E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: San Diego Specialty: Art
Richard ChauDavis (Baer) graduated from the College of Creative Studies, UCSB, in 1979 with a BA in painting and drawing. During college and afterwards Richard took up art photography. Initially doing focused shoots trailing a person through their day, interspersed with studies of odd locations and alleyways.
After moving to San Diego Richard created a ‘Dark Space’ in his garage (along with a darkroom). During this time he showed mostly at San Diego Art Institute. The Dark Space went through several permutations becoming more and more sexual. Erotic would be a misleading term… Along the way were several regional shows at SDAI, a one person show, charity events, etc.
A neighbor introduced Richard to a computer (385 with about 30 megs…) several years ago. Eventually the darkroom was shutdown and the art went digital. Richard caught Joe Flazh!’s interest and was given a one person show at Flazh!Alley in San Pedro (‘Room Service, images from the No-Tell Motel’). Since then, Richard has finished two more complete series. Current work has been shown locally at Ray Street, The Art of Digital Show, UA Art Guild, The Garage, Friends of East County Artist 3rd annual Alley Cat Show, the 14th El Cajon Invitational Art Exhibit, ‘Pajama Party’ at the Garage, Trash at Leftovers which is the kitchen part of Vacancy II, Vacancy 3; The Kitchen,. Two works from the Window series also traveling with Erotic Signature’s ‘ArtUndressed 2009’ (most recently in San Francisco), one of which was included in a very good book of erotic art.
I was trained as a painter. A lot of my sensibilities come from that training (how to balance a work, small on the bottom and large on top, craftsmanship, etc). While I deeply miss the smell of turpentine and the texture of paint, I find the camera and the computer irresistible. There is the sense of reality that comes easily to photographic images. With computers and software, an artist can control the whole image in a way that is either tedious or impossible in the darkroom. In addition, the new printers can make very rich blacks and grays. I have for a long time dealt with the concept of ‘not the split second’ but maybe the split 2 seconds or 5 minutes and present that time frame as one image.
Sexuality as a theme in my work reflects a lot thinking, my Christianity, and my observations. Techniques I have used heavily are compositing, introducing color, scanning negatives, and digital to digital photography. I also love the beach and for relief take pictures there.
Recently, I have been doing, 3D imagery, and live art (I do an impromptu themed photo shoot with interested bystanders). My current camera of choice is a Cannon 50D.