FEATURED ARTIST: MICHELINE KLAGSBRUN

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FEATURED ARTIST: MICHELINE KLAGSBRUN

Micheline Klagsbrun is a visual artist whose painting and multi-media work focuses on transformation. She studied in Paris with Alfredo Echeverria and at the Corcoran with Gene Davis and Bill Newman.  She has exhibited widely, and is in private collections nationally as well as in Europe and the Middle East. 

Klagsbrun was born and raised in London. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, she received a clinical doctorate in psychology (D.C.P.) from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Subsequently she worked at the Center of Family Research at George Washington University.

She is President and co-founder, with her husband Ken Grossinger, of CrossCurrents Foundation (CCF) which as part of its mission sponsors art to promote social justice and to heighten public engagement with key social issues.

In addition to CCF, she serves on several boards, including the Phillips Collection (DC), Transformer (DC), American University Arts Advisory Council (DC), the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School (NYC) and Telluride Arts (CO). Through the Corcoran Outreach program, she served for a number of years as a mentor for inner-city youth. 

For the month of August 2019, she will be exhibiting selections from the Transit of Venus series at Gallery 81435 in Telluride. Her work is also carried by Studio Gallery (www.studiogallerydc.com), William Ris Gallery (NY) and Adah Rose Gallery (MD)>

We asked Micheline a few questions:

How has your education background in psychology influenced your art? 

My work is about transformation. I allude to the everchanging cycles of life in nature and in humankind. For many years I immersed myself in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and through his stories I explored moments of transformation itself, moments of chaos when all is in flux and new forms are born. My background probably drew me to these timeless dramas of human passion. My education was in psychoanalytic psychology and therefore focused on the unconscious and on layers of consciousness. Now my work has become less narrative but it is still about the processes of change in all of us, and still very layered. 

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind your latest body of mixed media work?

This work originated in a found object. I was hanging out in a friend’s antique store, chatting, when I saw an old musty book lying on the floor. It was an old ledger with “Transit of  Venus” stamped in gold on the cover, containing observations of the 1874 Transit of Venus, a phenomenon occurring every 243 years when the planet Venus moves twice across the face of the sun. I was attracted by the title, since it combined transition/transformation with classical mythology, and proceeded to embark on a research into centuries of astronomy, dating back 5000 years ago to the Sumerians, who also observed Venus.

I take the Transit of Venus as an entry point into contemplation of a variety of inter-related phenomena, celestial and astronomical, scientific and mythological.

Ever since antiquity, astronomers have studied the 13 phases of Venus, from her rise as the morning star, to her descent into darkness and invisibility, and her re-emergence in the evening sky. These phases occur over a 19-month cycle, marking both a physical and a spiritual passage. Each phase is expressed here in a different work.

Describe your creative process: 

First there is a gathering phase. I gather ideas (as I did with the Transit of Venus), thoughts, poetry, images, textures. Whatever attracts my attention. Then I start to work, but without too much planning. I let my unconscious, or the right side of my brain, take over. Typically I stop every couple of hours to engage the left side of my brain and look at what I have done so far. It’s a back-and-forth movement. I also work on several pieces at once, and typically with numerous layers.

I explore different media, always experimenting. For the Transit of Venus, I began many pieces with a 19th century photographic printing technique, cyanotype, which results in deep indigo blue backgrounds that I use to evoke the depths of cosmos and ocean. Then I went beyond the traditional use of this medium in a couple of different ways. I used it to “print” my own drawings rather than solid objects, and then I added further layers to the captured images with more drawings in ink and pencil.

My sculptural work was another result of several years of experimentation creating ephemerally light vessels composed of drawing fragments bound together in a version of papier-mache. These have evolved over the past few years into large and small-scale sculptures, many of which incorporate organic elements.

Do you collect anything?

 My studio looks like a Museum of Natural History! Shells, roots, bark, mushrooms, bones, anything organic that inspires me in its form and texture. The remains of the natural world fascinate me, seem to contain supernatural significance. Also I collect ideas and books: Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings, a field guide to hybrid orchids, a scientific treatise on chimera, a book on Celestial Navigation.

