With August over, Phoenix starts waking up and it’s back to doing tables at art walks again. We at Jay Street Art Lab have really loaded up the Photoworks section of our Etsy store, with some limited edition Viewmasters featuring some of “Pop Fashion”, cyanotype and Polaroid/ Instax sets, and archival prints. Also available are postcard sets of goofy Star Wars art I did over the summer.
Upcoming classes I teach in the Phoenix metro and travel schedule!
Mesa Arts Center – Saturday kids classes for fall include Cartooning, Pastel, Watercolor, and a Visual Arts Sampler. There will be 2 1-day workshops, Create a Comic and Science Art.
Tempe – there will be classes for both kids and adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the kids classes being a Studio Art program, Science Art, and Comic Characters. The adult class is a DSLR Basics on Tuesday nights.
Chandler @ Tumbleweed Rec Center – I teach both a Basic and Portrait Photo classes, Mondays and Wednesdays.
Gilbert @ Art Intersection – Sept 25/ 27/ 28 is a 3 day Adobe Lightroom workshop, 6 hours spread over 3 days at Art Intersection’s amazing lab.
The travel schedule is:
Seattle – October 10
NYC – October 11-13
Images of the model Mosh, shot in February 2012 in my friend’s apartment. All the edits were done months apart, for different reasons- the silvery one at the top appeared in my book “Secretly,” with every image having a similar aesthetic, while the one with the vintage framing came about when I cleaned out my mother’s house and found a ton of old photos. I scanned elements of those photos and used them several times in my work. No alternate version is the “real” version but they all served their purpose.
I create panos of stuff that is classifiable as landscape or cityscape, and it always has been about how cool the image blends together and what distortions I could create as it is about what is actually in front of the lens. “Interesting” is a better word than “realistic,” if one has to choose between the two. So I over shoot quite a bit. I do a pano horizontal and then I do a vertical one. I shoot one a bit closer and one more wide angle. It’s inevitable one method will produce the best result but it really depends on the subject. I think many people just shoot one pano then move on, but if it were a subject like a model, they would shoot dozens or hundreds of frames of the same scenario trying to get one great image.
Previously I wrote about my home studio areas, where the majority of art making takes place. Sometimes there’s just no being creative at home- which brings me to the various places I go with the laptop or ipad to create.
I teach classes at a few art centers around the Phoenix Metro but the one that clearly screams “fancy art studio” is Mesa Arts Center. Big studio spaces, all the amenities like industrial sinks, huge kilns, pretty courtyards, speakers in the ceiling, spotlights, it’s heaven if you are a non-digital artist. Digital art can be carried anywhere however, and I find a big difference in my creativity if I’m in a space that is meant to be a creative space rather than a multipurpose area like an office space, coffee shop or rec room.
My other primary creative space out of the house is Tumbleweed Rec Center, which I’ve taught classes at for 5 years. Tumbleweed is close to my house, has a large gym space, free coffee and daycare for my kids. Those other amenities make it useful but not quite as creative. The work that I primarily get done there is more of “submissions, bulk photo editing, answering emails” variety. Since there are inevitably other people present I have to be wary of doing postwork on R rated images, or having music outside of headphones.
If I need to stay superfocused with zero distractions, I venture to Gangplank in Chandler, a community work space for designers/ creatives/ web developers/ inventors and home of the $1 Red Bull vending machine. Since everyone is there to work I don’t have any ambitions to mess around on the internet. It actually feels like the opposite of Mesa Arts Center, in that the office space is pretty unattractive and uninspiring but it’s all business. Except for the Makerbot where people are making toys.
It’s a bit odd to have to play mind games with oneself- trick yourself into being productive- but if you’re a freelance creator, it’s a necessary evil to keep oneself fresh creatively and satisfy the need to be social.
This image was shot late July with my good friend model Lacheln, from a concept that was pretty much hers. She created this strange yellow paper headdress and also a blue one which was shot after this. The color schemes reminded me of all the other elemental breakdowns in pop culture- specifically my kids’ toys, Ninjago, Hero Factory, My Little Pony, etc. Thinking about the elements led me to process this as a more ashy, charred person. The blue headdress will be processed more aquatic, and hopefully we will get on to an “air” and “earth” set of images.