FuseVisual: The Interview

You will most often find him up in the air, but DC Arial Photographer Cameron Davidson is pretty busy on terra firma as well. He’s started a new website (with another super duper upgrade in a few weeks) featuring interviews with photographers, art directors and the like, it’s called Fuse Visual and you should bookmark in case you should find yourself with one of those horrid spare, empty moments we are always trying to avoid with our obsessive compulsive behaviors smartphones.

Cameron took time out from his busy schedule to interview me here.  Leininger assured me I didn’t come off sounding superior like some large format heads do, so don’t even begin to give me any flak there, please – I have already been absolved.

Author photo by Katrina D’Autremont.

And as always I would be remiss not to thank Kodak films.  I love you. For ever. And. Ever.

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Corridor at the Art Museum of the Americas

Corridor at the Art Museum of the Americas

Just a few scant days (June 25) to acquaint yourself with the jewel-box of an art museum, the Art Museum of the America‘s just off Constitution Ave on Our National Mall, before Corridor, the 12-person exhibit I have been honored to be a part of closes.  It’s really a lovely exhibit curated by Laura Roulet and Irene Hoffmann, featuring photographs by Sofia Silva , Phil Nesmith, Bernhard Hildebrandt. Video, printmaking, sculptural and mixed media work are represented by Martha Jackson Jarvis, Brandon Morse, Michael PlattJeff Spaulding, Oletha DeVane, John Ruppert, Soledad Salamé, and Joyce J. Scott.  It is an I-95 talent pool and the results are eclectic, interesting, and beautiful. But don’t take my word for it, go check it out yourself!  Here’s some install shots of my wall.

Eva, left, next to two Miraflores urban scenes in Lima Eva, left, next to two Miraflores urban scenes in LimaEva, left, next to two Miraflores urban scenes in Lima from the series, Cholita, at the Art Museum of the Americas.


Paola and her Nanny; Girlfriends, Mancora; and Perdido from the series Cholita at the Art Museum of the Americas, DC

Cholita at the Art Museum of the Americas

Cholita at the Art Museum of the Americas

Cholita at the Art Museum of the Americas



Holiday Shopping Local and Away

Looking for some art that supports a good cause? Two opportunities await you! Locals, attend the Washington Project for the Arts Icebox event, which I participated in last year and will triumphantly return to this year with small prints from my A Sense of Place series framed in vintage 4×5 film holders and accompanied by the catalogue of the same name.  It is quite an adorable and tactile gift, if I do say so myself, and only available at Icebox.  Thirty-five percent of the proceeds go to support the WPA and they kick off the event with a holiday shopping party with victuals and what-not. I purchased quite a few gifts there myself last year, and intend a repeat performance.  Here are the details:

December 3 – December 23
First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 6-8pm
Special Shopping Event: Monday, December 20, 6:30-8:30pm

Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to announce the opening of our second annual holiday gift shop, IceBox.  The shop will feature a wide variety of artworks and other handmade goods by WPA member artists. Participating artists include Double A Projects (Athena Robles and Anna Stein), Denee Barr, Sandy Gold, James Halloran, Linda Hesh, Ellen Hill, Rebecca Kallem, Alice Kress, Laurel Lukaszewski, Susana Raab, Amy Carmichael Smith, John Totaro, Katharine Watson and Claudia Vess. Featuring jewelry, small works of art, household goods, totebags and greeting cards, IceBox offers a great selection of creative, unique holiday gifts!

IceBox, which will take over the WPA office at 2023 Massachusetts Avenue NW, runs from December 3 through December 23. There will be an opening reception on Friday, December 3 from 6-8pm, in conjunction with Dupont Circle First Fridays, and a special shopping event on Monday, December 20 from 6:30-8:30pm. The shop will also be open Monday-Friday, from 12pm-5pm and by appointment.

A small selection of the Collect.Give crew.

Do you all know about Collect.Give? Brain-child of Milwaukee photo legend Kevin Miyazaki, it is a collective of photographers selling prints to support charitable causes of their choosing.  100 % of the proceeds go the charity, so what are you waiting for.  I’ve got a few prints left of Old Havana Street, Cuba, and will throw in a bonus prize for anyone who orders this month.

There are a multitude of photographers with causes to support: Jane Fulton Alt, Jonathan Blaustein, Mark Brautigam, Barbara Ciurej, Amy Eckert, Matt Eich, Jon Feinstein, Sarina Finkelstein, Elizabeth Fleming, Max Gerber, Ben Huff, Dave Jordano, Stella Kalaw, Melissa Kaseman, David Leventi, Lindsay Lochman, John Loomis, Kerry Mansfield, Mark Menjivar, Annie Marie Musselman, Moi, Ellen Rennard, Dalton Rooney, Kelly Shimoda, Emily Shur, Allison V. Smith, Aline Smithson, Brea Souders, Lacey Terrell, Sonja Thomsen and David Wright.

Kevin‘s also upping the ante with some more party favors:

To celebrate our one-year anniversary, we have exciting plans for the first week of December:

• From now through December 8, anyone who purchases a print will be eligible for the following gifts:

(4) $100 gift certificates to the photo-eye bookstore

(5) Food Journal booklets, created by collect.give contributor Mark Menjivar and Kate Bingaman-Burt

• One lucky buyer on Thursday, December 2nd (our official anniversary) will win a FREE PRINT:  Buy one, and have your name in the running for a second print of your choice (any still available), regardless of price.

