This is one of the works I recently finished (I think). It is made in a (found) cabinet whose original function was a board for throwing darts. I made the outside out of bark, found on our local beach. The inside (the secret part) is made out of wasp and hornet nests, seeds, wax, oil paint, gold leaf and other stuff.
My Secret Life (2016) Mixed media on Found Objects and Wood. 25″ x 22″ x 4″.
The Lumen festival (see posts below) was quite succesful. Close to 5000 people attended, which is a lot for an art event, especially on Staten Island, which is not exactly the most art-minded borough of New York City. Congratulations to curator Monica Valenzuela and the whole crew.
The location contributed much to the success. On the bank of the river, with huge boats passing by, the port of Bayonne on the other side and further away the skyline of Manhattan, it all looked glorious in the sunset and the night. The workers of Atlantic Salts shaped mountains and hills of salts just like the artists wanted them. A big thanks to them too.
Below a few pictures of some of my works in the show. Unfortunately not of all, and none of the pictures is taken at night. That’s too bad because, with their internal illumination, they were meant to be seen at night. But that’s quite a challenge for a photographer.
There was an official photographer charged with documenting the event. Unfortunately, his priority seemed to be to take pictures of people eating and drinking, etc, rather than documenting the art. His pics can be seen HERE. I saw scores of people taking pictures of my work so if you would have any good ones, send them to me, I’ll be grateful. Here’s what I have:
These are some of the light incorporating sculptures I will be showing at LUMEN (see post below) the awesome art event that now is just one week away.
HOW TO GET THERE
By Public Transportation & Free Shuttle take the Staten Island Ferry to the Saint George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island. Exit the terminal towards the West, following the exit signs that point to the baseball field. Outside the exit doors, at the bottom of the steps will be shuttles that are marked with “FREE LUMEN SHUTTLE” signs. This shuttle will take you a half of a mile along the water to the East Gate Entrance. Shuttles run approximately every 15 minutes to and from the festival from 6pm to 12:30am.
By Car to the West Gate from the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, drive west on Richmond Terrace approximately 1.2 miles to the West Gate Entrance located to the left of Gerardi’s Farmer’s Market on Richmond Terrace. You can enter 561 Richmond Terrace into your GPS.
FOR MORE INFO, GO TO www.lumenfest.org
LUMEN is arguably the most important annual art event in New York City’s fifth borough. There is a lot to see and it’s a lot of fun. What makes it special is in part its location: on the edge of the most traveled waterway in the US, amidst somewhat post-apocalyptic looking surroundings and huge conic piles of snow white salt. If you’re in New York that day, come see it (there will be shuttle buses departing from the ferry terminal). I have several light incorporating sculptures in this year’s edition.
Hope to see you there!
This post concludes (for now) my Sand series. In the following images the photographs of sand are manipulated with photoshop, including the composition, although sometimes nothing more is done than doubling the image to create a new one. The resulting images may remind you of landscapes seen from space, they can be antropomorphic or purely abstract…I will say nothing more on them in order not to put any limits to your imagination. No external images are added, except in the following one:
This post continues the previous one. It is based on photographs taken at the same locations, but now the image is manipulated, however without altering its composition. Increasing contrast alone already reveals colors that you didn’t know were in there. Blues, purples, pinks, greens, greys… No “external” colors were added.
New possibilities open. The paths dug by seaworms form dramatic bas-reliefs and strange graffiti. Tidal patterns in the sand look like mountainous landscapes or flickering flames. Seaweed resembles elegant gowns and muddy gullies become rivers, seen from space… but there’s something more. Do you see it?
Not that anybody is holding his breath, but I felt a little guilty for neglecting this blog. And as I was in the middle of showing my sand-based pictures, I feel I have to continue. I’m stuck in sand, so to speak.
This series is based on sand photographed on beaches in Staten Island and New Jersey (USA). I especially like bay areas, where ocean and river meet, and a lot of organic matter intermingles with the anorganic sand, forming tableaus shaped by the tides into intricate patterns. I organize the series in three posts. First (today) straight sand pictures, which are tweaked a bit but remain fairly close to the photograph. In the second post, the images are drastically altered, mainly through use of light, contrast and saturation. In the third post, the composition of the images is also manipulated.