ARTIST’S STATEMENT #6
In summary fashion, here’s what I do, what I think.
- I create original fine art photographs – signed and numbered in limited editions, framed in archival materials.
- The photograph says what size it should be; I do not mass produce them in a variety of sizes.
- I occasionally make one-of-a kind works with narrative additions and drawing.
- I crop through the lens and rarely make changes in the computer.
- I value color, in all its hues and values.
- I like to sneak pictures – I don’t like model releases.
- I like serial imagery, visual surprises and asymmetry.
- Color or b/w — it’s all about light and space.
- Occasionally, I think of myself as a painter with a camera.
- There’s too much generic art out there.
- Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson are under-appreciated.
- Any fool can take a good picture – not every fool knows how or why.
- Everyone should know how to draw.
Michael Preble, a resident of Camden, Arkansas, has been an active photographer since the late 1980s, first publishing his Caribbean photographs with International Voyager Media, Miami. He has exhibited nationally and regionally, including art festivals, galleries and museums, and is included in numerous public and private collections in Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Michael is also a museum professional, recently retired as Curator and Program Director at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia, a position he held since October 2004. Prior to his work in Hampton Roads, Michael was Deputy Director for Programming at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. He has held senior curatorial positions at the Arkansas Arts Center, Portland Museum of Art, Maine, and the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, among others.
He also served as guest curator for the William Baziotes exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy and is currently Editor of the William Baziotes Catalogue Raisonné project.
He holds a BA in Art History from Cornell University and an MA in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
He is married to Anne Guthrie, former planner and future beekeeper. Attending to some family needs, they live in Camden, Arkansas, where Anne grew up, with their vizsla Sofie. They dearly miss their boy vizslas Niko and Finley very much. Both Anne and Michael have taken up archery. Michael calls New Orleans home.
For information about the Baziotes project and to receive a catalogue raisonné form, contact Michael Preble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images, top to bottom:
Self Portrait, 2012
Michael Preble by Matt Weber, NY
Michael Preble at Pfac, Philip Koch exhibition
A good flight, 20 yds (June 2014)