The making of Olomouc

In 2017, I sat in on Prof. Dr. Bernd Herzogenrath’s (Goethe Universität) yearly seminar on experimental art in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The weeklong seminar for students from both Goethe Universität and Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci commemorated the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday with a look at the influence of American Transcendentalism on American art and culture, with a particular focus on John Cage, American avant-garde music and related practices. Prof. Herzogenrath gave an introductory lecture and visiting artists Christopher Shultis, Hee Sook Kim and Craig Shepard presented talks and performances, and guided silent walks. Students were then introduced …

The making of “Skaters”

In a little park at the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, there are often kids rolling around on skateboards, bikes and scooters. Looming overhead is an equestrian statue of George Washington at Valley Forge, swathed in blankets and sitting proudly on a horse with bowed head. One summer afternoon I set my camera on a tripod near the monument. I sat for hours collecting sequential still photographs of teenagers on skateboards, skating the length of the monument and attempting to land tricks off the end of the granite steps. The idea was to capture movement in …