Marcel Duchamp, Rrose Sélavy, photograph by Man Ray, 1921
Duchamp, the anti-artist, has always fascinated me to the point of envy. His
irreverent behavior and ground-breaking ideas were so engaging that they
force me to rethink my work and its purpose. His work is humorous to the
passerby yet far more intelligent than any work of its time. The idea,
rather than the product, was his focus. He was the greatest, laziest person
Instead of creating a sculpture of a woman he became one (Rrose Sélavy).
Instead of creating something that looked like a urinal he used an actual
one. Instead of cleaning the dust off the glass he and Man Ray just took
a photo of it.
I am a painter by training but I feel it takes too long
to paint a good painting. So I began to experiment with my work by turning
photography into painting. I feel as though I have found a new window
of photography that has not been explored and treated as I have been doing.
I have never seen results like that which I have been producing. I shoot
in complete darkness with an open shutter and compose these paintings
With this photograph, in particular, I wanted to recreate Duchamp's famous
yet "absurd" take off on Futurism and Cubism. This photograph
and my work in general have received much of the same criticism that his
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Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase,
No. 2, 1912
William Richard Hundley,
Nude Descending Again, 2001
This shot is one of 20 negatives attempting the Nude.
I have plans to use all the images in one frame in the form of a lenticular
(3-D) print. As the viewer walks across the frame the images shift from
one to another.
I currently reside in Austin, TX and collaborate with a friend on more
painting-based photographic work. Our recent body of work has taken influence
from the paintings of Francis Bacon. We call ourselves the Industry of
Light and our new body of work is titled "Innocent X."