and then it was spring
time to finish the clay walls with an outer layer that includes sand
meantime, the wood burning oven gets the finishing touch
we thank colter and ann for the animals
and we celebrate the finished oven
plenty of celebration to be had. marshall even caught me in the act
lest we forget where we are
next, the windows
appreciating the view
and the reflection
and the details
finally, installing the bookmatched floor boards and securing them from beneath in order to conceal the screws – not a job for the builder with hips
in summary, this is where we currently stand. so close...
i was charmed by this village, and one barn in particular that was still filled with hay from centuries ago. the only available light streamed in from a window in the ceiling, illuminating the stone wall and highlighting the incredible character of the handmade structure. having worked on a handmade house myself, i had such respect for all of the people who worked to create this beautiful space, and all of the people who had used it over the years. so much productivity, so much action. i paid homage to the ghosts in the barn by working with two new friends i met in the village to create mysteriously active human forms. the work was shot in one barn and shown in another via projection, so the stone wall-backed imagery glowed on top of the dark stone wall in the exhibition space.
the official website for the chetwood is up, featuring portraits by yours truly of past residents. looking forward to expanding this circle of incredible people. hit us up!
here's a bit from the site about what we do, with links to even more portraits:
The Chetwood is an artist-run Oakland, California-based residency established in 2012. We offer subsidized housing to artists visiting the Bay Area in order to create a specific exhibition or project in conjunction with a local institution, non-profit organization or artist-run space.
Our motivation for creating The Chetwood is to enrich our community through the presence of new ideas. We host creators whom we admire. The actualization of this residency has truly been a community effort, with crucial contributions from our home team.
airbnb made a magazine. why? because real people are really interesting! gae and mel are avid art collectors and world travelers. every nook and cranny of their potrero hill home is ripe with treasure and they've got a story to go with each. well into retirement, these folks have a lust for life so strong, it's infectious. i take great joy in the fact that my photo practice has lead me to encounters like this. many thanks to the folks at airbnb.
another from my series on intimacy.
if you want an earful, ask me about florida's best kept secret – the everglades. countless miles of winding water-paths through mazes of mangroves, only doable in a canoe while following the national park's numbered trails. there's nowhere to stand, or sleep for that matter, save the dock-campsites but what a sweet reward after a day of surreal adventure through such otherworldliness. the brackish water reads as pitch-black and acts as a perfect mirror to the horizon and the sky. it's a visual feast, so much so, that i've considered creating a website that explains, in detail, exactly how to take this trip. until then, i invite you to take a virtual vacation via my everglades story on tiny atlas.
we encountered many fantastic sea creatures on our journey, but this dolphin was the highlight. when we blasted our portable speaker, he came racing over to investigate, or he likes janet as much as we do?
one of the ways i've chosen to engage with the possible is via a portrait project of folks involved. since the exhibition is very much about process, i'm using the camera i enjoy using the most – my rollei – and showing contact sheets. i've steadily added to my collection over the course of the show.
there are two weeks left to check out the book, which lives on-site at the berkeley art museum, in the remarkable possible library.
i'd like to take this moment to thank light waves for their ongoing support of this project.