Monday, January 13, 2014

New Year, Old Town

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Opening of Old Town
A collaboration of work by Jeff Hogue, Mark Kuykendall, and myself.

The show is a collection of work inspired by a family home footage. The content is a Christmas parade in downtown Tulsa in the 1950's. The parade, on it's own, is bizarre and psychedelic with themes of Alice in Wonderland- including a cameo of The Caterpillar and the Queen of Hearts. 

I became interested in the film because how conscious the filmmaker was with his in-camera edits, chosen angles and vantage points. Aside from techniques, he used 16mm color film which, at this time, was primary for commercial or professional use and expensive to purchase and develop. This gentleman used it for home footage with no intention of showing or selling. 

As a group, we used shots from the footage as inspiration for our pieces. 
Jeff Hogue, Paintings
Mark Kuykendall, Photography, Video
Cheyenne Butcher, Printmaking, Living Room Installation


Gallery images by Mark Kuykendall. Process photos by me. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sophia Wallace | Cliteracy

Recently, I came discovered the work of a conceptual photographer named Sophia Wallace. Her current subject of work is called "Cliteracy", and in my opinion, it's not just a subject, but a movement. As found on her website, Cliteracy is "a project addressing citizenship and body sovereignty using the medium of text-based objects, unauthorized street installation and interactive sculptural forms  "

Wallace has expanded her mediums and has explored different venues to deliver this movement. TShirts, posters, public art, installations, group collaboratives, forums, and etc have been created and put out there to educated and liberate.

Today, I am the proud owner of a Cliteracy TShirt. 
..and I wear it. 

be aware. be liberated. be proud. be.

Friday, October 4, 2013

All things come to an end, thank you.

I would like to thank everyone who supported "Untitled (Self-portraits) during it's hanging at the Tulsa Artist Coalition Gallery in Downtown Tulsa. The exhibit was a huge success and the rapport was unbelievable. 
I am incredibly happy and proud of the show and hope that everyone who came to be apart of it was able to take something away with them. 
This exhibit was an incredibly venerable and even scary statement of personal struggles and acceptance. 

thank you, 


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

yolanda dominguez.

In April, a factory building collapsed just outside Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. This epic tragedy killed more than 1,000 workers and has been called the 'deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry." The building was constructed with substandard materials and in obvious disregard for building codes.

The blame has been given not only to the factory owners, who were urging workers to return to their jobs regardless of the fact that they knew the building was unsafe, but also the mayor, who wrongly granted construction approvals.Cracks began to appear on the building the day before the collapse and it is said that the building would shake each time the large power generators were switched on. The next morning, as employees were entering for their work day, the generator was switched on and that's when the building buckled and gave away.

Bangladesh has more than 5,000 garment factories and is the world's second-leading exporter of clothing, China being first. It handles orders for nearly all of the world's top brands and retailers. The part that most people dont know is that this happens a lot-- Cambodia, China..  A lot of the time it doesn't make the national or world news but people are killed often by avariciousness companies that cut-corners at their employees expense. 

Yolanda Dominguez, a visual and performance artist from Spain, demonstrated a 'urban action'
performance called Fashion Victims

Its purpose was to bring to light that day the real “fashion victims”: the enslaved workers and child exploitation and the millions harmed by the contamination that the factories produce in the production countries. On one of the commercial streets of Madrid, various [live] bloggers appeared under rubble. Legs and arms were stretched out from beneath, decked out with  luxurious accessories such as bags, heels, and high fashion dresses.

her blog goes on to say::

Mientras en un lado del planeta la balanza toca el suelo atiborrada de objetos que alimentan el ego, en el otro extremo se desvanecen vidas a cada puntada: ellos sí son los verdaderos “fashion victims”.

Marcas, diseñadores, bloggers, medios… el mundo de la moda no puede obviar los hechos y mirar hacia otro lado. Todos somos responsables de esa realidad, incluso los consumidores podemos transformarla eligiendo productos que respeten a las personas y al medio ambiente.


While on one side of the planet the balance touches the ground riddled with objects that feed the ego, on the other end fade lives to each stitch: if they are the real "fashion victims".

Brands, designers, bloggers, media… the world of fashion could not ignore the facts and look the other side. We are all responsible for that reality, even the consumers, we can transform it by choosing products that respect people and the environment.

www.yolandadominguez.comArticle. Yardley, Jim. "Report on Deadly FactoryCollapse in Bangladesh Finds Widespread Blame." The New York Times [New York City] n.d.: n. pag. 
images found from Yolanda Dominguez blog and site. images also from google search.

Friday, June 14, 2013

sept gallery show

>> -- > it's official < -- <<
friday, september 6th I will have my first solo gallery show.

'Self-portait' will be on display for the month of sept. at the TAC Gallery
inTulsa, Ok.

I am pretty excited about this because this will be the first time all fourteen pieces will be on display together since my grad show in Denver and this time it will be in my hometown.
I realize this is months away, but be sure to check it out.

thanks to angela & western,
you've been my support.

☾ ☾ ☾

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Haley Morris Cafiero

I work a lot with the concept of self portraits and insecurities but I feel like this work tackles a topic that I do not tap into and I appreciate her for that. I will say that some of my work might be considered beautifying the body which in a way is my intention but the content is still all natural, un-manipulated, and real. The process that I use may change the way someone perceives my statement, but in the end, I am showing me and how I see myself. Haley, however, is showing how people perceive her.

I would like to hear other people's thoughts on this work by Haley Morris Cafiero.