Warriors is a series of photographic studio portraits where I explore individual diabetics and the physical endeavors that they participate in. The name Warriors derives from the social media hashtag #t1dwarriors when describing a Type 1 Diabetic Athlete. By taking a stylized portrait of each athlete with a red and blue color scheme. While diabetes is an infliction of the pancreas, red symbolizes the fact that the effects are circulated through the vascular system. It is the regular testing of blood glucose levels that helps diabetics manage their condition. While blue was initially chosen for stylistic reasons, it is also the color used in diabetic fundraisers and awareness. In this exhibition, I want to elevate the individual and applaud their achievements while acknowledging the fact that they are diabetics.
My subject is the human form, photographs of conventional beauties are ubiquitous, and as I would not be considered a conventional beauty by western European standards, I look for beauty in all. I am interested in age because of the impact of sun on the skin, the blemishes of disease and childbirth, scars from accidents, bulging fat, tattoos, and the sag of weight loss. Somehow I look for features that elicit emotions.
Herbert Sanders Gallery, Industrial Studies Building 236 October 02-06 2023
After Hours is about my journey as a concert photographer, as part of the media, as a concert goer, as a fan, as a music lover. The photographs in this series and exhibition at first glance are obvious in what they are. Concert photos. However, with further knowledge, these photographs are about the determination of striving to be a better photographer. They are about the process of achieving your goal and the process it takes to get there. They are about the artist and the fans I photographed. As well as being about me.
Black Gallery, Art Building Room 204 October 2nd to 5th 2023
This project documents the special people in my life that include my grandmother, mother, my two sisters, and my beautiful niece. This series of photographs is a celebration of their lives and a thank you for their never-ending love and support. I do not know where I would be without them. In each image, there are subtleties to give context on who they are as a person from the article of clothing to the expression on their faces. My goal with this work is to share an important piece of my life and the love I have for my family.
This semester we are very excited to welcome Binh Danh to our full-time faculty. Binh Danh earned his B.F.A. in photography from San Jose State University and his M.F.A. from Stanford University in 2004. He has completed a residency at Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris and has exhibited widely in the Bay Area, including shows at SF Cameraworks, the Kearny Street Project, the Oakland Museum of Art and the Triton Museum of Art. His work is included in the collections of the Oakland Museum of California and the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Special Collection.
This week the National Gallery of Art in D.C. released a video interview with him. Please take a look here.
For more information about the work of Binh Danh, please visit his website here.
Aaron Pettigrew BFA Show March 12-16 in Herbert Sanders Gallery