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June 12, 2018

Feedback – Artist talk at Fabrik Projects

Filed under: Art, Books, Middle Ground, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:10 pm

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Douglas Stockdale, Artist talk, Fabrik Projects, photos by Kasey Taylor

Having an opportunity to having an open discussion with those interested in your work is a great chance to create a dialog as well as get some really honest feedback from your work. Really honest. Yes, there was what one person called afterwards a little bit of a “heated discussion” between a couple of individuals who had different takes on this project.

For my part, talking about myself and my project is not the easiest thing to do, makes me a bit nervous, so I did not think that I provided the most eloquent presentation, but almost everyone else thought that my talk and subsequent discussion was very informative. Perhaps this event for me was similar to participating in a portfolio review, except it was live, on-stage and with a whole lot of people involved, all providing input at the same time while I did not have a chance to write notes. A bit intense.

So some take aways:

First and foremost, when asked what others thought that this project was about before I told them about my concept, they almost all agreed; an urban landscape that was mysterious and since they could not figure out the place, ambiguous, and in the consistent way it was presented, very intriguing. They were all really curious and wanted to know more. Which was totally in line with my initial framing and idea for this project. So that was pretty cool!!

Regretfully what no one was talking about was if this body of work could be considered a political parody of the Trumpian Mexico border wall. Or if it could be a metaphor for injustice or political/social/cultural issues rising out of blocking and stopping segregation or other types of impediments. I think that this point underlies one of the issues of conceptual art, sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. Especially if the concept is abstract enough and the underlying idea is not presented in a way to visually connect the message with the images, which I understood was one of the concerns with my project; it does not shout-out a strong political protest narrative.

Nevertheless, having my underlying concept did help me in how I created this body of work and I believe helped to inform me on the artist book design and layout. I also appreciate that this concept helped me create an intriguing and mysterious body of work.

So some other things that came to light; here in California the concrete structures that are the base of these barriers are called K-rails, while apparently everyone else in America call these structures Jersey Walls or Jersey Barriers. Interesting.

Many of the beautiful blooming plants that I photographed, such as the one on the cover of my artist book, are Oleander, which is actually a very poisonous plant. The physical barrier is actual multi-faceted and more complex than I had realized, thus creating another dimension to my project that I was unaware of. Perhaps another reason for this project appearing mysterious and having another darker dimension and undercurrent as to what appears as beautiful.

All in all, it was a really wonderful opportunity for some interesting feedback on my project, which I appreciated very much. Oh, and if you are now more interested in my artist book, editions are available from Fabrik Projects, Arcana book store (Culver City) or from me.

Cheers!

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May 29, 2018

Artist talk June 2nd at Fabrik Projects

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Middle Ground exhibition, photograph by Don Webb II

One of the requests that apparently reoccurred during my opening reception is for an artist talk about this exhibition and artist project. The artist talk is now scheduled to coincide with the exhibition closing reception at 4pm on Saturday, June 2nd (2018) at the Fabrik Projects gallery.

To talk about myself and my art projects is not always the easiest thing for me to do. To write about it as I have on this blog is okay, perhaps something I am more comfortable with in that I have an opportunity to develop what I write and the edit before I commit to publishing it. Even then when I have some second thoughts, I can come back and edit what I wrote. I am also very comfortable teaching a workshop about a subject that I am very familiar with, such as my book development class with LACP. Talking about myself and my art projects, perhaps not so much.

What does help if I start taking some notes to outline what I want to convey, then leaving plenty of time for questions and answers. I am going to try to cover the basics about this artist project: what, where, when, how and maybe the most critical; why. I also suspect that this will be a walking talk, not a formal group sit-down, which will help me a little bit more in that it’s a bit easier for me if I can walk and talk about the exhibition.

The photograph above is the exhibition space that I had envisioned for this project in how the photographs (barriers) would ring around the room and thus surround the viewer. One of the many exhibition trade-offs; larger prints but then less images in this space. It will be interesting to get some more feedback during my talk as I already plan to defer to some open ended questions for the group.

Location: Fabrik Projects; 2636 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles (near Culver City)

Artist talk & reception: Saturday, June 2nd,  4 -7pm

Cheers & hope to see you there!

 

May 23, 2018

LACP exhibition opening Friday, May 25, 2018

Filed under: Art, Books, Middle Ground, Photobook, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:59 pm

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America, Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I was pretty excited that two of my photographs from my Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra project were selected by Scott B. Davis for the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) annual Fine Art Exhibition. The two photographs are America, above and the photograph San Diego Port of Entry, below.

