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Vespers is a recent collaboration with my wife, Jennifer Tolo Pierce. The series was photographed at Cato’s Ale House in Oakland, California.

Vespers
By Jennifer Tolo Pierce

Rewind
past the piles
of unwashed laundry
the too-small bed crowded
with the sleeping sprawl
of children—
Past the broken toy
cars, the missing buttons,
the gummy mouths wet
with spit
Rewind past the barkeep’s
last call,
the half-drunk beer leaving
its sweaty beaded frown
Past initials carved
roughly into wood—
It began with a “J” and met
with a “K” and led
here, to this room in Paris
above the Square Caillancourt
where the church bells clang
upon the hill and a stain
the color of tea blossoms
across the ceiling—something
Holy— something that much closer
to God.

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Photographs—featuring employees of Elixir Design—were taken at an industrial kitchen in Emeryville, California. The recipe (for Chewy Orange-Almond Cookies) was hand-drawn.

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I’m excited to be included in Thx 4 ur Info, a group show at the Fine Art Gallery at Colorado State University—Pueblo, focused on social networking as art. The show opens November 6 and will run through December 11, 2009. If you were my friend, you’d have met me in Tuolumne Meadows on Monday, August 18th will be presented as twenty 6 x 6″ digital C-prints.

The show is curated by Caroline Peters, Assistant Professor of Art History and Contemporary Theory as well as the Director of the Fine Art Gallery at CSU-Pueblo.

Contributing artists include Rachel Perry Welty, Jenna Kuiper, Boris Ostrerov, and Brian Buckbee. The Opening Reception is Friday, November 6 from 5-7 p.m.

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This series of photographs was taken in Tuolumne Meadows, looking back at traffic on Tioga Road (aka Highway 120) which runs along it’s southern edge. The meadow is a well known feature of Yosemite National Park and the road is an undeniable feature of it, taking travelers up and over 3,031 m Tioga Pass when open in the summer months. Facebook’s photo tagging convention and the names of Facebook friends (through September 8, 2009) were hand-drawn.

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I love Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and feel so fortunate to reexperience it with our boys; at ages 3 (“I’m 3-3/4!”) and 2 (“I’m 2-1/2!”), they can recite every line. The story is reenacted daily at our home, and it is not uncommon to hear a terrible roar, the gnashing of terrible teeth, or see the baring of terrible claws en route to the kitchen. As such, it is a great pleasure to contribute to Cory Godbey’s wonderful project Terrible Yellow Eyes, a collection of artwork inspired by the book. View as slideshow (below) or click here to view as a single composite image.

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Montpelier features photographs from the summer of 2006 in six parts: Hubbard Park, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Royal Orchid Thai, American Flatbread, Vermont College, and Fourth of July Parade. The series is overlayed with fragments of a hand-drawn map of Vermont copied from the 1930 edition of the Commercial Atlas of the World.

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Cord was written by Jennifer Tolo Pierce. Photographs were taken in and around Havre and Helena, Montana.

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Down the Long Road Comes was written by Jennifer Tolo Pierce. Photographs were taken in the Emigrant Wilderness.

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