Photography by Matt Gold

Originally from Ohio, Matt Gold has been living in Bloomington, Indiana for the past fifteen years and has recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY. He divides his time between pursuing his musical career, acting auditions and photography. As a singer and songwriter, Matt frequently performs; some of his music can be found online at www.mattgold.net.

As evidence of the democratizing nature of this approach to photography, Matt has no formal training in the visual arts. When he took a simple picture of his cat on his Sony Ericsson Z310A flip phone, Matt was amazed by the quality of the camera. He started exploring different subjects and this collection has grown from that picture. He continues to use this technique today, despite the advancement in current cell phone technology.

Various Works by Deborah Eckroat

 

1. 21 Days Later, Digital Compilation, 11 x 17 inches, 2016
2. Atomic Annie, Digital Compilation, 11 x 17 inches, 2016
3. Companion Diptych, Digital Painting/Compilation, 25 x 13 inches, 2016
4. Fractured, Digital Compilation, 11 x 17 inches, 2016
5. Night at the Opera, Digital Compilation, 11 x 17 inches, 2016
6. Seven, Digital Compilation, 11 x 17 inches, 2016
7. Soul Sisters, Digital Compilation, 17 x 11 inches, 2016
8. Temperance, Digital Compilation, 11 x 17 inches, 2016
9. The Compound Diptych, Digital Painting/Compilation, 25 x 13 inches, 2016

Deborah studied art throughout school and went on to become a professional photographer. Her images have graced the walls of the Epcot Center, The Cowboy Hall of Fame, and The Professional Photographers Hall of Fame as well as countless homes and businesses. She has won many awards and trophies with her artistic style of portraits. She is the past President of the multi-state Ozarks Professional Photographers Assoc, and Indian Nations Professional Photographers Assoc. She helped launch and became the first Editor for the International Christian Photographers Association monthly magazine as well as judge for numerous print competitions. Seven years after opening her studio, due to a bad fall on location which ended in over a year of wheelchairs and therapy, Deborah decided to close the studio and go back to school to finish her degree.
In 2010, Deborah started a local grass movement for artists to create new works of art from trash. From this was born The Garbage to Art Project which she curated at The City Arts Center in Oklahoma City.
Deborah graduated with a degree in Multimedia Communications, specializing in print work. She now works as a freelance graphic designer and teaches Adobe Photoshop for Moore Norman Technology Center, as well as private tutoring
Deborah uses her years of photographic knowledge and experience along with her strong sense of composition to create one of a kind digital graphic works of art that she hopes will be enjoyed by all.

Various Works by Bethany Lee

 

 

Bethany is a visual artist born and raised in central Oklahoma. Her academic background in Philosophy continually influences the ideas that imbue her work, particularly the analogies between time and the vastness of space. As much as her art may attempt to represent in a tangible form her personality and contents of the mind, she is guided by an intuitive feeling that there are sinister forces at play in the world that see human suffering and misery as a mere game. Her work has been exhibited around the OKC metro, including Artspace at Untitled, recently collaborating with a local poet to create a visual work inspired by poetic verse.

 

1. Playing Human Games, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36 inches, 2016
2. The Distant Universe of Yesterday, Mixed Media, 11 x 14 inches, 2017
3. See you Now, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 36 inches, 2016

 

Unfit for Consumption by Kaitlyn Schwalje

1. Unfit for Consumption, clay, moss and wood, 20x20x32 inches, 2017

This work is inspired by the following true disaster story:

In March of 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck offshore near Tokyo. A tsunami triggered by the earthquake then crashed ashore Japan’s Pacific coastline. Water soon flooded the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant causing multiple explosions and radioactive leakage. Over 200,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area. As people left the area some wildlife began to thrive including the wild boar. Immune to the radiation and with few natural predators its population soon skyrocketed and the species began threatening neighboring farmland. Residents now hunt the boar and bury the radioactive meat at three mass graves 35 miles from the plant.

 

Kaitlyn Schwalje is the daughter of a safety engineer. When catastrophe strikes, her father enters the scene. When a factory worker’s hand is ground into a chicken processing machine or when someone slips down the stairs, he figures out why it happened and who was at fault. As a result, Kaitlyn received an education in disaster. Airplane crashes, assassination attempts, poisonings, and space shuttle malfunctions were all fodder for research. Together they looked at disasters not as isolated events but as products of human systems; believing that the way we fail and the way we react to failure speaks to a culture’s beliefs and behaviors. She is fascinated by the mechanisms that govern how everything works, from physical architectures to people and their behaviors.

Kaitlyn Schwalje holds degrees in physics and design. As a research associate at Walt Disney Imagineering she designed and constructed wearable haptic technologies. She is currently a contributing producer at WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show. Kaitlyn’s work has appeared in Hi-Fructose, Wired, The Creators Project, Fast Company, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.