Sunday, December 21, 2014

John Baldessari Lives Here

I have threatened to find John Baldessari's house for a couple years and I can cross that off the Artist Stalking list as of last week. Above is the video still from A Brief History of John Baldessari and below is his house. The foliage has grown considerably between the two.

Of all the artist's houses I have seen, this one is my favorite (read: I am most envious of this location and design = this is something to strive for one day).

There were two visits to this Venice Beach complex because I neglected to bring the big camera the first time. This blown out photograph features the front door open (!) and evidence of someone moving around in the house (!!).

The second day, the sun was in a better position (damn this winter light) and the front door was closed.

On both days, this truck was parked out front complete with a map of the US tossed in back. That small detail was a highlight since one of my favorite artworks of his is California Map Project.

Also, see that bush on the far right of the house in the photograph below?

A piece of Camden's Rock was tossed there.

Next up... Ed Ruscha.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Ed Ruscha!

A couple weeks ago while walking through the neighborhood on a chilly fall day, I realized that I would be in California on Ed Ruscha's birthday. I thought about making him a fake cake, resurrecting the Styrofoam and caulk decorating experience. Unfortunately, I uttered this statement out loud to the two people that helped me in the past and they convinced me that it was a good idea. What follows is photographic documentation of what took place the first week of December (here's to hoping he opened the box delivered to his real address in Beverly Hills).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Forever bouncing around from one thought to the next...

Earthworks are again entering my life as my colleague, Lara Kuykendall and I prepare to teach a course called "Space, Land and Concept in Art of the American West." Today, I saw this video documenting Julian Sand's visit to the Spiral Jetty. There will be more posts as I revisit this genre of art and contemplate whether or not I will be making work in response during another visit in May. Part of me is hoping that is the case.

Link via.

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Russell, Russell who was [s]he?"

Once a couple years ago, I wrote this about my "photographs not taken." The Daily Iowan obituary of a Professor Russell's death at the University of Iowa in the 1960s and its prominent position in my father's office for several decades, will haunt me forever (much like it did him). Unfortunately, I cannot find this article online nor can my father find the yellowed clipping.

Today I recreated it by installing vinyl letters of the phrase on my office door. I have steadily rotated the slide tape crumpled into an abstract design from the back to the front of the door all semester so its placement is not staged. I sewed the curtains my first semester - some of the last fabric I bought at Bolt while living in Portland. My only fear is that it looks like the text was Photoshopped.

In the meantime, Amelia once told me that karoshi will be my downfall. I need to prove both these statements wrong.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems

Hannah loaned me this book months ago and I finally had time to read it this week. I have always felt indifferent to Dickinson but this may change my mind. The Gorgeous Nothings is the most elegantly printed monograph of worn paper and text that I have ever seen. Who wouldn't be enthralled with a page that reproduces aged paper resembling shark's teeth or an arrowhead flake?

The excerpts below focus on Dickinson's interest in birds as their migrations away from the Midwest in the fall are often on my mind. Beside each torn fragment printed to scale, there is a diagram that translates the handwriting into type.

In some cases, I was more enamored with the condition of the paper than Dickinson's text: particles floating on a white expanse, saved from further decay, memorialized in print.

I will leave you with one that was not scanned as the words were more important than the visual representation:

"There are those that are shallow intentionally and only profound by accident."

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Madonna Inn

"Let's say that Albert Speer, while leafing through a book on GaudĂ­, swallowed an overgenerous dose of LSD and began to build a nuptial catacomb for Liza Minnelli. But that doesn't give you an idea. Let's say ... Chopin's Sonata in B-flat sung by Perry Como in an arrangement by Liberace and accompanied by the Marine Band."

- Umberto Eco in On Ugliness

The third visit is the charm. The Swiss Rock is booked and this time, I hope to have access to the swimming pool (though this tennis court color scheme may be photographed once or twice during my visit).

I am either going to love or hate this (hopefully the former). In any case, my intolerance for pink may be tested. [All images via.]

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Luxury Magazine

Sometimes the Internet is kind and brings your work to the attention of strangers in South Korea. Here is an interview with Luxury in their latest edition focusing on food. I am one of this month's "food artists." I wish I knew what questions were translated from English but I remember that I was asked why I chose cake, I elaborated on the first float, and I discussed the most tricky part of the process. Perhaps that is what is written here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Postcard Collective Fall 2014

The last three Postcard Collective entries have featured photographs taken on my phone (What does that mean? Hope I am not getting lazy.). This one is also unusual since I used an envelope which goes against most things I believe in when thinking about postcards. There were too many components and I ran into the problem of not being able to say everything using only two sides.

Hopefully Ernst thinks this is an adequate reinterpretation of his postcard.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This is Problematic

Hm... still contemplating how to contend with this (but am thankful that Hearst Castle is conserving water in California's horrific drought).

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"An Anonymous Inventory of Items Stolen From Art Departments" Part 1

Jacinda Russell, Site specific installation currently on display at the Biennial Faculty exhibition at Ball State University, 2014 - ongoing

Twice a month I photograph new objects as my favorite part of this series is people quietly volunteering to let me borrow something to eventually display over an entire wall. I've deduced that aside from the obvious (tools), chairs and still-life drawing display pieces are the most sought after. I did not take any one of the above, however, I borrowed Mark Sawrie's "Stolen BSU Photo Area" stamp and made sure it was represented on the wall.