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Urban Geometry in Oakland

I am very pleased to announce a show in Oakland.  The exhibition runs from February 21 to April 28, 2012.  It will be hung at Kuhl Frames and Art at 22nd and Broadway in Oakland.  The proprietor, Travis Kuhl, is the excellent framer who did all 22 mats and frames for the 2011-2012 Purdue Exhibition and will be doing so for the 2012-2013 exhibition.

A total of 13 framed black and white images will be on display.  The images were taken in London, Milwaukee, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland.

Please stop by to view the photographs and experience the quality framing available.
Kuhl Frames Postcard 1

Please note that Kuhl Frames has moved since the exhibition. They are now located at:
1645 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA 94612

Hosting an Exhibition – The Print

My previous post discussed the exhibition space and how to craft realistic mockups as part of the creative process.  In this post, I will cover the prints themselves.

The single most important component of the photographic exhibition is the physical print.  The print is the physical manifestation of all aspects of the photograph, from the conceptualization, interpretation, and implementation.  The viewer sees only the print, interprets only the print.  It is of the utmost importance, requiring the highest quality possible.

Generally, there are two broad categories for print making with a digital workflow, 1) printing on traditional chemistry-based photographic materials, and 2) printing with a fine-art inkjet printer on high quality fine art papers.  In either case, the photographer is faced with numerous choices of papers, developers, inks, surfaces, services, and more.  The number of options can be overwhelming and certainly cannot be explored exhaustively.

So, the first choice: traditional or inkjet?  Read more

Hosting an Exhibition – The Space

My previous post discussed the realization I had about how little time I had and the issues I knew I faced.  This installation will be about the space for the exhibition.  Specifically, the third floor hallways of Lawson Computer Science Building.

In order to gain a sense of the size of the exhibition, I had to know about the space.  Where is it?  How many walls are there?  How large are the walls?  How is the space used?  Things like that.  I had been in the building several times, so I had a good idea of the space.  But, I had not viewed the space critically for the intended purpose.  To fill in the critical gaps, Jean Jackson worked to provide detailed answers to all my questions, providing measurements, providing photographs of the walls, and providing insights on the lighting during various times of the day. Read more

Hosting an Exhibition – Seeking Advice, Gaining Perspective

My previous post introduced this series of blogs describing the issues I faced putting on the exhibition.  In this post, I discuss the need for advice on producing the exhibition.

In mid-February, Jean Jackson approached me about contributing some of my art to an exhibition planned for the 2011-2012 academic year.   I had a vague idea that a lot of work was going to be involved in producing the exhibition.  It was already February.  They needed it by mid-August.  At least I knew enough about the photographic workflow to realize that there were going to be some serious time constraints, even though August seemed a long way off.

We had agreed on some general issues.  The exhibition was on the third floor of the building, it was going to be black and white, and only a few images (6-8) would be needed.  Beyond this, it was pretty much up to me to figure out.

I was behind, and I knew it.  I needed help.  Fast.

So, I solicited the advice of Robert Turner, a friend and professional photographer who has hosted numerous exhibitions and shows.  We met for an entire day to discuss all aspects of the exhibition.

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Pulling the Urban Geometry Exhibition Together

Putting on an exhibition is a big task, much bigger than I had first thought. Making this a success required a mix of artistic expression, emotional investment, project management logic and timing, a bit of basic math and some geometric puzzling. As in a house remodel, there are numerous moving parts, various vendors, often-conflicting deadlines, and an overwhelming number of choices that need to be made.

What a fantastic learning experience! Read more