The Impossible Year: Exhibition

From January 1, 2012 to January 1, 2014 I took a single photograph a day every day with a Polaroid camera and Impossible Project instant film. I spent time documenting my friends, family and the day to day bullshit of life, from the mundane to the extraordinary. For the first — and possibly only — time, the complete collection of photographs from the project will be on display at my studio space here in Chicago.

The opening reception is Friday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m.

Complementary refreshments will be provided and my wonderful cellist friend Leyla I. Royale will provide background music for the evening.

The show opens Friday March 20 at 7:00 p.m. at 2000 W Carroll Ave, Unit 302B Chicago, IL 60612. After the reception, the exhibition will be available until March 28 by appointment only.

Appointments to view the exhibition can be scheduled by calling me at (773) 916 7660 or contacting me via email.

I’ve worked really hard on this and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

You can find more info on the Facebook event page.

Big Week

When I worked for Apple we had these little ‘credo cards’ with a sort of retail division manifesto inside.

One of the lines included was:

“At Apple, our most important resource, our soul, is our people.”

Outside of Apple this is something that has stuck with me. I think it’s a really great perspective to have honestly. I value people over things. I say it often, but not everyone understand it about me: the most important thing in my life is my friends.

I truly believe that if you go through life with this perspective it’ll come back to you in spades and you’ll make the world a little bit better for everyone.

I’m very fortunate to have amazing and talented friends in my life. I’m really proud of them.

This week my good friend Zoran left Chicago behind to pursue his filmmaking career our in Los Angeles. I’m extremely sad to see him go but I’m really excited at what lies ahead. I know he needs to do this for himself and I have no doubt he’s going to do big things out there.

Zoran’s final project in Chicago was a music video for our friends’ band: Common Shiner.

The project has been going on for months and included just about everyone I know who logically could be included, actors, musicians, photographers… you name it. The final project is a true labor of love under Zoran’s direction that I’m incredibly proud to have been a part of.

The video will debut on Wednesday night here in Chicago at Mayne Stage.

You can get the details here.

Incredibly, that’s not all going on this week or even that night. At the same night, at the very same show, my very good friend Jeff Brown will be releasing his new EP. While I didn’t have a hand in Jeff’s EP, I know this has been a long process for him as well and I’m excited to have the chance to be there.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be saying another goodbye on Thursday night as well. My friends Charles and Emily, better known as Duck and Goose, will be releasing their long awaited album. The duo funded the project through Kickstarter and spent countless hours in the studio working with some amazing people to release an album, that if it’s 1/10th as beautiful as their live shows, will leave people in awe. Unfortunately this will be Duck and Goose’s final show as Emily will be leaving Chicago soon to pursue her education further in Seattle.

Finally, the incomparable Xoë Wise will be opening for Duck and Goose. As far as I know Xoë doesn’t have anything special going on for this show but she’s a wonderful human being and a heck of a musician.

Details here for Duck and Goose with Xoë Wise and others.

August was really hard last year and this year seems to be shaping up to be pretty tough as well. I’m really proud and really excited for all of my friends and I’m extremely grateful to have such amazing people in my life.

Johalla Projects Presents POCKET CHANGE


I’m usually not one to blog about other people’s events but I really believe that my friend Anna and Johalla Projects are up to good things here.

POCKET CHANGE is a collaboration art/music series with The Empty Bottle. The events intent to raise money to fund public arts projects throughout Chicago.

This Thursday Feb 20, 2014 at 9pm POCKET CHANGE will feature the work of  Ryan Duggan entitled ‘LAST CALL O-MATIC.’ Ryan will install a modified vending machine that will dispense “last call” pick up lines and fake phone numbers. I’m not personally familiar with Ryan’s work but I’m interested by this for sure.

Additionally the event will feature a DJ set by Heather Gabel. Heather is a fantastic artist in her own right probably best known for her work with Alkaline Trio.

Admission is $5 and includes a complementary PBR.

The last of these events was in October and featured the work of Heather Gabel and Matt Skiba at which I shot this image as part of my Impossible Year project:

Heather Gabel, Anna Cerniglia, and Matt Skiba at the Empty Bottle

Enjoy great art, listen to great music, and help make Chicago more interesting. All while enjoying everyone’s favorite low-brow brew. What’s not to like?

I’ll be there for sure. Hope to see you!

Check out the event on Facebook

Grateful for you.

I often say that the most important thing in my life is my friends.

And I’m pretty fortunate to have many friends in many different places.

A few months back I lost a dear friend, Matt Ryd, when he took his own life. Someone who I was close with, but honestly, regret not being closer to.

Since moving to Chicago in 2007 I’ve found myself in a wonderful community of nerds, artists, comedians, and musicians. One of the central figures of this community was Matt. We met through mutual friends, he welcomed me in with open arms, and we became friends. I’d look forward to seeing him at his shows or other ones in the community. Now, suddenly he’s gone.

Since he left, our quirky little community has banded together around his loss. We’ve put together three concerts in his name to raise money and awareness for causes he found dear.

Even departed, he still sits in the center. In losing Matt I’ve discovered a lot about myself and found some great new friends in the process. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. While I’d give anything to have him back, this is proof that every cloud has a silver lining.

Thanksgiving was a few days ago and various friends of mine were posting the things they were grateful for in their Facebook statuses.

I simply posted:

“I’m grateful for you.”

I meant it. Especially you though Matt.

Thank you.

Questions and Answers about ‘Tile’

The other day I came across this new crowdfunded gadget: Tile. The idea behind it is one I’ve wished existed for many years. Long and short: It’s a tiny little Bluetooth powered location tracker that you place on your keys, luggage, bag, bike etc. The benefits of this are great and their video does an excellent job of selling it.

I’m intrigued that it will prevent me from ever misplacing my keys in my own home again. However, as with any advancement in technology: “With great power comes great responsibility.” This product raises some technical and privacy questions to me and the company’s FAQ seemed to mainly exist to placate angry Android customers, so I fired off an email to their ‘contact’ address and here are the results.

You have your introductory price but what will the second year cost me? / Will you offer a recycling discount for sending you our old tiles?

Tile replacements are likely to be discounted for customers, but since we are still in development phase the final cost is not yet determined. Replacement Tiles will come with a return envelope with postage paid. All Tiles are recycled or refurbished depending on condition.

Tile requires no battery charging or battery replacement hassles, ever. It’s all about ease of use and being cost effective as compared fo similar solutions. You could buy enough Tiles to last you three years before you would match the cost of buying other solutions that require constant charging and are quite bigger, and not waterproof.

If I buy a tile, when does the year start? At manufacturing, order, or do I “activate” it somehow? If I buy two tiles now, can I hold off “activating” the second one until my first one dies? Will it hold a charge until this hypothetical activation?

A Tile’s year of use starts when you take possession of it. Withholding use of a Tile does not prevent a drain on the battery. Use them for a year and then replace. Easy. Also, Tiles are registered via the Tile app.

What kind of access to my tile data do you have? Could the NSA, in theory, demand access to your servers and see my tile’s location history? Or, with your permission, use another tile to locate my tile like your video shows with the bike?

Tile is still in the development phase, so we have many areas to address in our product plan, including a privacy policy. That said, like many devices and product features available today, our objective is to offer an unique and helpful experience to improve the lives of our customers. We have no intention of acting improperly, or without transparency, with any information that results from the operation of our product.

There you have it. While I’m not thrilled by the amount of companies going live without privacy policies set in place, I respect that they answered the question at all. For now, I’ve decided to purchase a Tile. We’ll see how I feel about it when year 2 rolls around.