My visual, audio and literary stuff is free here, but my hold-in-your-hands books, prints, and CDs cost real money. If you want to buy something tactile from me, contact me at stujenks at gmail dot com, or message me on Facebook. If you simply want to look and read for free, that's fine too, but don't hesitate to send me your sofa change. My snail mail address is P.O. Box 161, Tucson, Arizona 85702. Keep those cards and letters coming. And sofa change too. Love and light, Stu.
Images from top to bottom: "The Wall, West Of Naco, Montezuma Pass, Coronado National Monument, Arizona", "The Digital Wall, Montezuma Pass, Arizona" & "Trump Pinata, Tucson, Arizona" (c) 2017 Stu Jenks.
DIGITAL, PHYSICAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WALLS by Stu Jenks.
There are already physical walls on the border. Lots of them. Also, The U.S. Border Patrol has very advanced digital monitoring systems all up and down the Arizona border. They have for years. I talked briefly with a couple of the officers yesterday and thanked them. I'm a progressive Democrat but I greatly appreciate the work these men and women do.
But I can only imagine what some of them must feel when they hear what Trump, their future boss, said in his press conference today, that the border is wide open, a complete mess, a disaster.
It is not wide open. Hasn't been for a long time. It is not a disaster.
You will be seeing more politic posts from me on Facebook, and on my website in the future. I really don't care if it affects the sale of my work. Fuck it. (By the way, I've closed my Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr accounts. Can't stand those platforms.)
I'm going back to Virginia and North Carolina next week to visit with friends and to see an ailing family member. (Say a prayer for Victoria and the Hardy family.) I'll also be in Washington, D.C. either on Inauguration Day or the day after. Plan is the visit the new African American Museum. Not sure yet which day I'll be there. Depends on a number of things. I'll keep you posted.
Lastly for today, I watched both Trump press conference and Obama farewell address this morning. I wonder what my British and Canadian friends must think, seeing the stark contrast between those two presentations. How could we go so wrong in our election, they must think?
Well, I can only speculate. And coulda, woulda, shoulda, we are long past that now. Donald Trump will be our President a week from Friday. I did predict Trump winning the nomination back on the Summer of 2015, but I didn't see him winning the general.
And I have another prediction today.
Trump will either be impeached or removed from office, probably in two years time if not sooner. It will take time to build a case against him either for mental instability or for corruption, using his influence with foreign governments to line his own pockets and that of his children. If things go south economically, and the Republicans get creamed in the midterms, look for President Pence in 2019.
But I could be dead wrong. Worse things could happen.
Trump will start a war, perhaps using small or large nuclear weapons, and what I write on my blog or on Facebook won't really matter very much.
Or there is this.
The percentage of the American people who support Trump and the Republicans (It's really only about 30% of all adults in America.) will continue to be misinformed at best or blatantly incurious and dumb at worse, blaming whatever bad things that happen on Obama or Clinton or whatever paper tiger they come up with. And about 10-20% of Americans are perfectly happy with a bully, a narcissist, a crazy man as President. (I heard people laughing in the room at the Trump press conference today when he was rude, obnoxious and insulting to reporters. He actually brought in Trump supporters to a press conference to mock the journalists.) Some Americans love this guy. He truly represents them. That is a fact. So things will get worse and the conservative media will gas-lighting the living shit out of it. And many people will believe the sky is blue when it is really black.
Enjoy my factual photos of how the Arizona/Mexico border is actually quite secured.
And pray for all of us.
And for Peter's sake, people, vote in the mid-terms in 2018. We can roll back this shit.
Many thanks to Jill for contacting me to assist with this article. It's a big deal to be asked by the largest photography retailer in the world to help keep people safe and sound. More than happy to help y'all.
...As a bookend for the encounter, Jenks offers one last piece of etiquette for the end of the night. “As you load up and prepare to leave, turn back to where you’ve worked and thank the land. Say, ‘Thank You’ out loud,” he suggests. “Show a bit of gratitude to the land that provided your images and this experience. For me, it puts food on my table, but it also puts joy in my heart.” - Jill Waterman, B&H.
1997, Photography Studies, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona. 1979, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art: Sculpture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2016, “20 Years: 1996-2016,” Wee Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2015, “The Little Ones,” Wee Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2014, “The Ancients,” Wee Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2009, "At-One-With," Jewish Community Center, Tucson, Arizona. 2008, "Nine Prayers," Hotel Congress, Tucson, Arizona. 2007, "A Very Large God," Unity of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona. 2005, "If There's a Heaven...," Endicott West Art Foundation, Tucson, Arizona. 2004, "Mystery And Magic,” Metroform Limited Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2002, "Circles and Spirals," Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona. 2001, "Analog and Digital," Safehouse, Tucson, Arizona. 2001, "Circles and Spirals," The Image Gallery, The Screening Room, Tucson, Arizona. 1998, "Sacred Spaces," Hercules Florence Gallery, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona.
