Thursday, December 25, 2008

Upcoming Shows in Early 2009

I'm happy to announce that my work will appear in four shows in the first quarter of 2009.

Opening first is THE VIEW FROM HERE at Springstep Art Gallery January 15 - April 13, 2009. Medford, MA. As mentioned, this is the first time that photos from my AMERICAN FAMILIES project is being exhibited. The opening reception will be on Thursday, January 15th from 6-8pm.

PHOTO 2009 Black And White Classic at the Brush Art Gallery in Lowell, MA. January 18 - March 15, 2009. This is a show juried by Howard Yezerski, the owner of the prestigious, eponymous gallery that recently moved to Boston's South End. This the first time that my Holga image SHARED FENCE is selected for a juried show. CHAIR IN GHOST TOWN, UTAH was also selected into this show. The opening reception is scheduled for January 31, 2009.

My painting AMERICAN ICONS I: 492 DAYS was selected by Franklin Hill Perrell, the Chief Curator of the Nassau County Museum of Art in Long Island. The show is ABSTRACT NOW: 2009 OPEN COMPETITION at the Nassau Community College's Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery in Garden City, NY. There were over 300 entries from all over the US and Europe, and I got lucky. The show is on from January 20 - March 26, 2009. The opening reception is on Saturday, January 31, from 1-3pm.

Finally, I have a solo exhibit at the Watertown Free Library. I will be showing images from my COWBOYS & RODEOS and PURPLE MOUNTAIN MAJESTIES series. The opening reception and the duration of the show is to be determined.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Springstep to Exhibit AMERICAN FAMILIES

In a group show opening on January 15th (reception from 6-8pm) at Springstep's art gallery, I will be exhibiting photographs from my AMERICAN FAMILIES series for the first time in public.

BLUE at the Cambridge Art Association

I'm happy to announce that my Paniolo 1 was selected by Jen Mergel from the ICA Boston to be included in the show BLUE, hosted at the Cambridge Art Association's Kathryn Schultz Gallery at 25 Lowell Street in Cambridge. The show will be up until January 13th.

Here's the full list of participants selected for the show:

Kathryn Schultz Gallery

Jonathan Bechard
Patricia Berube • First Prize
Katharina Chapuis
Andrew Child
Rob Diebboll
Joerg Dressler
Catherine Evans
David Fallon
Helga Felleisen
Suzanne Gainer
Wendy Gedanken
Dena Haden
Ann Forbush Kathy Lobo
Kelly Kerrigan
Julie L'Heureux
David Lang
Rebecca Litt
Madeleine Lord
Nella Lush
Susan Metzger
Steve Miller
Gwen Murphy
Linda Niemann
Suzanne Papin
Gina Picariello
Hugo Porcaro
Sarah Putnam
Beverly Rippel
Andrea Rosenthal
Sarah Rossi
Brenda Steinberg
Lorraine Sullivan
Zsuzsanna Szegedi
Frank Tadley
Lisa Tang Liu
Constantia Thibaut
Dianna Vosburg
William Wexler
Marcia Widenor • Director's Prize
Yefim Zhelezov

University Place Gallery

Rick Berry
Richard Bertman
Scott Bradner
Susan Bregman
Janet Campbell
Alvin Case
Karen Davis
Susan Denniston
May DeViney • Juror's Choice
Kristina Bell Ditullo
John Doyle
Steven Duede
Thomas Durand • Juror's Choice
David Elmes
Merritt Kraft Fletcher
Christian Flynn
Ed Friedman
Jeff Grassie
Don Gurewitz
Ross Harris
Bob Hesse
Becky Holt
Will Holub • Best of Show
Cheryl Jaffe
J.B. Jones
Jurgen Kedesdy
Mary Kostman
Judy Laliberte
Yuri Lipnesh
Sydell Masterman
Anne McNevin
Stephanie Mitchell
Carolyn Newberger
Richard Perkins
Hope Ricciardi
Judith Robinson-Cox
Gloria Ross
David Rossiter
Lia Rothstein
Joan Ryan • Second Prize
Margaret Soltysik-Espanola
Valerie Spain
Amelia Stafford Todd
Ernest Stonebraker
Ted Todd
Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda
Christine Vielmetti Daniloff
Lisa Winant
Pamela Winters
Carol Wontkowski
John Wood
Gregory Wright
Michael Wright
Philip Young
James Zall

Friday, May 09, 2008

Current and Upcoming

Just a few updates about a couple of shows I'm in or will be in...

