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Bog Dusk

Archival Pigment Print. Gunpowder Falls, Hereford, Maryland. 2017

Ice #2

Archival Pigment Print. Fort Howard, Maryland. 2017

Fire Queen

Archival Pigment Print. Gunpowder Falls, Hereford Maryland. 2017

Suijin

Archival Pigment Print. Loch Raven Reservoir. Baltimore County, Maryland. 2017

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About Chip

Baltimore City

Statement: I am drawn to subjects that have a figurative presence and are suggestive of dream landscapes or cosmic references in environments such as urban streets, creeks, forests, and gutters. I study surfaces for stories about life and death, contemporary culture, pollution, and history. Some of my photographs are simply observation, while other pieces are created by altering small environments. For example, placing a leaf into a puddle or fabricating a site-specific still life. I print images... more

Water Cycles

  • Gutter Naga

    Archival Pigment Print. Baltimore City. 2017
  • Clay Sprite

    Archival Pigment Print. Image captured at the base of Calvert Cliffs, Maryland. 2017
  • Lotus Naga

    Archival Pigment Print. Surface of a lotus leaf and water. 2017
  • Plant Ghost

    Archival Pigment Print. Plant decay in the Berkshires Mountains. 2017
  • Lotus Naga

    Archival Pigment Print. Surface of lotus leaf with water droplets. Southern Maryland. 2017
  • Mountain Sprite

    Archival Pigment Print. Decaying plant matter on the Appalachian Trail. Annapolis Rocks, Maryland. 2017
  • Plant Ghost 2

    Archival Pigment Print. Plant decay in the Berkshires Mountains. 2017
  • Lotus Naga 2

    Archival Pigment Print. Decaying lotus leaf with water droplets. 2017
  • South Rim Sprite

    Archival Pigment Print. South Rim at the Grand Canyon, Arizona.
  • Lotus Sprite 3

    Archival Pigment Print. Decaying lotus leaf with water. Southern Maryland. 2017

Selected examples of Speaking Surfaces

Speaking Surfaces captures a life presence found in rocks, streams, puddles, leaves, and other earthly environments. Very little post image processing. Compositions composed by camera angle and working with time of day.

  • Presence

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015 Leaf in a puddle. Decayed plant matter created cracked skin layer and rainbow effect. Patapsco State Park, Md.
  • Lichen Sprite #2

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015 Lichen, Moss, and Seeds on rock at Gun Power Falls St. Park, Md.
  • Kami 2

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015
  • Kami

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015
  • Ice Sprite

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015
  • Skadi

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015 Ice, gravel, and reflections on edge of river. Gunpowder St. Park

Speaking Surfaces Solo Exhibition

Speaking Surfaces Exhibition.
Stevenson University 2015

(14) Archival Pigment Prints.
Mounted on Sintra. 48"x 36"

I transformed Stevenson's University gallery into a ‘living’ space full of windows that open into worlds of colorful, figurative, textural, and atmospheric scenes. I provided a calming, yet energetic, sanctuary where viewers were transported into mysterious, unbelievable, and extraordinary places.

This series portrays an existence of figurative beings, landscapes, and dream realities that can be found by closely observing the surfaces of the natural world. These prints capture the life presence found in rocks, streams, puddles, leaves, and other organic places. This body of photographs began in the mountains of Northwestern Vermont in 2011 and continues into the parks of Central and Western Maryland.

Very little post image processing was used to create these prints. Compositions were composed by camera angles, point of view, and working with the time of day.

  • Speaking Surfaces Solo Exhibition

    Stevenson University Installation Image. 2015 Left: Ice Sprite #3 Right: Prana
  • Prana

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015
  • Speaking Surfaces Solo Exhibition

    Stevenson University Installation Image. 2015 Left to right: Kami # 2, Kami, and Tree Wrinkle
  • Speaking Surfaces Solo Exhibition

    Stevenson University Installation Image. 2015 Left Wall: Kami #2, Kami and Tree Wrinkle. Right Wall: Ice Sprite, Presence, and Bog Sprite.
  • Preta

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015
  • Speaking Surfaces Solo Exhibition

    Stevenson University Installation Image. 2015 Left wall: Presence and Bog Sprite. Right Wall: Ice Sprite 3, Prana, and Fire King,
  • Speaking Surfaces Solo Exhibition

    Stevenson University Installation Image. 2015 Left to right: Rock Sprite# 3, Skadi, and Preta
  • Ice Sprite # 2

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015 Gunpowder St. Park.
  • Speaking Surfaces Solo Exhibition

    Stevenson University Installation Image. 2015 Left to right: Ice Sprite # 3, Prana, Fire King, and Ice Sprite #2
  • Fire King

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015

Selected examples of Speaking Surfaces

Speaking Surfaces captures a life presence found in rocks, streams, puddles, leaves, and other earthly environments. Very little post image processing. Compositions composed by camera angle and working with time of day.

