I'm excited to have a solo show at Craven Allen Gallery of photographs from Myanmar and California. I hope you can attend the opening on May 19, 5-7pm.
Once forgotten amongst the bustle of Southeast Asia, Myanmar is making its presence known on the global stage, for better or for worse. Its economy is growing on the foundation of oil and natural gas exports. Tourism is flourishing in this once closed military state. This growth is reflected in the day-to-day lives of the Burmese, as the heavy hand of government lifts ever so slowly. Vibrant colors pervade their work and their worship. Yet, behind the warm and welcoming Burmese culture lurks a painful story of oppression of the Rohingya Muslim minority. This series focuses on the peaceful, daily lives of the Burmese that stands in stark contrast to the unspeakable violence in the west of the country.
The second half of this exhibit is comprised of photographs from Southern California. One of the largest economies in the world, California is often characterized by LA’s glitz or the Bay Area’s innovation. But in this forgotten corner of the state, off Route 66, between Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park, lies the remnants of early- and mid-century economic growth. In the 1930’s the federal government sold inexpensive parcels of land to encourage home ownership. Chasing the American dream, thousands purchased land and built small homes. When Route 66 opened around the same time, the town of Amboy was built as a stop along the way with a gas station, motel, school, and church. The town grew until the 1970’s, when I-40 opened, bypassing Amboy all together. The remaining residents were left with a struggling economy, limited infrastructure, and the punishing desert climate.
Worlds apart, a forgotten country surges, while one of the world’s wealthiest economies hides forgotten corners of decay.
I'm excited to have two of my pieces selected for the Durham Art Guild's 62nd Annual Juried Exhibition.
The exhibition will be held at the Durham Arts Council building
Exhibition dates: August 19 - October 25, 2016
Public receptions during Third Friday Durham, Aug 19 and Sept 16, from 5-7pm
More details here. See you there!
The Amazon River is a playground. In Mumbai, hotel linens are scrubbed by hand. In rural Vietnam a man prepares breakfast. Fishmongers in Zanzibar await the early morning fishing boats. We play, we eat, we work. Despite our many cultural connections, our eyes gravitate to differences. Native highlights cross-cultural parallels and challenges the notion that cultural identity is unique. The work asks, in light of our similarities, what does it mean to be native?
Artist's talk: June 9, 7:30pm
Reception: June 11, 6-9pm
The Carrack Modern Art
111 West Parrish Street
Durham NC 27701
Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 6pm
Saturday: 2 – 5pm
and by appointment