August is turning out to be a very busy month, with my Baby Haley photo set to appear in “Break a Leg: An Homage to the Theater” at Distinction Gallery from August 13 through September 3. This is a charity show with all proceeds going to scholarships at Palomar College, and all pieces are going to be sold auction style, with bids starting at the bargain price of a hundred bucks. Come on by the opening reception on August 12th (yep, the day before the set start date, just to make things extra fancy) and be ready to bid!
Also in August, I’ve been invited to participate in “Making Mischief: Humor in Art” at the Irvine Fine Art Center featuring the work of 7 artists who interject levity into their work as a means of drawing the viewer into more serious visual dialog. I’ll have 8 to 10 pieces on display along with a small collection of video animations playing in an adjacent projection space. It should be a really fun show, and I promise to have at least a couple of never-before-exhibited pieces on display along with several choice selections from my vast archives. The opening reception is set for August 13 from 5 to 8PM at the Fine Arts Center Gallery in Heritage Park. If you’re in or around Orange County, come on by!
One cool aspect of the show is its focus on humor and how that particular device can be used to engage people into a work of art, much in the same way that a musician can draw the listener into a catchy song, oftentimes unconscious to the fact that the song’s lyrics carry a much deeper message. Years ago I recall reading Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn writing about Bruce Springteen’s Born In The USA album and how Springsteen had successfully built an album of very deep social commentary around really, really good uptempo rock songs. That’s what I try to do with my photos—create something that is visually pleasing and whimsically reminiscent of times past to pull the viewer into the frame… then hit ’em with something they don’t expect to drive home the underlying narrative.
So count on that at both of the August shows. Hopefully, by then I’ll have come up with the punchline to the joke in the subject line.