Whoa. Some stuff HAS BEEN GOIN' ON!
May 2nd, I was once again standing on the dock of my beloved Ossabaw Island with my fellow Art Warriors - Anne Berry and Mark Frissell with SEVEN FULL DAYS of kicking-some-art-ass-collaboration and big adventures which included post-absinthe midnight truck rides to secret locations that will remain secret to protect the not-so-innocent... but all for no other reason than to try to make a photograph that matters. Or two. Oh hello run on sentence. Welcome back.
Came home and ran the 30 rolls of film with my first born assisting me with tank agitation. We made contact sheets together and called in the second and third juveniles to chime in with critique and edit. The baby daddy was out of town hopefully making bank cuz...well, because more is better.
Then I began to build PORTAL for exhibition. Scheduled to open two weeks later on June 3rd. I fired up the darkroom and kept chemistry at-the-ready 24/7 so that no matter what hour I was awake or able, I could go in to print. My framer (who is a bad ass and partner in show planning) was put on high alert. I bought a dress.
Packed myself and myart and drove it to Greenville, SC where Michael Pannier has opened the Southeast Center for Photography. He is my new best friend. We busted it side by side installing this show without the slightest bump in the road. Stress-free installation? Talk about a freaking vortex...have I slipped into some perfect universe where the answer is always "yes" followed by "i love it" with a fairy tale lighting job to wrap it all in perfectly perfect angel light? Yes. The vortex is Michael Pannier, Director and Brave Champion of my region's Center for Photography. Adore.
And then the people came. People from every cubby of my life. Worlds colliding in my favorite way. To say it fills my heart doesn't quite cover it. At some point we closed the doors and popped some tucked-away champagne. Food rolled in on carts and the guitars came out of their cases. Mama Do A Tone (my band with musician and artist extraordinaire, Tama Hochbaum) played our first out-of-state gig. It was a large night that ended in the wee hours of the next morning. A vortex of happy.
Thank you. Michael and Jane Pannier. And to everyone who brought the love.
Here's a walk-through of the show.