Lotus House Benefit Auction@Margulies Art Warehouse

I’m so so glad my piece could benefit Lotus House Women’s Shelter in Miami. Luckily, it sold last week at the Margulies Art Warehouse benefit auction.

The auction will be held at the amazing Margulies Art Warehouse, which is my favorite stop in Miami.

Fine Art Printer, Worked for Avedon: A Small Light Room

Always on the look out for photo printers, I recently came across an excellent one. Although Pascal Prince’s A Small Light Room, 41 Union Square, has focused on fashion (he printed for Avedon in the ’90’s), he’s been starting to work with fine art photographers, and would like to do more. He offers a free 20×24″ print to show how he works. What I like are his “Apple P” or straight output prints: a 40×50″ goes for $120, which sounds pretty good to me. He also does excellent custom work, and has a great daylight balanced neutral gray painted room which is perfect for color correction.

Recommended Exhibitions: Lucy Puls and Jonathon Keats in SF

I met both Lucy Puls and Jonathon Keats at Yaddo last year, both are having exhibitions in San Francisco, both running nearly concurrently. Besides that, there is little else in common.

Lucy Puls
Electric Works
130 8th Street San Francisco
Through November 26

Lucy Puls “In Repossessed: Brief Madness,” takes discarded photographs and objects from foreclosed houses and else where and makes collages; some objects–disposals, chandeliers, door locks–lovingly lovingly remade by hand from paper. The result are unique, dream-like objects that are simultaneously from the world and not of it.

Jonathon Keats
685 Market St., Suite 290
San Francisco, CA 94105
October 21-November

Jonathon Keats’ work is scientifically oriented with a conceptual bent. If I have this correct, there is Martian mineral water (infused with bits of Martian meteorite), cacti in asteroid soil and potatoes in the various mineral waters–are they alien?–and paintings based on signals picked up by the Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico.

If you are in the Bay area, drop by them both.

Benefit Auction: Lotus House/Margulies Art Warehouse

Heart Happening, benefiting the Lotus House Women’s Shelter
Friday, October 22, 2010, at the Margulies Art Warehouse

Oh, this is an excellent benefit for an excellent cause. I’m so grateful to be asked to include a photograph (the above). If you are in Miami, or wish to contribute, please visit their site.

The auction will be held at the amazing Margulies Art Warehouse, which is my favorite stop in Miami.

“For the sixth year in a row, the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation and Sundari Foundation have co-sponsored an extraordinary art event – this year called Heart Happening- at the Margulies Art Warehouse in Miami, with all proceeds benefiting the Lotus House serving women and children in need. The 2009 Hope Blossoms – Art Happening hosted last year included over 40 artists, musicians, dancers, and performance artists from New York to LA, as well as an amazing art auction of over 100 works, and was a resounding success attended by more than 800 participants, receiving both critical acclaim and unprecedented media attention focused on the special needs of homeless women and children and the unique ways in which Lotus House addresses those needs.”

Ben Lifson: Online Photography Teacher

Ben Lifson, who was a teacher of mine for a semester at the Yale University MFA Photography program while Tod Papageorge was on sabbatical, has a curious offering: teaching photography online (using IM, to be specific). Yes, I wondered, “How the hell is the possible?” too. But not only does he lay out a specific mini curriculum where you produce work every few months for review, but he has a some powerful credential to boot: Carl Socolow. A self-taught commercial photographer engaged Mr. Lifson, and he won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006!

Interesting Photo Project: Bloggers by Gabriela Herman

Gabriela Herman’s portraits of bloggers, with their faces glowing in the beautiful glow of their computer screens, are chilling and interesting. They portent, for me, what I’ll call “Home Photography”, which like “Street Photography” of the Sixties and Seventies (Garry Winogrand, et al), show us the how we live today and how we spend our time. Unlike decades past, street life is minimal now; most time is spent indoors, and this type of photography is a rich mine of material. Thanks to Andy Adams Flak Photo’s posting.