Xavier Nuez | Those crazy Glam Bugs!

Those crazy Glam Bugs!

March 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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Dismas: inspired trillions, 2014

Dismas is the thief who inspired trillions. The bug world has been in an uproar since Dismas was crucified for apparently stealing cotton to keep her newly laid eggs warm. Mass demonstrations have erupted; they are calling it the Bug Spring… Those crazy glam bugs are always up to something!

I shot Dismas recently while a film crew from the art magazine NewCity was shooting a short documentary about my Glam Bugs series. It should be released within a month, and of course I’ll post it.

Below is the set up. What you can’t see is all the light painting I did with a very small gelled flashlight – stuff I learned to do on a much larger scale shooting the Alleys and Ruins. And of course, Dismas was shot with my trusted 50-year-old Hasselblad film camera.

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I’m also excited about the many new images I’ll be releasing in the coming months!  …many from both the Alleys & Ruins and Crystal series.

– Shows opening –

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Instituto Cervantes, NYC, March 24-April 17 
Opening reception: March 24, 7pm
215 East 49th Street, New York, NY

The group show I was in last November, VAIVEN, at the Spanish Ambassador’s Mansion in Washington DC was a huge success, and got rave reviews from many media sources, including the Washington Post.

The show features six photographers from Spain and the US who interpret the realities of both countries from multiple perspectives. I have three 44×55-inch Alleys & Ruins pieces in the show.

The exhibit has now begun touring the country, and will open at the Instituto Cervantes in Midtown Manhattan, NYC on March 24th, with a reception at 7pm that is free and open to all. Unfortunately I can’t be at the reception, but the show continues until April 17.


The Illinois State Museum, Springfield IL, Mar 23 -Aug 31
Opening reception: March 27, 5:30-7:30
502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL

The other group show I’m in, Fragile Relations: Art, Nature and Environment, has been touring the Illinois State Museum’s network of galleries since Oct 2012, when it opened in the Chicago Gallery. It was then at the Lockport Gallery from May 25 – October 25, 2013, and now opens at the main

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Alley 134, Dub Stop, 2010, Chicago, IL, 88″X110″

museum gallery, in Springfield. The last stop will be the Southern Illinois Art Gallery in 2015.

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.

I’m exhibiting two 32X40 Alleys & Ruins, three 32X40 Glam Bug pieces, and an 8×10 foot print of Alley 134, Dub Stop. That image is also being used in all the promotional material and will be the first piece people see when entering the gallery. Unfortunately I can’t be attend the reception.

The Chicago Gallery show was featured on ABC-TV in Oct 2012, and was the Chicago Tribune’s A&E Pick of the Week in Dec 2012.

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Jane Stevens, the show curator, presenting at the Lockport opening, May 2013

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Telling the tales behind my Glam Bugs at the Illinois State Museum, May 2013

At the opening reception of my solo show at Elmhurst College a few months ago, reporter Haleema Shaw interviewed me for Vocalo 90.7 FM (CHI) for the show Morning Amp hosted by Brian Babylon and Molly Adams. Have a listen: Urban Artistry: Haleema Shaw talks to photographer Xavier Nuez
The VAIVEN group photography show in DC had some further press since my last post.
-RTVE is the leading online Spanish media site with over 16 million unique users. They put together a nice a/v piece: Fotógrafos de ida y vuelta entre España y EE.UU 
-El Confidencial, a daily online Spanish magazine based in Madrid:  España y EEUU intercambian miradas a través del objetivo de 6 fotógrafos
–Todo Arte, a Spanish culture magazine dedicated to all art disciplines. SPAIN arts & culture participa en FotoWeekDC con VAIVÉN
-Takoma Park CityTV, Noticias Culturales
-Que Pintamos en el Mundo, an online art magazine based in Spain: VAIVEN: Seis recorridos visuales de ida y vuelta entre España y los EE.UU

I’m developing an Alleys and Ruins book with author and reporter J. Michael Welton, who has written about art, architecture and design for The New York Times, Interior Design and The Washington Post. He also writes and edits the online magazine Architects + Artisans.

In this digital age, there are new obstacles to publishing a real paper book, but we believe that an Alleys and Ruins coffee table book, with big lush photos on quality paper would look fantastic and would be a big hit!

To push this ahead, in today’s day and age, we need sponsors. I’ll be putting a proposal together for anyone interested on how you can help get this published, while getting a lot back in return.

More on this later, but feel free to email me with questions, ideas …. a sponsorship!!  :D


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