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Enlarger_darkroomSheep Barn on The Ranch-

Tension Between Axes

photo: Roadside tree

Marmion Way off ramp, Arroyo Pkwy.

photo: Boneyard Noyo
Boneyard, Noyo Harbor

Kamol Tassananchalee, other Thai artists, and I, standing in front of some of my paintings. Chiang Mai University, 2006.

hubble deepDigital image of a portion of the universe 14 billion light years from Earth

I use photographs as artworks, snapshots, to document places or events, to illustrate objects or ideas. 

I use digital images for many purposes. I do not use digital images to make artworks. Doing that feels illegitimate.



                       Circular Forms 

Circular forms are everywhere - stray cells floating in the aqueous humor, images occurring along the nerve path from the cornea to the brain, port holes, plates and bowls, wheels, large disks of silver and gold at Meso-American worship sites, tic-tac-toe, the Tropic of Capricorn and all the other lines of latiude and longitude, petroglyphs, the sun, planets, moons, the hole in the roof of the Pantheon, Venus in the night sky, orbits, large formations billions of light years on the other side of the the universe, Zen circles, rice crackers.

Headlands Coffee House, Fort Bragg

There are a number of circular forms in the paintings on the wall of the Headlands Coffee House in Fort Bragg, California

This circular form represents an Einstein ring several billion light years beyond our  galaxy. It was captured at wavelengths beyond the visible portion of the spectrum and digitally transformed into an image we can see. I have used this arbitrary image as the starting point for several paintings.

Humans cannot see the object represented by the image. Paintings encouraged by it cannot be said to meaningfully resemble it. 

The three photographs below have a rectilinear compositional format reminiscent of Richard Diebekorn's  landscape-inspired Ocean Park paintings.

Sheep Barn on The Ranch

The photograph to the left is of the interior of the sheep barn on The Ranch,  a commune in north of San Francisco where friends of mine have lived and where my high school girlfriend raised her children and operated a day care program.

The photograph has a rich textured surface revealing the character of the wood, ground, and sheered wool faintly visible in the background. The jumble of ordinary objects forecloses a sentimental or picturesque reading of the image.

18th Century House

I made this photograph in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. I liked the juxtaposition of the graffiti SHOW YA, which was sprayed on freehand, and 50 BUCKS, which was stenciled. The building was on a parking lot behind the last location of the Atomic Cafe, frequented by LA artists, poets, and writers.

When the proprietors of the Atomic Cafe retired, Bibi Hansen and Sean Carrillo rented the building and operated  Cafe Troy there for a few years.  They hosted an exhibition of my photographs. 

Troy was replaced by a Señor Fish restaurant. The SHOWYA 50 BUCKS building was demolished for parking.

Limmat where it flows into the Zürichsee 

This digital snapshot is pleasing to look at.  It may be  a fine art print


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