TIM HAILAND: GIVERNY
AT ERIC BUTERBAUGH FLORALS
Friday evening was spent at one of my favourite spots in Los Angeles, where the wonderful Mr Eric Buterbaugh opened the doors of his stunning space to renowned portrait artist Tim Hailand. The exhibit features works from both Hailand's toile de Jouy series, as well as "photos re-photographed works" created in both Monet's garden, Giverny and Rauschenberg's Captiva Island grounds. The opening was attended by close friends of Hailand and Buterbaugh, including Demi Moore and Jen Meyer.
I had the opportunity to chat with Tim Hailand after the event. He filled me in on his latest body of work, GIVERNY, and some of his biggest accomplishments to date.
Q1: Tell me about GIVERNY and your inspiration behind this body of work.
I was awarded a residency the Spring of 2012 to live and work at Claude Monet's estate in Giverny, France. I thought most about the famed garden before I arrived. I ended up spending more time inside my flat due to the rainy Normandy weather. I was living an a room covered in a red toile de Jouy wallpaper - which I quickly became obsessed with. I purchased toile de Jouy fabric in a similar design, and began printing my portraits directly on the patterned fabric. I liked very much the results and continue to this day to explore the process. The toile is itself a figurative abstraction, an idealized and fictionalized depiction of pastoral life. I abstract my figurative portraits, which are also idealized depictions of people, with the toile. I think of them sort of like poems or songs
Q2: A blossoming partnership has been formed between yourself and King of the Florals, Eric Buterbaugh, how did this come about?
An artist friend, Yassi Mazandi, brought Eric to an exhibition of my work last year and we hit it off. Eric loved the work, and we spoke about doing something sometime together. The fall of 2014 I was commissioned by Peter Marino to create a permanent photo toile room in the flagship Dior store in Tokyo. Eric's interest was further ignited by this collaboration with Mr Marino, and when he opened his truly stunning space here in LA it gave us an opportunity to work together. Eric has a great eye, and I love his aesthetic and enthusiasm!
Q3: What’s your biggest accomplishment so far?
My life gets better as I get older. I practice a form of Buddhism known as Nicherin. It allows me to manifest the best possible version of myself, and to create value in the world - at least that's what I strive to do. I think just to be alive and to do ones work and remain true to ones vision is an accomplishment - it's all connected - I don't think it's any one thing Ive done. Getting to work with people I find inspiring such as Marina Abramovic, Peter Marino, Demi Moore, and of course Eric Buterbaugh is an accomplishment. These people are all at the top of their game, and it's an honor to work with them and brings my work to new levels
Q4: Do you have any advice for the young creatives of today?
Have a point of view - have talent that you can develop by working your ass off. Don't pay attention to what is popular, follow your heart and don't give up - keep on pushing your work.
Q5: Last but not least, what’s your favourite city and why?
I moved to NYC in 1983, and in spite of the AIDS plague, it was an amazing time to be there. It does not interest me so much anymore. I have lived in Berlin on and off since the late 1990's - it has also "flattened out" a bit for me. I like the space and light of Los Angeles - but then also very much inspired by nature and the redwood forest. LA is good in that it leaves you alone to do your work - it's really only what you make of it. I guess that's what airplanes are for - I am very much inspired by, and my work informed by travel. Different cities at different times.
Tim Hailand will be present in the garden of Eric Buterbaugh Sunday September 20th and 27th, to create unique commissioned toile de Jouy portraits. One can also request an appointment with Hailand by calling EB Florals directly.
Eric Buterbaugh Florals
8271 Beverly Blvd
www.ebflorals.com / www.timhailand.com
Photos by Donato Sardella
TASCHEN GALLERY SHOWCASE THE WORK OF MICK ROCK
SHOOTING FOR STARDUST
Just a few days before the Tim Hailand opening, I had the chance to attend a new exhibition at the TASCHEN Gallery in West Hollywood. I had been watching the transformation of TASCHEN as they waved farewell to George Quaintance and welcomed, with open arms, the work of Mick Rock.
The exhibition, Shooting For Stardust, focuses on one of the most inspirational artists of all time in the music industry, David Bowie. On display at TASCHEN are many formal portraits, spectacular stage shots, intimate backstage and on-the-road photos, and many never before seen images. The pictures bear witness to Rock's unique style and unprecedented access to David Bowie, while rejoicing in the experimentation and daring of the space-alien postmodern rock star Ziggy Stardust.
On display are also classic photographs of other 1970s luminaries who crossed creative paths with Boqie, including Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, and Queen.
Mick Rock, otherwise known as "The Man Who Shot the 1970s", was born in London in 1948. His rise to stardom began with his first photographic subjet, music legend Syd Barrett. He then went on to work with David Bowie. Rock is still considered one of the most influential photographers of our time with his recent subjects including Lady Gaga and Pharrell.