GOOD BOKEH | Artist Talk
1793 EAST MAIN ST
VENTURA, CA 93001
T 805 626 8876
Artist Talk | Sunday, April 2 | 1-3p
Join us on Sunday, April 2 from 1-3 for a panel discussion with four photographers from our current exhibit Good Bokeh. We will talk about their selected works for the show, their creative processes and career. This moderated talk will feature photgraphers Michael Miner, Natasha Rudenko, Paul Kaiser and Tom Wheeler. FREE ADMISSION, small bites and refreshemtns at 1, talk begins at 1:30. See you there!
MICHAEL MINER - Miner's professional career started as director of photography and director/cameraman of twenty music videos. He received numerous accolades as co-writer of the action-thriller ROBOCOP, which led to a successful 30 year career as a screenwriter. His award-winning directorial effort, THE BOOK OF STARS, was discovered while teaching at the Maine Photographic Workshops. Mr. Miner has also taught screen writing at the University of Hawaii, the Southeastern Media Institute, the Praxis Center for Screen writing in Vancouver, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and in the InsideOut Writers Program for incarcerated juveniles in Los Angeles County. He has embarked on a second career as a large format landscape photographer, his images gracing many private collections and galleries in San Francisco, Carmel and Los Angeles, California. Mr. Miner recently completed an artist-in-residence grant at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, capturing large format images in the remarkable Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests. In March of 2017 he will have a one-man-show at Contact LA in the artist colony known as the Brewery. And MGM recently hired him and his writing partner to write the screenplay for the next ROBOCOP.
PAUL KAISER - Paul was born in El Paso, Texas, and lived in Europe and California then Hastings, Michigan where he was raised. He is a combat veteran and contemporary artist working primarily in portraiture across a variety of mediums. He is self taught in the arts and attended Columbia University where he majored in Cultural Anthropology. He served both in the Army as a Light Infantry Scout and in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant in Special Operations, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, during Operation Enduring Freedom. Both his education and military experience inform and shape his art. Paul exhibits regularly both in the US and EU and has works in public and private collections world-wide. He is currently living and working in Los Angeles, California.
NATASHA RUDENKO - Rudenko was born in Moscow; she has recently graduated with MFA in Photography from New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, where she currently lives and works. In 2016, Rudenko was a part of a few international juried group shows, including “Body” exhibition in PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, where her work was elected as Jury’s choice. Her work was also a part of a few publications of feminist and queer art, including Issues II and Femme Fotale Volume III Analog. In her work Natasha Rudenko attempts to interpret her personal experience as a human being. She addresses self-reflection and investigates the realm of her feelings and emotions. Through being honest and personal she aims to make people relate to the ideas explored in her work and provoke their own self-reflection.
TOM WHEELER - Tom was born 1965, is an emerging artist with a life-long passion for photography. His first photo art class was in 1987 at Stanford University and later took courses at UCLA Extension, Otis College of Art and Design, and Santa Monica College (Photojournalism with the Corsair Weekly and large format studio work in full-time coursework). He later worked briefly with Our Times (LA Times Section) and also assisted in studios with various LA advertising and magazine photographers. Inspired by classical early-era “pen-light” work he had seen in college art courses, Tom first began experimenting with painted-light work in 1989, primarily doing light-tool drawing work in studio settings. It wasn’t until 2009 that Mr. Wheeler fully engaged in light-paining work and began to seriously push a broad spectrum of extreme experimentation in various aspects of light-painting. It was at that time that he incorporated a love for outdoor landscape photography with light-painting, and most of his work since has been an evolution of that combination.