Ninety Degree Day in May


“Throat of an Iris” – © chriscondello 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Pittsburgh, PA – An iris large enough for me to stick a camera inside… Enough said…

I will have prints available soon… I promise… I have never been asked for prints of my work… I am not afraid to admit that I have no idea what I am doing as far as that is concerned… Please hang in there… And any suggestions would be welcomed… I am thinking of opening an etsy site… But like I said… This shit is new to me…


“Almost Fake” – © chriscondello 2013 – Sculpture of Stone – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – This stack is taller than me at around 6’… A woman on the trail told me it looked fake… Then she corrected herself… Almost fake…


“Forget-Me-Not” – © chriscondello 2013 – Hamnett Way – Wilkinsburg, PA – Growing in the ruins of an old garage… Roofless… And only two walls remaining… Forget-Me-Nots growing through the concrete floor say it all…


“Bench View” – © chriscondello 2013 – Sculpture of Stone” – As I spend more time in Frick Park… I’m getting a little less shy… This stack was placed across from a bench on the banks of Nine Mile Run… A few people stopped and watched… But I didn’t freak out… In fact… I was able to completely zone them out…


“Neighborhood Shining” – © chriscondello 2013 – Pink Columbine – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – A photo from my front yard… Taken with a cup of coffee… Faces east in the morning… And west in the evening…


“Still Life” – © chriscondello 2013 – Sculpture of Stone – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Over 6′ tall and withstood the curiosity of a big ass wet dog… I almost had a heart attack though…


“Framed” – © chriscondello 2013 – Golden Alexander – Zizia aurea – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – This was originally only intended to be included in my personal library of wildflower photographs… I noticed the framing effect of the trees on my camera screen… Readjusted… And came up with this shot…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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9 thoughts on “Ninety Degree Day in May

  1. petrujviljoen says:

    Have a look see, for further inspiration and what he has to say about his work, at Willem Boshoff.


  2. petrujviljoen says:

    Also, the route of art galleries, you could get commissioned to make these sculptures in other areas, even abroad. Think big. Thousands and thousands of Dollars. Develop a ‘brand’.


  3. petrujviljoen says:

    Chris, have you considered publishing a book? I have a book here by land artist Strijdom Van der Merwe, a fellow South African. I’ve no idea how you should go about marketing the stuff. I’ve seen people on wordpress have a contact sheet or contact info page where potential customers can order prints from the artist direct. It would mean that you’d have to print yourself and do the posting yourself. Might become a full time thing unless you can get somebody close to you to help with the admin. That way you’d cut out a middle agent. Also consider going the gallery route. (Which is the one I favour). Take your courage under your arm, the portfolio under the other one, put on your really thick skin and do the rounds of the art galleries. If one seems to look down their nose at you, thumb it and go to the next one. Exhibition may be the best way to go. The gallery itself will then be able to assist you with their extensive mailing lists, and the prices will go up. And I agree with the comment regarding the honesty of your writing – which should go with the photos at exhibition. Do It! An interested gallery may (at a cost) help with a professional printer. That would be for prints A1 or A2 size. Gallerists are often sharks so watch out for yourself. But the exposure in such an environment is what these deserve. I also had a thought that perhaps the managers of your Ficks Park would be interested in paying you to maintain the sculptures you’ve been making. It isn’t a crime, it wouldn’t be in South Africa (I don’t think) to make them in the first place and they are really lovely. A feat of balance. They might even be wiling to fund the costs of an exhibition i.e. printing costs, gallery space (some charge rental from the artist plus a commission); the drinks and snacks at the opening of the exhibition, the packaging, the invitations and so on. Ask around the galleries in your area, I assume there are some in Pittsburgh how they go about hosting an exhibition. You’re onto a very, very good thing here. You’d want to do a bit of written research ( the galleries and book agents and even your followers on wordpress ) would appreciate a why for? Why these sculptures? Why the way you did what you did? I know: often one doesn’t know why, one just does it because one can. But once it has been made, what do you have to say about your inner workings about them? You’re somewhat of a poet too, so go their as well. Hope this rambling makes sense. I really support this work – unfortunately one has to do the marketing as well. Did I say about putting on your thicker skin? I can’t find mine at the moment but it must be around here somewhere. Can’t lend it to you, need it myself. 🙂 Good luck!


  4. addercatter says:

    Lovely and thought provoking. You have wonderful talent. Also, irises are my favorites, so your iris shot would be a perfect addition to my wall hangings!!! Kat


  5. Iris is one of my favorites – I named my practice after her and her namesake flowers, and my favorite word, “iridescent.”

    The one you captured above looks has a kaleidoscopoe effect. Stunning.

    (Please delete my first less intelligible comment…I hit “post” before I proofread!)


  6. carolyn says:

    Love the way your write with such honesty, keep up the great work. You have a beautiful garden and a great eye.


  7. lifewithlelah says:

    Hey Chris! These are great. Two questions; what do you shoot? And what have you considered as far as printing companies – for meeting the demands of your customers?
    I may have a suggestion or two for you.


    • C.Condello says:

      Mostly still life’s of nature… Flowers… And my sculpture… And as far as printing was concerned… I was going to start at kinkos copies… But really want something more Professional… I think… What do you use?..


      • lifewithlelah says:
        Short article on a few easy start suggestions for printing. From these, I have experience with mpix and found their work to be affordable and of great quality.
        There’s so much to format, that I did not come to understand unfortunately before I stopped shooting. Be sure to explore that.
        Love your nature shots! ….but was hoping to hear what you shoot as far as equipment ; )
        Keep sharing! The shots of leaves with dye were amazing. Though all I have seen have been enjoyed.


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