So completely grateful I was asked to photograph the dress rehearsal of this amazing performance at the ASU Galvin Playhouse. "The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other," written by Peter Handke and Directed by Phil Soltanoff, was performed by some amazingly talented students at ASU: Phoenix Huber, Michael Alexander, Dan Tobin, Kyra J, Javier Stefano De Vita, Elisa Gonzales, Vickie Hall and Mike Timothy Largent. This drama has a dynamic simplicity unlike anything I have ever shot. The narrative seamlessly morphs from one scene into another with the same imperceptible smoothness as the change of narrators. Moving through mood after mood, the play tells its story with one exquisitely timed moment followed hard upon by another as they build, and build, and build, bracketed only by brief breaks of humor or thoughtful silence. Every second was so aesthetically saturated that one could quite rightly say each moment was a work in of itself, and yet, together they form a completeness that would not be the same were any one of them missing.
By Studio Light:
An Ode to Turner and a Palette Knife
This 18x36 acrylic piece is painted entirely with a palette knife. The manner of depicting the Sun and sky is an homage to the tireless effort of J.W.M Turner and his dedication to establishing landscape as a worthy subject for painting. This subject matter, which is all too easy for us to take for granted as a valid art genre, is in no small way due to Turner who advocated for landscape to be taught in the academies as well as shown in the solons. The window frame painted along the outer edges as well as its panes that cut across the main image, are a reference to the philosophic thought of Martin Heidegger as representative of his concept of en-framing, which emanates from calculative thinking, and all too often determines our understanding of the world, or at least, pieces of it. However, the powerful breaking of light that abates the bars in various places symbolizes that there is always hope for thought, and thus for a better understanding to emerge, because the Sun is and that means the light of truth can still foster in our imagination and thought, regardless of how small the opening with which it has to reach us. I painted the piece with a palette knife as a commentary about the weapons one has with which to affect change in the world and by doing so in this way to challenge what is commonly considered powerful in such a context, for surely, the palette knife is a meager weapon by typical standards and yet... it affects larger more wide sweeping change across times excessive to its own than the sharpest of blades.
music by Toro Y Moi "so many details"
I will be in San Francisco on November 2.2012 for a Post performance accompanied with other works by artists inspired by Post:Ballet.