“The Journey” Series is part of “Danny Tisdale: An Artist for Change”, a larger public-based work, originated in the mid-1990’s. These photo works started as single images, documenting the communities where he has had artist-in-residencies in such locations as Los Angeles, Houston, Hartford, Harlem, Syracuse, St. Louis, Sioux Falls, Chicago and Woodstock. The photo works document the past, present and future of the people, places and participants of these cities.
In seeing the artist David Hockney’s ‘Pearl Blossom Highway,’ and researching the Cubist work of Picasso and Braque, Tisdale saw the multiple image montage works as an opportunity to assist the viewer in investigating a new way of looking at what they see everyday, and viewing more while creating a new aesthetic for his public based artwork. As David Hockney stated, “…if we are to change our world view, the images we create have to change.”
Danny Tisdale, a native of Los Angeles, CA is an internationally recognized artist, educator, political and community organizer, and activist. He uses his art to address issues and foster change. He takes activism directly into the community and the political arena. Tisdale received his BA degree from California Polytechnic University where he was honored in 2000 as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He went on to earn a Masters of Fine Art at the Otis/Parsons School of Design in NYC. His work has been exhibited at venues in New York at the Whitney Museum, the New Museum, International Center for Photography, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Jewish Museum in San Francisco, CA; the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN; as well as in various location in Europe, Egypt, Israel and South Africa. He has received numerous grants and awards including fellowships from the White House Millennium Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gordon Matta-Trust and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation. His work can be found in the permanent collections at the Gracie Mansion Fine Arts of New York City, the Norton Foundation in Los Angeles, CA, the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Il, and the California Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles, CA. Danny was a resident at the Center for Photography in August 1999.