The exhibition “NEW WORKS BY TRAVIS SHAFFER AND ALEXIS CALLENDER” will be up in the Bingham Gallery on the University of Missouri’s campus until August 28th, when there will be a closing reception. The artists will hold a panel and discussion from 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

The image above is from Travis Shaffer's body of work”O WHITE GODS” that is currently on display.

Man holding Rope, (with Flash), 2014 (from forthcoming series).

Diamonds are Forever, 2014 (from forthcoming series).

This week and next, my fellow grads Eric Norby and Charlie Thompson are hosting their MFA Thesis Exhibitions in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery on the University of Missouri’s Campus. The artists have split the gallery in half for their shows, however they have chosen a singular title: Longitudes and Latitudes. Norby’s watercolor paintings reference the picturesque, Western landscape as found in film and video since the 1950’s. By employing a free-hand grid system he abstracts the scene, creating a push and pull between the minutia of the watercolor mark and the overall image. Thompson’s paintings utilize masking tape, spray paint, found Masonite board and photography to create luscious, contemplative surfaces. The artists will each present their gallery talk this Friday, May 18th at 3:00 PM with a reception to follow at 6:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

A Fair Observer, Missouri State Fair, Sedalia MO, 2013.

This week in the Bingham gallery two of my fellow grad students, Greta Myers and Jane Jun, are hosting their respective MFA Thesis Shows. Myers’ show “Available” is about her dual obsessions of painting and the perfect male mate. Jane Jun’s show “Masquerade” uses paint on plexiglass and video projections to explore her ability to control perceptions of herself in the era of “tagging” and social media.

The artists are holding a reception on April 4th, from 5-7 PM in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery. You can see more of Greta’s work here, and more of Jane’s work here.

The editors of the contemporary photography magazine Der Greif have included my work in their first curated exhibition at the Neue Galerie in Augsburg, Germany. Titled “A Process” the exhibition is a two-month long investigation which re-contextualizes photographs through different arrangements. It questions the way photographs are currently disseminated: as an internet based digital medium, and as a haptic, printed object.

The exhibition’s website has a webcam which allows viewers to track the progress in real time. After the show there will be a printed catalog chronicling the different solutions and arrangements. 

You can learn more about the exhibition here, or by clicking on the image.

Images from my thesis exhibition: Eminent Domain. The installation consisted of my photographs, found objects, and digitally reconstructed wallpaper from homes in the Wendell-Phillips neighborhood of Kansas City, MO. More images and text from this series can be found on my website

916 8th St., 2014.

Bethanie Collins, a fellow Graduate student here at MU, is having her MFA thesis exhibition this week. Be sure to check it out if you can, and check out her website to see all her wonderful works! Reception this Friday, March 21st from 5-7 PM in Bingham Gallery!

I was interviewed for a blog post on The Missouri School of Journalism’s Photo Department Website. Have a look! Thanks to Ben Hoste for the interview and engaging questions!

Wallpaper Fragment, from Eminent Domain.

Matt Rahner, 2014.

I just received this fine exhibition catalog from LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Witness show at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (now at ICA Boston). It is small, but packed with great photographs and a wonderful essay by curator Dean Daderko. Previously, I had only seen this work online, and during a lecture Frazier gave at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. It is a pleasure to see this work in print. I am looking forward to her monograph being published by Aperture this spring.

I just finished reading Jim Goldberg’s book “Raised By Wolves”. I have known the pictures from this book for years, and thought I knew what they were about (the obvious: street kids, drugs, and homelessness). After reading the book, which contains interviews, and Jim’s commentary, the pictures and story mean so much more. This may seem obvious. But it redefines, for me, the possibility of a photography book. If you know the pictures, but have not read the book, I highly suggest reading it. Now to find a copy so I can return this one to the library.