“A lot of my work is closed, and some of it’s very hard,” says photographer and author Jim Goldberg. The point is easily made at Goldberg’s studio, above Thrift Town on Mission Street, where photos of subjects from all over the world—doing ordinary things and wearing their suffering as casually as T-shirts—are tacked semi-haphazardly on the walls.
I Am a Camera catches one’s attention amongst the titles of coffee-table books in John Chiara’s industrial live-work studio on Alabama Street. For a man who builds large-format cameras, which he hauls on trailers up and down the California coast, it is tempting to take this as his mission statement.
Only a half-dozen square, colorful, precise paintings are left behind, stacked amid brushes and Solo cups, at Clare Rojas’ sun-drenched Dogpatch studio, its walls hung with prepped linens to begin a new body of work.
“I just shipped out my show ‘Spaces in Between’ to Chicago’s Kavi Gupta Gallery, so there is not much art left,” explains the petite brunette with a Louise Brooks bob.
“My studio is a mess,” says painter and graffiti artist Barry McGee, whose workspace is a riotous funhouse of color, pattern, animation, pop culture, subculture, laughs, and winks
7x7’s intrepid Style Maven, Lauren Goodman, navigates the city’s magical season craftily.
“On a recent trip, retracing the steps of Levi’s creative team’s inspiration for the Fall 2012 collection through the rocky, wooded coastline of Maine, every where I turned I was seduced by handicrafts, perfect for the Endless Summer look… Here are seven things I’m loving:”
1. High summer in Maine was like a dress rehearsal for the Northern Californian version. Here, Lauren is at Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle Maine, luxuriating in the sun in a Proenza Schouler shibori t-shirt and Levi’s cut-offs. “I want to come back and take a Shibori class!”
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