  • Bog Sprite

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015 Leaf in a bog. Decayed plant matter created cracked skin layer and rainbow effect. Swallow Fall's, Vermont.
  • Rock Sprite 3

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015 Gunpowder St. Park
  • Tree Wrinkle

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015 Gun Power Falls St. Park, Md.
  • Rock Sprite

    Archival Pigment Print. Mounted on Sintra. 48" x 36" Limited Edition: 1/5. 2015 Lichen on rock. Harper's Ferry, Md.

Images from Street Series

I've spent many years walking around the streets of Baltimore looking for signs of the cosmos, and vast landscapes in gutters, alleys, sidewalks, streets, puddles, and other post-industrial surfaces.

I've exhibited these images as large-scale prints, and also integrated them into mixed-media installations.

  • Lace

    17" by 22" archival inkjet print Toilet Paper in an alley way street in Fell's Point, Baltimore MD. Homeless people frequently relieve themselves in this area. The toilet paper resembles a "street ghost" with a etherial presence. Yet, it is most likely a left over toilet implement left by a suffering Baltimore resident...
  • starburst-2

    44' by 56' archival inkjet print Broadway gas slick.
  • Splat # 3

    17" by 22" archival Inkjet Print Broken wine bottle and vomit on Register Street.
  • D.C. Mall Blanket

    44" by 56" archival Ink Jet Print Homeless Person's blanket in the rain.
  • God

    17' by 22' archival inkjet print Gas and tree polen mix in a gutter puddle on Register Street.
  • Starry Night in the River

    17" by 22" archival inkjet print Frozen Patapsco river with oil slick, and sun set reflection at Center Dock Marina a.k.a. Living Classrooms Foundation.
  • Alley-Puddle

    17' by 22' archival inkjet print Gas, reflections, and puddle mix in gutter on Register Street.
  • Ferry Boat Man

    44" by 56" archival inkjet print Gutter puddle reflection with yellow tree pollen on Register Street.
  • Gutter Juice

    44" by 56" archival inkjet print In this piece, for example, an unrelated image was made to resemble a colorful and abstract rocky landscape with a figure standing in the picture. An imaginary reddish and blue sky appears part of a brewing storm or sunset and, upon closer inspection, the viewer can see numerous faces and designs created within the fictitious sky. I actually discovered this scene on the cement, next to the back door of a restaurant that smelled like cooking grease, so I assumed that it was cooking oil dumped into the alley street.
  • Starburst

    44" by 56" archival inkjet print This image was captured on the surface of Broadway near Aliceanna street after a rain shower. Automobiles leak oil or gas onto the street while waiting for traffic lights and, when the road is dry, the fuel spills are not noticeable. During and after a rain shower, however, the oil mixes with the water and to create a rainbow effect.

Stream Box

Stream box was created with a cardboard box taped shut with a multi layered video looping inside. Viewers can hear layers of flowing water from outside of the sculpture.

Stream Box is usually placed on a floor. Participants hear water sounds and eventually end up on their knees looking through the hole.

This piece incorporates an I Pod Nano to illustrate sound and visual motion.

Stream Box can be placed in a variety of environments such as: sidewalks, steps, closets, and many other unassuming locations. It can be operated on a continuous loop with an electrical outlet for long periods of time. It can also function using the device's battery power. For example: It can be displayed on public transportation, in parks, or other public locations.

  • Stream Box

    Detail: Cardboard box taped shut with multi layer video looping inside. Viewer can hear layers of flowing water from outside of the sculpture.
  • Stream Box

    Detail: Cardboard box taped shut with multi layer video looping inside. Viewer can hear layers of flowing water from outside of the sculpture.
  • Stream Box

    Detail Image: Looking into the hole in box and viewing video of multi layers of moving water, rain drain, and close up face.
  • Stream Box

    Cardboard box taped shut with a multi layered video looping inside. Viewer can hear layers of flowing water from outside of the sculpture.

