Artist’s reception: October 15, 4-7pm Exhibit runs through November 19
My desire to mix word and image has led me to create my Diary of a Mad World portfolio. Here, I use dynamic asymmetrical compositions to capture the viewer’s attention, and I use large-scale images for the space they allow for me to add minute details in the form of text. What the viewer sees as “grain” from a distance, become words as the viewer is drawn in closer to the image through the variety of styles in how the “grain” is arranged to create texture. The texture is sometimes more organic and chaotic, and other times will be more formally structured to create patterns. Sometimes the words are more visually obscure and other times they are more visually overt. The words themselves are original poems, stories, and critical writings on art and photography I have written. In the end, the text may challenge, distort, or complement the context the photograph creates, but whatever they do, the text adds an abstract quality both visually and conceptually.
The relationship between images and words can be traced back all the way to the fourth century B.C. Greece to the Poet Simmias of Rhoades, who wrote his writings in the forms of images, much like the Futurist poets of the early 20th Century. The relationship between images and words in the visual arts is often tumultuous, and sometimes harmonious, but is undoubtedly a very rich part of the contemporary art dialogue.
About the Artist
I received my Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Photography from the University of Idaho in May of 2000 and my Bachelors of Science in English with a minor in photography from the University of Wisconsin—Superior in 1996. I am currently a Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Kearney teaching Foundations Design and Photography. All of my art revolves around the photographic medium. With my Diary of a Mad World series, which consists of analog materials which have been digitized and overlayed with text, so the image is seen through the words. Presentation also plays an elevated role in this work, as I strive to minimize my impact on our environmental resources as much as I can, while still remaining creatively active. In this case, I use reclaimed pallet wood from the local landfill, and wood scraps from past projects, while striving for a high degree of finish in the final work.