Hammer Blog

  • 3 Questions with Jmy James Kidd

    3 Questions with Jmy James Kidd

    I had just turned 30, was on tour performing at Redcat, dancing for Neil Greenberg, living in New York. I had some beautiful tasty avocados lined up on my window sill at The Standard and I think they told me I had to live in this place. Every time I came to visit Los Angeles I was surprised how much I liked it here. Maybe it was from growing up in San Francisco, where there was a strong dislike of SoCal -- stealing water / air pollution, bubble heads, valley girls! I didn't want to leave New York but Los Angeles beckoned and so I came.

  • 3 Questions with Max Maslansky

    3 Questions with Max Maslansky

    I love the weather here, its large community of artists, and I like how you can walk around in your pajamas without feeling judged. The city doesn't offer the best of itself on a platter. It demands your effort to know it, even for me, who was born and raised here.

  • 3 Questions with Harry Dodge

    3 Questions with Harry Dodge

    I love California. I was born in SF and lived there a long time as a young adult (after growing up in the Mid-West) it took me way too long to get down here. But now I thrive in the hotted-up glow of L.A., the way the wilderness and congestion cross-pollinate. It's appalling, dissonant, thrilling, provocative. I've always identified with the history of art-making here, in its breadth. From bodies to boxes, I appreciate the gamut.

  • 3 Questions with Jibade-Khalil Huffman

    3 Questions with Jibade-Khalil Huffman

    The short answer is I came here for school. But I'd been coming here for a few years before that for various projects. Certainly the landscape is conducive to making the kinds of photographs and videos that I make.

  • 3 Questions with Piero Golia

    3 Questions with Piero Golia

    Frank Lloyd Wright said "Tip the world on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles." I didn't consciously moved to L.A. to work, actually when I first arrived I didn't work at all, I was spending my days driving around, exploring the city. Then manifest destiny.

  • 3 Questions with Marcia Hafif

    3 Questions with Marcia Hafif

    I was born in Los Angeles County, in Pomona, studied art at Pomona College, Claremont Graduate School, and began my painting "career" living in West Hollywood. It was just natural.

  • 3 Questions with Lecia Dole-Recio

    3 Questions with Lecia Dole-Recio

    Part of me says: Where else in the U.S. would a gay, Mexican goth live and make art? It’s true. My wife and I are originally from California. We’re like homing pigeons, keep returning to what’s familiar. We’ve found amazing makers and thinkers here.