Posts Tagged ‘South Dakota’

I just got back from week 2 of Frogman’s – a printmaking conference where they teach a handful of classes to students, young and old – I really enjoyed my time. I took a class from a woman named Cerese Vaden, who teaches at University of Arizona. Cerese is a fount of knowledge. On top of teaching me several transfer methods, and helping me realize my love for woodburning, she gave me pointers on photographing a 3-D object like the boxes she makes. If you have a chance to take a workshop with Cerese, I would jump on that opportunity. This is the box I made:

The other classes that were offered were

Stone Lithography


Photo Gravure (a photo process, that I’d love to learn)


The duo that taught relief was The Amazing Hancock Brothers, from Austin. They are incredible people, we plan on inviting them as well as a few other artists we met to University Tulsa within the next year. But their style involves stamping, that they cut out of erasers. Here are some photos of their stamps:

Charles and John are on the far left and right, classic Hancock dress. (photo by Carlos Hernandez)

Anyway, I am a firm believer of conferences, I also go to a photo conference, and each one I go to i meet incredible people that give helpful insight to my projects, and have wonderful ideas of their own that are so interesting to hear about. If you’re not going to a confrence for the things you love, you really should look into it. Find your tribe and once you do, stick with them, as long as you can. (If you want to see some of the beat poetry by the Amazing Hancock Brothers, check it out here, courtesy of John Bryant)

Till next time,


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Well, my roommate and I just got back from an amazing road trip. I have family in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, so first thing is a 9 hour drive to see my family up there. It was great to see all of them, complete with a family dinner, with fresh corn picked 10 minutes before dinner đŸ˜€

The map of where we went.

After we were in Sioux Falls for 2 days we went across the state, stopping in Mitchell to see my good friend Brian Klock, who builds some of the most original custom bikes in the nation. Also in Mitchell is the worlds only Corn Palace. So, obviously, we had to see it.

After that we headed for the hills. It’s a 5 hour drive across the state, and a bit boring for most of it. But we got to stop at Wall Drug, which is basiclly a huge tourist trap, but it has a cool history. While we were in the West we went to all the touristy things….including Mt. Rushmore, The Needles Hwy, The Cosmos, Deadwood (Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok’s gravesites), and of course, Sturgis. About this time of year the biggest bike rally in the nation takes place. We were there a few days early, but bikes were slowly descending on this very tiny place. I had never been to Strugis, and my dad being the custom bike builder that he is, I needed to at least see it. It was crazy. I will never do it again in a car. Perhaps once I get a motorcycle.

We stayed in Rapid City, SD for a few days and were there during this thing called Summer Nights, so we walked around a bit and stumbled upon an alley that was covered in grafitti. We were told later, it’s an alley that is legal to graffiti and anyone can do it. So, the next day we added our own little mark in the sea of graffiti. Also while walking down the alley, I practiced doing enviromental portaits. I did two of them, but i’m only really proud of one of them.

Art Alley, Rapid City, SD

Art Alley, Rapid City, SD

Art Alley 2

Art Alley 2

My roommate's graffiti

My roommate's graffiti, in the middle stage.

Where our grafitti is located.

I grab this kid off the street...he was a nice guy sporting a superman shirt cut in half down the middle.

A few days after all of this, we drove down to Denver, CO. Our main goal of the whole trip was Warped Tour. Which was awesome. I loved it. We saw Reel Big Fish, The Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, Drop Kick Murphies, and Anti-Flag. We also got to go to Scum of the Earth Church which was founded by Five Iron Frenzy. It was a good church, good people. If you live in Denver, you should check it out.

Gotta love Wyoming and it's big skys

Our Lunch

We packed our own lunch...but they wouldn't let us take it in...so it turned into our dinner.


we were waiting for a band to start...it was hot...


Reel Big Fish in concert was fun.

After all that we went to the Denver Art Museum. We went to the King Tut exhibit and also visited a lot of the modern art. They had a cool exhibit by a photographer named  Sandy Skoglund who sets up full installations then photographs them. Typically the installation itself isn’t shown to the public but the DAM requested this installation to be permanently shown at museum.

an art piece in front of DAM

Sandy Skoglund's Fox Games

The Marriage of the Virgin Raphael

The artist of this painting would go out on the street and grab people off the street and ask them if they wanted to pose for a painting. Once in the studio he would have them flip through an art history book and pick a painting to immitate. These guys picked The Marriage of the Virigin by Raphael it’s kind of cool. I like the concept behind it.

We made one more stop in Kansas City and stayed with my friend Brian Webster…After that we came home…it was a long trip, but totally worth it. It’s always good to see friends and family before a big life season change such as starting grad school.

Anyway there are more pictures on flickr…check ’em out if you want…

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