What is your dream of happiness?

I feel extremely fortunate to be very happy right now. Of course I have to balance my personal happiness against the state of the world and the pain and injustice that pervade so much. 

What are you most looking forward to?

There is a saying, the next painting is the best painting. I’m always looking forward to my next work.

What is your motto? 

Work until you surprise yourself.



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FEATURED ARTIST: RICHARD LOWENBERG

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FEATURED ARTIST: RICHARD LOWENBERG

Richard Lowenberg has been a pioneering media + new-forms artist for 50 years, and continues to work at the forefront of eco-cultural initiatives locally and globally.   He serves on the Board of Santa Fe based CURRENTS: International New Media Festival. Based in Telluride from 1979 to 1996, Richard worked on Mountain Village and regional planning, facilitated the community’s earliest involvements in digital and networked media arts, and with Telluride Institute, initiated the InfoZone and worked for over 12 years to bring the best in global culture to mix it up at 8745’+.

Richard and Morgan Barnard are teaming up with Dan Collins of ASU/Deep Creek Arts and holographic artist, August Muth, to present a new, site-specific digital media arts presentation designed for the July 3rd evening party at the Telluride Transfer Warehouse and to celebrate Telluride community’s cultural future. This project is funded by the Telluride Arts District with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

We asked Richard a few questions:

Your Inspiration?

What is information?   What is this information revolution?  Where is the art in information?

Describe your art:

A lifelong body of creative works, across many media and arts disciplines (photography, theater, digital media, music, text, +), addressing the questions above, presenting an ecological understanding of the information environment.

Future work?

A laser interferometry (holographic)  installation to fine-tune sense economic dynamics,  just as the LIGO project is detecting gravitational waves.

Creative Heros?

Leonardo.   Bucky Fuller.    Elinor Ostrom.

Happy place?

Telluride.   Santa Fe. The Colorado Plateau.

Motto?   

The best defense is a cultural offense.

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FEATURED ARTIST: BROOKE EINBENDER

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FEATURED ARTIST: BROOKE EINBENDER


Brooke Einbender is a San Francisco, CA native who has also spent time living in New Mexico, North Carolina, and New York. She was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Visual Arts at Wake Forest University which led her to pursue her artistic passion seriously. As a student, Brooke could be found at 2 AM painting late in her studio making a colorful mess with the music on full-blast. In 2017, she graduated with a BA in Studio Art and a concentration in oil painting. After a year of working in the art world in New York City, she finally succumbed to the voice in the back of her mind that was telling her to ‘make your own damn art.’

Brooke moved to Telluride last September 2018 during Blues and Brews Fest and, like many, fell in love with the magic of this place. She integrated into the Arts community taking classes at Ah Haa, securing an art studio at Voodoo and receiving a small artist grant to purchase Virtual Reality equipment.

There are many exciting things on the horizon for Brooke: her paintings will be on display at Ghost Town Coffee in August/September, her Virtual Reality paintings will be featured at Art/Architecture Week, she was selected as an ‘artist in collaboration’ for the ski brand Phunkshun, and her first solo exhibition will take place at 81435 Gallery in March 2020!

We asked Brooke a few questions:

3 words to describe your work: Multidimensional, colorful, mind-bending

Describe your process: When starting a painting, I have no vision what the end result should look like. I let my intuition guide me as my process shifts between chaos and order, organic and geometric shapes, irregularity and symmetry, and frustration and satisfaction.

What sparks your interest? I love looking closely at reflections of objects and how light bounces off things to create shadows. A few things I am interested in: fractals, geometry, mandalas, crystals, color theory, symmetry, optical illusions, and visionary art

Where do you think Virtual Reality can take you? Virtual Reality painting is mind-expanding. When wearing the VR headset, you are fully immersed in the virtual realm and the creative opportunities are endless. I’m interested in translating my oil paintings into virtual space so they become experiential. As with painting, I no longer have to create an illusion of space on a 2D surface; instead, I can draw sculpture, meander around a line suspended in space, and walk through layers of virtual paint. I think that my virtual reality painting ‘experiences’ will lead to site specific  installation work in the near future… aka taking my virtual spaces and bringing them back into our concrete reality.

