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A creative blog by Arthur Kegerreis on The Whole 9

Arthur Kegerreis – aka Liberal Art, aka Himat Singh – is interested in way too many things, although curiosity has not killed this cat yet. In LA for 14 years now, he has lived in NYC; VT; Amherst, MA; Santa Fe; Madison, WI; and grew up on Long Island. Arthur has been a cabinetmaker, guitar maker, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Pilates instructor, graphic designer, composer, and playwright, though he now spends most of his time taking photos, writing songs, making video art, and building websites. Having fought his night-owlish tendencies all his life, he is fascinated by the creative process, so jump in and talk shop into the wee hours…or not.

Wide Angle View at OCCCA

Curator Gina Genis has assembled a remarkable exhibition of photojournalistic work at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana. This outstanding show, entitled, “Wide Angle View,” includes 16 renowned photographers. Despite the interference and copyright restrictions of some of the photographer’s agencies, Gina was able to gather and present a broad array of gut-wrenching imagery reflecting the aftermath of US military efforts around the globe, disasters and poverty in the US, and lighter subject matter, like the photographer’s families, children, pets, and the Burning Man festival.

Reflecting upon the 1994 suicide of photojournalist Kevin Carter, Gina asked, “how do these guys unwind when they get home?” Personal images in this exhibition provide a glimpse into photographer’s lives when they’re off the job, and are a welcome complement to the frequently traumatic incidents they’re forced to document and share.

Pulitzer winner Carolyn Cole’s photos document Iraq after the US occupation, including a mural of Saddam Hussein’s face being painted over. Her photos of the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Oil disaster include a huge sea turtle being lifted out of the muck, a dead dolphin being towed through oil coated waters, and an oil coated pelican struggling to move its wings.

Michael Robinson Chavez exhibited photos of families living in the dumps of Iraq, and personal shots of his travels in Peru.

Rick Loomis’s photos documented war victims in Iraq and Afghanistan who had lost limbs, including a soldier who still swims – with help – after losing both legs and an arm. His photos from the Burning Man festival were gorgeous.

Sports photographer Donald Miralle documented the Iron Man World Championships in Hawaii, and featured a bicyclist with two wooden legs who competed. Some of his photos were shot from underneath the swimmers in the water, and one particularly striking shot was of the swimmers diving into the water at the start of the race, shot from below them. He also showed a number of wildlife shots from Tanzania.

Sandy Huffaker takes the viewer underground, into the Mexican-US border drug tunnels. His lighter subject matter included all manner of people with their cel phones; kids at Comicon, a man on a Segway, on his cel phone, with Southland fires looming behind him.

Heidi Laughton’s photos documented her work with the Red Cross in China, and her own chemotherapy ordeal.

Deanne Fitzmaurice’s photos tell the story of an Iraqi child who picked up a bomb, thinking it was a ball, alongside a road. His father doesn’t have the heart to tell the armless boy that his brother died during the incident.

Fitzmaurice’s lighter subjects included the San Francisco burning of a Bush Effigy during the Obama election victory, a stunning surf photo, a beautiful image of the Golden Gate bridge reflected in a series of water droplets, and one of my favorites from the show, a man reclining by the Les Tuileries Garden Fountain, shot from the humorous angle that made him appear to be urinating to the height of the fountain.

Also included in the exhibition were photos of a Lakewood, NJ homeless tent city and Infrared images of Iraq army raids by Benjamin Lowy; Hazel Thompson’s series, “I am Jonas Myrin;” David Bathgate’s photos of Afghanistan and of his wife and Afghan hounds; Tim Wimbourne’s photos of Pakistan flood victims; and Abir Abdullah’s Bangladesh cyclone survivor shots, including a land-locked boat, complemented by shots of his son playing on a water slide.

Wide Angle View runs through March 26th. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is at 117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 667-1517
 http://www.occca.org/

  1. Sounds as though this is a MUST SEE. Can’t wait to get down there.

  2. Wow! Thank you.

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