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Head with Open Mouth, 1995

Robert Stivers, Head with Open Mouth, 1995 Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of George Stephanopoulos Arnold Tunstall at the Arkon Art Museum, a gem of a museum in a formerly grand industrial city –recently introduced me to the work of Robert Stivers.  Mr. Tunstall had organized an exhibit of 40 of Stivers photographs that the museum owns. The work was striking, and the exhibition –hung in a patchwork style– displayed the work perfectly. It gave the impression that each image was trying to reach out of the frame to say something and consequently the room, though eerily silent, felt activated. The images have a pulsating aura, that might emit light in the dark. The feeling was both disconcerting … [Read more...]

The Loupe_Six Shooters

One winter afternoon, six photographer friends met for lunch to celebrate the unusual circumstance of being in the same place at the same time. The conversation navigated over the usual terrain most photographers cover when sharing notes and photo war stories, and eventually the discussion moved on to the desire to stay inspired, make new work and find a place for our orphaned images. An idea blossomed—to create a visual dialogue with each other–and before we paid the check, Six Shooters was born. Our goal?  To express Six points of view, over Six days, creating a thread of visual connections whether it be through subject, color, light, or gesture, leading the viewer on a photographic journey — a visual train, so to speak, with each image … [Read more...]

The Loupe_Streetscapes

Robert Kato, Stalking the Streets — You're confusing product with process. Most people, when they criticize, whether they like it or hate it, they're talking about product. That's not art, that's the result of art. Art, to whatever degree we can get a handle on (I'm not sure that we really can) is a process. It begins in the heart and the mind with the eyes and hands. — Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Fish Story, 1994     … [Read more...]

The Loupe_Oregon City

Living in the South taught me to appreciate the absurdity of our history. Everywhere you turned was the face of Lee and the figure of Stonewall. Great plantations with weepy oaks still sit majestically along the banks of the James River, looking uselessly beautiful. Idly exploring on a windy Sunday, I found a similar kind of historical humor painted across the sleepy walls of Oregon City, Oregon. The murals, depicting a nostalgic past of ingenuity and labor, contained more people than there were walking the streets of downtown. Please click to enlarge for artwork details … [Read more...]

The Loupe

Highway 46, Thanksgiving, 2009 On the way from Cambria to Paso Robles in search of Opolo Vineyards   … [Read more...]