Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Slippery Slide of Zoom

A surprise visit to the artist's studio this morning yielded this gem. I was so excited that I rushed to get it online. It is a present for his mother on her 30th birthday. Knowing that the 30th birthday is quite a mile stone and a departure from youth, the artist depicts the excitement and magic of a playground slide to remind his mother of her younger years.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Last night Grant informed me of his plans for a conceptual performance piece in Europe. He told me he was going to run away from home because I wouldn't make him a quesadilla for dinner.

- Really? Where are you going?

- SWITZERLAND! And I won't eat pasta EVER!

- What will you do there?

- I will stay in bed, and I won't get up EVER!

Then he walked off and went to sleep in the guest bedroom, apparently prepping himself for his slothful art in Switzerland.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Visiting Great Grandma

A plastic tube snakes across the floor between a pair of sandaled feet and a green velvet chair. A woman's leg is visible in the upper right corner. Who are these people, where are they and what is their relationship? What is the tube connected to? The title mentions his great grandma, could it be the tube to her oxygen tank? Our perspective is the perspective of a 4 year old boy. We are left out of the conversation as he seems to be. He passes his time studying the minutia of the room; the texture of the chair, the mystery of the tube, shoes. The photographer seems to be more interested in the cramped composition and flat perspective than he is in the banal subject matter, but the fact that he is able to pique our interest in the scene is a testament to his skill and clever eye.Like William Eggleston, Grant takes photos of seemingly mundane scenes and imbues them with a sense of mystery and life.