The Pen and Brush juried black and white photography show in NYC

, juried by Roy DeCarava.
The Chair, Utah was chosen by DeCarava for the show. Roy DeCarava is a master black and white photographer and a good friend of poet Langston Hughes, with whom he jointly published a book The Sweet Flypaper of Life, chronicling the lives of Harlem residents. This show is located at the Pen and Brush Gallery, 16 East 10th Street in New York City. It'll be up from May 1-25, and the reception is tomorrow May 10th, at 4-6pm. Too bad I'll miss it. My first show in NYC!!!

The Northeast Prize Show, Cambridge, MA.

I just heard the news that my oil painting American Icons I: 492 Days was selected by Nicholas Baume, Chief Curator of the ICA Boston, to be included into the Cambridge Art Association's Northeast Prize show. I was so happy I cried. This show will be up from May 14-June 25, and the reception is on Friday, May 30, from 6-8pm.

Moved into our new place

Ken and I moved two weekends ago, and I haven't had the time to blog. But I'm back!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

New Show -- Cambridge Art Association: "Interiors/Exteriors"

The Cambridge Art Association is hosting a new juried show at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery from April 4 through April 29: "Interiors/Exteriors." The juror is James Hull.

And I got in!

Below is a list of exhibiting artists:

Chuck Beisch
Brother Eugene De Lauro
Tom Diaz • Juror's Choice
Catherine Evans
Wally Gilbert
Becky Haletky • Juror's Choice
Fay Hannon
Sirarpi Heghinian Walzer
Bob Hesse • Juror's Choice
Janet Hobbs
Mary Kostman
Simon Lejeune
Bonnie Lerner
Chippa Martin
Trish O'Day
Dana Pearson
Lina LeNeve Pomeroy Tans
Judith Prager
Sheila Rice
Judy Robinson-Cox
Ruth Rosner
Janet Smith
Ernest Stonebraker
Lorraine Sullivan
Zsuzsanna Szegedi • Juror's Choice
Lisa Tang Liu
Adrian Tans
Brenda Van der Beek
Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda
Karen Weinhaus
Susan Wheelock
Pam Winters
Etta Wolpert
John Wood
James Zall

Monday, March 31, 2008

Stephen Wilkes at The Griffin Museum of Photography

I am now officially a proud member of the board of directors of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester.

The above image was taken off the Griffin Museum's homepage just moments ago. They just finished their exhibition of Stephen Wilkes' hauntingly beautiful photographs of Ellis Island (second from left above). I thought about blogging this in my new blog, The Aht Blog (visual art found around Boston), but decided against it because I saw it on its last day.

(January 24 - March 30). The images were created in the dilapidated hospital wing of Ellis Island where few people could access. This was a place where the sick were quarantined, and sadly, many died here, after traveling all the way across the ocean with hopes of a new life in the New World.

Images © Stephen Wilkes

According to Wikipedia, Ellis Island's facility operated from January 1, 1892 to November 12, 1954, which means that it would have been impossible that Chinese immigrants came through here. The Chinese Exclusion Act was in effect from 1882 and was not entirely abolished until 1965 under Lyndon B. Johnson. So, factually speaking, there was no Chinese American heritage associated with Ellis Island. But it doesn't matter. All the same, it is powerfully symbolic as a place for immigrants, me included.

If you've seen my fine art photography work, you'll know that I'm a sucker for decrepit places and objects. I was nearly moved to tears as I toured around the Griffin's main gallery, admiring Stephen Wilkes' work. The large scale of the two pieces pictured was close to life size. They made you feel like you were really there, making the sadness of the hospital almost palpable, as if the spirit of the dead immigrants are there, teleported into the gallery in Winchester.

