Hammer Blog

  • Remembering Robert Heinecken

    Remembering Robert Heinecken

    Much has been written about his professional work. I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy his artistic process through visitations and dialogue with Robert long after my graduate school experience. He taught us all by example what the “heart of an artist” is. Art making was a joy to this artist. This I will never forget and I often think of what Robert would say as I make work today.

  • Robert Heinecken’s Layers

    Robert Heinecken’s Layers

    Throughout his career, Robert Heinecken produced works that invariably incorporated photographic imagery. In the early 1960s he founded UCLA’s photography department, one of the first of its kind, and remained closely involved in professional photographic associations. Yet he did not label himself a photographer, preferring instead “photographist” and “paraphotographer” to describe his artistic activities.

  • Public Engagement Flash Talk Reflections: Tom Danon on Mario Garcia Torres

    Public Engagement Flash Talk Reflections: Tom Danon on Mario Garcia Torres

    Editing is a hard business to define: is it an art, a craft, a science? It’s all those things, and a pretty boring technical process, too. One typical assumption about editing is that the editor’s job is just taking out the bad parts. To most editors this is a profoundly annoying assumption. Not just because it is 100% wrong, but also because it’s pretty much right, too.

  • An “Unruly” Material: Balata in Francis Upritchard’s Practice

    An “Unruly” Material: Balata in Francis Upritchard’s Practice

    Francis Upritchard’s discovery of the rubber-like material called balata was happenstance. While in Belem, Brazil for a residency in 2004, she stumbled upon balata figurines at an outdoor market. The material, the figurines, and the seller intrigued her. Mr. Darlindo, the artisan and seller with whom Upritchard struck up a conversation, invited her back to his studio for a lesson.