Early on during the reception. Participants are looking for their portraits.
I am thrilled, honored, and humbled to receive news that my project, Economy Portraits, has received the award of “Best Art Show” of 2011 from OC Weekly.
Those of you who follow my blog took the journey through the 5 1/2 week process of creating this project that was executed at the Huntington Beach Art Center, in California, in March and April of this year. It was an intense, exhausting, and immensely rewarding experience. A partial explanation of the project is as follows:
The portraits are photographed on three different colored backgrounds, red, white, and black. The purpose is to construct an American flag on the wall. I chose to use black instead of blue as a metaphor for our dark economic times. When the portraits fill the middle of the gallery, they are replaced by newly printed images. The first ones take their place on the wall.
You can see a full account of Economy Portraits on this blog by clicking here.
Read a speech I gave to the Huntington Beach City Council in an attempt to keep the Huntington Beach Art Center open. It is in danger of closing due to budget cuts.
View a video of the process of creating Economy Portraits on youtube.
Read a review of the exhibit in the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper.
See more images of Economy Portraits by clicking here.
I’d like to thank Darlene DeAngelo, curator of the Huntington Beach Art Center, for giving me the opportunity to make Economy Portraits happen. I needed a very large space, and few places have it. Another enormous thank you goes to the powers that be at OC Weekly for giving me this award. I hope it propels Economy Portraits to be shown in other venues. Lastly, my deepest gratitude to those lovely people who opened their hearts and lives to participate in this project. You are the true stars.
A book of Economy Portraits is in progress. Completion date will be sometime in November 2011. Please contact me if you would like a copy.
I'm 17. My dad couldn't make enough money to keep my mother married to im. She left. I now live with my dad, older sister, and 3 roommates. I've had a second job for the past 6 months and have been finishing my senior year of high school. I'm still coping.