Do you collect anything? I love anything and everything spicy. Growing up in New Mexico, green and red chile were staples in my diet. Now I am slowly building a collection of exotic hot sauces. My favorite hot sauce currently is Truffle Hot Sauce.

Most looking forward to? Two things… 1) My first summer in Telluride! Doing all the outdoorsy things and experiencing all the fun, quirky festivities. 2) Getting to know the local artists in Telluride and working on some cool future collaborations

Most Recent Book You Read? Celestine Prophecy, which contained the answers to so many questions floating in my mind.

Favorite childhood memory: I was 8 years old and living in Santa Fe at the time. My extracurricular activities were as weird as they were cool... I had ‘best in show’ guinea pigs that I competed with in 4H, I took traditional Japanese sumi e ink painting classes, and had a gold medal in the Irish jig.



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FEATURED ARTIST: TARA CARTER

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FEATURED ARTIST: TARA CARTER

Tara was born and raised in Columbus, OH where she received her BA in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography at Otterbein University. She later added a Printmaking concentration to the mix during post-graduate studies in Art Education and earned a Master of Business Administration while teaching summer art classes and launching her own photography and ceramics businesses. She made the move to Telluride in October of 2016 to pursue her passions of the arts and the outdoors and, in her words, has been living the dream ever since. Currently, Tara works full time as the Youth Curriculum Manager at the Ah Haa School for the Arts and has begun selling her pottery and ceramic sculptures online and locally at HOOK and the Ah Haa School. You can also find some of her work on display at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and Companion Gallery in Humboldt, TN as part of their current juried exhibitions. 

We asked Tara a few questions:

Go-to dessert? I eat a lot more ice cream than I'd care to admit. I also love to bake - cookies, breads, macarons, the works.

Book? Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is life-changing.

Off season plans? I'll be making as many bird sculptures and pinch pots as possible and enjoying the lack of a wait at Brown Dog.

Guilty pleasure? Anything related to true crime. Podcasts, books, and Netflix specials for sure, but I also love a good Forensic Files episode from the 90s. 

Festival? It's tough to pick, but I'd have to go with Blues and Brews. It takes place soon after the kids summer camps at Ah Haa end and feels like the perfect way to celebrate another art-filled summer.  
Childhood memory? My brothers and I used to go to the dollar store every week with our babysitter. Each of us was allowed to buy one toy and my brothers would always get something different to play with each week. I would bee-line it for the Crayola Model Magic (air dry clay). Every. Single. Time.

Time of day? Early mornings are my favorite. Is there a better way to start your day than sharing coffee with someone you love?

Free box find? I now have the first, fourth, and seventh Harry Potter books. Fingers crossed for the full free box set!

Throw or wheel? Neither! After about my 400th pinch pot demo while teaching, the forms starting looking better and better. Now, they're pretty much all I make. The work has started getting some recognition nationally from the ceramics community, and I can't wait to see where it goes next.

Next steps? Make, make, make. Right now, I'm busy with preparing for a local sculptural show this December and January and keeping my Etsy shop regularly stocked. The best way to stay in the know with what I'm up to is to follow me on Instagram or Etsy @youpinchityoupotit. 

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FEATURED ARTIST: KIRK DROGSVOLD

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FEATURED ARTIST: KIRK DROGSVOLD

John "Kirk" Drogsvold is a musician and 3D artist based in Telluride, Colorado. 

Kirk plays nylon-string guitar. He improvises the sound of flamenco and samba, a style known as, Alpine Flamenco. To complement the craft of music, he is also pushing the limits of Computer Assisted Design (CAD), CNC machining, and 3D printing through his sculpture installations. His work looks organic and mimics forms found in nature. 

He currently showcases his work at MiXX Gallery in Telluride, in Snowmass, and through an increasing number of private commissions. He was awarded "Best Individual Artist" at Art + Architecture in 2018, and has since been accepted as one of 35 designers worldwide to participate in Wanted Design Launchpad in Manhattan this May. He is currently preparing to show work in Austin, Texas, and NYC.