The theme for this year is Expanding Boundaries. Although my project has as it’s primary subject a series of barriers, a form of physical boundary, the series also documents how these barriers are deteriorating and include passage ways that allow access. Thus providing an element of hope to individuals in order they might contemplate that they can overcome any barrier that they might encounter in life.

The exhibition opening is this Friday, May 25th, 2018 at the LACP facility in Los Angeles from 7pm – 10pm. LACP is located at 1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

The LACP exhibition will is available for viewing from May 25th thru June 22nd.

I am equally excited that this exhibition of Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra is overlapping the full exhibition of this body of work at Fabrik Projects. Another two-fer for this body project! As a reminder, my artist book of this body of work is available from me or from Fabrik Projects as well.

San Diego Point of Entry

May 17, 2018

Middle Ground – Trial Proofs now available

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Marker #34, Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra T/P (1/1) 16 x 20″/17 x 22″ 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I currently have 22 unique prints now available for sale at my gallery, Fabrik Projects, in Los Angeles. While working on the final Edition for the Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra project I printed a series of these photographs on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, a heavy 308gms weight 100% cotton archival paper at 16 x 20″ (on 17 x 22″ paper) to visually test this project. The Photo Rag has a matte finish in which the colors have a subtle rich appearance and on this archival paper and look really, really nice.

When I printed the 40 x 50″ image on a semi-gloss paper, I found that there were some subtle changes in the appearance that warranted further investigation for this project. As a result of a long series of paper testing, I have decided to print the entire Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra edition on a glossy paper, selecting the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl, also a 100% cotton archival medium that is an equally heavy 320gms weight. To complete this evaluation required me to change my Epson printer from the matte black to the photo-black pigment ink required for glossy papers. And I do not plan to go back to the matte black at any time soon.

As a result, all of the earlier test prints on the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag are now consider Trial Proofs (T/P), not Artist Proofs, due to the switch in cotton medium for the final edition.

Thus this creates an opportunity for you to acquire some very unique and beautifully printed T/P prints that are in an edition of One (1/1). The photograph above as well as below are a partial listing of the prints that are available for only for a limited time, because when that print is sold, it’s gone!

If you are intrigued and would like to know more please contact Fabrik Projects for more information: (p) (310) 730-6074 or email: gallery@fabrikprojects.com.

Nevertheless, if you would like to obtain a limited edition print (sizes available are 16 x 20″, 24 x 30″, 30 x 40″ and 40 x 50″), Kasey and the gallery team would love the opportunity to discuss these options as well. just saying…

Cheers!

Doug

San Diego Point of Entry

San Diego Port of Entry

Coastal Point of Entry

Coast Point of Entry

Desert Edge

Desert Edge

Alternative Crossing

Alternative Crossing

Resistance

Tangled Access/Resistance

Rest Stop

Rest Stop

Camouflage

Camouflage

Access Point

Access Point

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Marker #42

Observation Post

Observation Post

May 13, 2018

Artist Reception & book launch last night

Filed under: Art, Middle Ground, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 10:07 pm

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Fabrik Projects, Culver City May 2018 Douglas Stockdale

Last night was a wonderful evening celebrating the opening of my Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra exhibition at Fabrik Projects along with my family, friends and some new acquaintances. This artist reception was shared with Marilyn Sanders who has the other side of the gallery’s walls with her exquisite photographic study of plants and flowers.

Before the reception some family and friends met at WildCraft, a nuvo-Italian restaurant located in Culver City. Very nice and recommended if you are in the area, which is part of the culinary district of Culver City. Oh yes, the garlic knots appetizer was very yummy, but required some breath mints before heading to the reception.

This was also the formal book launch for my self-published artist book, Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra, as well as the first formal announcement of a limited edition Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra book + print box set being published by Fabrik Press. The box set will feature a unique photograph that is not included in the boo in an edition of 25 plus A/P. More about the limited edition box set shortly, since the boxes coming in from the East Coast were delayed. Thus an announcement but no display sample, nevertheless it created immediate interest. In addition to the display copy of Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra, there was also a display copy of Bluewater Shore, my artist book that I self-published last year. All of these art books and limited edition box set are available from the gallery.

