Biography

Table of Contents

Biographical Data

Exhibitions

Collections

Kinetic Light Artist

Museum Shows

Publications

Concert Lighting

Non-Profit Events

Painting in the Sky with Pyrotechnics

Bibliography

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Biographical Data

Born: Brooklyn New York, 10/12/1939

Studied: State University of New York, New Paltz, New York,

Graduated B.S. Art Education

Studied: University of Miami School of Music 1974-1977

Military Experience, US Navy Active Duty 1960 to 1962

USS Beatty DD756, Artist Admiral’s Staff Admiral Weakly; COMCRUSDESLANT,

Newport , Rhode Island

Taught High School Art, Mechanical Drawing, Middleton NY

Teacher Multi Media Theater Course, SUNY, NY, First use of Liquid 35mm slides

Taught Junior High Art, Mechanical Drawing, Hollywood, FL

Taught Art Miami Dade College, Miami Fla

Federal ATF Powder license #19 Manufacture of Explosives 5-BL-19-8H-12860 ( Current )

Charter Member IATSE local 480 Santa Fe, NM

Exhibitions

1966

“New Ideas in Art”, State University, Columbus, Ohio

City College of New York, New York City

Group Exhibitions

Two Man Show” Energy Sculpture” Contemporary Study Wing,

Finch Museum of Art, New York Introduction by Thomas Hoving Curator,

Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Box Show”, Byron Gallery, New York

Central Park Show Per Notes

“Kineticism: Movement in Modern Art”, American Abstract Artists, NY

1967

“Slow Motion” Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

“Luminisim” George Washington Hotel, New York City, New York. [1]

“Lights in Orbit”, Howard Wise Gallery, New York

“Festival of Lights “Howard Wise Gallery, New York [2]

“Four Young Artists”, Howard Wise Gallery, New York [3]

“Light-Motion-Space” Walker Art Center, Wisconsin,

“Let There Be Light” New Jersey Exhibit

1968

“Light-Motion-Space” Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Minnesota

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Illinois

“Mixed Masters” University of St. Thomas, Houston Texas

“Art as Light” Newark College of Engineering, Newark, New Jersey

Nevada Southern University

“Fun on 57^th^ Street”, Howard Wise Gallery, New York City

“Light and Movement”, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan

“Light and Motion”, Worcester Museum, Worcester, Mass.

“Options”, Milwaukee Art Center, Wisconsin [4]

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Illinois

“Art as Light”, Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey. [5]

“Fun on 57^th^ Street”, Howard Wise Gallery, New York

Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC

Jewish Museum, New York, NY

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

1968-69

“Cybernetic Serendipity”, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England


Collections

Public Collections:

New York City Department of Parks

US Embassies (worldwide) U.S. State Department

Institute De Abegg, Bern Switzerland [6]

Private Collections

Howard Wise

Thomas Hoving

Malcom Forbes

John G Vet III

Eddie Samuels

Willoughby Sharp

Gunther Ueker

Past Representations

Byron Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York.

Howard Wise Gallery, 57^th^ Street, New York

Shidoni Foundry/Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico

Copland Ruthford Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico

Kinetic Light Artist

Fifth Annual New York Avant Gard Festival 24 Hours on board the John F. Kennedy

Ferry Boat, Battery to Staten Island New York

Central Park Festival Central Park New York Kineticism Press

Kinetic Environment 2 Central Park, New York Kineticism Press

A Happening New York University, NYC

Sixth Annual New York Avant Gard Festival, “A Parade” Central Park New York City

Youth Pavilion, Hennie Farm, San Antonio Texas

Uni Trio Judson Memorial Church NYC Lighting and Projections

New Year’s Eve Festival Central Park, New York

Seventh Annual New York Avant Garde Festival, Wards Island, New York

Cheetah Disco, NYC Designed Table top Kinetic Light Sculpture

Multi Media Garden Piece, Bennington College, Bennington Vermont, Liquid Slides and Lighting

Super Bowl XIII, Champagne Party, for 3,000 people. Fountain Bleu , Miami Fla, fifty slide projectors 35mm slides, 35mm Liquid Slides, 4 – overhead projectors, Liquid projections, fog machines and strobes. 360 degree projections on white stretch fabric and walls. Red and blue, cove lights allowed me to control ceiling lighting color in the space.

