Five of my pieces are included in a show titled Abstract Lives at the Arts Guild of New Jersey in Rahway September 8 through October 3 2013. Artists include Eileen M. Foti, Adel Gorgy, Frances Heinrich, Peter Jacobs, Neal Korn, Tom Nussbaum, RoCa, Diane Savona, Rocco Scary and Bill Westheimer. The show was curated by Dr. Virginia Butera of the College of St. Elizabeth.
The Arts Guild of NJ is located at 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
hours are Monday – Thursday 10 am – 3:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday 1 pm -4 pm
The opening reception is Sunday September 8th from 1 pm – 4pm free admission – light refreshments will be served
Abstract Lives is the first of three exhibits at Rahway by one group of artists curated by three different curators.
If you could have a world named after you – what would it look like?
The Billiad is a quirky video from my book about what I discover when the dream becomes a reality.
When this guy from New Jersey via Cincinnati, Schenectady, Aspen and New York City finally finds his own world, locates his slice of heaven, finds that place with his very own name, what will the reality be like?
“Careful what you wish for….”
If it really is my world, would I want it to be like Westheimer Road in Houston Texas?
The Billiad is my strange trip to that special place.
The Billiad from Bill Westheimer on Vimeo.
based on the book The Billiad now available from Petey Pie Press.
Perfection is over-rated. And Charles Schwartz’ Light Reclaimed work is proof. Charles has collected imperfect old ambrotypes and tintypes that show the patina of time and he has scanned and enlarged them to make his Light Reclaimed series.
He writes: “over time I found myself drawn to boxes containing the undesirable – broken, scratched, partially destroyed images where the imperfections rather than ruining the object seemed to impart a greater beauty.”
Some might say he is just scanning, but this work is more than just appropriating images. The scans and their presentation combined with the connoisseurship and curating makes Charles’ work personal. He found them, he chose them, he scanned them, he edited them, and these are now HIS pictures and they are spectacular. Each one tells a story even greater than the story the original photographer intended.
Amazing photos and videos of Earth from space. As a lover of maps I am fascinated by aerial and space photos of earth. I love to see where we are in relation to other people and places. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/opinion/sunday/gorgeous-glimpses-of-calamity.html
Sometimes it takes a very talented photographer to get the great image, sometimes it is simply a matter of “f/8 and be there” and sometimes it is a matter of a great editor selecting from a huge volume of images. In this case it is both being in the right place at the right time and the editor recognizing the best images.
I have completed The BILLIAD! The sequel to ODDYSSEY is about my exploration of Westheimer Road in Houston Texas. 27 miles of ego trip condensed into a 100 page book with 67 photographs. I spent 3 days in March 2013 traveling the gauntlet of Westheimer Road photographing myself with all things Westheimer.
If you could have a world named after you – what would it look like? The Billiad is a quirky book about one man’s discovery when the dream becomes a reality. Westheimer Road is Houston’s longest road and Bill Westheimer traveled it looking for his dream land in The Billiad.
They said: “It is is big world, claim your part of it.”
Over and over again it was: “The world is your oyster.”
Again and again I heard: “You can be whatever you want.”
Never ending: “Make it yours.”
So when it all comes true…… what will it look like?
When this guy from New Jersey via Cincinnati, Aspen, Schenectady, and New York City does find his own world, locates his slice of heaven, that place with his name, what will the reality be?
I have heard it a zillion times: “Careful what you wish for.”
If it really is MY world, would it really look like Westheimer Road in Houston Texas?
The Billiad is my trip to that special place – I finally arrive at Westheimer Road and the reality hits home hard.
The book is $19.95, softcover, 100 pages, 68 photographs and available from Petey Pie Press
There is a superb show of photograms through April 21, 2013 by Chuck Kelton and Diazotypes by Eric William Carroll at Bosi Contemporary Gallery 48 Orchard Street, south of Grand Street on the Lower East Side, NY, NY 10002. Curated by Alison Bradley of Brodkey Projects, the exhibit is a wonderful view of some new ways of using some historic techniques.
Kelton’s haunting landscapes are pure fiction, evocative of dark and stormy nights, of sophisticated horror movies, and terrifying tales. His effective use of light and shadow, composed using only light and shadow, using no camera, make for gorgeous prints.
© Chuck Kelton
Carrol’s large scale cyanotypes are dreamy leafy scenes, poetic and peaceful and a wonderful contrast to Kelton’s dark visions.
© Eric William Carroll
Please help me complete the Ascent Project by supporting my Kickstarter Campaign. With your support I can complete the Ascent sculptures and installations. Ascent investigates the evolution from analog man to digital man using photograms and 3D printed sculptures.
And when you back Ascent on Kickstarter you will receive a reward. You can support beginning at $1,
and at the $25 level you will receive a mini-Ascent Sculpture. At the $100 backer level you receive all the digital hands plus the analog hand.
the five 2.5″ sculptures – click to see enlarged
At the $200 level you receive a 5.75″ tall signed sculpture with a mini sculpture inside.
The five 5.75″ sculptures – click to see enlarged
Head on over to the Kickstarter page and become a backer of The Ascent Project.
If you give me a hand, I’ll give you a hand.
As far back as I can remember my family created and sent our own original Christmas Cards. Yes, my heritage is Jewish, but we never practiced, and like many German Jews in Cincinnati we celebrated Christmas.
I have continued the tradition of making my own Christmas cards since I moved out of my parents’ house to live on my own. I went through my archives and found many of them going back to 1993. Since 2009 I have been recycling cards from my stash of old ones. Instead of printing new and adding to the piles of cards in my hayloft I am sending the old ones until they run out. Golden Oldies, I suppose.
1993 Xmas Card
1994 Xmas Card
1995 Xmas Card
1996 Xmas Card
1997 Xmas Card
1998 Xmas Card
1999 Xmas Card
2000 and 2012 Xmas Card
2001 and 2011 Xmas Card
2002 Xmas Card
2003 Xmas Card
2004 and 2009 Xmas Card
2005 Xmas Card
2006 Xmas Card
2007 and 2010 Xmas Card
2008 and 2010 Xmas Card
“Solo, Piano – N.Y.C.” – A video recently posted to the NY Times website is a wonderful use of still photographs to make a video. It is a great subject handled sensitively and effectively. The film maker Anthony Sherin saw a piano on the curb in front of his apartment waiting to be hauled off as trash. He photographed how passers-by interacted with the abandoned instrument. Combined with original music it is a really great video.
Solo Piano NYC
I have long been fascinated by stop motion video and done a few myself. One that is similar to the Solo Piano is my “Lonely Angel” of a pedicab driver in front of the Metropolitan Museum trying to attract customers by wearing some angel wings. You have to see it to appreciate it.