The images in the Crystal series are extreme close up photographs of chinaware that I’ve re-glazed and repainted.
I’ve been working on this series for over 25 years.
I select plates that have designs on them and then apply a crackle glaze and vibrant, colored paints, which give them extraordinary textures and colors. They are less than an inch across and are extremely fragile due to my unusual process.
The tiny designs break down and flake away just days later, but with care, my photographs allow their brief but beautiful lives to be captured forever.
Two of my long-running travelling exhibits are finally coming to an end…
The Illinois State Museum show, Fragile Relations, opened October 2012 at the museum’s Chicago Gallery, and after travelling the state for the last 2.5 years, it finally closes March 15.
Illinois State Museum’s Springfield Gallery
It hung at the museum’s Lockport Gallery, the Springfield Gallery and finally the Southern Illinois Gallery in Rend Lake.
Six of my 32×40 pieces were in the group show, three from both the Alleys and Glam Bugs series. An 8×10 foot print of Alley 134, Dub Stop was highlighted.
Fragile Relations highlights the work of fourteen Illinois artists who are inspired by nature and the environment and show diverse ways of perceiving and experiencing the world.
Dub Stop will become a part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Left: Talking about my work at the Lockport Gallery. Right : Jane Stevens, the show curator, presenting the show
The VAIVEN exhibition, curated by the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, opened there in November, 2013 and travelled to NYC before stopping at the Instituto Cervantes in Albuquerque, where it closes March 18.
It had a very successful run, being featured in over a dozen press stories nationally and internationally, including in the Washington Post.
The six photographers in the show are all Spanish born or of Spanish heritage (like myself) and our work reflects influence from both Spain and the US.
VAIVEN opening reception in Washington
Last week I gave a keynote talk at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, where they were hosting their annual Art Day. Art students from 6 nearby high schools attended in Palos Hills, IL.
Congratulations to Lyz and Brian!! Three years ago they went on their first date and somehow found themselves dancing together in front of one of my pieces, Alley 40, in Viracocha, an art vintage store in San Francisco. The piece came to mean something special to the two of them, and now they are getting married! Last week they purchased the piece. :D
I’ve played hockey on and off since I was five – always a goalie. This year I had two huge moments. In Jan I was asked by the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni to play in nets for a casual pick up game. It certainly wasn’t casual for me! It was an honor and a huge thrill. Then in Feb I was selected for the All-Star Game of the Chicago Outdoor Hockey League – a league I play in. That alone had me beaming, but then, the game was held at Soldier-freakin-Field!!
Chicago Outdoor Hockey League All-Star Game at Soldier Field
Playing in nets during a Chicago Blackhawks alumni pick-up game