Day 5: Portals (and a boy) ......... from the Archive, for the Future!

 

Someone remarked to me in a recent studio visit that I was making portals. I think this is very true. I am drawn to entrances and exits, inner walls and outer walls and paths through, inside, and around structures. If I could create a piece that actually feels a little like teleportation (for better or for worse) I would be tickled indeed...

 
 

Image 1: Another Sunday wandering around a construction site in Dallas, TX

 
 

Image 2: An old housing structure in New Mexico, 2002.

 

On a whim, and because it fits the theme of portals in a slightly different way, I have included an additional print for this last day of the sale. It is rare for me to take photos of people, but this one was too fun to pass up.....

 
 

Image 3 : In New Mexico, also 2002, this little boy and I played a bit of peekaboo with the half-wall surrounding this church.

I hope you have enjoyed this dip into my archive. Today concludes the 5-day mini fundraiser.
Thank you for letting me share these with you. 
Many, but not all, of the prints from the past 4 days have been purchased, if there is a print from previous days you are interested in, please ask. Purchase information below.

All my best,
Avye


PS- if you are curious how my travels go, I will be posting images to my instagram account http://instagram.com/avye/
and maybe even this facebook page: www.facebook.com/avyess

 

Purchasing Info
Each print is priced at $85.00.
Or $150 for a pair. 
(Yes, this is much less than I would price any piece for a gallery.) 
(Yes, this is a sale of sorts) 
I bet they'll look a lot nicer on your walls than in my storage boxes  
Each piece is archival matted and fits an 11"x14" frame.
Also, for those who care, these are the last in editions of approximately 2 - 4.  

To claim a photo, please email me. 

 

Day 4: Out of Context..... from the Archive, for the Future.

 

I sort of don't want to explain the story behind these images......

 
 
 
 

There is something about the mystery enabled by the viewfinder that I often wish to retain. Some of my newest images are so cropped, so abstracted, so close, that the details of the spaces photographed are completely erased. I think I latched onto photography so quickly because of this potential for creating mystery.

I'm calling this pairing "out of context" because I believe these image have a power or intrigue created by their lack of context. Perhaps if you really knew what the whole scene looked like, the feeling from these images would shift, would perhaps diminish, would perhaps transform into something else... more sad, more silly, more mundane.

Image 1 was made in the Hill Country of Texas, (an incredible place to hike and photograph!) in 2003. 

Image 2 was made in 1999 (wow!) in Central Florida. 

thank you again for reading and looking. Purchase info below.
Hope your Sunday weather is a beautiful as here in Buffalo,

 Avye

Purchasing Info
Each print is priced at $85.00.
Or $150 for both. 
(Yes, this is much less than I would price any piece for a gallery.) 
(Yes, this is a sale of sorts) 
I bet they'll look a lot nicer on your walls than in my storage boxes  
Each piece is archival matted and fits an 11"x14" frame.
Also, for those who care, these are the last in editions of approximately 2 - 4.  

To claim a photo, please email me. 

Day 3: CARS! ....... from the Archive, for the Future!

I'm still not even sure how I got away with it..... a tiny young woman with a camera hanging around piles of wrecked cars 20 or 30 feet high. No one seemed to notice or care. I had pulled up in the parking area, in my own lovely hand-me-down boat of a car, a maroon 1984 Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, which was almost as old as I was. Both these images were taken that day, the Florida sun beating down as I weaved in and among the piles of rusty scratched and smashed metal. Like construction sites, I still take mental notes of impound lots I pass on highways. Maybe for fun I'll hit one up again. Maybe these are strange ways to pass the time. Maybe if I make it through the gates, no one will notice yet again... crossing fingers.

