represent the world


Visit Lisa Oppenheim’s website here.

Lisa Oppenheim, Calendar, 1763-1818, 2013. Silver gelatin black & white photographs exposed and solarized by fire light and toned photograms.

a-sequence-in-which-a-protester-throws-back-a-smoke-bomb-while-clashing-with-police-in-ferguson-missouri-version-iii-b-240-750x569Lisa Oppenheim, A sequence in which a protester throws back a smoke bomb while clashing with police in Ferguson, Missouri (Version III), 2015, Silver gelatin photograph exposed and solarized by firelight.

44.-The-Sun-is-Always-Setting-Somewhere-Else-1-750x498Lisa Oppenheim,The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, 2006.
Looped slide projection of 15 slides, 35mm Kodak Ektagraphic Slide Projector.

46.-The-Sun-is-Always-Setting-Somewhere-Else-10-750x498Lisa Oppenheim, The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, 2006.

Lisa Oppenheim, The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, 2006.

Rebel with a Cause

Art, exhibitions, My Photography

This week I went to the Guggenheim to experience the James Turrell exhibition (meh) and the Whitney Summer opening to check out the re-installation of a really interesting Robert Irwin site-specific piece. Both museums prevented photographs from being taken, therefore sneaky iphones pictures are all I have. photo 1James Turrell,  Aten Reign 2013. Currently installed in the Guggenheim Atrium.

photo 2James Turrell, Afrum I 1967. Currently at the Guggenheim.

photo 3James Turrell, Afrum I 1967. Currently at the Guggenheim.

photo 4Robert Irwin, Scrim Viel – Black Rectangle – Natural Light 1977. A site-Specific work  that just got re-installed at the Whitney. 

photo 5Robert Irwin, Scrim Viel – Black Rectangle – Natural Light 1977.


Art, exhibitions, Photography

I came across’s list of Top Most Iconic Artworks of the Past 5 Years. Here are the works I have seen (and agree with) from the list. Check out the full list here, how many have you experienced??

46. Glenn Ligon, Ruckenfigur 2009 (seen @ fort worth modern)

glenn ligon

39. Iwan Baan, The City and the Storm 2012 (cover of the New York Magazine‘s November issue)

iwan baan

[photo credit: here.]

37. Tom Sachs, Space Program:Mars 2012


space program website.

36. Olafur Eliasson, New York City Waterfalls 2008

Olafur Eliasson

[image credit: here]

32. William Powhida, How the New Museum Committed Suicide with Banality 2009


[image credit: here.]

29. Maurizio Cattelan, All 2011 @ the Guggenheim cattelan

26. Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass 1969-2012 (Haven’t seen it in person but have posted about it here.

levitated mass,

[photo credit: here]

18. Chris Burden, Urban Light 2008

kaylan Lucas urban lights

[photo credit: Kaylan Lucas instagram: follow here]

16. David Hockney, iPhone Drawing 2009 (Seen at the Royal Academy, 2012)

david hockney David Hockney

13. Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010

the clockthe clockthe clock

9. GIlbert and George, London Pictures, 2011 (Seen at White Cube, 2012) 

[image credit: here.]

1. The Artist is Present by Marina Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. If you missed this exhibition check out the HBO Documentary, The Artist is Present. 

sending yall away

Art, exhibitions, Photography, Websites

My mentor and former photo professor, Betsy Scheider got a Guggenheim Fellowship last year. This is an insane accomplishment and very well deserved. Everything I know about Photography, I learned from her and really, I could not have more respect and gratitude towards her. Not only was she Sally Mann’s assistant for a couple of years, she also just was the Director of SPE held in San Francisco this year. Betsy’s Digital Class when we were required to take a photograph at 8am, 3PM, and 8pm. This is 3pm, obviously.

when she went to accept her Guggenheim in NYC, she still made us come to class and she taught via Skype. oh, technology!

Her Guggenheim project is called Triskaidekaphobia [which means to fear the number 13] and for the fellowship she is photographing and documenting 250 thirteen year old girls in one year.

Learn more about the project by liking her page on Facebook.  Please, contact her if you know a 13 year old who would like to be involved with this exciting project!

Learn more about her project here. visit her artist websitehere. 

ALSOin other I wish I was still in art school news, one of my former pherds and classmates, Adrien Lesoing, just put up an awesome DIY tutorial of how to do photo transfers to wood at her blog, Adrianlovesowls. The process looks super easy and the result is so cool, I can’t wait to make my own next week! Check it out here… 

notion of complexity

Art, exhibitions

When I found out I would have the opportunity to go to NYC last weekend, the first thing I did was check the exhibitions dates for the mid-career retrospective of Maurizo Cattelan: All at the Guggenheim. I made it just in time, literally, as the ground-breaking show closed on Monday.

Such an intriguing captivation and the only career retrospective I can think of that’s very existence changes the impact of every single piece of art shown; and there is an example of nearly all his work.  In a unique feat of engineering and in pure Cattelan fashion (he has always been such an anti-authorian rule breaker), every piece of art is hung down the center of the Guggenheim’s signature rotunda. Besides the visual spectacle of  performance and the pure beauty of a giant sculpture of sculptures, I was most interested in how the meanings of the work shifted in this unconventional arena. The relationships formed between pieces changed, perhaps forever, the way in which they used to function. Like Not Afraid to Love, the life-size baby elephant covered in a sheet that originally shown solo referenced the formidable subject of the KKK, the artist’s frequent use of disguises  and that ever present elephant in the room. But barely visible placed on top of the elephants head is the piece Untitled,  a tiny ant making an obscenity gesture. This  ant was the sole work  Cattelan showed at the Gwangju Biennial in 1995. It was placed in the center of a large dark gallery, illuminated by only a spotlight. Both pieces separate, in context, were at a time controversial works dealing with Cattelan’s insecurities, but placed together become playful and a symbol of the vastness of life development. The entire exhibition was full of puns and awe-inspiring moments, proving Cattelan’s detest for order by upturning the very rules he set for himself throughout his 22 year career.

Not Afraid of Love, 2000

Novecento, 1997 (the horse) and Untitled, 1998 (the big dark cube is real soil with a live planted olive tree)

*Stephanie, 2003   and Untitled, 1997 ( mouse  on raft on top of work)

 *was commissioned by a wealthy patron, who wanted a work for his beautiful model wife. When Cattelan visited their house and saw the man’s impressive taxidermy collection displayed on the walls… he created this.

If you like these works and want to learn more about Cattelan or ALL, I highly recommend the catalogue. It’s a great read and gives wonderful insight into the production and every single work. Get it HERE. 


Art, Photography, Websites

Penelope Umbrico is a  Guggenheim Fellowship Photography recipient this year, along with my teacher Betsy Schneider. I saw this work at the SFMOMA when I went last November and instantly fell in love with it. I was very pleased to see her name on the list of Guggenheim Fellows because its such an honor, and means that you are on the cutting edge of photography.

This work is called 8,313,619 Suns from Flickr (Partial). She created it by searching sunsets on the photograph sharing social website Flickr. She collects the sunsets and makes 4×6 prints from the images, then adds them to the grid. The number in the title represents the total of sunsets she has collected. Since this is an on-going project that number is constantly expanding.

When I saw it in San Francisco, it took up an enormous wall, the cheesy, stereotypical and identically framed sunsets glaring at me from every angle. It was glorious.

Check out her website here, she has a lot of other interesting work!