Intro BW Photography – Group 3: Metals

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“There isn’t a photograph in the world that has any narrative ability; any of them. They do not tell stories; they show you what something looks like… to a camera.”  – Garry Winogrand

My work looks nothing like Mr Winogrand’s, but I like his philosophy. My favorite work in this class focused on pattern, texture, and shape. No story, no narrative. Just the interplay of light and shadow. 

Intro Printmaking – the Witz

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“The modern Maya use the word witz to mean a “mountain.” The same word was used by the ancient Maya for “pyramid.” The temple that normally surmounted a pyramid-mountain was thought to be the place of the gods. Such homes for the gods were replicated in temple architecture and incorporated into rituals in virtually all Maya cities. Because the mountains were considered living entities, the Maya represented mountains as zoomorphic creatures with eyes, muzzles, mouths, and ear ornaments.” from Lynn Foster’s Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World

Photo is Stela D from  the Copan ruins in Honduras. One of my favorites. Link to original photo, satellite data and other neat stuff by Stephanie Parker.





Intro Printmaking – Clockwork Man

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The overly-long art school title to this linocut is “Mechanical Man Contemplates His Existence In Space and Time”. Seriously! The imagery is a combination of two fascinating historical objects. The background is one of the faces of the Orloj in Prague, the oldest functioning astronomical clock in the world. The figure  is one of the first known examples of a completely self-contained biological automaton. Built in 1650, it has been attributed to Juanelo Turriano, a brilliant Renaissance engineer who was known to have crafted mechanical wonders for Emperor Charles V. After Charles passed away, however, Turriano drew accusations of witchcraft and he narrowly escaped torture at the hands of the Inquisition.

Oxidation of Utopia

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During the History of Modern Architecture, we were tasked with the creation of a manifesto. It was to be written as a reaction to the Toledo buildings that were part of a weekend tour. These included the Toledo Public Library, the professor’s own dwelling that she had designed herself, the Gehry addition to the TMA and the more recent Glass Pavilion across the street. Additionally, the manifesto was to be in the form of a poster and had to incorporate images of these same buildings. Of course, I went a little post-apocalyptic with it.

It’s not supposed to make a whole lot of sense. It’s a manifesto. It was more about the mood than the specifics. Closer to poetry than prose. I was pretty happy with it when I turned it in. Looking back now, though, I think I would change the order of the lines to this:

Modern cities stand
as narcissistic boneyards
for mid-century utopian fantasies

Filthy pre-fab headstones
mark a misguided experiment
in mechanical living.

Did we think our machines would grow to love us?

Where skin meets steel it is the body that yields.

In the quest to anthropomorphize our alloys
we have given birth to cyborgs.

Don’t believe
that your creations
will outlast you.


Highland Park

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Katerina Ruedi Ray’s  History of Modern Architecture takes the prize as the most interesting class of Fall semester, 2013. The assignments were unlike any I had been asked to produce before. Although I initially reacted with distaste to the odd requirements, they usually proved to be as fun as a 1500 word essay can really be.

This assignment was supposed to be a scene or short story that takes place in a building that could be included in the modern style. I chose the highly influential Highland Park Ford assembly facility designed by Albert Kahn. The main characters are a WWI air force vet and a Mexican labor supporter. Many hijinks ensue.

Sadly, I didn’t get the “A” I wanted. The “B” was something I just had to accept. I believe it’s because I didn’t cite my sources. Though I put them in the bibliography, there isn’t a single inline citation. Oops. She was probably within her rights to fail me. Oh well. It’s a good story! Read it!

Download The Ballad of Jimmy and Hector as a PDF



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I was notified a couple hours ago that I am one of the recipients of this year’s Diamante Awards for contributions to the Latino community of Northwest Ohio. I am honored.