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WORK FROM SWEET RUIN IN FRONT ROOM GALLERY’S GADGETS, GIZMOS AND MACHINES SHOW
June 17 2022
Online, for your viewing pleasure. Other works by Mark Andreas, Thomas Broadbent, Phillip Buehler, Ken Butler, Stephen Mallon, Ken Ragsdale.
WORK FROM SIGNAL & NOISE IN FRONT ROOM GALLERY’S 2020 SUMMER SAMPLER SHOW
Online, for your pandemic viewing pleasure. IRL Outdoor opening: August 1, 4–7pm at The Shed, 248 State St., Hudson NY. With Sasha Bezzubov, Thomas Broadbent, Phillip Buehler, Peggy Cyphers, Beth Dary, Hubert Dobler, Jade Doskow, Debra Drexler, Patricia Fabricant, Linda Ganjian, Jessica Hargreaves, Sean Hemmerle, Amy Hill, Christopher Johnson, Jesse Lambert, Lisa Levy, Pamela Longobardi, Sascha Mallon, Stephen Mallon, Karen Marston, Mark Masyga, Sarah Olson, Melissa Pokorny, Julia Pontes, Ross Racine, Kenneth Ragsdale, Emily Roz, Ashok Sinha, Patricia Smith, Miho Suzuki, Joanne Ungar, Zoe Wetherall, Julia Whitney Barnes, Edie Winograde, Joyce Yamada.
AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY SHOW AT SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART SUSPENDED
Summer – Fall 2020
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, this survey of American Landscape photography, conceived by curator emeritus Sandra Phillips, has been suspended until further notice. Which may mean forever. I was thrilled to be joining all the grandees of 19th- through 21st-century photography, with a print from the Wildernes Project that Phillips acquired way back before I was fully hatched. So I’m sad to miss this opportunity, and sad that the photo community will miss a show from one of the world’s great collections and great curators. On the other hand, I was told there was “zero chance” of Robert Adams showing up at the opening. So it’s not like we’re missing a real party.
WORK FROM LOST SPACES, FOUND GARDENS IN FR:20 PART 1: THE ENVIRONMENT IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY
September 4 – October 13 2019
At Front Room Gallery, 48 Hester St., NYC. Opening Wednesday, September 4, 6–8pm. With Sasha Bezzubov, Phillip Buehler, Jade Doskow, Sean Hemmerle, Stephen Mallon, Júlia Pontés, Ken Ragsdale, Ashok Sinha, Zoe Wetherall, Edie Winograde. See Press Release.
NYFA FELLOWSHIP IN PHOTOGRAPHY
I’m thrilled to have received a Fellowship in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts for 2019. This is a wonderful arts program, run by a private foundation in conjunction with the New York State Council on the Arts. The funding comes without any strings attached, in the spirit of “just keep doing your thing.” I applied with work from my in-progress Signal/Noise project, and plan to use the grant to complete this work.
SWEET RUIN BOOK AND EXHIBITION IN THE MEDIA
December 2017 – April 2019
In Smithsonian Magazine, Artdaily, Photo District News, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Untapped Cities, 6sqft, Dezeen, Time Out New York, Fubiz, Schoenhaesslich, and ABC News.
NEW SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS FOR STAYING IN TOUCH
I’ve started a professional Facebook page, for posting announcements and links to new blog posts. Click Like to automatically get updates in your feed. I’ve also opened an Instagram account, for posting works in progress and the occasional blast from the past. I’m no longer using Twitter; it’s too hard to compete with all the bloviation
WORK / IDEAS IN PROGRESS
New blog post: The Signal and The Noise. Art sinking toward the noise floor, from Steichen to Sonic Youth to my latest experiments.
WORK FROM SUB/CULTURE IN FRONT ROOM GALLERY HOLIDAY SHOW
November 2017 – December 2018
Curated by Front Room Gallery. View on Artsy.net.
SWEET RUIN, A SOLO EXHIBITION AT FRONT ROOM GALLERY
December 8 2017 – January 14 2018
I’m excited to announce a solo exhibition of large prints from the Domino Sugar Refinery project, at the Front Room Gallery on New York’s Lower East Side. See press release.
Reception Friday, December 15, 7–9pm. With absinthe cocktails.
Artist’s talk and book signing, Wednesday, January 10, 6–8pm
DOMINO SUGAR REFINERY BOOK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED
My book, Brooklyn’s Sweet Ruin: Relics and Stories of the Domino Sugar Refinery is heading to bookstores around the world. You can pre-order from your local shop, from the Publisher, or from Amazon. More about the Domino Sugar Refinery project in Brooklyn Magazine, Architect Magazine, CurbedNY, the Daily Mail UK, Beford+Bowery, and Animal New York.
Please have a look at the brand new Blog section. Make insightful comments. Tell me I’m wrong.
