© John Mann, left; Fifteen Strange Seconds © Jon Horvath, right
I was struck recently by lovely work by photographers Jon Horvath and John Mann and the possible pathways between their work. Jon, who lives, teaches and makes pictures in Milwaukee, had new work in a recent faculty show at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. In Passages, he uses the literary work of Jack Kerouac to lead him on GPS-assisted rambles, using the highway naming system to spell out phrases as he goes. The resulting images (his literal paths) are graphic in their presentation and reminded me of political gerrymandering maps.
And I recently received John Mann's terrific book Thinner Air in the mail. The limited edition book poetically depicts the creation and flight of a small handmade airplane. The images are delicate and buoyant.
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I'm proud to have work from Camp Home included in a group show at SOIL in Seattle, through the end of October. Repercussions: Tides & Time was curated by Alex Emmons and features work by Rebecca Cummins, Amze Emmons, Mark Klett, John Mann, Leslie Mutchler, M. Alexis Pike, Shawn Records, Margaret Stratton, Filippo Tagliati, Jason Urban, Ian van Coller, Angela Franks Wells, and Byron Wolfe. The show, in several variations, will travel to Central Washington University next and then closer to home at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.
bwca © kjm
Just back from a solid week of vacation, paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a wilderness area of over 1 million acres between Minnesota and Canada. There are more lakes than you could count and 1,000 miles of canoe routes, but our group (which has been camping together in different configurations for years), only tackled 5 days worth. Which is a lot these days, considering the increasing time demands of work, family and life. It's been a busy summer, so the time away was important, and helped slow the spinning of my internal hard drive. I can't let myself forget how important these things are: paddles in the water, Fall colors, drinks around the campfire, stargazing, bad jokes with buddies, and an email-less week.
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