2016, Victor Mothershead: U.S. Secret Service by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press 2015, Step Zero (The Special Edition) by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2014, Balthazar and Zeeba: A Christmas Novella by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2014, A Rolodex Of Haikus by Tunafish Smith (Edited by Stu Jenks), Fezziwig Press. 2014, Air & Gravity by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2013, Pamela’s Baby Rocking Chair by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2012, Step Zero by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2012, The Fatal Figures (Or How I Got In Trouble With The Law In Art School), by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2011, The Transpersonal Papers: 1861-2010 by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2011, Bozo In Love by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2011, Dementia Blues by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2009, Hoop Dancing: More Journeys Through Nocturnal Photography, by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press. 2008, Flames Spirals: Journeys Through Nocturnal Photography by Stu Jenks, Fezziwig Press.
Music And Audiobooks:
2003: The Three Surrenders: Soundtracks for Photographs, Vol. One, Fezziwig Press. 2005: West Of The Fires: Soundtracks for Photographs, Vol. Two, Fezziwig Press. 2008: Gladstone Mothershead: Soundtracks for Photographs, Vol. Three, Fezziwig Press. 2010: Hoop Dancing (The Audiobook), Fezziwig Press. 2011: Deaths & Injuries, Fezziwig Press. 2013: Pamela’s Baby Rocking Chair (The Audiobook), Fezziwig Press. 2014: Balthazar & Zebba: A Christmas Novella (The Audiobook), Fezziwig Press. 2015: Angel Ghosts, Fezziwig Press.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016, “Into the Night: Contemporary Art and the Nocturne Tradition,” Tucson Museum Of Art. 2016, “In Full Bloom,” Tohono Chul Park, Arizona. 2015, “Small Works,” Tohono Chul Park, Arizona. 2015, “Dia de los Muertos,” Tohono Chul Park, Arizona. 2015, “The Photographers,” Contreras Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2015, “The Sky Above,” Tohono Chul Park, Arizona. 2014, “The Trees: Myth, Symbol and Metaphor,” Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona. 2012, "Vicios y Virtudes" (Vices & Virtues), Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2010, "Night Moves: After-Dark Images," Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona. 2009, "Print Pop," Lulubell Toy Bodega, Tucson, Arizona. 2009, "Curious Camera," ArtsEye/Photographic Works, Honorable Mention, Tucson, Arizona. 2008, "La Celebración y el Sufrimiento," Union Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. 2008, "The September Show," Point Of View Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina. 2008, "Big Ideas, Small Frames," Dinnerware Artspace, Tucson, Arizona. 2008, "Darkness, Darkness," Three Columns Gallery, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2007, "Salon Des Refuses," Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, Arizona. 2006, "Big Deal 13," SOMarts Gallery, San Francisco, California. 2006, "Transcending Boundaries," Point Of View Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina. 2006, "Tough Lovelies: Agaves and Yuccas in Art," Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona. 2006, "The Art Of Photography,” Lyceum Theatre, San Diego, California. 2005, "Día de los Muertos: Contemporary Expressions," Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona. 2004, "Hotshoe Salon" Studio 455, Tucson, Arizona. 2004, "Wildfire!", Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona. 2003, "First Annual Winter Group Exhibition," Metroform Limited Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2003, "Small Works Invitational," Metroform Limited Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2003, "46th Annual International Awarded Exhibition," San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California. 2002, "Rocky Mountain Biennial," Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, Colorado. 2002, "Spite: Ten Years of The Toole Shed," Museum of Contemporary Art/Hazmat Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2002-2004, "Saguaro: Popular Image and Cultural Icon," Arizona Commission of the Arts Touring Exhibition (with Tohono Chul Park), Arizona. 2001, "Response," Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Tucson, Arizona. 2001, "In God We Trust," Zahorec Hughes Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. 2001, "Michael Cajero, Stu Jenks, and Rudolph Nadler," Jewish Community Center's Fine Art Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2000, "La Petite VIII," Alder Gallery, Coburg, Oregon. 2000, "44th Annual International Awarded Exhibition," San Diego Art Institute, California. 2000, "Visions VI," Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, Kentucky. 2000, "Nocturnes 2000," Pacific Media Arts, San Francisco, California, Curator's Choice Award. 2000, "Tucson/Pima Arts Council Fellowship Exhibit," Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Tucson, Arizona. 1999, "43rd Annual International Awarded Exhibition," San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California. 1999, "La Petite VII", Alder Gallery, Coburg, Oregon. 1999, "Visions V", Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, Kentucky; Jury's Award. 1999, "Arizona Biennial '99," Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona. 1999, "Photowork '99," Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York. 1999, "Miniatures," The Galleria, Bisbee, Arizona. 1979, “Bachelor of Fine Arts Show”, Ackland Museum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
2012, “Open Circle for Pamela,” Glow Festival of Lights, Oracle, Arizona. 2009, "Open Circle Plus Seven," Metanexus Conference, Tempe, Arizona. 2004, "Ancient Spirit, Modern Voice: The Mythic Journeys Art Exhibition," The Defoor Centre Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia. 2002, "The Open Circle Cairn Project," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona.
