesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday-Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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I create these images with a plastic camera. It’s simplicity and spontaneity allows me to be more emotionally responsive to my ever changing environment. My camera of choice is a Kodak Fun Saver Panoramic 35 disposable camera. I recycle the cardboard cover, remove the color film and modify the interior. Using a darkroom tent, I reload the camera with Tri-X black & white film. I use filtration while shooting and adjust aspects of processing to maximize the film’s potential. Photographs are made on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl paper with archival pigment inks.

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I made the images for this show at several Central Nevada ranches over many years.

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Did Cliven Bundy Kill the Cowboy?

Did Cliven Bundy kill the cowboy?

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For two decades I have been photographing the cowboy and the country they work. These folks don’t warm up to strangers with cameras too quickly, so it’s of no surprise it took several years after moving to Eureka, Nevada that a few ranchers started to invited us to photograph their ranching activities.062212a#30(GreenspringsBranding)

For purely esthetic reasons, I focus my attention on the ranchers that cowboy in a more traditional manor. Attending and photographing traditional ranching activities really ended up more like photographing a major family gathering, so no wonder these folks don’t want some pesky photographer around for their traditional family get togethers!

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Over the years I have enjoyed success with showing and selling images from this ever evolving body of work.

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But, in the last year, galleries and museums alike have been turning cold to the idea of a show about the cowboy.

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Even galleries that expressed interest in my cowboy work are now turning their back…

Turns out this phenomena was created out of politics, citing distancing themselves from the idea of Cliven Bundy and how Americans are currently perceiving the modern day rancher. Did Cliven Bundy kill the romantic ideal of the American Cowboy image?

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Thoughts? Opinions?

Annenberg Slideshow

It was truly great to have been selected by The Annenberg Space for Photography for their “Slideshow Night” as part of their show, “Country”. The Annenberg Space for Photography has put my slideshow on their website for all to view!

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Click here to view the entire slideshow on the Annenberg Space for Photography’s website.

 

Renown Healing Arts

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“Stillwater Windmill”, photographed on film with a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera, is one of 15 framed prints from my “Where Cowboys Roam” portfolio purchased by the Renown Healing Arts Program in Reno, Nevada. I am thrilled to have my limited edition photographs in the largest art collection in Nevada! As a board member of the Nevada Arts Council, we were given a tour of the amazing art found within the walls of Renown Health. Truly, a hidden gem of art in Reno and well worth the time to explore.

Find out more about the Renown Healing Arts HERE. Renown has just added my work to their website. The website shows all of the artists in the program and where you can find the art within the facility. Click HERE to view all of the artist in the Renown Healing Arts Program.

Annenberg Space for Photography

Last month, I was contacted by a photo curator at the Annenberg Space for Photography. She was seeking the work of photographers who have been creating exceptional photography that explores the world, its creatures, history and evolution and requested a submission of my plastic panoramic images for an upcoming slide show night. Once I returned home, it took me more than a day to edit, file prep and up-load the thirty images for the high resolution slide show. The theme for the slide show follows their current exhibit “Country: Portrait of an American Sound“. This special, one-night showcase at the Annenberg Space for Photography will feature work from 25 “Noted Photographers“. What a thrill to be on this list!

Date: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Ave of the Stars #10

Los Angeles, CA. 90067

The following images are but a small sampling from the slide show. They were all created using a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic” disposable camera re-loaded with black & white film.

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Mustang Windmill, Diamond Valley, Nevada

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Craft Ranch, New Mexico

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Martin Ranch, Nevada

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Coldwater, Texas

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Green Springs Ranch, Nevada

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Prospect Peak, Nevada

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Antelope Valley, Nevada

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Cow Camp Wells, Utah

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Newark Valley, Nevada

 

Metro Gallery

I currently have a solo exhibition of my plastic panoramic photography hanging at the Metro Gallery in Reno, Nevada.

“Where Cowboys Roam” is on view throughout  the month of ArtTown (Reno is ArtTown). I hope everyone has the opportunity to come out and see the show.

All of the images in the show were created using a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera reloaded with B&W film, archival printing on Hahnemühle fine art paper.

June 17th – July 26th

We will be hosting a closing reception Thursday July 25th 5:30 – 7:30pm. I hope to see you there!

Metro Gallery

1 East First Street

Reno, NV 89501

8:00 – 5:00 pm  –  Mon – Fri

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Nevada State Museum Show

Here it is, for those of you who could not attend the opening of my show “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed”. The folks at the museum did a fantastic job with the installation and I am very pleased with the results.

The show will be up through September 29th, 2012.

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in the Springs Preserve

309 S. Valley View Blvd.

Las Vegas, Nevada 89107

Friday – Monday 10:00 – 6:00

702-486-5205

 

Black, White & Shades of Grey

I have a show of 33 prints hanging at Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada from January 23rd – March 9th. This show is an expanded and second generation presentation of my sold out “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed” show.

Please join us Tuesday January 31st for an Artist Talk 4:30 – 5:00 and then a reception with refreshments from 5:00 – 7:00 in the Leonard Center for Student Life on the Elko, Nevada Campus of Great Basin College.

Along with my show of Panoramic photographic prints, Larry Hyslop is exhibiting his wonderful Ceramic Sculptures, both of us will be on hand to answer questions about our art and artistic process.

A Presentation of GBC Art Gallery

1500 College Parkway

Elko, NV 89801

All of the images were created using either a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera reloaded with Kodak Tri-X film, or a Superheadz Black Slim Devil plastic camera also with Kodak Tri-X film run through it.

Here is a small sampling of photographs that will be seen at the show.

“Stillwater Windmill” was photographed just east of the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge near Fallon, Nevada

“Blackbird Ranch” was photographed along US-50 east of Austin, Nevada

“Green Springs Fence” was photographed at the Green Springs Ranch at the North end of Railroad Valley

“Potts Fence” was photographed at Potts Ranch in Monitor Valley

“Diamond Windmill” was photographed at the North end of Diamond Valley

Review LA / Photo LA

I have been very busy the past few weeks preparing for Review LA. Printing a new portfolio, creating a new leave-behind, business cards, etc, etc… I signed up for nine reviews during Review LA, held at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Monica, California January 14th & 15th. I have previously met with two of my reviewers at Photolucida in 2009, and one reviewer I met only in passing at FotoFest last year. The rest are all new to me. I am driving to LA from our very remote community in Central Nevada. I am more nervous about driving in LA than the review itself.

I am showing a continuation of my series “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed”. This will be the first time I have shown a completed body of work at a portfolio review. This series was all shot on Tri-X film through several Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras. I eagerly await sharing these images with everyone there.

Also at the same time, just across the street at the Santa Monica Convention Center Photo LA is being held. I’m looking forward to walking the largest photographic show and sale west of New York City. On the final day of Review LA they are hosting a party for all of the photographers. This should be a great way to network with art buyers and collectors that are attending Photo LA.