Riding the bus to work. The bus driver is an older fellow with white hair. A white-haired lady walks on the bus and the driver jokingly says “ah! I see you use the same hair dye as I do!” They shared a laugh.
Ace Kieffer is 22 and is currently on the bus back from NYC to Baltimore.
ML: Right now your work is up at Hey Guys in Brooklyn. How did that come about?
AK: First off, Erin Jane Nelson is the best. She put the show together and did such a rad job. I woke up with an email one day, about a month ago, from Erin saying she was asked to curate a group show and she wanted us to be a part of it. I was super stoked and agreed to it right away. The other guys that are in the show are not only good friends of mine but also amazing artists that I truly respect.
ML: You showed some pictures on a stack that people could look through instead of hanging some up. Why is that?
AK: I had talked with Erin about this during the planning of the show. I’m not very good when it comes to narrowing things down and like choosing one or two photos out of hundreds or whatever. So I initially sent Erin a folder with a bunch of images and we both agreed on having the one photo of my dad’s thumbs printed big and then have the stack. We thought it would be a good way to show my work since usually I use photography simply as a means to document the world around me and the stack served as a more interactive and intimate view into that. I got a lot of good feedback on it at the opening.
ML: Those pictures were all on a wooden shelf that I heard you made. Why did it smell so good?
AK: Yes I did make the shelf. It was a scrap piece of oak that I had laser etched. The smell, I suppose, is just a result of the burnt wood.
ML: What’s one thing you wish people asked you more?
AK: I wish girls would ask me out. That answer was my moms idea but I agree with her.
I did this short interview with Romke almost exactly 4 years ago after the opening of a group photo show I was a part of in NYC.
tape painting #2
At a skatepark pretty crowded with skateboarders. I’m one of 3 rollerbladers here. Thinking about how all these skateboarders probably dislike me simply because I’m on rollerblades but also how I’ve most likely been rollerblading longer than any of them have even been alive.
I’ve been carrying around a 35mm point and shoot regularly again and taking more pictures.
made a tape paintingThis is the first non-photo art object that I have made in quite some time. It was mostly just an experiment but it felt pretty great to actually have an idea and realize it. I felt a bit unsure about the result at first but I’m feeling better and better about it and want to play around more with this general idea.