It was really nice to have my family attend, although I am not sure just what Ella and Zach thought of this exhibition. Also enjoyed discussions with Marc Plouffe, Bill Edwards, and Scott Mathews from the PhotoExchange, Paul and Theresa Mounce from our Medtronic days, Pete and Kim Brosnan, close friends from Valencia, and a bunch of local artists/photographers, many who are members of LACP, including Debe Arlook, Martin Cox, Sara Jane Boyers, Sarah Lee, and many others. It was a really nice event hosted by the Fabrik Projects team of Chris Davies and Kasey Taylor.

What I found extremely interesting were the questions and discussions that my sustaining pop-up exhibit created and I understand that an artist talk was requested by a bunch of those attending. So more details shortly about this event that will be scheduled in the next couple of weeks.

PS, I am still waiting for some friends to send me some images from the reception as I was very happily spending a lot of time talking with everyone. Someone remarked that this glow might also be linked to the very nice Old Fashion that I found earlier at WildCraft. Maybe ;- )

Cheers!!

May 7, 2018

Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra – Fabrik Projects opening

Filed under: Art, Middle Ground, Photobook, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 12:27 am

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Douglas Stockdale, Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra, Fabrik Projects, May 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I have to say that it is a really, really nice warm & fuzzy feeling to walk into a commercial gallery and see your name up on the wall. And my work hanging on the walls. A wonderful validation of my concept and then the subsequent execution for this project. Makes all of the months that I quietly and diligently worked on this body of work seem worth while.

The exhibition officially opened yesterday and will run through June 2nd. Since I dropped off my art work on Thursday and the exhibition was hung on Friday, I had not seen the final exhibition results yet. I had a good idea of how it should look like, but I did not have my eye-balls on it yet. So during my Saturday morning walk yesterday I decided that I just needed to drive up to L.A. and see it! One of the nice advantages of a local exhibition; just take a little time to drop in. Which I did just before the official opening in the morning, so I had some time to walk this exhibition with just Kasey Taylor, the gallery associate, and myself. Take in the full effect. Yeah, I liked it!!

While there I also had a chance to pick up a short stack of the Fabrik Projects announcements for my exhibition. Nice. And I have already started to hand them out and hopefully my grin was not obnoxious. A lot to smile about.

I have proposed a surprise ending to the exhibition to the gallery team and so far there is a lot of interest so I will see how that develops over the next few days. Stay tuned!

Cheers!!

P.S. One of the ideas that the gallery had was to exhibit the book-dummy for my Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra as a work of art of itself. Part of which is shown in the photograph above, just a section of the 21 feet that this artist book extends out to. Which is one of the reasons for this leporello book design; a mini-exhibit from the artist book. So cool that the Fabrik Projects team got that.

May 4, 2018

Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra – Trial Proof

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Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra book binding 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

After spending the morning at Dual Graphics looking at the hard proofs earlier this week, I returned with three interior sets to develop a couple of Trial Proofs (T/P) of the assembled artist book.  FYI, the T/P is a version that is made during the developmental stage but which the printing is not right yet, a term from the printmaking practice when a plate is inked and then proofed to see if the resulting image is acceptable. When the resulting image is acceptable and ready to print, this would be an Artist Proof (A/P).

This also gave me an opportunity to practice my gluing technique so that I did not totally screw up the appearance of a book. One take away; this is going to be a slow process. The second? This might also be the last leporello artist book I assemble! It’s going to really look awesome, but what a pain to get everything just right. sigh.

Why it’s an artist book, as each one is going to have some unique differences.

We also decided to exhibit in the gallery my extended book dummy, all 21 feet, as a unique work of art. Then hang underneath the book dummy a finished edition book. This should look pretty cool. The team at the gallery are doing the final print and book hanging today. I dropped off prints and books yesterday, but the walls of the gallery were still being prepped for painting from the last exhibition.

Opening tomorrow: Fabrik Projects, 2636 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles

Exhibition: May 5th – June 2nd

Artist reception: Saturday, May 12th, 6 – 8pm

Artist book is still available for purchase from me.

Looking forward to seeing the exhibition!

Cheers,

Doug

May 2, 2018

Pre-press for Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra today

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Pre-press, light table, Dual Graphics 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Things are moving at a crazy speed and seems like I am juggling chain saws.