We asked Kirk a few questions:

Spirit Animal: Octopus

Happy Place: Setting off on an adventure!

Favorite Job: Artistic Risk Taking

Mountain or Ocean? Mountains

Trail: Sneffles Highline

Inspiration: Aspen Trees

Movie: O brother where art thou

What's Next?: Just an endless commitment to creating as beautiful and big as possible

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FEATURED ARTIST: EMILY PALMQUIST

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FEATURED ARTIST: EMILY PALMQUIST

Born and raised in northern Illinois, Emily’s artistic quest began as early as her love for the woods, nature, and their quiet sense of connection. Twenty nine years later, this cocktail of passions has matured into the backbone of her existence. From the Midwest, to New England where she achieved her BFA in painting and a greater appreciation for the outdoors, to Colorado where these life-long pursuits find a growing sense of harmony and potential, Palmquist continues to practice painting and the art of rural life as her guide from here to there. Emily just moved back to Colorado and is showing her work for the month of March in Gallery 81435.

We asked Emily to answer a few questions:

Flavor? Honey, Honey

Favorite city? Chicago, as it played a large part in bringing up the artist in me as a child, taking the train in to dream with my old friends at the Art Institute and memorize the streets that I then envisioned playing some part in my future.  Alas I haven’t devoted enough of my adult life to exploring city life to haven't found one to replace the special fascination, anticipation, and beckoning that Chicago once filled me with.

Currently reading? Just finished “A Glimpse of Nothingness” by Janwillam van de Wetering.

Recent dream? Set in the middle of a harvested field of corn, two boats of different shapes towing in opposite directions, but tied to one another and held still.

Inspiration? The constant transformation of a landscape, a personal search for balance in all things, painting for someone or with someone in mind.

Fascination? Chickens! Everything from the morning a hen lays her first egg (and what color it is?!) to the social standing of a rooster, I find it all so theatrical. They are such fragile creatures, yet regularly offer up the utmost example of resilience. I have learned so many lessons from keeping a flock where I can.

Show? I have never been so excited to share a body of work. While a couple pieces were near finished or in progress when I signed up for this show last November, the majority were started and finished in the last three months. Asking myself to produce this quickly demands a level of focus as well as detachment. There isn’t a lot of time to second guess or even premeditate. I’ve let one thought lead to another, left myself open to whatever dreams or memories chose to stick, and the result is “Home Fire.”

San Juan activity? While I cherish hiking and the incredible trail-riding I’ve done in the area, I have to say living on the mesa is my biggest connection to this land. It is truly a gift to have such a front row seat to nature’s display.

Recent endeavor? I moved back to Colorado this fall after spending a random year and a half in Connecticut. I bought a small utility trailer off Craigslist to haul my damn stretcher bars and studio furniture. My best friend since second grade flew out from the Midwest to help me, my dog, and two cats make the drive. She kept the critters calm while I manned my 35-year-old Jeep Cherokee. At the end of each day, we smuggled the animals and a litter box into the backdoors of hotels, jay-walked until we found margaritas, and longed for the hot springs of Colorado. We cried we laughed so hard. I slammed the hood too hard and had to ratchet-strap the sucker down in a snow storm. The jeep nearly gave up its ghost on every mountain pass. Alas we rattled up the mesa road and made history together.

What's next? I’ve already got new paintings in mind. With all of this momentum, my instinct is to just keep painting. But I am also looking forward to sheering off my mesa hermit hat and enjoying a more social and adventurous spring and summer. Perhaps a bit a both.

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FEATURED ARTIST: GEOFF HANSON

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FEATURED ARTIST: GEOFF HANSON

This month, Telluride Arts proudly features long time local, Scrapple star, KOTO host, Geoff Hanson as the Featured Artist of the month. Get a glimpse of Geoff through his answers to a few questions we asked him:

Early Telluride Memory:
I walked into the Telluride Times Journal in December 1990. I had only been here a few weeks. I showed the editor Marta Tarbel an article I wrote on The Neville Brothers in college and told her it was a sample of my work when it was in fact the only article I wrote in college. She told me Rasta Stevie was heading out on the road with his Reggae band 8750 and asked me if I would like to write the column while he was gone. I’ve been writing about music ever since.
 
