Hammer Blog

  • 3 Questions with Kim Fisher

    3 Questions with Kim Fisher

    I came to Los Angeles to go to UCLA in 1991 and then I just stayed. There’s a lot of space here and the weather is good. My husband told me this morning that a friend of his said that California is like a squeezed out tit, and to some extent I agree with this comment, however L.A. is still a pretty rad place to live and make art.

  • 3 Questions with Gabriel Kuri

    3 Questions with Gabriel Kuri

    I like L.A. because it is strange. It is many cities and many things at once and there is no unifying custom or pattern. There also seems to be an ease about it that I thought would help me be productive and enjoy work.

  • The Ghost in Gallery Five

    The Ghost in Gallery Five

    For the last month strangers have been sending me photos. Well, technically Hammer Museum visitors have been sending me Snapchats from an iPad under the alias of ‘almost-there.’ I ‘jbellzamy’ receive mostly PG rated photos that disappear after a few seconds, mimicking a ghost, the app’s mascot. Now perhaps I’ve watched Amelie too many times but I’m addicted; it’s a less haunting alternative to seeing beyond the veil.

  • 3 Questions with Samara Golden

    3 Questions with Samara Golden

    When I was living in New York, I had a lot of fantasies about what moving to L.A. would be: the flowers, the succulent plants, the beach, the lizards, the sunsets...all of that exists, but it is butted up against the streets of homeless people in wheel chairs missing limbs, and people jumping from the roofs of welfare hotels, I see it as a city of contradiction. For me I wanted to disappear in a way...sometimes the gaps between things are an invisible magic.

  • 3 Questions with Danielle Dean

    3 Questions with Danielle Dean

    When I was at Central St Martins in London I heard about CalArts through Afterall Magazine. This was back in 2004, the magazine was co edited by Tom Lawson at CalArts. I thought the school looked so amazing.

  • 3 Questions with Sarah Rara

    3 Questions with Sarah Rara

    Moving to Los Angeles was a love-at-first-sight kind of situation. I chose L.A. decisively, with no hesitation—a strong impulse carried me here. For me the city still exudes of so much complexity and possibility. There is not a consensus reality in Los Angeles, but a wildness and openness. This massive city has space for any kind of life you might imagine wanting to make. There’s a tenderness I have for Los Angeles— just seeing the word “L-O-S-A-N-G-E-L-E-S” written out or hearing the name spoken aloud has a special magic for me, a kind of promise. There is a fantasy of California that is still very much alive in me.

  • 3 Questions with Jennifer Moon

    3 Questions with Jennifer Moon

    My path to art and to L.A. was the result of cosmic funneling and not necessarily a choice on my part. I came to L.A. all the way from Orange County to attend UCLA in 1991 and have stayed ever since. Getting into UCLA was a lucky fluke or certainly the work of the 3rd Communal Entity (3CE).