Raymon Elozua is a visual artist. He began his career creating large scale photorealist sculptures of American industrial architecture. In 1984, he undertook a multimedia project on the decline of the American steel industry. Traveling to mill towns across the country, he took photographs of abandoned mills, researched in public libraries, and scoured bookstores for any printed material related to the steel industry. In 1988, he completed the art project, "Home Scrap," a series of sculptures, paintings and photographs, accompanied by a printed catalog, shown in New York City and museums across the country. Since, he has worked on several different series of welded steel and ceramic sculptures referencing the vessel and abstract expressionist paintings.
He has taught at New York University, Pratt School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Arts & Crafts and Louisiana State University. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants in painting and sculpture and a New York State Foundation for the Arts grant in ceramics. His work has been featured in many solo and group shows and appears in numerous public and private collections. In May of 2003, the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design presented a career retrospective survey of his sculptures, paintings, photography and digital works.
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He has also created a number of websites based on his photography and other various interests.
I would like to thank Allan Chasanoff for his enthusiastic support and suggestions, as well as for the genesis of the idea behind this site, the "interview."
Micheline Gingras is a gracious pillar of support. Her infectious enthusiasm and encouragement in realizing this project was instrumental in its success.
Ken Schmitt, a long time resident of Mountaindale, N.Y., provided the impetus for this web site with stories about his own history, egg farmers and egg brokers.
Eric Breitbart, a documentary film maker in his own right www.breitbartfilms.com, was the cameraman for the first few interviews, helping me to understand technical issues.
Ellyanne Hutchinson helped me to learn Final Cut Pro and also edited many of the interviews.
Steve Caruso who unfailingly resolved any technical issue I had concerning the world of video and computers.
Ethan Crenson and Amanda Alic are responsible for the elegant and functional design of this complex website as well as all others I have created. Their enthusiasm and dedication made this project feasible. They are partners in the web and graphic design firm Red Shift: www.rdshft.com
I would like to sincerely thank Leni Binder, Monis Brafman, William, Elvira & Danny Brey, Ralph V. Calkins, Harold Ciccio, Max & Irina Dwosh, Ester Effel, Don Erath, Paul H. Furks, Dick Gartland, Doug Goldsmith, Norm Hecht, Carl Horton, Bobby & Phil Kaplan, Alan Levine, Dave & Rose Levitz, Len Levy, Leo Lipkowitz, Gary Maas, Chuck Perrenod, Bart Rasnick, Helen & Bill Reiger, Joanne Goldstein Rose, Marion Rubenzahl, Dick Schulman, Horace Sheeley, Florence & David Silverman, Gerald Skoda, Seymour Streigold, Ken & Alice Walter, George Walters, Dennis Zieres, and Seymour Zuckrow for their time and generosity in making this project come alive.