Saturday, December 21, 2013


Q:  For a while you were finding "Jeff Walls."  Now it's all movies from the 70s.

A:  The process of finding a place pictured in a work, and then making a work about, or after it, is a very open one.  It's not a program, and it's certainly not systematic.

For the record, I've currently made or am making works about, or after, places depicted in works by the following artists:

Jeff Wall
Ethel Wilson
Scott McFarland
David Hockney
Kelly Reichardt
John Carpenter
Stephen Spielberg
George Roy Hill

So it's a broader, and maybe more peculiar list than it might seem.

Q:  What ties these together?

A:  I don't know.  That's not my business.  Duel and Hallowe'en were movies made by talented young men with ambition and no money.  Maybe that enters the work, theirs or mine, on some level.

Bear in mind that these location pictures are only one part of my practice; they occur simultaneously with, or alongside, what some people have called autonomous, or nonreferential photographs.  I'd argue that all photography is referential.  Photographs point.  A picture pointing at a cactus is no different, in my view, from a picture pointing at a photograph of a cactus.  It treats the cactus and cactus photograph as equally significant things in the world.
Thursday, December 19, 2013


ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Self-portrait by Marshall Marice, maybe the only contemporary artist in the world lacking some kind of comprehensive web presence.  This photograph is really good; it reminds me of an element in a collage I once made, and maybe of a boy who just kept on falling.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

There's a person he once was in a place far away
Tuesday, December 17, 2013



Monday, December 16, 2013

A:  September 2014, as follows:

Pearblossom, 2012-4

Haddonfield, 2012-4

Cutoff Tree, 2012-4

Sierra Highway, 2014

Plus three or four of the following:

Self-Portrait as Michael Myers, as Jerry Zaslove, as Charlie Brown, 2014

8826 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-4

One or two Huntington Garden cactus pictures.

An architectural picture made many years ago, ably assisted by Lisa Jean Helps.

A picture of a tree in a Pacific Northwest cemetery.

Some other pictures, mostly Street Views.

Titled either Dad Loves His Work or Trouble in Paradise.

I would have really preferred not to have made 3 labor-intensive non-Vancouver pictures over a number of years, but the muse, & etc.  

I won't end this high, not this time again
So long, so long, so long
You cannot survive
And I'm not dying
And I can't lose
I can't lose
No, I can't lose
Cause I can't leave it to you
So let's get too high, get too high again
(Too high again
Too high) 

(Late night, for my girl)

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