Breathe deep the new-pixel smell. This site redesign is more than a little overdue. Since I first cobbled together the old site, the web has been transformed by smartphones, high-definition displays, the horseless carriage, the discovery of fire … This incarnation, I’m happy to say, knows all the tricks. It morphs to fit any screen. It gets out of the way of the images. It flies to your screen from a fast new server. And it’s easy to manage, so I’ll be inclined to keep it fresh with irresistible content (like this). Many thanks to the gurus at Minimal Themes, and to Laura Henze.
WORK IN SUMMER SAMPLER SHOW
June 16 – July 16 2017
A print from the Domino Sugar Refinery project will be on display in the Front Room Gallery’s Summer Sampler show, in their new Lower East Side space. Lots more work by 16 of my favorite art stars from Front Room’s stable. Opening reception Friday, June 16th 7–9PM
WORK IN SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES SHOW
May 19 – September 10 2017
Two prints from the Domino Sugar project are in Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn’s Waterfront, the inaugural show at the Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO. Works by Berenice Abbott, Bruce Davidson, Morris Engel, Mitch Epstein, Stanley Greenberg, Michael Kenna, Shai Kremer, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Lynn Saville, Harvey Stein, Todd Webb, and others.
WORK IN CODA SHOW
January 20 – 29 2017
A few big prints from the Domino project will be in the Coda show, at the Front Room Gallery’s Williamsburg farewell exhibition. Front Room is moving afterwards, chasing the lower rents and gritty charm of Manhattan.
WORK IN SUMMER SAMPLER SHOW
June 10 – August 7 2017
A few big prints from the Domino project will be in the Summer Sampler show, at the Front Room Gallery.
WORK IN BEYOND RUIN PORN SHOW
January 8 – February 21 2016
Three prints from the Domino Sugar Refinery project will be in the Front Room Gallery’s show, Beyond Ruin Porn, along with Amanda Alic, Phillip Buehler, Sashca Bezzubov & Jessica Sucher, Sean Hemmerle, Stephen Mallon. Reception Friday January 8.
INTERVIEW ON NEW YORK CITY RADIO SHOW
Matthias Röckle interviewed me for his “New York City Radio Show” on Germany’s Puls Radio, in a series documenting how New Yorkers finance their creative projects.
DOMINO SUGAR REFINERY PROJECT IN THE MEDIA
Selections from the Domino Sugar project in ArchDaily, Artholics, Untapped Cities, and Gizmodo. Also a mention from Creative Time, in conjunction with Kara Walker’s amazing installation.
WORK IN ANOTHER NEW YORK SHOW
A selection from a new project is part of an outdoor installation at Barclays Center called Another New York, curated by Artbridge. Multimedia story in the New York Times, July 21.
WORK IN ALL VISUAL TRIANGLE SHOW
June 6 2013
A selection from Sub/Culture will be part of All Visual Triangle, a one-night projection show at Casbah in Durham, NC.
FEATURE IN L’OEIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
A selection from Sub/Culture is featured in L’Oeil de la Photographie.
PRINT IN STREET SHOTS NYC SHOW
January – March 2013
A print from Sub/Culture will be in the Museum of the City of New York’s Street Shots NYC, a massive juried show hung at the South Street Seaport Museum to celebrate its post-Hurricane Sandy reopening.
WORK IN BROOKLYN BRIDGES SHOW
June 28 to September 18 2011
A few prints from the Wilderness project will be in the show Brooklyn Bridges: Engineering as Art an Inspiration at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Grand Lobby. Opening Tuesday June 28, 6–8pm.
FEATURE IN B&W
Selections from Wilderness will appear in Issue 83 of B&W magazine, with an essay by editor Dean Brierly.
FEATURE IN SUPERMASSIVEBLACKHOLE
Some recent work is available for free download in Issue 7 of the Irish magazine SuperMassiveBlackHole.
WORK IN BROOKLYN UTOPIAS SHOW
A few prints from the Wilderness Project will be in a group show called Brooklyn Utopias, at the Brooklyn Historical Society, curated by Katherine Gressel.
SOLO EXHIBITION AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
February – April 2009
I’ll be having a solo show of the Lost Spaces, Found Gardens project at the Williamsburg branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.
SOLO EXHIBITION AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
October – December 2008
Several prints from the Wilderness project will be in a solo show at the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Titled Ten Years Under the Manhattan Bridge, this show demonstrates how in a few short years a body of work can be reframed from a challenging look at the present to nostalgia. Put another way, these pictures are accruing layers of meaning, while their maker is just getting old. Whatever. You kids wouldn’t understand.
BROOKLYN ARTS COUNCIL GRANT
I’ve received a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to complete and show the Lost Spaces, Found Gardens project.
FEATURE IN DIGIFOTO
Selections from Lost Spaces, Found Gardens will appear in the Czech magazine Digifoto, with an interview and essay by editor Vondrova Silvie.
WORK IN BROOKLYNATURE SHOW
February and March 2007
Selections from the Wilderness project will hang in a juried exhibition titled Brooklynature at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn.
FEATURE IN MAGASINET KUNST
Selections from Lost Spaces, Found Gardens will appear in the Danish magazine Magasinet Kunst, with an essay by editor Michel Henri.