Friday, August 29, 2008

A Definition of Construction

Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Slideshows

On the right I have added additional slideshows. If you click on an image you can navigate to a 'slideshow' view of the images. Some of these images, most of them in fact, document an inquiry into being and place. Images of what I've seen and what I hope to learn and study. Photography is a medium which has never been more alive and dead. A great juxtaposition of ubiquity and promise and mystery.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Green Homes and Renewable Energy Festival

On September 27 & 28 in Grandel Square in mid-town St. Louis the 2008 Festival takes place. On the 27th I will lead a workshop entitled: Green Homes: from concepts to details. Nathan Bauer-Erickson will help lead a house tour of the 2008 Habitat build of 27 LEED homes in progress just north of the festival site.

The program guide is in development. The Festival website can be reached by clicking here.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Photography in Africa parts 2&3

Here is the rest of the essay. Part 2/3 and Part 3/3

Friday, August 22, 2008

Photography in Africa

Attached is Part 1 of an introductory essay on Contemporary photography in Africa by Okwui Enwezor. It is a great lesson in mindfulness, understanding where we are 'coming from,' and the variety of experience of place. Enjoy. Parts 2 & 3 to follow. Snap Judgements Part1/3

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Metaphor and Reality

What issues arise when someone's reality
serves as a metaphor for the perceptions of

Friday, August 15, 2008

Professional Bio

While majoring in accounting at the University of Kansas in 1980 Richard Reilly took a summer job with a construction crew and was promptly fired due to inexperience. However he caught the bug. The following summer he landed a job as an apprentice carpenter and shortly thereafter knew he had found his calling.

In 1982 he joined Boa Construction Company, a self-performing GC start-up, and he has been with them ever since. His responsibilities have grown as he has helped the company grow. Starting as a carpenter in a company with annual revenues of about $100,000.00, he is now the COO of a Corporation with annual revenue of approximately $20 Million.

Between 1982 and the present he worked as a Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Foreman, Project Manager, & Vice President. Other duties have included design, photography, marketing, & IT coordination for the firm.

In Reilly’s present role he has, along with his staff, developed Operations Systems, which have enabled Boa Construction Company to become the only NAHB NHQ Certified builder in the St. Louis Region and the only one, nationally, to do so without specific NAHB training.

Since the mid-1990s Reilly has pursued opportunities in learning about and integrating energy efficient and eco-friendly practices into Boa Construction’s systems. Most of this has involved early adoption of geo-thermal HVAC systems and more energy efficient building envelopes.

In 2007 he became a LEED AP, a member of the St. Louis HBA Green Building Council and the PR Steering Committee Chairman for the St. Louis Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute and a Professional Affiliate of the AIA.

Currently he is working with Habitat for Humanity in order to ensure that the 2008 build of 27 homes are all certified ‘Gold’ or ‘Platinum’ by the USGBC LEED for Homes System. He is also spearheading an effort to bring options for ‘single source’ construction recycling to the St. Louis area.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Intro & Artist's Statement

A start up blog about sustainability, art and construction. We'll see what happens.

Here is the Artist's Statement from my last show, @ Subterranean, which is represented by the slides somewhere on your right.

I practice art as a meditation on interdependence, ambiguity & impermanence. Using journals, text, collage, photography and construction as a means to document the world around me I hope to maintain a mindful regard of these issues.

Interest in the limits of language & photography in the creation of meaning and its expression has led me to the exploration of perspective, vanishing points, convergences, found poetry and objects as well as geometry. I try to document examples of the intersections of an idea with its embodiment in the world.

My journals serve as chronicles and sketchbooks for the passage of events, time, place & thought inspired by life’s activities as well as reading. The images of urban landscapes, buildings, infrastructure and other linkages between the natural and the man-made make up the largest part of my photographic output. Traditional collage techniques sometimes combined w/ digital/computer-aided editing provide the means for assembling and juxtaposing found and photographed words and images. The woven images are simply another layering of the process.