Grants & Fellowships:
2000, Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Visual Arts I Fellowship Awards (Honorable Mention).
Selected Lectures, Juries & Workshops:
2011, Juror, Third Annual Curious Camera Competition, ArtsEye, Tucson, Arizona. 2010, Co-Executive Director, "All Souls' Procession 4th Annual Photography Exhibition Competition," All Souls' Procession, Tucson, Arizona. 2009, Juror, "Blue Nocturne," The Nocturnes, San Francisco, California. 2006, Presenter, "The Rhythm of Mythic Journeys '06," Mythic Imagination Institute, Atlanta, Georgia. 2001, Juror, "A Little Night Music," TheNocturnes.com, Pacific Media Arts, San Francisco, California. 1998, Guest Lecturer on Sepia and Selenium Toning, Photography Program, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
Below is the introduction/cautionary note to the readers of Victor Mothershead: U.S. Secret Service. My previous Step Zero novels have produced, how can I say it, some interesting and unexpected emails. ("Stu Jenks, you suck."). This intro was written to help quell some of nastier emails, if that's at all possible in the digital online wasteland of people with personality disorders. But I try.
And if you steal the ebook online, by striping out the code and putting it on a pier to pier site, to hell with you. I ain't going to pray against you, but I ain't going to pray very hard for you either.
Bottom Line? The new novel is out, and I'd like you to buy.
A Cautionary Note From The Author:
You hold in your hot little hands, either as an e-book or as a real-live-book-book, the fourth installment in my Step Zero series, but I believe some polite warnings to readers are needed here, given questions and concerns I have received in the past.
This is a stand alone novel but if you haven’t read Step Zero, the first book, or Air & Gravity, the second book, some of the plot twists, suspense reveals and arch conclusions here may spoil some of your enjoyment of those two previous books, if and when you read them. (Balthazar and Zeeba, the third book in the series, is a Christmas novel with its own individual side arch, which will not be affected by reading Victor Mothershead.)
Victor Mothershead: U.S. Secret Service is a hard R rated book as are Step Zero and Air & Gravity. There is a ton of cussing and a bit of sex in this book. Victor himself is a polite, soft spoken man who rarely speaks profanity but in the Step Zero world of 2079, particularly in the American Southwest, folks cuss like sailors on drunken leave and have sex like they will never ever screw again. It’s just how my characters roll. So if foul language and hot sex upset you, thanks for buying this book but you might want to give it to your college nephew to read. (Regarding the age appropriateness of this book, 17 years old and above seems about right. Use your best judgment. You know your kids.)
Many of my characters in the Step Zero universe believe in a spiritual force called God-Goddess-All-There-Is or GGATI. It’s a made up higher power by me, not affiliated with Wiccan or Pagan faiths (Not that there is anything wrong with those.) I was simply trying to expand the spirituality and religiosity of 2079 to include a specific feminine side as well as the masculine and universal aspects.
The politics of many of these characters is progressive and in some cases, specifically Democratic. The Presidents mentions in the Step Zero series are all Democrats. If you are a Republican or an Independent, and don’t agree with some of the policies mentions in this book, relax. It’s OK. This is speculative fiction. It’s the United States in the year 2079. I’ve just made this stuff up. Sasha Obama of course is a real young women today, but President Sasha Obama Fulbright and Vice President Florence Biden are completely made up people. You don’t have to agree with the politics here to enjoy this read. The characters are fun, the story I think is strong, and did I mention there is sex in this book?
