We see the devastated human environment, half empty factories, machinesfalling apart, half empty stores. What we experience at this moment, the psychoanalytic term for it would have been the inertia of the real; this mute presence beyond meaning.
And POOF! – just like that it is October and I live in Wisconsin again. After a year of self-loathing and savings spending in Los Angeles, I’ve returned to the midwest and now live 5 blocks from Lake Michigan in beautiful Milwaukee. Although my waistline remains unchanged, I am significantly lighter in other areas – specifically photography gear. The 5D MKII has been ditched along with every other piece of “high-end” or “pro” gear I owned. In their place I have returned to the simplest possible setup I could think of – one Canon A1 35mm camera and a 50mm standard lens. Although I’m not one to extol the virtues of forced minimalism, I’m enjoying the set up so far. Gone is the desire to quickly and casually document everything… and in its place is a calm and focused way of seeing the world through a photographic apparatus. I know each exposure costs me and I know that what I produce will not have the whiz-bang of a full-frame sensor, but… the affinity I feel for this humble imaging device is remarkable, lovely, and invigorating.
I recently had the pleasure of checking out the Urs Fischer exhibition at MOCA and MOCA Geffen in LA on two separate occasions. Fischer’s work blurs the distinctions between sculpture, installation, and individual pieces of art. Perhaps that’s why I so enjoy and dislike the work simultaneously. Continue reading →
Good friend and fellow artist Eireann Lorsung and I are starting a project stemming from this notebook. We found it while visiting one of Little Tokyo’s many slightly strange Japanese gift shops. The text reads “Molang and the Petty Daily Life”. I can’t think of a better way to describe the place from where I make photographs.
I apologize for my recent relapse into laziness and not posting. I have been actively working as a guest blogger over at the wonderful and eclectic MIEL. I will be writing under the topic of “Localities” and will focus my attention on concepts like heterotopias in the everyday landscape.