Sunday, July 25, 2010

CampOUT and a new photo

In a few hours, I'll be making my way to The Farm School in Athol, MA, the place where I was first introduced to the world of farming.  This coming week is CampOUT, a farm camp experience for kids from queer families, and I'm returning to be a counselor, something I've done almost every summer for the past 8 years.  The entire experience is incredible, from the farming to the discussions about what it's like to be from a GLBT family.  As a queer person who also has queer moms, I fit right in and find the entire experience inspiring, exciting, and rewarding. 

Before I go, I'll post a new photo from my farming series, Open View.  I have a stack of negatives yet to scan, so more are coming soon.

Violet, 2010, from Open View

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Long forgotten photos

Last night, I was going through some scans of old color work on my computer.  This work was made during the required color class at Massart, and I had long since dismissed it as not being good, or more accurately, as "not holding my attention."  I recently returned to the world of color photography and am finding it absolutely amazing.  I was surprised to look back at some of these older photographs and like them now, after not really being that into them when I actually made them, or at least not being into them enough to keep shooting in color after my required class came to an end.  So I thought I'd post a few:


 Bobby

 Randy

Shanna

Shane

Mary Beth

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Update and new show announcement

Hey folks!  I've been away from the blog a little bit recently because I've been making a lot of new work at the farm for my project Open View (which is now on my website, although in its very beginning stages).  Last weekend, I spent three days there and made a whole new batch of portraits and am anxiously awaiting my film's return from the lab.  More photos from that series will be posted here soon!

I'm also thrilled to announce a group show that I'll be a part of this fall at the McIninch Art Gallery at the Southern New Hampshire University in Machester, NH.  The exhibition, titled Some Notes on the Eternally Conflicting Demands of Humanity (Not 'Femininity!') on Art, is being organized in conjunction with academic programming.  It is exciting to me to have my work used as a starting point for a dialogue around meaningful issues, and hopefully as a way for viewers to understand and humanize all of the complicated issues surrounding gender and gender identity.

I will be exhibiting 7 images from The (Trans)Gender Series alongside work by Caleb Cole and Triiibe, artists who I greatly admire.  It is truly a privilege and an honor to be in a show with these folks and I can't wait to see our work together in one space.

I'll be sure to repost the information at a closer date, but show details are below:

Some Notes on the Eternally Conflicting Demands of Humanity (Not 'Femininity!') on Art

A group show featuring work by Jess T. Dugan, Caleb Cole, and Triiibe.
McIninch Art Gallery
Southern New Hampshire University
Manchester, NH
September 20 - October 23, 2010
Opening Reception:  Wednesday, September 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Nikki, Asheville, North Carolina, 2006


The Pink Kitchen, 2008


Abstinence Eve


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Aline Smithson's 4th of July Exhibition

I am honored to have an image on Aline Smithson's blog Lenscratch as part of her First Annual 4th of July Exhibition.  It is always fascinating to see what comes to mind when folks are asked to think of or portray something "American."  This is a great group of photographs and definitely worth a look.

Thanks Aline!

Taylor on the Steps, 2006
Goldsboro, North Carolina