Maurice Gusman Concert Hall Dedication, University of Miami, Miami Fla. Scored original slides to original music score by Dr. William F. Lee, PhD MusD, Director of University of Miami Music Department. Two large 10’ by 10’ screens were erected on either side of the Orchestra, two 35 mm slide projectors with dissolves were used for this event.

World of Christmas Trees, Lowe Art Museum Coral Gables Fla, I placed nine fluorescent tubes sleeved in red, green and blue, vertically in a Christmas tree. The fluorescents were sound activated

Audio Visual Technical Director, “Mushroom” a multi-media Rock Musical This was inside a 40’ diameter Inflatable Translucent Dome for audience and performers, consisting of a very large strobe light, five 16 mm film projectors, Twelve 35 mm slide projectors and one overhead liquid projector. [7]

Miami Ballet Society Gala, Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, consisted of 4 overhead liquid projectors, Fifty 35mm slide projectors with dissolves, 2 fog machines and strobes. Again 360 degree projections, by varying the lens sizes I was able to paint a connected, continuous image

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Television

Lighting Director” Good Morning” America Summer 1986, live television show with Joan Lunden, David Hartman, and Dave Murray in Santa Fe New Mexico.

La Toya Jackson, live 90-minute TV special and main stage production, from Bailey’s Casino, Reno Nevada, Lighting Design

Lighting designer for the Dali Lama’s worldwide global satellite uplink from Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dance Productions

Rudolph Nureyev Dance Performance at Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque, University of New Mexico. Designed and constructed a special “sprung”dance floor, as his knees were shot and he could no longer dance on a marley floor over a hard wood floor. Technical Director and Production Manager

Dallas Ballet, 1982,1983 in Santa Fe New Mexico Master electrician

The Conquest of Mexico Peter Garland 1984 Live Dance Theater Piece. Lighting Designer, projections, pyrotechnics at James A. Little Theater, Santa Fe, NM and Cal arts, Los Angeles, CA

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Publications

News Paper Coverage

New York Times, NYC

New York Herald Tribune, NYC

The Village Voice, NYC

Women’s Wear Daily, NYC

Miami Herald, Miami Florida

Shreveport Times, Shreveport Louisiana

New Mexican, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Los Alamos Monitor, Los Alamos, New Mexico [11]

Magazine Coverage

Time Magazine

New Yorker

Cue

Art News

Arts Magazine

American Home

Books

Minimal Art a Critical Anthology” Gregory Babcock

“Origins and Development of Kinetic Art” Frank Popper

Television Coverage

Chanel 7 Miami, Florida

Chanel 13 NYC, PBS

Net Work ABC Evening News

Net Work NBC Evening News

Concert Lighting

Miami Fla

Chuck Berry Follow Spot Operator Miami Sportatorium

Ted Nugent Lighting Design Davy Florida

Bo Diddley Lighting Design Miami FL

Billy Preston Lighting, Miami, FL Sportatorium

Sha Na Na Lighting, Miami, FL Sportatorium

Sal Soul Orchestra Lighting Florida A&M Tallahassee Florida

Chuck Mangione Lighting University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Open Air concert venue, construction foreman and designer. 1976 Constructed a 3,000 + seat outdoor Concert Facility in Charlevoix Michigan. Brought crew and lighting equipment from Miami, and built from scratch a 3,000 plus facility at an Old Tudor England style dairy farm and creamery in Charlevoix, Michigan

Donavon Lighting & fireworks

McKendrie Spring Lighting & fireworks

Savoy Brown Lighting & fireworks

Spirit Lighting & fireworks

Loggins & Messina Lighting & fireworks

Quick Silver Messenger Service Lighting & fireworks

New Mexico

Production Manager Lighting and Design

Palo Soleri Amphitheater, Santa Fe Indian School

After renovating the venues “House Stage Lights”, I then designed and built a portable truss concert lighting system specifically for this venue. An intimate 1500 seat outdoor amphitheater on the grounds of the Santa Fe Indian School. This open-air amphitheater was designed by famed Italian architect, Paolo Soleri, (he designed the port authority bus station at the New York end of the George Washington bridge) he is he founder and principal architect for his community built in the Arizona, high desert.

