These abstract photographs that I took last year are close up images of 'the Astoria Clown Car' in Astoria, Oregon. You can read about its storied history here: https://www.oldastoria.com/buncha-clowns.php In 1955, a group of men from the Astoria Chamber of Commerce became trained clowns, purchased a '48 Chrysler and painted it with bright colors. This became the 'Clown Car', which was driven in parades and used to help raise funds to build a bridge over the Columbia River, from Astoria, Oregon, to Washington.
The first time I came across this community wall in a rough neighborhood in Oakland, California, I was struck by the extraordinary designs and composition, the patterns and layers of color and texture covering what began as a chain link fence. The images on the wall seemed to suggest layers of time: ancient maps of Europe, regions of the USA, even imaginary trade routes. When I returned a year later I saw that people had continued to add swaths of color and texture. The wall was a living thing, with its own evolving beauty.
Portfolio: scroll to pages 66-67
Gallery images, the 3 images in 4th row down:
Three of my recent images are currently being exhibited at the Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma, CA as part of their ‘Early Summer Show’, May 8 – July 7, 2019.
The vine images were taken at a winery just north of Napa, CA and at a wall along a main road by my home in Marin County, respectively, and the image of a garden with colorful trees was taken at Butchart Gardens in Vancouver, Canada. The Gallery is located at 132 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA.
These images were accepted into Still Point Art Gallery’s quarterly exhibition ‘The Garden’, Spring 2019.