Greekopolis

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Since 2012, I have been using digital infrared photography to investigate spaces and places with strong historical and cultural significance. Greekopolis is a new body of work that uses this format to develop new ways of looking at the world we live in. Shot in Greece between June 15 and July 15, 2015, the project proposes a series of diptychs juxtaposing images of ancient and modern ruins to generate a dialogue between—and about—contemporary and historical landscapes and economic practices.

My Paradise

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  • TITLE: My Paradise No.5
  • MEDIUM: Digital Infrared Photography
  • SIZE: 36″ X 44″
  • COMPLETION: 2012

Description

This body of work explores the conceptual use of digital infrared photography as a means to investigate new ways of looking at the world we live in. The concept behind the use of Digital Infrared Photography in photographing the landscape in Hawaii is based on the notion of photographing what the eyes cannot see, thus photographing the “Unseen Beauty of Paradise”. As an artist, I use the camera as a means to connect emotionally with the environment in order to express something personal. In My Paradise, I am expressing a deep personal connection I have when immerse in the overwhelming beauty of the landscape of Hawaii.

 

Presentification of paradise

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Presentification of Paradise No.6

  • TITLE: Presentification of Paradise
  • MEDIUM: Digital Color and Infra-Red Photography
  • SIZE: 16″ X 47″
  • COMPLETION: 2012

Description

This body of work explores the conceptual use of digital infrared photography as a means to investigate new ways of looking at the world we live in. Shot on the Big Island of Hawaii, diptychs composed of images of abandon vehicles juxtapose to stereotypical scenes of tourism or other daily realities shot in infra-red attempt to address the paradoxes of beauty, capitalism and notions of paradise.

Neighbors

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Neighbors No.3

  • TITLE: Neighbors
  • MEDIUM: Digital Photography and Imaging
  • SIZE: 12″ X 28″
  • COMPLETION: 2011

Description

In this body of work the diptych is used to create a dynamic photographic relationship between images of places that have strong stereotypical connotations in popular culture. In the case of Neighbors, I juxtaposed images of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as a means to create a photographic dialogue that plays on mediated stereotypes of beauty and nature.

Trans: a pop sex project

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Trans No.1

Trans No.1 and 2

 

  • TITLE: Trans No.1 and 2
  • MEDIUM: Digital Photography
  • COMPLETION: 2011

The “Trans” series is base on historical imagery recovered from and related to the Institute for Sexual Science founded in Berlin in 1919 by physician Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute was pillaged and destroyed by the Nazis in 1933. In both my contemporary portraits and Hirschfeld’s historical photographs, the viewer is challenged to rethink assumptions about gender dimorphism. Yet while the contemporary imagery highlights, intimacy, sexual display, performance, and self-exploration, Hirschfeld historical imagery was attempting to create scientific distance and provide evidence for his theory of distinct sexual types.  I believe that the conversation produced out of the contrast between these two views presented as diptychs can provoke fruitful discussion and insights into both the historical and the present-day understanding of sexuality and its public display.

Seraph

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Seraph #4

Seraph #4

  • TITLE: Seraph #4
  • MEDIUM: Digital Photography
  • COMPLETION: Work in Progress

The Seraph series is a work that explores the contemporary mediated representation of early Christian faith and mythology in digital photography.

What I will always be

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What I will always be: The Fox

What I will always be: The Fox

  • TITLE: What I will always be: The Fox
  • MEDIUM: Digital Photography and Printing
  • SIZE: Digital Print 40″ x 60″ mounted on aluminum
  • COMPLETION: 2008

Description

This personally introspective work is base on my reading of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry as a spiritual and philosophical marker of Western culture. Conceptualized as a series of three Photographic diptychs, juxtaposing the representation of a male posing in relation to a figurine of the little prince, the statuettes become a representation of a symbolically invested object. The work addresses the interwoven complexities of identity, masculinity, desire and play.

Techno Ramboy: Self-portrait of a Ramboy

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Self-portrait of a Ramboy #1

Self-portrait of a Ramboy #1

  • TITLE: Techno Ramboy: Self-portrait of a Ramboy #1
  • MEDIUM: 2D-3D Digital Imaging
  • SIZE: Digital Print 42″ X 42″

The creation of avatars as virtual allegories of bodily and spiritual identity allows the communication of individual archetypes, concrete expression of the parallelism of true and virtual incarnations. The Digital Matrix allows for the presentation of intangible imaginary entities in other ways invisible. The series Techno-Ramboys: Self Portraits of a Ramboy, displays the possibilities of using a combination of 2D and 3D digital imaging in relation to the actualization of self. By exploring my own Ramboy Identity I attempt to address the myth of the Ramboy as a symbol of contemporary Masculinity.

Body Rituals

 

Body Rituals: Triptych

  • TITLE: Body Rituals: Triptych
  • MEDIUM: Black and White Photography, Digital archival prints on 100% Somerset Velvet
  • SIZE: 36″ X 47″
  • COMPLETION: 2003

Description

Through the use of the body in the construction of photographic images, I am playing with the notion of structures of truth which are culturally invested in biomedical science, normalized and deployed through language. Precisely where one might wish to turn to medical discourses for specificity and distinction, the viewer finds instead, a blurring of categories and boundaries. The poses, the painted lace on the body, the absence of any specific genitalia, are all attributes linked together as insignias of gender subjectivity.