a multi-disciplinary dialog
Posted by David on March 28th, 2007
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Have at it, D. Just don’t get distracted making a video at the mouse hole in the corner. If they’re disturbing you, put up a scary crow.
It really is a nice image.
Immediately, I like how the pentagon floor disrupts the right angles of the space.
I am also reminded of Bachelard’s “The Poetics of Space”.
For example, how the exterior wiring and outlet along the baseboard can interfere with being able to push furniture up flush against the wall and how later when sliding an empty bottle of beer onto a full tabletop, it will knock an assortment of tools, unfiled receipts, etc., down, behind and as you are working, thank god, you decide to attend to it later but you will forget until many days later after a period of intense frustration trying to locate a certain absolutely necessary X, you will remember and climb down on your hands and knees and reach in, under and… Isn’t this sort of how we live: setback by our shortcuts and living with too much?
(David, don’t forget the overhead lamps.)
The light, the possibility here is simply stunning. I also love the angles of the different lines….very visually stimulating, yet serene.
A clean slate! That is what I am striving for.
I’m hoping my carefully composed and well-thought-out photograph will inspire years of contemplation and critical analysis :)
This image took three years to complete, from the day I moved into the studio in early 2004, painted the walls and organized the space, to this past Sunday, when I had a big sale, got rid of my leftover art supplies and tools, and then on Monday moved out the last of my things, painted the walls again, and handed in my keys. During that three year period, I created two bodies of work, Subcultures (paintings) and Forever Almost Falling (linoleums), had a few exhibitions, and made some good friends. I took this photo from the open doorway as I was leaving, using a Nikon D70s in auto mode. It was a bit dark, so I lifted the midtones using curves in Photoshop.
The number of overhead lamps was arrived at by filling two cardboard boxes with various clip-on lamps, and deciding that that’s all I wanted to keep in storage. The remaining five were left for the next tenant, who I believe is a photographer.
Empty room. The studio? Yes, nice. This is my dream… I have not managed to fully clean my studio in over a year…
I love the photograph…what I see is the ray of light….to me it symbolises hope,opportunity and possibilities to come.
I agree about the angles…I also sense sadness.
Ginger, I will take that as my horoscope for today. Thank you.
Sadness that you’ll soon be taking down your show?
No, the show has had a good run and it’s time to take it down. It also sold pretty well, which I’m very happy aboout.
I think maybe sadness at not having a studio, which feels strange but also very freeing. I’ve decided to give myself a few months to explore and figure out what I want to do next. I have a lot of ideas about that, but am making myself slow down and get my bearings. Just working at a full-time job, and not rushing off to the studio afterwards, feels like being on vacation.
I enjoy the range…hope and new beginnings along with the sadness. For me it is honest and raw. I like that in the photo.
Every end is a beginning — but of course, every beginning is the sign of an ending. Truism of the day. I like the mouse hole. I like the emptiness.
I’ve had to clear out a number of studios because the buildings were being put to more profitable use, or being torn down. In ’99 I was for a few months without a studio. I worked in my little apartment in Haarlem and designed a series of paintings that turned out to be some of my best work.
Back when I was eleven I rode a bike to Haarlem from Amsterdam. Seemed like a big deal at the time.
its to obvious …. you discribe to much.. and you didnt give the audience to run inside that picture when you put the word “emptiness” .. every one know that was an emptiness..but what i want to see is ur perception in that nice picture..