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  • Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges, Part 2

    Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges, Part 2

    The mirror that India held up to me demanded me to reevaluate so many things, starting from very simple things like crossing the street to more complicated issues, such as my relationship to currency and money and power. Deeper still were reflections on permanence and impermanence, creation, death and life, and undamental beliefs and spirituality. There is this spectrum of experience there, from the mundane to the very heavy.

  • The Short Films of Yuri Ancarani

    The Short Films of Yuri Ancarani

    In the Italian filmmaker Yuri Ancarani’s trilogy of short films titled La malattia del ferro (The disease of iron; 2010–12), viewers are ushered into the hidden worlds of three very distinct and extremely specialized occupations: marble miners, scuba divers, and surgeons. The title refers to a syndrome something like cabin fever, in which workers who have spent a lot of time at sea have trouble adjusting to life on dry land. The laborers in each of these films appear to be completely removed from ordinary life. They are everyday heroes, alone together, just the workers and the machines that they rely on to do their work.

  • Darryl Curran Remembers Robert Heinecken

    Darryl Curran Remembers Robert Heinecken

    Darryl Curran, a former student and long-time friend of Robert Heinecken, received his MA from UCLA in 1964. Since then, his work has been included in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Modern Art. In conjunction with the exhibition Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, Curran offers an intimate reflection on Heinecken’s life and work. Curran’s photodiary, culled from his own collection of photos and mementos, offers a rare glimpse into Heinecken’s personality outside the classroom. Featuring snapshots from important conferences and private events, from the annual meetings of the Society for Photographic Education to Heinecken’s own memorial service, the images below demonstrate Heinecken’s centrality to the Southern California photographic community he helped create.

  • Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges

    Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges

    “I love sculpture,” Jim Hodges says. “Fundamentally, though, I am a ‘drawer.’ But I love spatial relationships and dimensionality. I’m interested in theatrical moments and choreographing experiences in space. I think as a drawer and make as a sculptor.” Over the course of three years, the artist and Walker Executive Director Olga Viso delved into Hodges’ life, artistic practice, and influences, touching on topics prevalent in his work, from love and politics to language, spirituality, and mortality. Excerpted from the exhibition catalogue Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, here’s a sampling from their discussions.