Sunday, June 20, 2010

rex + wesley

i awoke at 3 a.m. flagstaff time, was on the road by 4 and was in flagstaff by 6.  i got to watch the sunrise in route.  smoke from the fire raging just outside of flagstaff wasn't too apparent then.  (but boy was it ever impressive by the time i left!)  i picked stephanie up and off we went to do the first installation.

she reminded me that we'd not pasted together since we did the bicas pieces in january.  our first stop was an unsanctioned hit.  i remembered our target wall being at the back of a yoga studio.  turns out the woman who owned the yoga studio sold it and it's not a residence.  i chose a piece that i thought would compliment the mural by black sheep collective that's also on the wall.  i chose "wesley barlow's last portrait."  we were super quiet at 6:30 in the morning and were gone by 6:50.  

i've got to say, the quality of a drum scan image blows my mind.  it's like looking at a photo rather than a poorly done xerox which is what i've been pasting heretofore.  wow!  i should have listened when a coworker/photographer (tony kuyper at, told me a year ago to look into drum scans.  

anyway, next steph and i went to running's building to paste rex.  that was a wake call as well in that the site i thought we were going to paste is deeply crevassed red brick.  it would have been a nightmare trying to get paste into all those mortar crevasses.    we ended up choosing a site around the back of the building.  the brick there wasn't as deeply fissured but it was such a porous material that it literally drank the paste.  and then the wind kicked up.  oh my friend, the wind.

so, a year ago when i did the show at the santa fe center for contemporary art, i learned how to piece several panels together to make one big photo.  i also experimented with coloring the background of the image which i brought to the reservation after that show.  i can honestly say that if it weren't for the upcoming show in flagstaff, i probably wouldn't have experimented with drum scanning.  so, once again - although the project is reservation based, it's the gallery experience that's helped me leap another hurdle and to arrive at a new plateau.  now i think i see how jr gets the resolution he does at such large sizes.  once again, i'm excited to get back out on the rez with this new tool in the arsenal.

to growth... 


Anonymous martha said...

too cool. what's a drum scan?

June 20, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger chip thomas said...

with my little nikon coolscan v which is a dedicated negative scanner, i can scan a b+w negative at 4000 pixels per inch and generate a 44 megabyte tiff file. a drum scanner generates a 350 megabyte tiff file from the same negative. it's not anything i can do at home. i have to send the negatives away. however, the drum scan results in a file with 8 times more information than i've been working with which is immediately apparent in the images i pasted today. i'm in love with photography again...

June 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Erin Wilson said...

These are fantastic. It's killing me that it's all happening so far away...

And I really love to read these words "i'm in love with photography again...'. Now, how excellent is that?!

June 21, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

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