To be eligible for any of the giveaways, you must email us with the date and print purchased: kevin@collectdotgive.org
If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for reading this.  I appreciate your support and hope to see you at Icebox tonight. I’ll be scrambling to get there on the later side. Do introduce!

Artomatic Begins Friday!


Big, Big Bangs, Small, Small Bucks


Swept II – From Swept Series I-V (2008) © Sonja Thomsen


All-American, Kissimmee, Florida © Susana Raab

In keeping with this weeks theme of affordable art, Milwaukee gallerist Dean Jensen is hosting a show of art, all of which are priced at under $750.  No need to go get your reading goggles, that’s right I wrote $750.  To prime the pump on my print sale karma, I’m offering two prints from Consumed in the 20×24 size in the show.  Other notable artists include Kevin Miyazaki, Sonja Thomsen, Tema Stauffer, Jason Yi, and 35 others.  You can check out the entire catalog here.


Route 66, Location #1 – From Fast Food Documenting Shuttered Restaurants Series © Kevin Miyazaki

At the very least if you happen to be in Milwaukee or it’s environs, check it out, Dean throws a mean party:

Upcoming Exhibition: Big, Big Bangs / Small, Small Bucks

December 5, 2008 – January 24, 2009
Opening Reception Friday, December 5 from 6pm – ?

About the Show:

For a lot of us, these are times when the experience of dinner out has been changed from a banquette at a Michelin-starred restaurant to a plastic booth at McDonald’s.

But what about those of us who still need art fixes at least periodically?

Even with the world economy continuing in its unraveling, we still read of such art world causes celebres as a Damien Hirst calf in a tank of formaldahyde selling for $18.3 million or a Jeff Koons sculpture, “Hanging Heart,” being hammered down for $23.6 million. Is it possible in such a period to acquire art of enduring interest at what might be considered, at least in comparison to the Hirst and Koons pieces, give-away prices?

“Big, Big Bangs/Small, Small Bucks” is one attempt at answering the question.

The show, by far the biggest ever organized by the Dean Jensen Gallery, presents one-hundred works (more or less) by 40 artists (more or less). None of the works is higher in price than $750; many are priced even significantly less.

A great surprise in putting the show together was the emthusiasm with which the enterprise was received by the invited artists. Many of them were so eager to join that they pared down their customary prices to meet the rather Draconian dollar limit we imposed on works selected for the exhibition.

There was another surprise: None of the artists in “Big, Big’Small / Small, Small Bucks” has the superstar status of Hirst or Koons — at least not yet. But a great majority are well-established as professional artists, and rather many of them might be placed in the “almost famous” category. Several of the participants already have works in important museum collections and regularly show in tony galleries in New York and elsewhere.

Our great thanks to all the painters, photographers and sculptors who agreed to participate. We would also like to acknowlege gratefulness to John Riepenhoff, an artist himself and operator of Milwaukee’s Green Gallery. Generously, he cleared the way for several of the artists he represents so their work could appear in a competing gallery.

So how well does “Big, Big / Small, Small Bucks” answer the question of whether it’s possible today to acquire art that is intellectually challenging and/or visually resonant, but still most modest in price? Probably the most trustworthy answer to the question will have to come from the exhibition’s audience rather than its organizers. As the hoary saying goes, though, the proof is always in in the pudding. It’s recommended that when you visit the gallery, you bring your own spoon.

–Dean Jensen

Please contact us with any questions or comments about the show:

Email: deanjensenart@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 414-278-7100


Front Yard (2003) © Tema Stauffer

Shipping Now: A Sense of Place : the ‘zine – with bonus prize

It seems like an inauspicious time to debut this new magazine/catalog from my series on Southern writers, A Sense of Place.  I’m hoping a little print incentive will sweeten the pot.  I’ve decided to print one of the most popular images from the series, a 6″ square of William Faulkner’s telephone, the one he answered when he was pulled off the fields to hear the news that he won the Nobel Prize in literature.  You can see on the back of the wall the scribbles where Faulkner used the wall as his personal address book.  Now, this image is still pending licensing by the FDA, to date, but I see this photo as a perfect visual mantra for each of us – a symbol of success as yet unseen.

So what I’m a gonna do, just for you my friends, is offer up the first 30 of these zines, with a limited edition (to 30, natch) 6″ print of faulkner’s telephone for the low,low, introductory price of $20, incl shipping and handling. You can buy ’em here. A veritable steal, considering all the good luck (fda approval pending) and inspiration it will bring you.  Also this will help fund my upcoming trip down South to create more work.  And you will make me feel important.

Nymphoto Interview with Yours Truly

The kind and talented Nina Buesing has generously interviewed me for the photo collective, Nymphoto (I know, you’re thinking “Not another interview.” My immense market-saturation is overwhelming! ; )) You can check it out here.  I’ve discovered a number of great women photogs on the site, and particulary enjoy Emily Shur‘s blog, My Four-Eyed Fantasy, Emily has a fantastic voice and inside baseball on great music.

Enquiring Minds Want to Know: Rank Strangers, the Magazine

I’m pleased to report that Rank Strangers, the magazine, is poised and ready for shipment.

Inside are 25 color photographs, selections from my projects, Off-Season and Consumed. $15 signs, seals, and delivers it to your door (in the lower 48, everyone else add $2 please). Get ’em while they’re hot here!