After spending June and July of 2012 taking hundreds of photographs throughout Chicago’s south side, I began to print and place those photos on the north side. I determine the placement by Chicago’s systematic address system, thus an image of 3500 S. Halsted would be placed at 3500 N. Halsted and so on. I then take an image of the north side location and combine the two into a diptych.
I learned so much about the south side by exploring it for this project. Though I can’t pretend to understand the lives of those who live on there, I understand now just how many misconceptions and assumptions I’d had about their neighborhoods before seeing things for myself. Warnings from roommates, friends, and the press had caused me to paint the south side as largely poor and dangerous. However, much of it proved to be, at least on the surface, perfectly safe. Middle class areas abounded and even poorer areas were never totally impoverished. Even amongst hardship, people seemed to be striving hard to keep their lives together and make things work.
I’ve always been unsettled by the idea that the majority of Chicagoans ignore and never experience the deep beauty, suffering, and humanity of the city’s south side. So, coming back to this project after two years in Japan, I’m excited to continue inserting the south side into the everyday lives of north siders.
To see other south side photos click here.
Photos taken during my final trip to Nagasaki in July.
A recent photo shoot with my friend Ian for my Etsy shop, MYMYZAYZAY
A public service-type project I was thinking about distributing while in Japan. I ended up doing a presentation at my school on LGBT issues instead. Being gay was definitely one of the hardest things for me about living in Japan.
"You’re not alone. There really are a lot of people who are gay, and they are all worrying and going through hard times like you, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of — I don’t want you to become depressed." An edited excerpt from a video interview with a gay Japanese teacher, age 30.
1/16 Japanese people are sexual minorities.
The video, in English and subtitled Japanese, can be found here.
This project has taught me new things as an artist seeking participation from others. I learned how to explain this project and what I’m looking for clearly and concisely, so that I get the right kind of responses. I’d had a similar project before, “I Identify As”, which was getting me a lot of goofy self-descriptions instead of honest responses about identity. Only after changing “as” to “with” and cleaning up my explanation, did people’s answers really shift.
Second, I’ve learned to be more flexible. At first I had an idea of the kinds of responses I was looking for: short, serious, group-oriented, but I’ve come to embrace the diversity of responses, like this very long one. I wanted this project to give people freedom to express their group identities, and I learned that, after clearly explaining my intentions, I should commit to that freedom 100%.
This is the fourteenth photo in I Identify With. More info and photos at the project site.
Looking at tantalizing MFA programs in public/community art. All I really want is to join/start a community art collective.
It’s official. I have an Etsy shop, and it’s open for business! It’s called MYMYZAYZAY, it’s all vintage clothing, and I’d love it if you took a look.
As I get older, I feel my art dreams are getting more realistic, but I worry that they’re actually just getting smaller. How big is too big? How small is too small?
Details of a few of the items I’ve collected for a vintage clothing shop I’m opening on Etsy in September. There’s still a lot of prep work to be done, like a photo shoot with some friends next week, but I’m getting really excited about getting this thing started!
Thoughts about art from a few hours at the Osaka Art Museum
- something above you that you can’t reach.
- collages of others’ found objects from a particular time, place
- something partially concealed/hard to see all of
- elevate the everyday
- make/modify the old: change its historical trajectory
- make your own textures, scan, work w/
- found historical objects lying around (arrow heads, railroad spikes) ←recreate?
I’m responding most to 3D works.
I don’t care about gratuitous penises in art. They’re always awkward/gross.
I wanna level up at art. I want to see what lies inside of me. I want to get that out. ← I’m thinking more and more about renting a studio at Water Street Studios and spending a few months there focusing on experimenting, making work.
11am, mid exhibition: I love art. I can’t think of anything I love more at this moment. Does anything give me stronger, deeper feelings than this? I love what it gives us.
淀川テクニック’s garbage pieces amazing