This morning I was at Dual Graphics, the SoCal book printer that I am working with for the printing, trimming and folding of my artist book Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra. We are at the hard-proof step as part of the pre-press process and now the interior pages and covers have been on press for a short run and my evaluation.

It was apparent immediately to me that the blacks needed to be punched; too much details revealed in the shadows, thus losing some of the moodiness that I want these photographs to have. I brought with me a set of match-prints off my Epson printer and left these with the pre-press manager to provide more guidance. He did not see any issues with adjusting the printing plates and laying the ink to provide a close match.

He then headed out with these match prints to start this printing job. My book printing will not actually be run until later tonight and into the weekend, but I did not see any reason to be on-press with the printer. I spent enough time this morning with both the pre-press guy who does the shop floor color management and the printing  production manager. They get it.

We folded one of the hard proofs to verify the width of the book’s spine was appropriate and the cover appears to need no further changes; looking good!

Now I am back in the studio binding the three hard proofs, which will become Trial Proofs (T/P), in as the color is not spot on and being adjusted for the press run. Nevertheless, these T/Ps can be used as display copies at the Fabrik Projects gallery for the exhibition opening this Saturday to continue taking book orders. Btw, did I mention that my artist book is now available for pre-order??

Okay, now back into the studio to glue and bind some leporello books.

Cheers!

April 28, 2018

New Gallery Representation: Fabrik Projects

Filed under: Art, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:42 pm

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Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra (book dummy) self-published 2018 Douglas Stockdale

I have a really wonderful announcement to make; I am honored to become a represented artist of Fabrik Projects!

First, I will have to admit that I had planned to post a different article today, but with this news, I think it takes priority. So I have already quickly updated my web site (duh!) and will be making a bunch of social media noise today about this. As to transparency, this is my first gallery representation. Nice!

So this is very cool and I am joining a bunch of talented artist, including Sarah Hadley, Tami Bahat, Martin Cox, Christopher Sheils, Cia Foreman, Glen Wexler, Andy Burgess and many others.

So now I am very excited to have added to my web site:

Douglas Stockdale is represented by
Fabrik Projects (Gallery), Los Angeles
2636 S. La Cienega Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310.730.6074
Contact: gallery@fabrikprojects.com

I had planed to make another announcement about the availability of my self-published artist book now available for pre-order, so I will include this link to my pre-order posting. Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra is now planned for shipment to new homes in Germany, Hong Kong and of course here in the United States. Your pre-orders really do help me with this self-publishing event. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Reminder: my Fabrik Projects exhibition opens next Saturday, May 5th and runs through June 2nd, with the artist reception on Saturday, May 12th, 6-8pm. Hope to see you there!

Cheers!

April 23, 2018

Fabrik Projects exhibition preparations

Filed under: Art, Middle Ground, Photobook, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 2:13 am

Alternative CrossingAlternative Crossing (Middle Ground) 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

With the pending exhibition at Fabrik Project next month quickly coming up fast, there are a bunch of things that I need to do to prepare for this.

I guess it never fails; I have the web-images for the project prepared and then the gallery would like these in another format and size. Not really a big deal, but it just takes some time to open the files to resize and format, which has been completed and sent to the gallery last Friday.

Now that the final edit of the book is completed I needed to update my web site for Middle Ground, deleting images that did not make the cut and up-loading new images that did. As well as replacing a few images that required some additional tweaks. Likewise I also need to reorder the sequence of the images on the web site to provide more alignment and become more in sync with the book’s interior. I completed this small web-site task earlier today and as well as updating my on-line CV with the recent LACP Faculty group exhibition and my book talk at the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Last was printing one of my Middle Ground images at 42 x 52″, a new larger size for me. I will have to admit that this photograph looks amazing and thinking back, not sure why I did not make larger prints like this sooner. When I was doing the project review at the gallery, I had brought with me a 30 x 40″ c-print, and he thought it looked great and that going to 40 x 50″ should look fine. He was correct. So the print is at the custom framer and it should be ready in plenty of time for the May 5th opening.

So now I have most of the print and information to the gallery, I need to re-focus on finishing the leporello book. The goal is to have at least the final book proof available on May 5th if I do not have any final copies bound. As a result of the publication schedule being moved up for this exhibition opening, this precludes the chance to do a 30 day Kickstarter project. I was on the fence about doing a Kickstarter project anyhow, so maybe another book project at another time. This book production is going to be tight. sigh.

Nevertheless, it’s all good!

Cheers

 

 

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