Dans le studio, Le Havre

Notwithstanding my previous posts, life is not all crepes and croissants here in Le Havre; I am also doing a lot of work both in the studio and with my French. Our studio work has a definite goal: a 3-day exhibition at the local “MuMA”, the Musee Maulraux, coming up in early December. The desire to improve my French is a bit less focused, although at the minimum I would like to improve my “r” sound, if only so people will understand that I am an “artist” and not “autistic”, which has been a matter of confusion more than once.

But the studio time has been wonderful. The great benefit of an artist’s residency, no matter the length, is that it gets you out of a familiar environment and the concurrent familiar, predictable thoughts into a new space, both physically and mentally.

playing with projection…

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As I mentioned in previous posts I’ve been taking excessive numbers of photographs in Le Havre, which have become the fodder for my new work, much to my surprise. As an artist (or anyone) it can be easy to fall into a groove of regular, expected work in a particular medium or method.  So it is refreshing and fun, if a little disorienting, to have the space and time to play around in an entirely different format.

I am of course primarily inspired by the architecture in the city but it has created a new reaction in my work. Much of my previous work focused on creating an exaggerated simplification and order in response to the architectural and spatial complexity and chaos around me. However this city (and even the food) is already so clear, ordered, and static that I find myself remixing it into confusion and disorder.

So I now open my photographic sketchbook to give you a peek at some of the paths of exploration I’ve been following:

One project consists of folding printed photographs into small pamphlets that I then re-photograph.

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I have also been combining printed photos in a simpler format and photographing the results.

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I am also continuing my work with cut paper constructions but experimenting with adding projection onto the constructions and the surrounding space. This is very much a work in progress but I am excited about where it can go….

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Perhaps someday I’ll move into architectural fashion! But until then I am having a fantastic time exploring new ideas and materials and am discovering something unexpected almost daily, which is always exciting.

More images to come as the work develops…but for now, bonsoir!

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