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Nov 19, 2008

Cárcel de Carabanchel  

The Carabanchel prison in Madrid is one of the most infamous architectural landmarks from Spain’s decades of dictatorship. General Francisco Franco ordered construction of the prison in the 1940s to house the regime’s many political prisoners. The complex is designed on the panopticon model, with the cell blocks extending outwards from a round central tower. This arrangement, first proposed by 17th century philosopher Jeremy Bentham, allowed guards to easily observe all areas of the prison and was intended to amplify the prisoners’ sensations of powerlessness.   Carabanchel was finally closed in 1998 and its few remaining inhabitants moved to other […]

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Events
Oct 30, 2008

Art for a Cause  

Donating artwork to a fundraising auction can help artists to increase exposure for their work while also benefiting a good cause. This fall I am donating framed prints to two events that raise money for important causes while also focusing on art — both events are coming up soon and tickets are still available. Art for Life, now in its 15th year and a highlight on the art calendar, supports the Whitman Walker Clinic’s HIV/AIDS prevention services for communities of color. The event includes a beautiful color catalog, a gallery-style exhibition, and the excitement of a live auction (as an […]

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Press
Jun 10, 2008

Artomatic Picks  

 During my volunteer hours and other visits to Artomatic over the past few weeks I’ve tried to see as much of the show as possible. With 9 floors filled with art, it’s impossible to absorb it all in one visit. Here are a few of my favorite photographers (and other artists) i’d recommend checking out before the exhibit closes this Sunday June 15: Erin AntognoliUsing a Holga camera, Antognoli captures intriguing multiple exposure black and white images. Ghostly human figures juxtaposed with city scenes and architectural details. The prints are small, the size of the actual negative, but this serves […]

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Travels
May 20, 2008

Strangers in a Strange Land  

In my space at Artomatic I decided to show a series of images from two very different subjects, the monumental titanium constructions of Frank Gehry and abandoned houses along the coast in Almeria, in southern Spain. In a recent trip to Spain I stopped in Bilbao to photograph the Guggenheim museum before heading south to Almeria. I found both settings to be fascinating but also austere. Gehry’s organic forms take on a more sinister air at night, as the artificial lights impose gold and brown hues on the metal plates and Louise Bourgeois’ spider sculpture appears less playful. The abandoned […]

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Ghost Houses of Cabo de Gata  

                      The landscape of Cabo de Gata, along the coast of Almeria, is dotted with architectural remains — eighteenth century fortifications, abandoned mining operations, and empty cortijos. These vacant structures, fixed in the arid desert landscape for decades or centuries, seem timeless. They could have been abandoned fifteen years ago, or 150 years ago. It’s often hard to tell, as the stillness of the desert masks any signs of life. However, these architectural relics are, in fact, products of human history and have some intriguing stories to tell. The Cortijo […]

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Travels
Mar 29, 2008

Castellon Opening  

  On Friday March 14, over 300 people filled the marble-lined foyer of the Museo de Almería for the opening of the exhibit “Federico Castellón: de Almería a Nueva York.” Along with dozens of original prints and drawings and several paintings, the exhibit includes illustrated books, personal letters and family photos, and a recorded interview with the artist. The setting is outstanding, a well-designed exhibit space within a light-filled modern building. In fact, the museum was recently nominated for the European Museum of the Year award, which has previously been awarded to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and […]

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Travels
Mar 14, 2008

Guggenheim Bilbao  

                          Even for an art museum, location is key. The industrial city of Bilbao was an unlikely place to locate an international art museum and architestural landmark, but in retrospect it was a very forward-looking decision. What makes the Guggenheim in Bilbao so inviting is not so much what is inside as the building itself and the grounds that surround it. It was given a prominent place alongside the river at one end of the city center, where one of the main entrypoints to the city passes right […]

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Travels
Mar 5, 2008

Federico Castellon  

My great-uncle, Federico Castellon, was a respected surrealist painter and graphic artist. Throughout the time I was growing up, we always had a few of his dream-like lithographs on display in our house. While Federico spent most of his career based in New York, he was born in Almeria, Spain. The stark desert landscapes of southern Spain can be seen in the background of some of his works. The exhibition “Federico Castellón, de Almería a Nueva York” opens later this month at the Museo de Almería. I plan to be there for the opening and to do some more photography […]

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Events
Feb 7, 2008

Choose a Door …  

My photograph titled “Dos Puertas” was accepted into the Face of the World photography show at VisArts in Rockville. The show is curated by Frank Goodyear, Assistant Curator of Photography at the National Portrait Gallery. The opening is this Sunday, February 10, from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. I previously blogged about the interesting history of the site in Spain where this image was taken. Face of the WorldVisArts — Metropolitan Center for the Visual155 Gibbs Street | Rockville, MDFebruary 10 — March 31, 2008Opening Reception: Sunday, February 10, 2008, from 12-3pm    

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