Monday, March 24, 2008

My Holga Silver Gelatin Prints on Display

Tom Yum Koong in Medford (see previous blog entry) has installed 8 pieces of my silver gelatin black and white prints in their restaurant space. These images were created with my Holga camera and developed in the darkroom.

Visit Tom Yum Koong to see my work! 11-13 Forest Street, Medford, MA 02155.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

13FOREST Gallery's New Arlington Space

Visit Marc Gurton's new space for 13FOREST Gallery in Arlington! It's at 167A Mass Ave, right near Flora Restaurant and the Capitol Theatre. I have a few pieces in there too!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pigmentia Website Has a New Look

I've decided to rebuild Pigmentia Photography's website using RapidWeaver on the Mac. This application may actually cause me to make the switch.

Check it out at

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Joel and Maya's Plant

I photographed this plant a while back. We were plant-sitting for Joel and Maya and had forgotten to water the plant for a few days... We watered it and it was rehydrated within a few hours.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Hot Asian Bitch Stereotype

Once in a while, I like a good action flick. "Live Free Or Die Hard" lives up to its predecessors in its thrilling plot and special effects. However, one thing really put a damper on it. I was really annoyed by the stereotypical hot Asian female villain played by Maggie Q. Normally, I would be slightly miffed, but in this case, John McClane (Bruce Willis) actually calls her a "hot Asian bitch." This really made me mad. Today, I don't think Hollywood will ever have a line in a movie calling a woman a "hot black bitch" or a "hot Hispanic bitch." But they somehow can get away with calling someone a "hot Asian bitch." Is it because Asians let them? We're easy to pick on? Then I began to get mad at Maggie Q and other actresses (including Lucy Liu) who have taken on similar roles in the past.

There is a very negative stereotype of Asian women propagated by Hollywood, and what makes me uncomfortable is that I'm not sure if many Asian American women recognize just how negative this stereotype is. While there are "hot" Asian female roles out there, they are rarely ever the heroine--frequently mere objects or seductresses. Asian American women should not be flattered by the "hot" part of the image and really think about the implication of the entire pigeonhole that Hollywood created for us.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dead Raccoon

I found a dead raccoon in our backyard this morning. Rabies? Poison? I haven't figured out what to do with it yet. I called the local health department and am waiting for a call back...

Latest updates. Well, the health department can't do anything about it because it's on private property. I may have to summon up the courage to take a shovel and put the body into a double-layered bag later...

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Martha Rules

Every time Ken and I go on a road trip, I try to check out an audio book from the local public library so we can keep ourselves entertained while driving.

I love Martha Stewart. I bought a copy of The Martha Rules, her business advice book when it first came out, but I never had a chance to read it. So, I jumped at the chance to check out the audio version, read by Martha herself, when I saw it on the shelf. Ken was not interested in listening to it, but I ended up downloading it onto my iPod and listening to the whole thing over several sessions of cooking and doing dishes.

Martha Stewart is just an amazing person. She was a fashion model in her teens (she's still very beautiful). Eventually, she became a stock broker, then a real estate agent, a celebrity caterer, and now a multi-media mogul.

She wrote this book shortly after she came out of prison, and it was candid, heartfelt, and full of very useful, practical advice. I wished I had read (or listened to) this book before I started my own business (of course that was before she had written it). Martha never tried to justify the reason why she went to prison, but in my humble opinion, she was wrongly punished. There are economists (like the late Milton Friedman) who believe that there is nothing wrong with making a stock trade based on "insider" knowledge about a company. But never mind that. The book was not about any of this. Martha shares with us her guiding principles in running a business and gave many interesting anecdotal examples from her own life as well as business owners across a wide range of industries, from celebrity hair stylist Eva Scrivo to Microsoft's Bill Gates.

Martha seems to be a tough but fair boss who nurtures her employees. Her book was sprinkled generously and affectionately with names of former protegées who became independent business owners themselves.