Virtual Identities Catalog

I just received the catalog for the Virtual Identities show that is currently on display at the Strozzina in Florence. My image of Katie was used for the postcard / invite and my image of Lila was used for the cover of the catalog. There is a lot of text in the catalog, and I was really pleased with the description of my work in the catalog. Plus, they sent me a bunch of copies, which are really nice to have for the future.


Crated for the Strozzina

I have a major show coming up at the Strozzina in Florence, Italy. The show is titled Virtual Identities and will be opening on the 20th of May. Six images from the Illuminati series should be on a plane as I write this. I asked the crate builder if he would mind taking some images of the crating for me. He was kind enough to oblige. So this is how my images will be traveling there and back. There will also be a catalog with the show, which I am excited to see.

Work for Two Shows


I had to make some work for two shows that will be opening in a couple weeks. The first is the Virtual Identities show that will be held in Florence at the Strozzina. That show will feature six pieces from the Illuminati, two of which I had to have made up. The other is a group juried show at the Kinsey Institute in Indiana. There will be two pieces from Technically Intimate in that show. I had to have Alex made up for that show, which I have been waiting to make up for a long time. These are some images of all of the work at the crater waiting to be boxed up and shipped off.

Getting Pieces Ready for “Virtual Identities”

Fixing the "bow"

I took out the pieces out that are scheduled to be in Florence. Some of the pieces I have that have been around for a few years have slowly developed a bow. This is probably because I don’t really have the proper place to store the work the way that it should be. So, this is what I was doing over the weekend to slightly bend the plexiglass back. Four of the six pieces are at the shipper waiting to be crated while the other two are getting finished up a Digi. I am really hoping they are done by Friday as I know that the work is scheduled to ship out around May 5th.

Proofing Alex

8x10 Proof of "Alex"

I have two pieces heading to the Kinsey Institute for their annual juried exhibition. Heidi and John and Alex (both 40″ x 50″) will be on display from May 20th through July 30th, 2011. I already have Heidi and John done (as it had to be made for the Jerome exhibition), but Alex has yet to be fabricated. So…DigiGraphics in Minneapolis is printing and mounting Alex for the show. I went in and did the proofing on Monday, so I am hoping it is all finished up this week. Then it will be off to the shipper. The show opens May 20, 2011 at the School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University.

About the Show

The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show premiered in 2006 at the Kinsey Institute Gallery. For the first two years, the emphasis was on erotic art, but beginning in 2008, the parameters of the competition were expanded to include artworks addressing gender issues, sexuality, reproduction, sexual politics, romantic relationships, and the human figure. In 2009, the exhibition, having outgrown the space available in Morrison Hall, was moved to the Indiana University School of Fine Arts Gallery.


Betsy Stirratt
Director of School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University

Garry Milius
Associate Curator at The Kinsey Institute

Christopher Bedford
Chief Curator of the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University

Alice In Wonderland

I will be in Turku, Finland next week for the opening of Alice in Wonderland, which is being organized by the Finnish Museum of Photography. I will have 5 pieces from the Technically Intimate series in the show. The show will be held at the Logomo Cultural Center in Turku and will feature quite a few Finnish and international photographers.


In feminist writings the private sphere first figured as a site of sexual inequality, unremunerated work, and seething despair. The housewife – the ideal woman of the post Second World War years in advanced industrial societies – suffered in silence. However, a resurgent feminist movement which began to name the problems accompanying woman’s multiple roles as wife, mother, sexual companion, worker, and political subject. Feminism offered women a public language for their private discontent. Alice sets a centre stage to further incite into the personal in politics.

Alice also depicts a representation of self, addressing issues considered to be political, and not a genetic or biological category. Peeling back the layers, it is evident and important to identify the commercial market forces dominating the visual culture relating to the ownership of self and our perceived ideals of the notions of self in private and in public domains.

Wonderland explores the twisted logic and absurd critical viewpoint of western society. Similar to the children’s fiction book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, contemporary storytelling unfolds the truisms and philosophy behind the human being, its fragility and contradictions, the ownership of land and space, a chaotic environmental system, the interrelationship between the undeniable, though not unique, community phenomenon, online social networks. Taking the media as a starting point, artists in Alice in Wonderland explore political, sexual, and cultural tension in a moment when the demise of traditional forms of communication: radio, television, film, and photography are giving way to an explosion of digitally-based forms of social interaction including Facebook and Twitter to file and video sharing sites such as YouTube, Xtube, MySpace.

Alice in Wonderland creates a loose narrative with a wide range of international artists using lens-based media, who lead us to consider what is present. The works allow the viewer to recognise what they think they know, and invites a new meaning. In this way, the obvious is unobvious, the unobvious is obvious, and nothing is how we thought it would be at first glance.

The artists in the exhibition are Claudia Angelmaier, Evan Baden, Thorsten Brinkmann, Elina Brotherus, Saara Ekström, Melinda Gibson, Atelieri O. Haapala, hanna Haaslahti, Sasha Huber, Ulla Jokisalo, Marjaana Kella, Anni Leppälä, Susanna Majuri, Jan Mancuska, Christian Marclay, Juhana Moisander, Trish Morrissey, Laurel Nakadate, Naphouse, Zed Nelson, Anneli Nygren, Tuula Närhinen, Alain Paiement, Nelli Palomäki, Hyun-doo Park, Riitta Päiväläinen, Harri Pälviranta, Tuomo Rainio, Sanni Seppo, Iiu Susiraja and Jemima Stehli.

Alice in Wonderland exhibition will be displayed at the Logomo building in more than 1000 m2. The exhibition is curated by the editor-in-chief, curator Sheyi Bankale (UK), art historians Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger and Elina Heikka. The exhibition is produced by Tiina Rauhala / The Finnish Museum of Photography. Along the exhibition will be published a catalogue in three languages and a pedagogical programme. The exhibition is curated and produced by the standards of sustainable development.

Technically Intimate Heading to Finland

The Finnish Museum of Photography is producing a show called Alice in Wonderland. The show will be held in Turku, Finland as part of Turku’s year long celebration of being a Capital of Culture. The show will run from January 2011 all the way through December of 2011. Just about 11 months. There will be smaller versions of 5 pieces from Technically Intimate. I will be on a plane shortly headed over for the opening.

The Brothel Without Walls Installation

Installation shots from The Brothel Without Walls, the second Primary show at CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto.

The Brothel Without Walls

Opening Friday, April 29 in Toronto. This is the second Primary Show for CONTACT Photography Festival. Artists include Susan Anderson, Evan Baden, DouglasCoupland, Jessica Dimmock, Marina Gadonneix, Clunie Reid, Stefan Ruiz, Joachim Schmid, and Christopher Wahl.

I will have 5 pieces from Technically Intimate in the show. It will be up through May 29 at the University of Toronto Art Centre.

More info here.

Technically Intimate Heading to Toronto

Atelier 4 came over to pick up my work for The Brothel Without Walls at CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. They came straight from Alec Soth’s studio. I guess he has work on it’s way there too, different shows though. Can’t wait for the opening, although I am not sure about whether or not I will actually be able to afford to attend. Show opens May 1, 2010 and runs into June. There will be 5 pieces from Technically Intimate, including an new piece that I had to have made.