Lastly, 12 Step fellowships play a major role in many of the characters’ lives in Victor Mothershead, U.S. Secret Service; one, a real program, Alcoholics Anonymous, the other, a fictional one, Mormon Tea Anonymous. None of the characters here represent any living or dead members of Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Al-Anon or any other 12 Step groups. That being said, I have talked with many clean and sober members of these fellowships over the years and I have attended a few 12 Step meetings myself, but I will neither confirm nor deny if I personally belong to those groups. There are by-laws regarding anonymity of members speaking publicly. The problem is, if you thought I was in A.A., or C.A., or N.A., and you hated this book or disliked me personally or think in any way I poorly represent a particular recovery program, you might feel reticent to seek help from those 12 Step programs if you ever needed it. They tell me these by-laws or ‘Traditions’ are there to protect the fellowships from its own members’ mistakes, yet recovering people want very much to be available and to help everyone, regardless of gender, race, color, creed, economic situation, and political leaning. Bottom line is no one in this book is any one person in A.A., but the views of some of the characters do reflect the beliefs of some members of those Fellowships.
I truly hope you enjoy this book. I’ve enjoyed making it for you.
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning, and as President Fulbright often said: “Be nice.”
Stu Jenks Spring, 2016 Studio BR-549 Tucson, Arizona
All photographs by Stu Jenks. Book design and layout by Gail Cross of Desert Isle Designs, Mesa, Arizona.
And as a special free treat to those who buy Step Zero, I'll send you a pdf of The Lost Images of Step Zero, a hundred plus images that didn't make the final edit, but are a nice adjunct to the Step Zero experience, whatever that means. Just send me a Facebook message or an email at email@example.com and I'll send the PDF right to you.
So push those buttons and buy those books, boys and girls, for baby needs a new pair of shoes.
From The Lost Images Of Steps Zero PDF:
Top to bottom, "A Rose For Chessie, California", "Matt Antone's Ginger, Arizona", "The 41 Nights, Arizona", and "Michael and Chessie's Moon, California".
Image: "Queen Esther Baptist Church, Lancaster, Virginia" (c) 2011 Stu Jenks (Just down River Road from Victoria's house. Love that luscious red carpet. And for you nocturnals out there, it was handheld. Rare for me.)
In this time of making photos on iPhones and Macbook Pros and only looking on screens, I forget I'm a old-school guy. I make a 8 1/2 x 11 work print on archival paper of EVERY image I make. EVERY one. It's the only way, for me, to accurately check for color shift, density, composition, etc. I really like my iPad screen but it's no way to make a good print.
And I have hundreds, if not thousands, of work prints artist proofs at my studio.
If you see an image of mine on The StuBlog or on my old website or on the Fezziwig Press Store or in any of my books, there's a beautiful small print in a box somewhere, perhaps with your name on it. And since I'm organized, I can find it.
Many of you can't afford my larger prints. I understand. I don't have an extra 50 or 100 lying around either. But I do have an extra $20 for stuff I really like.
So if you see an image of mine on any of my sites or in any of my books and you want it, it's yours for $25, shipping, handling and tax included. (I believe in paying taxes, sales and otherwise.)
Just email me at my facebook page or through the StuBlog or at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me what print you would like or just pull the jpeg and send that to me.
I was just watching the Tarhells lose today in basketball, working on images at my computer when I thought, 'I bet people don't realize I have boxes of work prints here.'
You all do now.
Love and light,
p.s. Ignore the catagories belows. The computer went wacky. Another reason why I prefer a print in the hand as opposed to an image in The Cloud.
The first draft of the novel is done!!! It came in at 149,000 words, 552 pages in my document. Yeaaaa! I can't tell you how good it feels. The ending made me cry, as I hope it does you. (Last word in the novel, which won't change in revision: Sighs.) I want to jump right back to the beginning and start revisions, but Mary Ann suggests I take more than just a couple days off. OK. I'll take off three or four days. LOL. But then it's fixing this and revising that, then off to the editors. And I have ideas for the next novel in this series, too. I have some pretty great characters, I think, and I want to see what they will do next. But first things first. Get this novel to print.
One serious note: It took about a year to write this novel, but it almost didn't get done. With Mary and Pamela dying and all, I didn't work on it for about six weeks and it was so hard to get my momentum back. But I did. But it was difficult. If you are working on a novel or a large work, I recommend you plow through, even if the field is frozen. I've been told I'm very lucky to have gotten back on track.
Speaking of track, good luck to Danica Patrick tomorrow in the Daytona 500 and in the rest of Sprint Cup and Nationwide races this season. I might just have to go up to PHX next Saturday to watch her race.
By the way, did I mention I finished the freaking first draft of the novel?