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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616891327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616891329
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Painter and photo editor Sarah Trigg takes you inside the studios of several artists and reveals what you can learn from exploring their workspaces and creative rituals." -- FastCoCreate

About the Author

Sarah Trigg is an artist, writer, photographer, and creator of the popular website The Goldminer Project. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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In 2009 artist and writer Sarah Trigg embarked on an ambitious field expedition across the United States, interviewing more than 200 artists in their studios. She sat down with everyone, from painters to performance artists, to investigate a wide range of artmaking practices. The result is Studio Life, a fascinating photographic and written account of 100 of her most illuminating visits. Trigg asks her subjects to share objects and working habits in six categories: mascots, collected objects, rituals, makeshift tools, residue, and habitats. These talismans and behaviors provide a framework for artists to reveal insights into their practices and the nature of the creative life. Intriguing and often humorous anecdotes emerge, of one studio's mysterious sealed vault, another's resident bunny, and countless sources of inspiration are unearthed: vintage comics, purses, and kitschy figurines; faded yearbooks and treasured cards and letters; and one handwritten reminder to Quit Feelin' Sorry for Yourself. Accessible and relevant for amateur aesthetes and art-world professionals, Studio Life offers an insider's view of the artistic process as well as a snapshot of the most interesting work being produced today.

* A fascinating alternative approach to understanding art Includes 100 artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, video artists, and performance artists, among others) from the established to those beginning their careers.
* Artists include William Wegman, Pat Steir, John Baldessari, Carol Bove, Rashid Johnson, Peter Halley, Fred Tomaselli, Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw, Michelle Grabner, Tauba Auerbach, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Dana Schutz, and David Altmejd, among many others.
* A visual index provides biographical information and references to locate additional work for each artist.

Sarah Trigg is an artist, writer, photographer, and the creator behind the widely read website The Goldminer Project (thegoldminerproject.com). She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By loveliest girl ever on January 6, 2014
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I love this book because frankly, there is really nothing else like it. It's part studio visit, part archeological dig, and part meditation on the hidden inspirations, magical objects and rituals that propel an artist's practice. The book is also a thoughtful memoir of the author's visits to the studios of extraordinary contemporary artists like Gary Panter, Jill Magid, Byron Kim, Aaron Curry, Kerry Tribe, David Altmejd, John Baldessari and many many others. The writing is intelligent, the stories are intimate and full of warmth and humor. STUDIO LIFE is a welcome reminder that behind every public work of art is a very private world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By VG on September 28, 2013
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The book opens the doors into spaces and lives one would rarely get to see. And once inside, it shows the particularities that make each artist's studio and practice unique. Patterns emerge, but what comes across is the studio as a reflection of the artist's mind. Every thing is lovingly photographed and back stories emerge. The conversations convey a sense of the intimacy of the studio visit with a fellow artist. The cumulative effect of the one hundred studio profiles is a portrait of contemporary studio life in America.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Forth on September 26, 2013
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Getting this book was a nice surprise--it offers a really interesting and alternate take on what makes artists tick in their studios. The book doesn't really show pretty, composed, overall studio shots, but if you want an insightful, down and dirty look at HOW artists work, get this book. Its much more documentary-style in its approach, really about process, and I loved pouring over the huge amount of images--many unexpected details and objects. Really appreciated the longer entries of William Wegman, Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw, and Gary Panter.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Healey on September 17, 2013
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I was really hoping for some nice photos of artists' studios and their materials. This book was just a collection of photos of junk (seriously, garbage) in studios. I appreciate that these objects are part of the process of making art. But, I was personally hoping for some views of studios, rather than the bits and pieces lying around on studio floors. Every photo in this book is of some little junk. There are no views of studios or work spaces as a whole.
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