Arcosanti is an urban laboratory for alternative human habitat He based his design on ancient Greek amphitheaters. It has a thrust stage which is elliptical (not easy to light). As a result of the uniqueness of this stage shape, and size, regular rock and roll concert lighting rigs did not fit this venue. There were no “overhead” hanging places for lighting. My system became the “house concert lighting rig”.

Gyoto Monks

Paul Winter

The Neville Brothers

Santana

Bob Dylan

Bruce Hornsby

BB King

James Taylor

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Tito Puente

Phillip Glass

Tuck and Patti

Bruce Hornsby

1980 and 1982

Grateful Dead Dead at the Downs at Santa Fe, site development, staging, construction, and security fencing, technical director, and production manager.

Willie Nelson Concert at Sunland Downs, Sunland Park, Texas; Technical Director and Production Manager. Built stage and facility security fencing.

Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble Albuquerque and Santa Fe Tour dates, Lighting Design, Technical Director and Production Manager

Summer 1989 Santa Fe, New Mexico

Production Manager/Staging

618 Tony Rice Unit, David Grisman, New Glass Revival

625 Emily Remler, Etta James and the Roots

72 Bill Miller, Waylon Jennings

79 Livingston Taylor, Bonnie Raitt

716 Mary Wells, The Shirelles, Del Shannon

723 Bruce Hornsby and the Range

730 Starship

86 Billy Childs, Tuck and Patti, Montreux

813 Gary Burton Quintet, Al Di Meola, Charlie Hayden Quartet West

820 Milt Jackson Quartet, Ralph Towner

827 King Sunny Ade

910 Little Joe y la Familia

Sweeny Center, Santa Fe, lighting design

Jackson Brown

Phillip Glass

Hugh Masekela

Albuquerque

Mathew and Gunnar Nelson

Barkays

Non-Profit Events

Lighting, Design, Sound, and Production Manager

Buckaroo Ball, an annual fund raiser in a large six pole circus tent with a forty by sixty-foot main stage. The talent for the Buckaroo Ball were all well-known headliners with local acts opening for them. I handled all lighting and design and all production. This event was a very successful fund raiser for at risk children in New Mexico.

Annual March of Dime Ski Classics 1990 thru 1993, lighting design

Benefit Concerts at the Eldorado Hotel, in Santa Fe New Mexico

Kenny Loggins

Karla Bonoff,

Kenny Rankin

Steven Bishop

Nicolette Larson

Kim Carnes

J.D. Souder

Will Shriner

Mary Ann Mobley

Kevin Meany

Gary Morris

Robert Hayes

Rainbow Warrior Festival

Rainbow Warrior Festivals at Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre, from 1985 to 2008 Seth Roffman produced or co-produced 14 Native Roots and Rhythms festivals, these were impressive showcases for traditional and contemporary Native American Music, dance,storytelling, theater, and comedy. Dick Hogle designed and created lighting design for every performance.

Eliza Gilkyson,

Dan Fogelberg,

Zulu Spear,

Ki taro, Deuter,

Pepe Mendoza,

Levar Burton,

Sharon Burch,

Floyd Westerman Red Crow,

Robbie Romero with Red Thunder,

A. Paul Ortega,

Tuck and Patti

Oregon,

R. Carlos Nakai,

Taos Eagle Wing Performers

Rumi Concert’s

Zuleika

Dancer Story Teller, Zuleika, multiple venues, one such venue was St. John the Divine Cathedral, in NYC, this venue is so large that it has its own weather system separate from the rest of NYC. These concerts were music and dance performances at St. John the Divine Cathedral, NYC, San Francisco, Ca, Los Angeles Ca. Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Armory for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM.

