Kendra Steiner Editions

January 2, 2016

KSE Visual Art Spotlight #2: WYATT DOYLE

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 8:26 am

Wyatt Doyle is a true Renaissance Man. I first stumbled across his work 8 or 9 years ago when he did a superb joint DVD commentary with Chris D of the 1973 film DEATH SMILES ON THE MURDERER (issued by Legend House), starring Ewa Aulin and Klaus Kinski. His perceptive and insightful comments on this unique film led me to wonder, who IS this man? Well, he’s been a hard-working fiction writer, editor, publisher, script doctor, screenwriter, and photographer. His most recent book is the photography collection DOLLAR HALLOWEEN, which you can read about here: https://kendrasteinereditions.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/dollar-halloween-by-wyatt-doyle-new-texture-books/ . KSE also reviewed (and raved about) a few years ago his book of short stories set in the world of the Los Angeles bus system, STOP REQUESTED, and you can read that review here: https://kendrasteinereditions.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/stop-requested-by-wyatt-doyle-new-texture-books-2010/ . One of the qualities I admire most in Wyatt Doyle’s work is his eye for the unexpected juxtapositions of detail among the seemingly mundane, juxtapositions of detail that provide a window of insight into life, into society, into truth. This quality is as strong in his fiction as it is in his photography. However, as a photographer myself (about 85% of the 325 KSE album and chapbook covers have been rooted in my photography), I appreciate his superb eye and his exquisite framing. On a number of occasions when Mary Anne and I have been travelling across small-town Texas or the midwest, we’ll view a scene and comment to one another that it looks like a Wyatt Doyle photograph.

We’re presenting a small sample of Wyatt’s work here along with a brief statement from the artist about his work. You can read more about his many and varied activities at newtexture.com . Wyatt has also done two covers for KSE: the much-acclaimed Doug Draime poetry book DUSK WITH CAROL and the recent album “Modern Architecture” by FOSSILS. Wyatt will also have a new book arriving in 2016, a themed collection of photographs and stories, the ungrammatically titled I NEED REAL TUXEDO AND A TOP HAT! The book focuses on street scenes and street people (two from the works below — “Window sketcher” and “El santo” — are from TUXEDO) . Until then, enjoy the 10 works below (and check out the New Texture website).

ARTIST’S STATEMENT: I keep it simple. My cameras are consumer-grade, point-and-shoot models.  I avoid posing or positioning. I prefer natural or source lighting, I dislike using a flash. I crop, but resist further manipulation.

I like photographs that imply a narrative. I’m interested in people, places, and objects — how they intersect and interact, and the ways time and physical surroundings affect, alter and comment. It’s a conversation; I document that conversation.

 

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WYATT 10

 

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