Wednesday, November 18, 2009

John McGarity: Tent 197

Great to recently see, close friend and artist, John McGarity’s Tent 197 installation piece in its video form.  John and I went to grad school at Pratt Institute together, where he concentrated on painting, and we’ve known each others’ work since 1999.  Very often, John works in elements of his own photography into the layers of his canvas’, works on paper or book projects.  He weaves in that imagery along with deep-rooted personal and/or family history, psychological tension and mystery through juxtapositions of codes and texts.  As with most of John’s work, it needs no explanation or statement as a back-story.

In his mixed media installation piece, Tent 197, he’s combined seven pulsing lightboxes, drawings, and an original sound score.

Below is a piece of John's, which is now part of my collection - from a trade we made, which incorporates that same pulsing element.  "Departure is a series of mixed media lightboxes.  Each lightbox has an internal controller that creates a slow "fade on , fade off" pulsing of the light."  This piece is titled "Pig-Iron Prophet", 2007.

Spend the time to take in the multitude of layers and chew on what he’s serving up through his work!  It's tasty!

John's website:

Be sure to also check out the beautiful collaborative work of John and his wife Tiffany, who've been working together on a photographic level since 2002.  They were among the talent selected and featured in the 2008 PDN 30.

Their website:

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Original...Mikes - Since 1941

I remember hearing stories from my grandparents and my father of the days down in the area of Baltimore, know as Pig Town – when men and women would bring their goods and services to the streets and to your door by the ringing of bells. By foot or carriage, they’d offer much needed things such as socks, produce, and knife sharpening...

Sure enough, some of those same traditions are happening here in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn in 2009 too! 

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Solo Show: Peter Riesett

I'm happy to announce that my 'Solo Show' has officially launched on the Humble Arts Foundation's new website. The online exhibition features a selection of work from my series 'Testament', which was curated by Grant Willing and also includes a conversation with Julie Fishkin. Grant did an excellent job selecting and sequencing the twenty images. Julie provided thoughtful questions which lead to an engaging conversation about the work and my process.

View 'Solo Show' here

Read interview and conversation with Julie Fishkin here

Many thanks to Amani Olu, Jon Feinstein and the rest of the Humble crew for their continued support of my work, and to Grant Willing and Julie Fishkin as well.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Irving Penn, dies at 92

As Irving Penn once poignantly said - 

"A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.  It is, in a word, effective." 

Andy Grundberg wrote about Irving Penn's clarity of vision and prolific career in his obituary for the New York Times here

View a selection of Penn's photographs from Lens Blog - NYTimes.

May one of the most influential photographers R.I.P.!  Thanks for sharing your vision!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Inaugural PRC Juried Publication

I'm happy to announce that work from my series Testament has been chosen to be included in the inaugural PRC Juried Publication, juried by Dana Faconti [Publisher/Editor, Blindspot Magazine].  The Juried Publication is included in Photographic Resource Center's quarterly newsletter in the loupe.

Many strong images in the publication, by the following photographers:


Check out PRC's website for more info about the PRC Juried Publication or about their various exhibitions and resources here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Melanie Flood Projects presents: MARCH MADNESS

Please join us for a one night sale extravaganza!

Limited Edition drawings, prints, magazines, photographs & more all priced at $100 or less, including a limited edition of photo magnets from my series Gatherings.

Anna & Tess Knoebel
Breanne Trammell & Peter Segerstrom
Carey Kirkella
Clayton Cotterell
Elizabeth Fleming
Erin Jane Nelson
Gerald Edwards III
Grace Kim
Greg Wasserstrom
Humble Arts Foundation
Jane Gang
Jason Polan
Jimmy Limit
Juliana Beasley
Lay Flat
Noah Kalina/Kalina Magazine
Peter Riesett
Rachel Sussman
Stephen Wong-WONG WONG
Umelec Magazine

Because Melanie Flood Projects is located in a private residence, the Guest List will be strictly enforced. Please send RSVP to:

Melanie Flood Projects
186 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

View MAP & LOCATION here...

Monday, March 9, 2009

SCOPE Art Fair - VIP & Press Preview - March 4th

Amani Olu Projects booth...

My image, "Grandma above Valet" from the series Testament. View more from that series here.

Amani and I.

Carey and I.

Other artists around the corner... "Poems Store"

Sebastian Denz's work - "Skateboarding.3D". Apparently he's built his own custom camera for this work. They were extremely fun to experience in 3D!

On the way home in the subway we saw this very small doorway that had us wondering who it's used by...

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography - Book Launch Party

Great to celebrate with many at 'The Collector’s Guide' book launch party at VOLTA NY on Thursday night.

Abigail Feldman, Maggie Soladay, and Carey Kirkella

Nice job on the publication. Congrats to all the photographers and those involved in making it happen!

For more info on the Humble Arts Foundation, view the website. See more photo's from the launch party here and for more photo's of VOLTA NY here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

SCOPE Art Fair - March 4 - 8, 2009

I'm happy to announce that Amani Olu Projects will be showing work from my series Testament at this years SCOPE Art Fair from March 4 - 8, 2009 - Booth D01.


amani olu projects is pleased to announce its participation in SCOPE Art Fair, which will be held March 4 – 8, 2009 in Booth D01 at Lincoln Center (62nd Street at 10th Avenue). amani olu will showcase works by Michael Bühler–Rose, Gerald Edwards III, Jon Feinstein, Alison Malone, Marc McAndrews, Bradley Peters, Peter Riesett, David La Spina, Tina Tyrell and Ann Woo.

