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Inspiration: Nan Goldin Photography

“For me it is not a detachment to take a picture. It's a way of touching somebody—it's a caress. I think that you can actually give people access to their own soul.” -Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin is a photographer known for her deeply personal and candid portraiture. Goldin’s images act as a visual autobiography documenting herself and those closest to her, especially in the LGBTQ community. Her opus The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1980–1986) is a slideshow of snapshots set to music that chronicled her life within the subcultures of New York during the 1980s. The Ballad was first exhibited at the 1985 Whitney Biennial, and was made into a photobook the following year. Born Nancy Goldin on September 12, 1953 in Washington, D.C., the artist began taking photographs as a teenager. Influenced both by the fashion photography of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin she saw in magazines, as well as the revelatory portraits of Diane Arbus and August Sander, Goldin captured herself and her friends at their most vulnerable moments, as seen in her seminal photobook Nan Goldin: I’ll Be Your Mirror (1996). The artist currently lives and works between New York, NY, and London, United Kingdom. Today, Goldin’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others.


News: ZK Gallery Representation

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As of July 2017, my work is now being represented by ZK Gallery in San Francisco.

ZK Gallery aims to deliver a fresh perspective on contemporary art. Founded in 2014, ZK Gallery presents a highly notable collection of works by local and international contemporary artists. Their space introduces traditional and hybrid media, oil painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography.

Visit the wonderful gallery space at 213 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, or follow @zk_gallery on Instagram.


 

Inspiration: The art of Franz Kline

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“The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotion come across?” - Franz Kline

Franz Kline (1910 – 1962) was an American Abstract Expressionist known for his distinctive monochromatic paintings. His use of broad black brushstrokes slashed through white canvases in calculated compositions distinguished him from other artists of his generation. Kline studied painting at Boston University and illustration at the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London during the 1930s. After moving to New York in 1938, he befriended Willem de Kooning who introduced the realist painter to abstraction. Kline’s mature works are characterized by thick layers of black-and-white pigments applied with aggressively energetic lines. He died on May 13, 1962 in New York, NY of heart failure at the age of 51. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others.