Well, that's Day 3. Was the rusted metal as bizarrely thrilling for you as it was for me?
Purchasing info below

 thanks for reading,
 Avye

Purchasing Info
Each print is priced at $85.00.
Or $150 for both. 
(Yes, this is much less than I would price any piece for a gallery.) 
(Yes, this is a sale of sorts) 
I bet they'll look a lot nicer on your walls than in my storage boxes  
Each piece is archival matted and fits an 11"x14" frame.
Also, for those who care, these are the last in editions of approximately 2 - 4.  

To claim a photo, please email me.  :) 

 

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Day 2: Uncanny Spaces

Day 2: Uncanny Spaces ...... From the Archive, For the Future!

Image 1:
This is probably the oldest image from these selections that you will see. I can barely remember the location, or why I was there, but in summer 2001 I wandered around an empty parking lot in Central Florida (I think it might have been in on the "Old Tampa Highway near Intersession City- why on earth was I in Intersession City?) Maybe I stopped because of the container I saw in the lot. I didn't photograph the whole structure, but I remember it to be a kind of shipping container, like those that people now turn into homes. Vines were growing on and around it and the rust formed these mysterious openings that suggested one might be able to peek inside. 

Image 2:
On a long weekend in Dallas in October of 2001 some classmates and I decided to take a trip to Austin. I think about 9 or 10 of us  crammed into 2 cars for the 4 hour trip.  Though it looks like a warehouse space his image was actually taken in a coffee shop which looked rather designer chic everywhere else. I walked up the stairs to a lofted sitting area and there on my right was this strange opening in the wall. In an extra room that looked like it  fell from another time and space was this couch with random materials around it. If you look closely you can see theres writing on the paper on the right that says "stage closed." 

 

Hope you enjoyed Day 2's Uncanny Spaces. 
Purchasing info below

 thanks for reading,
 Avye

 

Purchasing Info
Each print is priced at $85.00.
Or $150 for both. 
(Yes, this is much less than I would price any piece for a gallery.) 
(Yes, this is a sale of sorts) 
I bet they'll look a lot nicer on your walls than in my storage boxes  
Each piece is archival matted and fits an 11"x14" frame.
Also, for those who care, these are the last in editions of approximately 2 - 4.  

To claim a photo, please email me.  first come, first served. :) 

Day One. Some Circles

 

Lets begin with some circles. 
Some might say they are the most perfect shape, of all shapes. 

 
 
 

Image 1:
You know what Sundays are best for? Wandering around construction sites with a camera. This is what I would do for fun in my last year of my BFA degree in Dallas Texas. (I studied theatre and photography, for those who didn't already know. :) A number of the images you will see in these next days are from construction sites, I still love the look of concrete and rebar, and rubberneck each time I pass a new site off the freeway, wondering if I should turn around to check it out. 

Image 2:
It's entirely possible that this image was taken on Sunday as well. But film cameras don't produce exif data like digital now does, so I can't tell you for sure. And, no, my contact sheets aren't that well labeled. I actually remember working on this print in the darkroom because I probably went through 25 sheets of fiber paper trying to 'burn' in the sky just right.
Anyhow, this photograph was taken in 2002, in the southwest, somewhere outside of Taos, New Mexico. I was lucky enough to take summer school classes at Fort Burgwin, which was acquired by SMU for primarily biology, archeology, and art courses.This structure was on a roadside, and I remember that it was actually not from some class trip. That day I borrowed my friend's Jeep to take off exploring alone.

Hope you enjoyed Day 1. Four more to go. 
Purchasing info below.

 thanks for reading,
 Avye

Introduction.... From the Archive, for the Future: two photos a day, for 5 days

Dear Friends and visitors,

    I have an exciting autumn ahead of me, and I want to tell you all about it! Also, in connection to these fall plans, tomorrow I am launching a short 5-day email/facebook/blog campaign. So… below is my explanation of both….. please read on. If you would like to subscribe to my email newsletter about it, please just shoot me an email! 

