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Estimado Vinilo (Dear Vinyl)

Meet  Eduardo Lugea, who rents out the loft of an old bookstore and sells his record collection that he has kept since adolescence. He lit up when I asked him to put on an old Beatles record, saying how happy it made him to see people separated by 50 years enjoying the same music. "La misma sensación que tienes cuando lo escuches, yo tengo también. Esa es la magia de la música. Que compartimos esa sensación entre las generaciones." (The same feeling you have when you listen to it, I have as well. That is the magic of music, to be able to share that feeling between generations)

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 "Me da pena a ver ciertos discos cuando se vayan. (It pains me to see certain ones go)"  he continued.

"Like which ones?"

After a moment: 

"Los Rolling Stones."

"Then why sell them?"

"I'm old, and they are just objects. Where will they go when I'm gone? But still, it hurts."

 

Eduardo Luega, Estimado Vinilo,  San Telmo, Buenos Aires

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Nakuru//Lima

One from the archives: a juxtaposition of scenes from June 2013. On the left, the pristine landscape of Nakuru National Park, Kenya. On the right, barrio Pacifico in the southern district of Chorillos, Lima from my time working at Krochet Kids Peru. 

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Sneak peek...

I've been quiet on the blog for a while. Senior year has picked up quicker than expected, and I've been swept out from under me by a deluge of work. Nevertheless, I made time to work on the footage from my project in Nepal this summer. Here's a a little teaser for what's to come in the next month. Stay tuned...

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Impulse: 2 piece painting series

The creative impulse can also be a destructive one. 

The pursuit of beauty can easily take a wrong turn into obsession and anxiety, and a journey that began in the light can quickly turn dark. 

"the dance of light and dark will remain

without one

cannot exist the

other"

Detail shots:

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wsnc: video installation

The last couple months I've gotten the opportunity to collaborate with another talented WFU artist on a video/sculpture site specific installation. (see Sean's stuff here

The collaboration process in making an artwork was new to me, but one I really enjoyed. The piece, wsnc, was founded on the idea of exploration, of leaving the familiar and venturing out into a city we didn't know much about but had lived in for 3 years. As most Wake students can attest to, it is easy to get stuck on campus, and when students leave, most don't venture past downtown venues, bars, and restaurants. With this piece, a 3 channel projection installation with sculptural and found object elements, we sought to seek, find, and reveal a Winston-Salem to ourselves and to viewers. 

After early mornings and hours shooting driving around town, deliberations over projections, happy accidents, and navigating every decision as a team, we arrived at the final piece. 
It was shown only for a night before being torn down, walls and all, at an exhibit along other video and sculpture students. Below is the evidence of its brief existence. 

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Night of Stories

My dear friend Sarah made dreams come to life on a picturesque spring evening this week. She had been thinking about this event for several years, and it was one of the most memorable nights this campus has seen. To preserve the integrity of the night, and so that only those present would know what stories were told, only still photographs were taken, and I'm so thankful she asked me to collaborate with her on capturing the mesmerizing beauty of this event. 

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