Doyle Bley - an alchemist of prolific experimentation
Do you have the urge of preserving a moment?
Doyle Bley, a seasoned photographer and illustrator, presents his interpretation of relationships. Specifically relationships between humans and the sacrifices made in conjunction with the benefits gained, as well as the relationship between one and their body. He is obsessed with capturing the intangibles of a moment, striving to perfect this by experimenting with pre and post photographic processes, becoming an alchemist of instant interoperation.
At this 'For Locals By Locals', he will be presenting a spread of photography work ranging from his senior thesis, along with some new work varied between augmented studio photography and collaborative work with girlfriend, Natalie Vergara, and also showing his 18th century drawing style of the human body and vitals.
Intriguing, no? Follow me as I delve into the back-story of Doyle's fascinating artistic history, his inspirations, and his challenges that brought together his expanding body of work.
Doyle's early drawing inspirations come from a balance of famous 2D LA based graffiti artists, like AWR (Angels Will Rise) and the MSK crews of his skateboarding teen years, and a mix of enjoyment from diaristic family portraits. Growing up in Chicago, he was aiming to be a painter, prepping his works by drawing then turning them into paintings, but his art school geared him towards focusing on speeding up his painting process, which he wasn't very fond of, reverting him back to his drawing roots.
Next came the camera - a natural progression for Doyle. He is obsessed with documenting and cataloging the past, collecting old news papers, high-school memorabilia and so on. It was in college where he allowed himself to really sit down and explore the camera and its technical aspects, and take advantage of all the readily accessible equipment the school offered.
Currently, Doyle works at the Danziger Gallery, a photograph gallery on Chelsea. He is their " registrar and art handler" as he puts it, but admits "I'm more of a jack of all trades, maintaining the backbone."
Join us at the upcoming 'For Locals By Locals' xiii event, where Doyle will be presenting his body of work, called 'Relations,' happening this Tuesday, April 29 at Mister Rogers and see his mastery at work! Doors open at 8pm.
I recommend listening to our well documented unabridged interview below to really get his full rich history. Enjoy and well see you on Tuesday!
Interview and article by Avi Werde - Photography by Alex Jorgenson