Occupied Warren Visual Entry Seven
In my last post, I declared an official end to cold weather. I was correct. For the last couple weeks, temps have hovered above 65 degrees. The great news about this is that the artists are now able to get more work done. Longer days also counter the lack of electricity at the project side.
I discovered another one of my favorite artists is participating in the Occupied Warren project, Josh Kronauer.
Walking to the third floor you the aroma of spray paint filled the air. When I looked around the corner, there was Josh. Spray paint, and sand always freaks me out when using my cameras. If you’re not careful, particles from the spray paint can screw up your lens. Sand? That’s another blog within itself. My choice was either be VERY careful photographing Josh with my 35mm camera or to leave and get my 80-200mm telephoto lens and take long distance shots. I decided to risk it. I also used my iPhone 8 to create content as well.
Unlike Josh, I didn’t have a face mask. The fumes didn’t bother me too much. I took short breathes and stepped out the room every now and them. Hey, for the love of content creation, right?
The last time I saw Rindi Hanna, she was cutting and pulling up carpeting. Today, she was gracefully painting words on the wall. I was hesitant to disturb her creative workflow. Still, we both have jobs to do.
Because I have a lot of visual content of Rindi working, I took this opportunity to add a brief Q & A about her art installation. Like many of the artists I’ve documented for this project, I can fully relate to the themes behind their work.
Working on this project, I knew because of their location and availability, that creating content of every artist camera would be a difficult task. Dave Ruple fell into this category.
I had no idea who chose the back room of the house for their project until I saw Dave Ruple. Branches, black paint, a great personality and the sound of brush strokes summarizes everything upon meeting Dave. My gut told me this could be the only opportunity to create content of Dave working on his installation so, with that, I decided to waste no time in recording video and taking a few photos. In the video below Dave breaks down his theme and concept for Occupied Warren.
Don’t forget, if you’re Instagram savvy, you can check out more Occupied Warren content on the D5 Instagram channel @thed5group.
The Occupied Warren Exhibition June 8th and 9th in the City of Warren, Ohio’s Garden District. For more information about the project click here.