Trudy Benson, Holographix, 2011. Acrylic, enamel, spray paint, and oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Horton Gallery, New York. Photo credit: Adam Reich.
Interview#1 Vivian Fu
How old are you?
I am 22 years old.
Where are you from?
I was born in Los Angeles.
What kind of photographic equipment do you use?
I use a variety of different analog cameras.
What do you do when you are not shooting?
I am working at my job, grocery shopping, thinking about how I should go outside more, spending time with my boyfriend, bothering the people I live with.
What was the first photograph you were proud of?
The first photograph that I took that I was proud of is probably a picture of my roommate and his boyfriend at the time kissing in the shower when we were all still living in the dorms at school.
How much preparation is there behind your photographs?
Very little to no preparation.
Have you ever done sacrifices or compromises as a photographer?
I don’t think that I have ever had to make sacrifices or compromises as a photographer. I take pictures for myself, so I don’t really have to consider what other people want because at the moment, it’s entirely about what I want.
What is your safe place?
My bed or anywhere with my partner.
Do you have any obsessions?
I’m obsessed with cheeseburgers right now.
Is there an artist you’ll gladly collaborate with or that you regard with esteem?
There are a lot of artists who are making work that I think is really wonderful and great that I would love to collaborate with. I am already collaborating with some of these artists. There are really too many to name!
▶ Is your photography breaking in your personal life or the opposite?
I photograph my private life, so in that regard my private life influences my photography, but my photography doesn’t interfere with my private life because I can choose to not photograph certain moments.
[If you want to see more, find her on www.vivian-fu.tumblr.com]
For the launch of Redox Mag (a new online magazine focusing on photography), they interviewed photographers Mark Flood, Andrea Tomas, and myself. I’m still practicing my interview skills, so please forgive my awkwardness.
Hi everyone! Maybe you’ve seen this floating around tumblr via the American Apparel blog. They took an image from my nail art blog and are using it as an ad for their nail lacquer line. I’ve been attempting to communicate with them privately, but have gotten little response other than a form e-mail telling me they’re looking into it and they’ll get back to me. Right.
It’s okay - I have no problem pursuing other avenues of contact.
If the concept of a large corporation taking an artist’s image for their own gain without the artist’s permission doesn’t bother you, maybe the fact that none of these nail polishes were from AA will. I used 12 different colors from Wet N Wild, Revlon, Confetti, CQ, Sinful Colors, Spoiled, and Maybelline. I have never used/owned AA polishes.
It’s like AA made me a sandwich where the bread is made out of false advertising and the lunchmeat is made out of copyright infringement. It tastes bad.
Special thanks to my friends and to the wonderful folks over at Reddit Laqueristas for all the support!
Actually THIS is our practice space.
So fucking unreal. Thanks to everyone for all of your help! We love everyone so much!
The building that houses Open Space in Baltimore MD is currently on fire. the back portion of the building, which contained my screen-printing equipment, Weekend’s gear, Witch Hat’s gear, Raindeer’s gear, and several other bands equipment has already burned and collapsed to the ground. I learned more from reading this article than I did from any police on the scene. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/north-baltimore/bs-md-ci-fire-sisson-street-20130501,0,6609175.story
2013 is now officially the worst year ever. I thought it had a chance of looking up after the colossal turd that was the first few months but this just took a biiiiiiiig shit on all my hopes for the year.
Keeping all the Open Space people, Open Space affiliates, and community in my thoughts today. On Monday I was giving a talk to students about artist run collectives, and the majority of my anecdotes and sources were about/from Open Space. At the end of the day I felt so uplifted remembering the accomplishments of my friends, how creative, funny, and proactive they/you all are. I’ll be keeping feelers out about any benefits, fundraisers etc and send them along. Special concern for Weekends/Witch Hat, Max and all of the effort he has put into “Solitary Stones on a Rocky Shore”, and JC the cat who is the sweetest. Sending all my love and good vibes to you to rise above what have been some very tough months.
Sad sad news. Open Space is a place where artists I love and care about have lived and work. Thankfully everyone who lives in the place is OK and it seems like the community of Baltimore is really reaching out.
Open Space just hosted a show I curated, Check Marks, which was still on the walls when the fire broke out. I’ve been told that the work was undamaged and is being retrieved now. A small bright spot on a very sad situation.
Very sad news.
oh man. very sorry to hear this
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE LOVE AND HELP EVERYONE! EVERYTHING IMPORTANT SURVIVED!
glad to hear everyone is ok, but still so incredibly heartbroken about all of this.
GOOD NIGHT SWEET PRINCE
View of a Steve Keene hand opening my window/waving goodbye
Analia Saban - Acrylic in Canvas with Ruptures: Grid (2010) - Acrylic and stretcher bars in laser-cut canvas bag