Book: The Alchemist, Paolo Coehlo, (if room for more…) The Universal Baseball Assoc., Robert Coover, Jitterbug Perfume. Tom Robbins, The Summer of 49 David Halberstam, The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach, The Brothers K , David James Duncan, The Confederacy of Dunces, Soldier of the Last War Mark Helpern
 
Favorite Moment on Set; We were shooting our fictional pig roast in Ophir and we were a little light on extras. I asked, “Is there anything going on today{that would explain why there were so few etras}?” And someone replied. “There’s a {real) pig roast happening in Ilium.” We went down there and shot some footage including the shot of the pig on the spicket that appears in the film– no animals were hurt doing the shooting of “Scrapple.” Life was imitating art. As filmmakers, we saw ourselves as conematic miners, trying to hit the vein of ‘70s life in Telluride and that was the kind of moment that affirmed that we were hitting the main line. People who were here in the ‘70s pretty much all say we nailed it.
 
Song: “Further on down the road” by Taj Mahal. It was the song I had in my mind when I sat down to write “Scrapple” – a guy riding a motorcycle with a pig in the sidecar set to that song. I also produced a version of it with Taj and The Phantom Blues Band that I think stands up to the various versions of that song.
 
Morning or Night: The first cup of coffee is the best part of every day. Other than that, night.
 
Favorite Interview: My favorite interview was the one I did backstage at the Bill Graham Mid-Summer Music Festival in 1991 with Taj Mahal. I was in a room with four other journalists in a panel kind of setting and it was clear none of the other people knew anything about him. It became a conversation between Taj and me and we really connected. It was the beginning of a very meaningful relationship.
 
Favorite Show: If I had to pick a single show in Telluride it would be Pearl Jam at The Ride in 2016. Here’s a Telluride Top 10 I put together, of a column and when you look it, you can’t help but be blown away by the quality of music we get in Telluride. 
1. Pearl Jam, 2016

2. Allman Brothers, 1991 

3. Neil Young, 2016 

4. JJ Cale, 1994 

5. Robert Plant, 2018

6. Steve Winwood, 2014/2017 
7. The Band, 1994 

8. Johnny Cash, 1997 

9. Sturgill Simpson, 2018. Widespread Panic, Little Women and Blues Traveler, late night show at the Sheridan Opera House, 1991 

10. Gregg Allman/Sharon Jones, 2015
 
Favorite View: I love the way the mountains change as your perspective changes. For instance, when you look at Wilson from the ski area, Lizard Head is on the left. But from other vantage points, it appears on the right. I love the way light and clouds change Ajax every day, and the way sunsets light up the Wilson range. I love driving down Keystone Hill and Wilson and Sunshine appear on your left and then they disappear. You can live here for decades and see the mountains differently every day.
 
Inspiration: Creativity  

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FEATURED ARTISY: ALLY CRILLY

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FEATURED ARTISY: ALLY CRILLY

Ally lives and works in Ridgway, Colorado. She grew up back East in New York. She loves art, mountains, her family, yoga, and figuring out how to be a human being. She works as an artist, yoga teacher, and free-lance graphic designer.

A note from the artist:

Painting is how I can best tell the truth. It is a messy unpredictable process for me.  When the flow is happening, I know I’m supposed to paint. When it’s not, it’s excruciating. I’m learning to paint regardless and wait for the moments that it makes sense in, and just ride the rest of them out. I’m also learning to do this in my life. Art has to surprise me in some way for it to interest me.

MOONS show is hanging at Telluride Arts Headquarters, December 2018/January 2019. The show was inspired by a painting she did for Little Red Riding Hood, Pink Moon.

We asked Ally to answer some questions:

Beach or mountains? both!

