Carnival photos series featured on Huffington Post

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My series of black and white street photography that documents Fat Tuesday in Ajijic, Mexico has been featured in the Huffington Post. Head on over and check it out – they were nice enough to let me include a small essay about the experience.

Especially thrilling for me was it was not some writer with and interest in arts (nothing wrong with that) but an artist and a writer named Micheal Ernest Sweet. His work has always impressed me and this interest from a very accomplished street photographer based in New York is very encouraging. Generally when artists and children like your work then you are doing something right.

Thanks to Pat Apt for her support, encouragement and providing me the space to exhibit this work.

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mountain path – the movie

Christopher Healey
From Feb 13, 2013 in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

This is a work I am experimenting with by presenting it as an “Online Exhibit”. Though there is nothing new or experimental by having an exhibit of digital works on the web, I wanted to show the work in many different forms (i.e. photos, slideshow, collage, movie) on many different platforms (Blog, YouTube, physical gallery space) throughout 2013.

Process notes:

It is important to note that this work is entirely captured, rendered and output through a mobile device and on location during one session.

Artist Statement:

For me, there are several classical and contemporary themes in the work, such as: the supernatural; a formal approach to landscape; a questioning of political / social issues involving digital topographical mapping; a spiritual journey reflecting on death. There are many other contemplations that are evoked for me when I engage the work, and hopefully there will be for the viewer as well.

I enjoy the compositions of the shadows and the rocks, as well as the idea of a digital shadow cast on real objects through a challenging process of documentation for both the tools and the artist. The stresses of this effort on the image and the human traces archived in the process are a very important part of the production philosophy for me. I welcome comments and questions in the discussion field below where this conversation can continue.

You can see the original posting with the work as a series of photos and a collage at:

https://chrishealey.me/2013/02/10/online-exhibit-mountain-path-2013/

[Video + Podcast #8] Christopher Healey interviewed about exhibit Mexico ii, by Hamilton Artists Inc.

You listen to the Audio Only Podcast or watch the video below:

Raw audio + finished video  from a 20 minute interview on June 29th, 2013 of Christopher Healey. Conducted by Hamilton Artists Inc’s Curatorial Assistant Caitlin Sutherland, and Gallery Assistant Samantha Roketta, about my exhibit Mexico ii featuring paintings by my mother Beverly Healey and digital collages by me.

I’m the first artist for this video interview series for the Inc, and was glad to help out this way. I really appreciated being able to articulate more of about the show and the process, and yet still feel like I forgot to mention a couple of key points – of course. That is, essentially, my work is about death and the “thinness” of our existence – which is one of the reasons I used the sunlight and the materials I did, such as the skull and white plastic. My Mom’s oil painting portrait work is about life, and the richness of an individual’s character and immortalizing it.

More information at my original post about the show here: https://chrishealey.me/2013/05/26/mexico-ii-an-exhibit-of-paintings-digital-collages/

One of great things I enjoy about the culture of the Inc is involvement with some young graffiti artists – one in particular has been very involved. He got very excited telling me about the impression my Mom’s work made on him during the member’s exhibit “Oh my god it was so good – no offence, but it was the best work in the gallery… it’s like a 17th century painting by on old master… no one else came close to it – no offence to your work or anything – it was totally sick. If she gave me her one of her paintings, I would walk out of the gallery and never do graffiti art again.. I’m serious!..”

This was awesome feedback for my Mom 🙂 Especially since we live in an age where street artists usually end up as the new art stars.

I’ll update this post when the video is available. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of the exhibit below:

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Christopher Healey & Beverly Healey – photo by Joanna St. Jacques

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[photos] Painter Kathy Seaboyer’s studio & home in Ajijic, Mexico

Kathy is an artist hailing from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and now lives in the middle of an Mexican farm field near the shore of Lake Chapala.

Kathy could be another case in point for making an argument of a talent drain from Canada, and her life here gives one ideas and schemes. A comfortable, sunny living and studio space that is sorta typical here and rents can be very affordable (The crop fields are a bonus for this particular location). I loved the chickens in the space, and the stained glass doors too. Also, the dogs.

