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Friday, October 17, 2014

Studio Visit + Photo Essay: Artist Christopher Durst

I want to share the incredible work of artist/musician/fine art photographer, Imagery Nation founder and CEO, Music For Mutts founder, musician, The Dirty Knees guitarist, and philanthropist for foster children--Christopher Durst.  Christopher is a buddy of mine, and we've talked here and there for years about collaborating on something, somehow, sometime ever since were introduced by a mutual artist friend in Austin at Justine's back in 2010.

Well, the ball is finally rolling.  Among a rather tall pile of other projects, the photographer is also creating a series of photo essays documenting visual artists working in their studios.  I am honored to be included, and admittedly was a little unsure of what to expect.  And wow.  When I first saw the images, I was surprised.  I was there, and I was still surprised, mostly because I felt more like a voyeur of someone else.  The essay captures so much more than the "process" (a relief because I am so TIRED of talking and hearing about process).  The man has some serious talent.

The sequence of the images definitely comprises a narrative--mostly of me creating a large painting that ended up being an important part of the Love + Muses exhibition--but the narrative is not linear.  And the magic happens when the narrative is punctuated by a still life like the slow portrait of my old Chinese guard stool which has been a steady fixture in every studio I've had for at least the past decade.  Or the portraits of the 1970's manual Minolta I bought for $5 in the Goodwill in Savannah twenty years ago.  Or the shot of my palette that's so built up it resembles the terrain of the hill country landscape from certain perspectives.  The magic happens during the sequence of images that were shot so quickly that at first glance, the change from one frame to the next is almost unnoticeable.  I don't want to say too much.  But if you view the essay, you owe it to yourself to do so in a slideshow format.  

Here are some links to Christopher Durst's other work and projects.  

View the extensive list of artists here (which is basically everybody) in his portfolio.  Limited edition prints are available for purchase.  I don't know about you, but I know what I am giving those on my "nice" list this year.   Well, those on my "very nice" list.

Now, here are those photos.  Thanks for checking in!