day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.

This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.

I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.

I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.

My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.

Happy New Year.

s. arden hill

day 157 – four of ten unfinished pieces of sculpture made by my grandmother, that generated a body of work made by me

you can see some of the resulting works here

day 156 – four great bear pamphlets for inspiration

chance imagery by george brecht, some recent happenings by alan kaprow, the art of noises by luigi russolo, diary: how to improve the world (you will only make matters worse) by john cage

day 155 – four photographs of professor Mc Rea (ontario’s musical wonder), circa 1900

(i would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows anything about this musical wonder from ontario, as i have 20+ photographs of him, and have yet to find any information on him…)

day 154 – four malaysian 7″ records whose covers reflect the greatness of the music inside

day 153 – four harry bertoia catalogs

day 152 – four (from a collection of 63) bucky fuller geodesic souvenirs from expo 67

day151 – four with baskets on their heads and flutes in their mouths

Guest Editor Profile – Steve Roden

steve roden

Pasadena, California, United States

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/living area) look like?

studio for painting drawing and sculpture: the walls are covered with ephemera, old images of things i like, photographs, notations, failures, etc. the floor is covered with excess paper from collage cuttings, plaster, paint, dust, and most of the actual floor is not visible at this point.

office – which is also the space i work with sound: three walls are covered with bookshelves holding books, records, cds. still, there are also piles of books, records, cds all over the floor. my photograph collection is scattered in piles on bookshelves in front of books, and it is likely that eventually the floor will only be revealed in the form of the line running from the door to my desk… it is somewhat of a chaotic mess, and please don’t ever ask me to find a specific book or record, because it is not organized.

living area: the shelves are mostly covered with pottery by chicago bauhaus ceramacist eugene detuch, and the coffee table is piled with books, as is its underneath area (its “subscape” as george nelson would call it). in truth it is probably chaos by most people’s standards but much less cluttered than the studio or office…).

in terms of what it looks like, well, kind of unlike anything else, as it is a small experimental concrete dome built in 1946, so we have few straight walls to hang pictures on, and not much storage space, but it is quite wonderful to be living in a house of the future that was built in the past…

Where do you normally get your things?
the usual places… flea markets, used bookstores, ebay, through friends, auctions, etc.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
4 things with equal value: my father’s guitar, a tiny maquette of a sculpture made by harry bertoia, a drawing by rm schindler, a sculpture made for me by my grandmother called “the sounds of space”. (i should also mention my most prized possession that was taken away from me – my grandfather’s violin, which i was forced to give to my aunt and uncle…)


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