Self Walk

I began Self Walk in the second floor hallway in an old convent-turned-artist-studio building. I placed the video camera on a tripod at the end of the hallway and played Japanese Kyoto music in the background, which is very meditative and serene with a bittersweet energy. I took off all of my clothes and went to the other end of the hallway with a one hundred watt light bulb attached to a lighting device and a fifty-foot extension cord. My goal was to experiment with the hallway setting. The music created a transcendental mood, and as I became more focused on the sound, I began to reflect that mood with my body. I imagined the hallway as a place for inner transformation, the long narrow passage resembling a portal or funnel to concentrate and aid the conversion of energy from one place to another. Similarly, the hallway acted as a bridge from one level of consciousness or self-identity to another.
The multi-layering in the video piece is symbolic of mental states and belief systems, and of identity undergoing metamorphosis. The slow movements of my body in the beginning of the video represent a metaphysical incubation period. As the sound became louder my movements became faster, and I simultaneously moved from one end of the hallway to the other in an attempt to symbolize spiritual metamorphosis. My ritualistic dance, with a light bulb close to my head and bowing body in the foreground, reflects the fruit of that spiritual transformation. I represent a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon, while the light symbolizes my inner glow and the bowing acts as a sign of respect for the viewer. The clips that happen simultaneously while I am dancing in the foreground reflect memory of the old self and symbolize the path, the journey, and the transformation to the new self. The exit sign in the top right corner of the composition represents escape – not only from that hallway, but also from stagnant belief systems of the old self.

CardBoard Bodhi

Cardboard Bodhi was a multimedia exhibition that utilized installation/sculpture, video, performance, cardboard boxes, digital photography, and other materials to portray complex perceptions. Inspired by pollution, consumption, poverty, religion, and mental illness, I created a space that challenged the viewer to be both introspective and to view the world differently. The title of the show, Cardboard Bodhi, was a reference to two concepts. Cardboard is a symbol of modern consumption and waste ? it is a temporal material that is used to contain objects and, at times, provides shelter for homeless people. Bodhi means "enlightenment" in the Buddhist tradition, and together, the terms refer to finding beauty within the ugly and finding peace and epiphanies in undesirable places.

  • Church Box (inside detail)

    Angelic and Demonic figures made of clay.
  • Church Preacher (also seen in Church Box)

    I created the absurd as a means of creating a dialoge between world religions. The use of cardboard in The Church Box represents the disposable nature of contemporary society. Our culture is saturated with cardboard boxes that are used to contain new products, trash, and old memories. Cardboard is a sign of our times. Moreover, the box itself is a model for the cinema of religious discourse – it can be convincing and simultaneously entertaining. Inside The Church Box, a fictitious preacher delivers his sermon from a flat-screened television.
  • Church Box

    Cardboard, clay, and video. I created the absurd as a means of creating a dialoge between world religions. The use of cardboard in The Church Box represents the disposable nature of contemporary society. Our culture is saturated with cardboard boxes that are used to contain new products, trash, and old memories. Cardboard is a sign of our times. Moreover, the box itself is a model for the cinema of religious discourse – it can be convincing and simultaneously entertaining. Inside The Church Box, a fictitious preacher delivers his sermon from a flat-screened television.
  • Inside Shack, Box of Mirrors

    Video still of Box of Mirrors (inside of shack) Time Based Media Device, Cardboard, and Mirrors
  • Inside Shack, Box of Mirrors

    Participant inside the Shack looks into the torn out hole on surface of box. Looking through the hole, the viewer sees multiple reflections of a small video device playing inside. The video dialog relates to environmental and psychological issues.
  • inside Shack detail

    Ink Jet Prints, Cardboard, Mirrors, flash lights and, Time Based Media Device. The photographs placed within the shack are part of a series of images of floating trash, pollution, dead and living creatures, and various other details of the corroded Baltimore waterfront. These images were created over a four-year period of continuous observation. Additionally, my voice in the box of mirrors makes reference to the images that are placed within the cardboard walls. This relationship reflects a dualistic approach to looking within in order to understand outside phenomena.
  • CardBoard Bodhi Exhibition

    Installation View
  • detail: Inside Shack (shot with flash)

    Ink Jet Prints, Cardboard, Mirrors, flash lights and, Time Based Media Device. The photographs placed within the shack are part of a series of images of floating trash, pollution, dead and living creatures, and various other details of the corroded Baltimore waterfront. These images were created over a four-year period of continuous observation. Additionally, my voice in the box of mirrors makes reference to the images that are placed within the cardboard walls. This relationship reflects a dualistic approach to looking within in order to understand outside phenomena.
  • The Shack

    The shack was inspired by old memories and new ideas. As a child, I saw different types of shelters made for sleeping and for living on the edges of Baltimore’s waterfront, back alleys, and abandoned buildings. The majority of people living in these structures were mentally ill or suffering from substance abuse. The dwellings often stank of urine and trash and the shelters reflected immense suffering, but through the eyes of my childhood, these places were mystical locations.
  • CardBoard Bodhi Exhibition VIdeo

    Overview of Cardboard Bodhi installation: showing examples of videos, digital photography, sculpture, and installation pieces created with cardboard, clay, inkjet prints, and digital media devices.

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