Rayko's Spring 2014 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition
David Janesko and I have had the privilege of being artists-in-residence for the past five months at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco. We've been working on our Site Specific Camera project, which has involved building a lot of new cameras and experimenting with modes of capture including instant and x-ray film. We've also made a number of silver gelatin mural prints from our gruff 4x5 negatives – enlarging every sand scratch and finger print. We will be joined by fellow Rayko AIRs Carlos Chavarria, Ron Moultrie, and Wenxin Zhang.
Exhibition Dates: June 25th - August 1
Opening Reception: June 25th from 6pm-8pm
Wabi Sabi at Alter Space
A show of artwork in multiple genres exploring impermanence, imperfection, and the accidental
David Janesko and I have been invited to participate in an upcoming exhibition, Wabi Sabi, curated by MicroClimate Collective at Alter Space in San Francisco. David and I will be building a Site Specific Camera out of materials that we find inside and outside of the gallery. Once construction is complete, we will photograph with the camera prior to the shows opening, during weekend gallery hours, and during the show's closing reception. The resulting images will be added to the gallery's wall space throughout the exhibition. There will also be works by many other talented artists!
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese school of aesthetics inspired by Taoist and Buddhist philosophies that embraces the timeworn, the weathered, and the accidental. Asymmetry, irregularity, economy, and intimacy are key aspects; beauty waits to be discovered in the unpredictable and evolving nature of materials and form.
These ideas stand in contrast to the seamless perfection of design and built-in obsolescence that characterize the current tech-centric era. Wabi Sabi celebrates historicity by highlighting the cracks and crevices left by use. It is temporal, reflecting mortality and humanity by focusing upon the fragility and mutability of life. Accidental fissures pierce the veneer of the seemingly finished and complete. Layers of decay and erosion create visual maps of experience.
March 15th – April 12th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday March 15th 7-10pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 12th 2-5pm
Curated by MicroClimate Collective
Glenna Cole Allee and Victoria Mara Heilweil
1158 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
I have some classes slated for 2014 at Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley and The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco. Please feel free to spread the word!
March 22, 2014
Looking Glass Photo
Don’t let your camera control the photographs you make—take control and Go Manual! Join us with your film or digital camera and learn how to utilize shutter speed, aperture, and ISO in order to unlock your creative potential. In this exciting class, you’ll spend time turning our classroom into a giant camera obscura, and learn about metering and basic camera functions. For more information or to sign up for the class visit lookingglassphoto.com/classes-go-manual?
Pinhole Camera Workshop
April 27, 2014
Rayko Photo Center
Celebrate 2014 World Wide pinhole day in this one-day workshop. Learn how to make the “perfect pinhole” and enjoy a weekend exploring the creative possibilities of low-tech photography. Participants will learn basic camera mathematics and principles, how to build cameras, and test exposures with paper negatives. After constructing a camera, students will photograph outside and then head into the darkroom where they will develop their images. Students will also have an opportunity to create B&W contact prints of their paper negatives if time permits. Tuition Includes: paper and materials needed for making pinhole cameras. For more information or to sign up for the class visit