The 5 day endeavor: "From the Archive.... For the Future"
       In short, I am launching a mini print sale (the prints aren't mini but the sale is!) to help me fund an unexpected opportunity this November in Greece. I'll be selling ten photographs from my archive of hand-printed gelatin silver prints. Each day, I will feature two photographs available for purchase. These prints are among my favorites from when I was younger and printed only in the darkroom. Images range from my time in Texas, Florida, and the Southwest, when I photographed construction sites, car impound lots, roadside stone houses, adobe churches, and more. You can see in these early prints my emerging interest in landscapes of past and future construction. In editions of two or four, these archival quality prints are signed, matted, and will arrive via USPS (or, if you're local in Buffalo, hand delivered with a smile!) ready to place into a 11x14" frame.  

Sifnos, Greece. 2007

Why now? What's the purpose?
       By coincidence, I will be in Europe at the opening of the 2015-17 Athens Biennial.  The Biennial was announced unfortunately after my return ticket to the US was already booked, and I am looking for help to fund an extension of my trip in order to attend the opening weekend and international symposium. This is an opportunity for me to connect with artists and art activists in Greece, (the country of my birth) in November. Rather than launching a complicated and possibly annoying Kickstarter campaign, I’m sending you these photos from my archive. If you see an image you like, I simply hope you'll buy a print! 

Why am I going to Europe anyway?
 
      I'm elated to say that I was chosen to participate in a project at The Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. As some of you may know, my artwork has become ever more immersed with the subject of the house, the experience of inhabitation, and the broader themes of housing and the city. The Wohnungsfrage Academy, in which I will be participating, is a one week intensive, interdisciplinary academy bringing together artists, architects, economists, and urban planners. The goal of this session is to look at the Housing Question multilaterally, to investigate "the relationship between architecture, housing and social reality" and "to stimulate the discourse on social, affordable and self-determined housing." In addition to the Wohnungsfrage exhibition, which features work from prominent artists and cultural activists, there will be seminars, discussions, workshops and site visits to locations throughout Berlin. If you can’t tell, I am kind of excited.

Wait, what about Greece?
       After the Academy, I will spend a little time in Berlin investigating art opportunities there, (something that I have wanted to do for years.) After that, I will visit my family in Greece, (something I wish I could do every year, if I could afford it.) The irony connecting these two destinations is present and it is heavy. In fact, the week I received the email from Berlin, the heated meetings between these countries was front page news, and the OXI vote was looming. Witnessing all of this from afar, I felt so disconnected from the intense and uncertain state of my home country. I felt uncomfortable being excited about my opportunity in Germany when I imagined what Greece might be like when next I returned. Sitting in a woodshop in the wilds of Maine, I re-read my acceptance letter and thought "what on earth will it be like to experience Berlin and to then go back to Athens?"

       The title of this next Athens Biennial, "ΟΜΟΝΙΑ", not only translates to "concord" (agreement or harmony between people or groups) but is also the name of "Omonia Square," a major center in the city of Athens. The biennial this year will undoubtedly be intense for artists and art activists convening in Greece from all over Europe, especially as images of people fleeing homelands turned into warzones flood global media. Sitting at my computer back in Buffalo, the scale of desperation of world conditions and my small spot on this planet has left me feeling dislocated and out of place. It has been a strange summer to contemplate place and home, housing and homeland, to say the least. I need to join in this gathering—and to be there.

       So now you have the context behind this sale, my feelings, and my near future goals. You’ll see the first photographs in your inbox, or here on Facebook, tomorrow around lunchtime. Feel free to forward or share. 

Thank you for reading. I am grateful your support.

Warmly,
        Avye

 
 

Purchasing Info.....

Purchasing Info
Each print is priced at $85.00.
Or $150 for both. 
(Yes, this is much less than I would price any piece for a gallery.) 
(Yes, this is a sale of sorts) 
I bet they'll look a lot nicer on your walls than in my storage boxes  
Each piece is archival matted and fits an 11"x14" frame.
Also, for those who care, these are the last in editions of approximately 2 - 4.  

To claim a photo, please email me.  first come, first served. :)