Study Hall #4

This new Study Hall has been long overdue! I’ve wondered a few times if I should “kill” that category, but there are so many good readings out there and I can’t bring myself not to share them. So I really hope someone somewhere will enjoy these as much as they deserve! Happy Sunday.

Inspiration: Lean

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Erik Schubert

Damien Maloney

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Erin O’Keefe

Francesca Tamse

Francesca Tamse tackles landscape photography in unexpected and meticulous ways, creating pictures at once visually captivating and loaded with meaning. They are to be experienced again and again to decipher their many layers, but their impression lingers, settling somewhere between carved photographs and flattened sculptures that push both her subject matter and her tools in new directions.

Francesca was the first interviewee that I was lucky to meet in person [update: I just met Lance Brewer at a 4th of July barbecue while visiting New York last week, which was a pleasure], as we found out we had many common friends and interests, including a nearby coffee shop. It was so great to put a friendly face on our email exchanges and geek out together in real life.

Francesca was born in 1989 in the Bay Area and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2013. She currently lives in San Francisco and will be starting her Masters in Photography at the Royal College of Arts in London this fall. She self-published a small edition of books called neo Ancient sites and just put out a new zine through Colpa Press and 8-Ball Zines called Read the Wind Sock.

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Excerpt from Pending

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Inspiration: Held

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Aaron Hegert

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Kees Goudzwaard

Maurice Van Es

Archaeology Update

Some new photographs for my Archaeology series, both taken recently and unearthed from my archive of negatives. I also invite you to read the interview with an archaeologist that I conducted as part of this ongoing project. One of the next steps will include being a volunteer archaeologist for the Presidio Archaeology Lab later this summer; really hoping that they will let me photograph them at work!

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Brooklyn NY, January 2013

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San Francisco, March 2014 (Crust study, sculpture documentation)

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LA River, June 2014

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Berkeley Library, December 2013

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Tenderloin, San Francisco, May 2014

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West Hollywood, June 2014

Reading Spree #11

Welcome to a new Reading Spree! The last few months have brought some exciting new finds to my shelves (and dresser, bedside table and desk because my shelves can’t take anymore) and I am currently working on making sure that they’re not just there for decorating.

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SFAQ Issue 16, May-July 2014

The latest issue of the San Francisco Arts Quarterly (for whom I intern) is my favorite one so far. It features interviews with several artists I really admire, like David Bayus, Takeshi Murata and Rafael Rozendaal, a double-sided pull out-poster by Rafael Rozendaal and many interesting conversations about the rise of digital arts. It’s free and probably available somewhere near you, so I strongly recommend picking it up if you can!

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Pictures by David Hockney

I got this book on one of my latest trips to Adobe Books (it’s virtually impossible to go there without finding a book gem, so I just have to walk past it most days; sad but necessary). It features the writing of David Hockney in the intro (very genuine and sweet!) and many of his pieces I didn’t know, like his Egyptian paintings or colored pencil drawings. It got me really excited to draw and paint more.

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Christopher Rodriguez, Sublime Cultivation (Conveyor Arts)

I was so happy to get this gift in the mail from recent interviewee Christopher Rodriguez! Not only is it an amazing book that I already had my eye on, it also made me feel so thankful to see that this blog could extend into real life exchanges and relationships. So thank you!! And check out this book and Conveyor's other beautiful editions if you haven't already.

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Art Museum (Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona)

This was a sweet gift from my friend Nino, who works at the library at our school and scored it from the free bin before it was too late. He knows I love photographing inside museums, but even the cover alone made my day.

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Walead Beshty, Pulleys, Cogwheels, Mirrors, and Windows (umma projects)

I got this book at Ooga Booga during my last visit in LA. I love the work of Walead Beshty and always like simple books with an artist’s works and a thorough interview. It was also a really good $ deal!

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Henry Miller, Peindre c’est aimer à nouveau/To paint is to love again

I read this book a few years ago while I was starting to really get into art and it was amazing to re-read it with a new perspective. It’s a little hard to find (mine came from my mum’s bookshelf in Paris) but really worth it if you can get your hands on a copy. Henry Miller’s enthusiasm for painting and art in general is super communicative, and he knows well how to put simple words on bigger feelings.

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Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Night Flight

Another find from Adobe Books. Antoine de Saint Exupéry is one of my favorite authors (with Italo Calvino) and I typically read his books in French, but I thought it would be a good idea to have an English version so I can share good quotes with my friends. I really recommend his book Wind, Sand and Stars if you’re looking for a stirringly inspirational summer read.

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Looking Back on the End of the World (Semiotext(e) Foreign Agents Series)

I got this book at Ooga Booga to feed my musings on nonbeing and infinity. A heady program, but the essays are short and well curated, which makes it easy to go back to when the timing is right.

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Black Sun: Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia (Devi Art Foundation/Arnolfini/Ridinghouse)

This book was my most exciting find at Ooga Booga. I was first drawn to it because it features writing and pieces by members of the Otolith Group, and an interview with Wolfgang Tillmans in which he retraces his getting into the writings of Krishnamurti. Not to mention the incredible cover and design of the book, which makes for a lot of surprising and inspiring reading sessions.

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The Planets (Bantam Spectra Editions)

Last but not least, I got this book from the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County on a camping trip. Such a lucky find! It’s made up of essays on every planet in the solar system by various authors and artists. I knew it was meant to be when I found a drawing by one of my top artists and inspirations Lebbeus Woods in it.