For more information:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Found Film: Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

I remember a previous teacher of mine at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Jack Wilgus (an excellent and passionate teacher and photographer who recently retired last August) once said to never throw away your negatives! This was a sad sight to see on the walk up Washington Avenue to my studio. There were some interesting images too that seemed to date back to the late 60's, early 70's. As the saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography

After months of keeping the news of this publication under wraps, I’m pleased to announce my inclusion in, The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography. I’m happy to be a part of this exciting project and to be sharing the pages with the many other talented photographers!


Humble Arts Foundation Presents

The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography Launch Party
Thursday, March 5, 6 – 9 PM
7 W. 34th Street at 5th Avenue

The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography After Party
Thursday, March 5, 10 PM until late
64 E. 1st Street at 1st Avenue

RSVP required for both events. Guest list strictly enforced. For more info on RSVP for these events, check the
Humble Arts Foundation website.

Humble Arts Foundation
is pleased to present The Collector's Guide To Emerging Art Photography, a 180-page source book for collectors, art dealers, gallery directors, photo editors, museum professionals, and independent curators. Featuring 163 emerging art photographers, The Collector's Guide aims to further Humble’s mission by bridging the gap between ambitious early-career photographers and photography professionals.

The Collector's Guide book launch party will take place at VOLTA NY, Thursday, March 5th from 6 – 9pm at 7 W. 34th St at 5th Ave. The reception will be held in VOLTA’s VIP lounge. An after party will be held at Boucarou, 64 E. 1st St. at 1st Ave, Thursday, March 5, 10 PM – until late. RSVP required:

A select number of books will be available for sale.

Participating photographers include:
Dustin Aksland,Carlos Albalá, Kathyrn Parker Almanas, Corey Arnold, Peter Baker, Rob Ball, Gideon Barnett, Anna Bauer, Matthew Baum, Juliana Beasley, Johan Bergström, Brian Berman, Colin Blakely, Dan Boardman, Steven Brahms, Mark Brautigam, Timothy Briner, Jessica Bruah, Michael Bühler-Rose, Jesse Burke, Alejandro Cartagena, Jacob Carter, Melissa Catanese, Anastasia Cazabon, Alana Celii, Talia Chetrit, Andrea Chu, Céline Clanet, François Coquerel, Robyn Cumming, Chris Davis, Rachael Dunville, Dan Eckstein, Gerald Edwards III, Scott Eiden, Amy Elkins, Geoffrey Ellis, Tealia Ellis-Ritter, Grant Ernhart, Thobias Fäldt, Jan Fassbender, Jon Feinstein, Todd Fisher, Lucas Foglia, Manya Fox, Zack Genin, Dana Gentile, Sam Gezari, Emiliano Granado, Leslie Grant, Yann Gross, Gustav Gustafsson, Gregory Halpern, Paul Herbst, Beth Herzhaft, Susanna Hesselberg, Nicole Jean Hill, Ben Huff, Lacey Ann Johnson, Dina Kantor, Nicole Katz, Drew Kelly, Mikael Kennedy, Gunnar Knechtel, Liz Kuball, Naho Kubota, William Lamson, Molly Landreth, Mårten Lange, Shane Lavalette, Alejandra Laviada, Jason Lazarus, Bryan Lear, Ashley Lefrak, Miranda Lehman, Brian Lesteberg, Jennifer Loeber, Sophie T. Lvoff, Thomas Macker, Ashley Macknica, Sarah Madsen, Alison Malone, Jessica Mallios, John Mann, Michael Marcelle, Marc McAndrews, Andrew Robert McComb, Erica McDonald, Tammy Mercure, Nick Meyer, Chad Muthard, Wakaba Noda, Boru O’Brien O’Connell, Bob O’Connor, Grady O’Connor, Patrick O’Hare, Christina Maria Oswald, Robert Pallesen, Sarah Palmer, Lydia Panas, Ahndraya Parlato, Brandon Pavan, Eric Percher, Nathan Ellis Perkel, Regine Petersen, Ryan Pfluger, Cara Phillips, Birthe Piontek, Louis Porter, Friederike Von Rauch, Shawn Records, Justin James Reed, Reka Reisinger, Peter Riesett, Jenny Riffle, Lissa Rivera, Jessica Roberts, Carlo Van de Roer, Patrick Romero, Dalton Rooney, Nadine Rovner, Will Sanders, John Saponara, Matthew Schenning, Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup, Aaron Schuman, Stephen K. Schuster, Bryan Jacob Schutmaat, Matthew Shain, Angus R. Shamal, Daniel Shea, Matt Siber, Sarah Small, Angie Smith, Tema Stauffer, Will Steacy, Amy Stein, Parsley Steinweiss, Luke Stettner, Sean Stewart, Barry Stone, Sarah Sudhoff, JJ Sulin, Rachel Sussman, Tina Tyrell, Simon Vahala, Alex Van Clief, Kamden Vencill, Caroline de Vries, Michael Werner, Emma Wieslander, Sara Wight, Grant Willing, Sarah Wilmer, Ofer Wolberger, Jason John Würm, Wheat Wurtzburger, Jeongmee Yoon, Anoush Abrar & Aimée Hoving, Allison Wermager & Alexander M. Harrington, Inka Lindergård & Niclas Holmström, Kate and Camilla and Tribble & Mancenido.

Humble Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the careers of emerging fine-art photographers by way of exhibition and publishing opportunities, limited-edition print sales, twice-annual artists grants, and educational programming.

For additional information and press inquiries, please send an email to
amani olu at PRESS@HAFNY.ORG.