Film? Sound of Music

Currently reading? Becoming

Inspiration? moons

Color? red

Happy place? yoga mat

Daily ritual? coffee

Holiday tradition? pajamas all day

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FEATURED ARTIST: TONY FINOCCHIO

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FEATURED ARTIST: TONY FINOCCHIO

Tony fuses gold and silver in his jewelry. He mainly uses 18k, 22k gold and sterling silver. The fusing technique creates a beautiful organic texture as well as a beautiful contrast of colors. Tony is very excited to teach more jewelry making and metalsmithing classes at the AhHaa School in Telluride. He is currently taking jewelry and metals related classes and workshops in order to diversify his offerings. "I truly look forward to learning more myself and passing this on to students".

This month, Tony created a specific piece of jewelry for the Telluride Arts District. This piece is a silver representation of a beautiful window in the Transfer Warehouse that overlooks Mount Emma to the north.

We asked Tony to answer some questions:

First job? Usher at a movie theater. Does this job still exist? 

Time of Day? Morning, between 6:00 and 7:00 am. 

Musician? I own guitars and play them although I don't consider myself a musician yet.

Trip? Yes, I followed the Grateful Dead for ten years.

Telluride Tradition? Blues and Brews, it's a family thing.

Mountain? Alpine glow. 

Concert? Rush 1984, from that point I was hooked on live music.

Food? I love food. Always cook for yourself, family and friends any chance you get.

Project you’ve worked on? Re building some of the structures near Alta lakes sometime in the 90's.

Motto? I love the life I live and I'm gonna live the life I love.

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FEATURED ARTIST: MALARIE CLARK

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FEATURED ARTIST: MALARIE CLARK

Malarie Reising Clark moved to Telluride seven years ago to pursue the ski bum & barista lifestyle after college and gallery internships on the east coast. Her photography and art history degrees led her to the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art where she has recently become the Gallery Director. She enjoys analog photography, cooking, snowboarding with her husband and hanging out with her cats Pixel and Bits.

We asked Malarie a few questions:

1) Ice cream flavor?

Peanut butter and Nilla wafer shake from Cookout.


2) First job?

Photographer at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.


3) Favorite saying? / Motto?

"Photography is just light remembering itself."  -Jerry Ueslmann and "Machu Picchu" for good luck.


4) Performing artist?

Over the past year, Robert Plant and Minus the Bear take the cake. 


5) Happy place?

Whiteroom on chair 9, darkroom anywhere.


6) Favorite exhibit at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art to date?

R. Nelson Parrish's Light in the Canyon this past June is really close to me, he is an emerging sculpture artist whose work deserved a solo show. It was thoughtful, stunning and the response was fantastic.

Non-Objective last December was very special. It opened my eyes to the new type of curation we are diving into at the gallery. I felt like some of my personal long term goals were being realized as we were doing studio visits and interviews with those artists.

An all time big favorite is working with iconic photographers that I obsessed over in college; Jerry Uelsmann, Sandy Skoglund, Maggie Taylor, Lauren Greenfield, Ruth Bernhard, Dan Budnik, Paul Nicklen.


7) Telluride tradition?

Closing day craziness. Doing the pond skim is still a highlight of my Telluride career (I came out dry).


8) Describe your work as an artist

My photography work is film based. I shoot polaroids as a kind of sacred documentation of time and place, I think of it like anti-cell phone photography because I will only make one or two images at a location. I also shoot altered and manipulated landscapes on 35mm. These are all multiple exposures created in camera that, to me, are more immersive and capture the feeling of being in awe of a landscape... plus they are a little trippy and saturated with color.  


9) How did (question 8) start out?

Mostly nostalgia. I grew up around my mom always shooting film. I loved loading her cameras and waiting on film to be processed. In college when I studied photography, everyone had the newest and best digital cameras. I thought a lot of the work started to look the same. I got into medium format film, expired 35mm and buying vintage polaroid film on ebay. I liked the physicality of creating tangible images and the extra elements of craft that go into that. 


10) Most looking forward to?

Continuing to bring interesting, challenging, high caliber artwork into Telluride. Upholding Telluride Gallery's legacy while starting a new chapter. Playing with my Super 8 cameras. El Nino.

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