Seminal Work #051 (at New York City Ballet)
You really screwed the pooch this past holiday, didn’t you? Make amends for getting your loved one a Groupon for a colonic by getting them one of the last 4 remaining mini-books “Seminal Work #001-#010”. It’s incredible and you’ll be amazed how good you’ll look.
"Seminal Work #011-#020" will be shipping soon. Amazing.
Happy New Year #02
Happy New Year #01
Well, that was easy.
After 20+ years as a photographer I figured it was high time I create my seminal work.
1. potentially capable of development
2. highly original, influential, and important
3. rudimentary or unformed
4. of or relating to semen: seminal fluid
5. biology of or relating to seed
(I’m going with definition #2 but “Art” is interpretive.)
Some criticize that I’m way overdue in producing my greatest work, others think it happened in art school when I was inspired to make a series of double exposure self portraits in the buff. Still others lean towards my first large scale solo show, a conceptual installation, in San Francisco titled, “Venom”. I had to move that show into a warehouse and build a gallery because the original gallery owner was arrested for selling “mind altering products other than art” the week before my opening and got shut down. A total of 12 people saw that show but they were blown away. Some people don’t even know I’m a photographer so they have less of an opinion on the matter.
The bottom line is, I didn’t feel like I had reached the pinnacle of my artistic vision. It felt like I had bad gas and that’s no way to live. So last week, in between the holiday rush, shoots, shuttling my daughter to school and gymnastics, as well laundry, cooking, sweeping the snow off the car, watching some tv, and going to the post office, I decided to tackle what every artist attempts their entire life, to create their seminal work and let this creative fart out into the world. It would be my gift to You.
Just to make sure there would be no misunderstanding, I would call the project, “Seminal Work” which would make it easy for the future curators of fancy museums and academics not having to debate if this actually was my seminal work or not because it says so right there. That was settled.
While I was making chili one night, I took 15 minutes to decide what exactly my seminal work should be. and plan my attack. I thought of traveling to Tibet or maybe even some place exotic like, Appalachia. I thought of my 4x5 view camera and Hasselblad collecting dust in my closet, but so many seminal works have been produced with those tools, it just seemed derivative. Making one’s seminal work seemed like it was bordering on needing more than just the time I had allotted to make chili and I feared the project was lost. Depression set in when I realized I might need more paprika.
Then I realized I had plenty of paprika and it suddenly became crystal clear to me that I simply must use the greatest technology ever produced in the history of man for my seminal work, the iPhone 4 coupled with Instagram. Much like my chili, I was cooking.
The next day I set out on my errands, iPhone in hand ready to shoot my seminal work when I was almost derailed by chilly weather. I realized I really need those touch sensitive gloves but I persevered. You have to dig deep as an artist, often putting your comfort and well being aside. I’ve found this to be especially true when you are creating your seminal work.
Over the course of the week, as I did my routine chores, I shot 50 images for the series and each one was more amazing than the previous. It took longer than I had thought it would though, as one day I felt like I had the sniffles and only shot 3 amazing images. “Seminal Work #001-#050” was complete and encompassed everything that a camera phones and Instagram offer yet elevated to a level rarely seen. There were brick buildings, abstract shadows, details of graffiti, and even a dinosaur. I reflected on these images in between checking my email and ordering holiday gifts from Amazon, and I was certain I had achieved, or rather, exceeded, what I set out to do.
“Seminal Work #001-#050” was never for me, though. It’s always been for You. I posted just a few a day, over the course of a week, so as not to blow too many minds by releasing them all at once.. While you soaked in the lush imagery, I made a dozen limited edition “Seminal Work #001-#010” mini accordion books of the first 10 images in the series. Really, nothing says “seminal” like a 3” mini accordion book. While you can’t put a price on an artist’s seminal work, I can. Each book is $35, post paid, signed and numbered and comes with a hand inscribed pearl of wisdom by yours truly. Most likely you won’t be able to tell which is more awesome, the images or the wisdom. You’re welcome, and you can get yours here:
Seminal Work #001-#010 from Slam Digital, Inc. on Square Market
Seminal Work #050
Seminal Work #049
Seminal Work #048
Seminal Work #047
Seminal Work #046
Seminal Work #045
Seminal Work #044
Seminal Work #043