Cape Cod Excursion – Falmouth, Wood’s Hole, Cotuit & Waquoit

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DAY 1: Thibaut and I explored the galleries/shops of Falmouth, where we had lunch at the Quarterdeck (broiled scallops/haddock) before heading to our bed & breakfast – Wood’s Hole Passage – in the quaint town of Wood’s Hole. Martha & Julie welcomed us – and we attempted a bike ride, but found that Thibaut’s back tire kept going flat. We ended the night with some shrimp, mussels and clams at a local favorite: Chepoquoit Grill

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Nobska Lighthouse – Wood’s Hole

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Wood’s Hole Passage Bed & Breakfast

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A 1950’s-style house we discovered on our short bike trip.

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Rachel Carson – author of Silent Spring

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DAY 2: We awoke to find a strange woman in the back of the B&B. She looked like she was holding a bow and arrow, but later discovered she was assembling weather balloons. Thibaut got some recommendations from Martha as she served us homemade breakfast. I finally found Waldo. We thanked Martha and Jamie for making us feel at home, and headed off to an amazing art show at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, as well as a scenic view at Waquoit Bay Estuary & Park. For an overcast, chilly day – there was still much to do.  

 

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NATHALIE MIEBACH combined the art of basket weaving and charting weather patterns in these intricate sculptures, which documented such memorable hurricanes as Hurricane Bob and Katrina. 

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PHYLLIS HARTLEY combined found/natural materials for these playful sculptures.

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STURGIS CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS displayed art which addressed their views of climate change in a range of mediums

 

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\/\/ | WHITNEY BIENNIAL | 2014

There was much to ponder and digest at this year’s Whitney Biennial. The show challenged gender roles, conventional materials in art making, and taboo subjects all around. Each floor was devoted to a different curator, and each had a different flavor. As we climbed the stairs – stuffed animals perched on speakers greeted us with the drone of  a horror-movie soundtrack, mixed with tribal chanting. Everything from traditional furniture (reconfigured) to electronic film titles on full glowing display (as a “mourning wall”) challenged us to look at 80’s film as disposable or monumental. One of the final pieces challenged gender-specific objects by reversing their traditional materials: A tent made from lace, a wall made from costume jewelry, weighted with rusted tools; and a sleeping bag quilted with a naked cowboy inside (we later found out from the tour guide, so that you would “never be alone”) All in all, this year’s Biennial was a more thought provoking show than last time – with its eclectic mix of art which seemed to have more of a purpose than to shock or totally perplex the viewer. 

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Some images may be disturbing to some viewers. Proceed at your own risk. 

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NYC TRIP with Matt – Spring Break

After lunch at Grand Central (I got the lamb gyro, he got roasted vegetable,) we stopped to appreciate a spanish guitar player, and made our way through Central Park. We ended up at the Whitney for their Biennial show – which challenged art conventions, gender and sexuality. We enjoyed the warm weather on our walk back through Times Square – to Grand Central. I figured out that we had walked 80 blocks, which equates to 4 miles. We couldn’t have asked for a better day in the Big Apple!

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Cedric Blanchon: A Man of Many Talents

I was honored to show in the same gallery as this brilliant photographer this past weekend. He used his I-Phone as a primary vehicle for his work, and manipulates the photos to create these arresting, disturbing and surreal images.

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THE 2013 MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS GRAND PRIZE & 2ND PLACE WINNERS

The MPA is thrilled to announce France’s Cedric Blanchon as the Grand Prize winner in the 3rd Annual Mobile Photography Awards. Blanchon displays incredible dexterity as a traditional photographer whose imagination and skill with apps seems to have no boundaries. His strong personal messages are cryptic, disturbing, thought-provoking, and sometimes even witty. We are extremely pleased to share with the MPA community the work of Cedric Blanchon. Our Second Place award goes to Los Angeles based photographer Roger Clay. Clay’s ability to resonate with the people he finds and meets on the streets is remarkable. Whether he’s on a ride-along with local cops or shooting portraits of the local culture, his work is always vibrant, authentic and real. His landscape work is equally exceptional. What a talent! With great pleasure we present you with the work of Roger Clay.

1st Place – Cedric Blanchon

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