Exploration of non-restrictive exhibitions

Abstract: Photo Graffiti/Boulder Is My Gallery

"Photo Graffiti/Boulder Is My Gallery" started with the simple idea that art should be accessible to all people, in any place, at any time; providing for a moment of inspiration, reflection, or removal from our daily rush. This idea, of course, is not a new one - graffiti artists have paved the way for all consequential artists in other mediums. These artists took a novel approach to expressing their ideas publicly and permanently, at least until someone else said something louder. Personally, the most alluring aspect of their medium is the unexpected locations that you can find it in... walk down an alley, look up at a pinnacle of a warehouse - it can be anywhere! Inspired by taggers in the various places I've lived, I wondered what the reception would be of tagging up a town with my ideas... my art. What would happen if traditionally framed and matted photographs showed up as street art?

Thanks to a generous grant by the Boulder Awesome Foundation, I can now explore what will happen. Photo Graffiti/Boulder Is My Gallery will result in forty framed and matted photographs placed anywhere I can find in Boulder. In alleys, on buildings, in parks - anywhere imaginable. All mountings will be non-destructive. Some will be permitted by property owners, some will be done in the proverbial tagging style. Since traditionally framed and mounted photographs are not completely impervious to the elements, each piece will have a "Please Steal This After" date affixed to it, in hopes of further involving the viewer and providing lasting enjoyment of the work. Perhaps fellow photographers and artists will follow, blanketing towns everywhere with creativity.

The project is already underway. This platform will serve to document my progress, and let the world know where to look. If you find yourself in Boulder over the next couple of months, keep your eyes open... you'll never know what you'll find.

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Final Installation

The final six pieces went up on Sunday – here’s the rundown: 

Location: Canyon & 6th. Piece: Isolation/Sprawl. 

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Location: Settler’s Park. Piece: Hold.

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Location: Green Rock & Mapleton. Piece: Waiting. 

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Location: 4th & Dakota. Piece: Wellsprings. 

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Location: Linden & Wonderland Hill. Piece: All Fades Into One Sweet Memory.

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Location: Spruce & 13th. Piece: Common Time.

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The response has been overwhelming. Thank you Boulder for being such a welcoming host to the project! Stay tuned to the site for followups and feedback. 

Installation #3.

I had a very fun and productive day in Boulder for the 3rd installation of pieces. For part of the day photojournalist Derek Broussard joined me to do some coverage for the Daily Camera (his work is choice, check it out at www.derekbroussard.com . Here’s the damage:

Location: Table Mesa & S. 38th St. Piece: End of the Line. 

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Location: S. Lashley & 40th. Piece: Up & Up.

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Location: Gillaspie & Armer. Piece: Boulder Moonrise. 

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Location: Table Mesa & Gillaspie. Piece: #1

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Location: Dartmouth & Kenwood. Piece: Obelisk. 

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Locatoin: 36th & Dartmouth. Piece: Lone Sentinel. 

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Location: 36th & Lashley. Piece: Frequency. 

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Location: Chambers & Ludlow. Piece: I Have Seen The Future; It Is Bright. 

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Location: Pearl & 26th. Piece: 5/8 Time. 

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Location: Pearl & Folsom. Piece: Mobius. 

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Location: Lawry & 14th. Piece: Motive Motion I.

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Location: 15th & Pearl. Piece: Reggie; Eye of the Storm. 

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Location: 17th & Walnut. Piece: Composition #2. 

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Location 17th & Pearl. Piece: Cloaked.

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 Location: 18th & Pearl. Piece: Drip.Image

Location: 16th & Pearl. Piece: Fremont Lake. 

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Location: Folsom & Pearl. Piece: Of Old & New.

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Location: 21st & Spruce. Piece: Moire. 

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Location: Pearl & 22nd. Piece: Beyond. 

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Keep your eyes open for the last six pieces, hopefully installed tomorrow! 

Installation #2

Two nights ago I came back with five pieces… here they are!

Location: Yarmouth & 19th. Piece: Untitled II

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Location: Iris & Broadway. Piece: Siddhartha.

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Location: Cedar & 13th. Piece: Residence.

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Location: 17th & Pine. Piece: Streetlight Serenade. 

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Location: 30th & Marine. Piece: David: Artistry in Motion.

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Tag found!

The awesome crew @ dojo4 noticed something this morning… http://dojo4.com/blog/tagged

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Installation #2 begins now…

Installation #1

As of midnight last night, the project is live. Ten pieces have been installed in Boulder, with a steal after date of 5/1/12.  It went much smoother than expected, with some good lessons moving forward! Here are the results:

Location: Yarmouth & Broadway. Piece: Timeless.

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Location: 9th & Pine. Piece: The Lion’s Roar.

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Location: Broadway & Arapahoe. Piece : On With The Show.

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Location: Broadway & Marine. Piece: Niagara.

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Location: Broadway & College. Piece: Cross.

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Location: 18th & Euclid. Piece: Happy.

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Location: Folsom & Boulder Creek. Piece: True Natural Wonder.

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Location: Folsom & Canyon. Piece: To The Last Drop.

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Location: 14th & Spruce. Piece: Full House.

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Location: 8th & Peral. Piece: Girder.

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For better views of the pieces, please see the “The Collection” link at the top of the home page. We’ll also have a map soon!

Getting Warmer

I am pleased to announce that we are very close to the launch of this project! 40 images have been printed, matted, and framed. Everything is weather proofed, and all that remains to be done is printing title cards, and also teaser cards. If you’ve ever wondered what 40 pieces looked like, here you go: 

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And, a spread across my living room:

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Hopefully a few pieces will go up tonight. Check back with us soon for installation locations and updates!

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