I met Kathy at Pat Apt’s studio and we quickly figured out my family and her live very close by and in fact we had mutual “friends” – her dogs. Dogs, both street and domestic, are everywhere here in this village and one tends to get to know the area pooches who greet you as you walk by. Many domestic dogs are strays taken in by people, and can be fierce and loyal pets – Kathy’s are a mix of both and I was received well by them but they kept a close eye on me. Especially around the chickens.

www.kseaboyer.com

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[Podcast #7 / Video] Interview with artist Pat Apt

While I was staying in a village called Ajijic, in the mountains of central west Mexico, I talked to an artist whose free spirit led to a commitment to living and working in this artist community for the last 21 years.

Painter and printmaker Pat Apt just moved into new studio space digs in the downtown of this cobble stoned town with it’s narrow streets and a bustling international foot traffic. With a wide open garage door, Pat risks people like me wandering in and asking her a million questions. But she’s a shrewd and insightful person and knows that location, location, location is everything – whether for your studio / gallery or hoping into a car one day and deciding to go get lost in Mexico. Pat is an eminent figure in this community of artists and I suspect her new studio, with the addition of the soon-to-arrive intaglio printing press, will be a thriving and central art hub for years to come.

I wanted to hear some of Pat’s story about an artist deciding to pick up and move one day and what factors lead into her decision to settle in a mountain village called Ajijic. The answer may surprise you.

I took some photos of Pat and her studio, but also of some of the other artist’s work in her studio at that time. I’m sorry I don’t have those names to credit those works but hopefully will soon. I added in other photos of the region as well, in part to provide some context to the landscape paintings. Included are shots of Guadalajara, Chapala, Chapala Lake, San Juan Cosala, Colima Volcano,  Colima and Cuatulyan on the coast as well as scenery from in between these places. (I know I need to take more photos for the movie version of my podcasts, but I discovered my iphone won’t upload files that large to youtube – a snag in my quest for 100% production mobility.)

[Podcast] Interview with Artist Pat Apt



Pat Apt’s artist website is patapt.artspan.com

[online exhibit] Mountain Path, 2013

Instructions:

*update: I’ve added a stand-alone montage version of the work. The instructions below are for viewing each slide individually.

1) Click on the first (top left) thumbnail below to enter fullscreen slideshow mode
2) Scroll (to the right) through the slideshow until you reach the end of the path. Get comfortable: there are 170 slides, including the entry and the eventual destination.
3) You can of course jump in and out anywhere along the path you choose, at any time, but then you might miss the journey inside the experience.

Process notes:

It is important to note that this work is entirely captured, rendered and output through a mobile device and on location during one session.

Artist Statement:

For me, there are several classical and contemporary themes in the work, such as: the supernatural; a formal approach to landscape; a questioning of political / social issues involving digital topographical mapping; a spiritual journey reflecting on death. There are many other contemplations that are evoked for me when I engage the work, and hopefully there will be for the viewer as well.

I enjoy the compositions of the shadows and the rocks, as well as the idea of a digital shadow cast on real objects through a challenging process of documentation for both the tools and the artist. The stresses of this effort on the image and the human traces archived in the process are a very important part of the production philosophy for me.  I welcome comments and questions in the discussion field below where this conversation can continue.

Why exhibit online?

This series works well online I think through the intimacy of scrolling through the series of horizontal based documentation. I enjoy the ideas of creating a work while mobile and exhibiting almost immediately after production, without interference or influence – qualities in art which are actually rare to achieve and I believe warrants further practice.

Though much worthwhile art only works online, this particular show would translate well to a physical exhibition environment and I hope to mount multiple instances of Mountain Path around the world. Please contact me if you are interested in a hosting an edition/ installation of this work.

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[Studio] cow skull study #13

Some collage photo work, in lieu of not doing enough drawing and painting … Sigh.

Hope to have more of this series done soon.

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Hey thanks everyone for the likes, I really appreciate it. So much so I’m doing a whole bunch more today, so here’s a fresh one. More will have to wait to my return to my photoshop computer in Canada. I like this first ones that i pulled off entirely on the iphone.

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