It feels strange to have spent the last year producing some of what I feel is my best work, yet not really being able to show it. This work is for my upcoming Fellowship exhibit for the Racine Art Museum which will open in late-August 2015 at the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, Wisconsin. The museum asks that their fellowship artists not display the work elsewhere before the exhibition, which does makes sense so one doesn’t ruin the Wow factor at the exhibit.
The interesting thing is that this fellowship and upcoming museum exhibition has pushed me on a creative level far beyond the type of work I had been doing. While still embracing traditional photography, historic processes (some combined with modern), and still focusing on the subject matter which I am known for, I have pushed myself beyond the usual constraints of the photographic medium. And since I’ve been focused on work this exhibition I haven’t had much time to create other works in my new style which can be displayed at other exhibits. I’m learning that is the challenge, creating a large enough body of work where you are able to submit to various exhibitions or galleries at one time. It it were my straight B&W photography, that would be no problem since I have a huge body of work of that style, its the new style that is the tricky part right now.
The above photo (shot at angle to obscure the actual image) gives a hint to what some of my new work will be like. Many who have seen and enjoyed my small photo encaustic pieces can expect to see large photo encaustics at the exhibition, along with some more traditional prints and a few other surprises.
It should be a spectacular exhibition for us four artists who received the 2014 Racine Art Museum Fellowship. Since the Wustum Museum is divided into four different gallery spaces, each artist will basically being having their own solo exhibition, yet visitors have the opportunity to see the works of four distinctly different artists in the museum.