Coleman Barks ...Narrator and translator of Rumi’s writings

Pepe Mendoza… Musician

Jai Utal…Musician

Musa Suso… Musician

Glen Valdez… Master hand drum player

David Darling…Cellist

Zuleika…Story Teller/Dancer

SWIA First Annual Santa Fe Pow Wow: At the downs Santa Fe

2^nd^ 3^rd^ and 4^th^ Annual Pow Wow at Pojoaque Pueblo Pow Wow Grounds

I lit the evenings dances with PAR 64 1K’s with some color and diffusion. These lights, 6 to a truss, were mounted on 6 “genie lifts” and were sequestered behind the audience bleachers, which in the case of a pow wow are in a large circle. When the dancing breaks for dinner, I would surreptitiously crank up the towers one after the other and then turn the lights on so that when the dancers came back from their dinner break and make their “grand entrance”, they are illuminated. I had never seen Native American Pow Wow’s lit at night except by bonfires and car head lights (in a circle pointed in to the circle of dancers). Now every year at the “Gathering of Nations” Pow Wow in Albuquerque they light the Pow Wow with PAR’s. This Pow Wow is in April and is the first each year. It kicks off Native American Pow Wow’s in the U.S.

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Painting in the night sky with pyrotechnics.

My ATF high explosives manufacturers license allows me to do this

1974 Miami Beach Barge Shoot

1975 Miami Orange Bowl

1976 Miami Stadium Miami Bi-Centennial

1977 Miami Beach Barge Shoot

1977 Bicentennial Park Inauguration Miami

1986 Shreveport Louisiana Fireworks celebration from 1986 thru 1989

1979 Orange Bowl

1979 Super Bowl Fontainebleau Hilton

City of Santa Fe July 4^th^ Celebrations 1986 thru 2010 [12]

City of Santa Fe 400^th^ Year Celebration. 2012 [13]

Las Campanas July 4^th^ Opening Celebration

Las Campanas July 4^th^ 25^th^ year Celebration

City of Espanola July 4^th^ Celebration for three years consecutively

O’Hkay Casino, San Juan Pueblo for two consecutive years

Camel Rock Casino Tesuque Pueblo for four consecutive years

City of Belen for two consecutive years

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Bibliography

[1] Willoughby. Sharp, “Hogle’s Light Machines,” The Bernard M. Baruch School of Businees and Public Administration, October to November 1966.
[2] Willoughby. Sharp, \“Kineticisim and Slow Motion\“.Rutgers. [3] Fun on 57^th^ St Lights, Wise Gallery, 1968. [4] Howard Wise Gallery, \“Four Young Artists,\” Program, October to November 12 1967. [5] Walker Art Center, Light Motion Space, Library of Congress #67-23973, 1967. [6] The Newark Museum, \“New Jersey Collects,\” Catalog, 1970. [7] M. Segura, \“Fun On the Fourth,\” 1999. [8] E. Wheeler, \“A brillant Combination,\” Paseo Tiempo, 1998. [9] Mushroom 1st Environmental Rock Theater Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, 1971. [10] I. Russell, \“Television Hosts will get up early for Santa Fe show,\” The New Mexican, 1986. [11] Finch. [12] Contemporary Study Wing Finch College, Energy Scuplture, New York, New York: Finch College Museum of Art. [13] L. Horowitz, Gallery Director, Ohio State University, 1966. [14] \“Multimedia Tech Art Show,\” Copland Rutherford Fine Art, 1994. [15] \“Art Tour of the Galleries,\” New York Herald Tribune, 2 October 1965. [16] Emily Genauer, \“Art,\” New York Herald Tribune, 10 October 1965. [17] \“IN THE MUSEUMS: Recent Exhibitions,\” Arts Magazine, November 1965. [18] The New York Times, \“Pictures on Exhibit,\” 24 October 1966. [19] The New York Times, \“Pictures on Exhibits,\” November 1965. [20] Time Magazine, \“Events,\” 8 October 1965. [21] Art News, \“Show Light Work,\” November 1967. [22] E. Spotlight, \“Santa Fe Lighting Designer\“.The New Mexican. [23] New Mexico Film Office, \“Letter of Recommendation,\” 2015.