I was lucky enough to spend three weeks camping and making artwork in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado this summer. I first visited Rocky Mountain National Park in 2015 and it was the first western park that connected my creativity to the natural world. It was great to revisit places in the park like Moraine Valley, Trail Ridge Road, and Alberta Falls. I also explored new wilderness areas in the White River National Forest in the Aspen area. You can see my Colorado masked model photos at my instagram page.
I was honored to be selected as the March Artist-In-Residence for Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida. Big Cypress Preserve shares a contiguous ecosystem with the Everglades so I was able to work and play in one of the largest areas of protected land in the North American lower 48. I took a boat ride out amongst the mangrove islands, hiked into chest deep swamps, and explored the nearby Miami art scene. At the end of the residency I had an Art Show / "Meet and Greet" at the Swamp Welcome Center. This is my fourth National Park Service Artist-In-Residency in three years.
I was honored to be an Artist-In-Resident at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. The park is a fascinating volcanic landscape with black rock and open lava tube caves. For my residency I focused on bat masks. I was able to finish a pallid bat mask and donate it to the park. The mask will be on display at the visitor's center. Follow my photography mask sessions on my Instagram account or check back here for updates. This was my third National Park Service Artist-In-Residency.
I had the privilege of being an Artist-In-Residence for Lassen Volcanic National Park in North California. I lived and worked in the park for two weeks in July. As with my previous National Park residency, I focused on creating regional animal inspired masks. Lassen has a particularly unique landscape: it boasts all four types of volcanos. I was able to photograph and model my masks on a plug dome, composite, shield, and cinder cone volcano. There may be no other place in the world where I could have done that in a relatively short period of time. I also enjoyed photographing the masks on snow drifts, frozen lakes, lava tube caves, and deep blue lakes. You can follow all of my modeled masks on my Instagram account.
My work is currently on display at The SE Center for Photography for a group show entitled Beyond The Selfie. The show focuses on unique self-portraits. I was able to attend the opening at the Greenville, South Carolina gallery. The show will be open through the end of March 2017.
I was a summer 2016 Artist-In-Residence at Petrified National Forest Park in Arizona. I lived in a Park historic cabin for three weeks across from the legendary Painted Desert Inn. During my residency I made five original animal masks and worked with models to photograph my work in the unique and otherworldly landscape. I also displayed my work at the Holbrook Train Depot for their monthly art series, showed work at the annual Route 66 festival, and held a two day demonstration at the lovely La Posada Hotel in Winslow.
I am please to have photographs in the 2016 Annual Focus Photography Exhibit at the Gadsden Museum of Art in Alabama. The show was juried by Jennifer Alsabrook-Turner. The exhibit runs from June 8 - July 9.
DATELINE is a contemporary art gallery located in the River North (RiNo) art district in Denver, Colorado. Here are some (long overdue) photos of the DATELINE 012 show opening. Curated by Cassandra Heiser of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The show opened in April 2015. All photos by Zack Davis.