Issue 5 : Hunters & Gatherers

  • Hunters & Gatherers

Lovely Daze is a collection of artists’ writings and artworks published twice a year in limited editions. The fifth issue explores how Hunter-Gatherer societies live in accordance with Nature and ephemeral elements.

Often one discovers ease and creativity in adapting to the perpetual flux of Nature – the shift of light densities from day to night, season to season; the affected air as the natural consequence of altitude, temperature, and vegetation inspired by nomadic values prevalent in hunter-gatherer societies, this issue reveals our instinctual habits in preconditioned light and air, and the experience of transition. Here, nights are celebrated in darkness (with just a little fire) and summers are spent in sweat with beasts roaring here and there…

publisher/editor/designer ~ charwei tsai
editors ~ kelly carmena, lesley ma, and sabrina shaffer
contributors ~ hisham bharoocha, mark borthwick, brian chippendale, john giorno, fritz haeg, jungil hong, baptiste ibar, mateo lópez, papabubble, rosario lópez parra, thiago rocha pitta, cristina rodriguez, dana schutz, su-mei tse, and grigoris tsolakis.

cover ~ mark borthwick, joey an fin
copyright ~ lovely daze, summer 2008
printed in my beloved formosa


HISHAM BHAROOCHA is an artist and musician born in Nidata, Japan and is now based in New York. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. Hisham was part of the Providence based bands Lightning Bolt and Black Dice and currently formed a solo band, Soft Circle. He was one of the core organizers and drummers at Boredom 77 on July 7th, 2007 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. His artworks have been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2005, 2006); John Connelly Presents, New York (2006); De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Netherlands (2007), and Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece (2007) and he recently co-curated a photo exhibition at Mountain Fold, New York (2008).

MARK BORTHWICK an some`time`s will shine….. last seen onna pilgrimage leav`in spain with donkey in hand, travel`in upon a journey opper`tune`ing no`where`s land introduce`ing tal`is`man`s lover`s hand inna gypsy`s land…

KELLY CARMENA lives and works in New York City.

BRIAN CHIPPENDALE stems from Providence RI, mixing time between drawing and playing drums in rock band Lightning Bolt and solo as Black Pus. In the spring he also spends a lot of time chasing leaks around with buckets before they hit him in the head. He is not growing any leeks this year.

JOHN GIORNO was born in 1936 in New York. He is a poet and performance artist. He founded the artist collective Giorno Poetry Systems and coined its mass communication experiment Dial-A-Poem. He was the prominent subject of Andy Warhol’s film, Sleep. Currently, he also works as an AIDS activist and fundraiser.

FRITZ HAEG like a system of crop rotation, the artist works between his architecture & design practice Fritz Haeg Studio (though the currently preferred clients are animals), the happenings & gatherings of Sundown Salon (now Sundown Schoolhouse), the ecology initiatives of Gardenlab (including Edible Estates) and his role as an educator. He has produced projects and exhibited works at the Tate Modern; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Mass MoCA; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Wattis Institute; the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Maastricht; and the MAK Center, Los Angeles, among other institutions. His first book, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, is published by Metropolis Books and distributed by D.A.P.

JUNGIL HONG aka “jhonni glug” must eat burdock to pull burdock from the ground.

BAPTISTE IBAR was born in France in 1977. He immigrated to the US at the age of seven and attended Rhode Island School of Design where he received a BFA in Painting in 2000.
In 2006, Baptiste completed a set of twelve paintings (the disasterology calendar) to be featured in Michel Gondry’s feature film, The Science of Sleep. Ibar’s paintings are the product of a visionary visual sensibility coupled with a Blakean conception of history. His works are in private collections worldwide.

MATEO LOPEZ was born in 1978. He earned his degree in Fine Arts at Los Andes University in Bogotá. He has had solo exhibitions in Bogotá and Mexico City, and was recently awarded first prize at this year’s Cuenca Biennale in Ecuador. His work was recently shown at the MAMBA (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires) as part of the exhibition Sincronias, and at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation’s Interrogating Systems: 2008 Grants and Commissions Exhibition. Currently, he is also commissioned to work on a book of his works for the Triennal Poligrafica de San Juan, Puerto Rico.

LESLEY MA once studied hunter-gatherer societies and the human-animal relationship presented in children’s literature. She is glad that this issue of Lovely Daze made her think about that period of her life and knowing that the random knowledge she thought she would never use again is actually quite worth revisiting. This time through art.

PAPABUBBLE was born in Barcelona in 2003 and has since created candy making homes in Tokyo, Amsterdam and New York City.

ROSARIO LOPEZ PARRA is an artist based in Bogotá and currently a professor in sculpture at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She received an MFA in 1997 from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Her works has been exhibited at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá, Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá, and Galeria Nara Roesler, Sao Paulo.

THIAGO ROCHA PITTA was born in 1980 in Tiradentes MG Brazil. He is now based in Rio de Janeiro where he has lived and worked since 1999. He began his formation as an artist in his childhood with his father who was also an artist, Fernando Pitta (1952-2006).

CRISTINA RODRIGUEZ is a Colombia native forever traveling from place to place working as an artist and designer. She received a BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and furthered her studies at Parsons School of Design. She is currently living in Miami Florida where she co-founded the art and design collective by_number.

DANA SCHUTZ was born in 1976 in Livonia, Michigan and received an MFA in 2002 from Columbia University. She has had solo exhibitions at the Rose Museum at Brandeis University, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas. Her work has also been featured in exhibitions at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; The Hermitage, St Petersburg; the Royal Academy of Art, London; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

SABRINA SHAFFER is living the better part of this year at the beach where she spent her childhood summers. She hugs and kisses her mother everyday, misses her father and her brother Ryan while they are working overseas, and thinks of Charwei when collecting seashells.

CHARWEI TSAI is caught romanticizing in Paris again today. (And the mice-free and light-flooding studio only enhances this old habit of hers.)

SU-MEI TSE is an artist based in Luxembourg. She uses various media (videos, photographs, installations, objects…) in function of the core idea she wants to express. Sound, rhythm, and music are also important components in her work, which are characterized by a placing in suspension, moments of silence and an invitation to a degree of introspection. Su-Mei’s work has recently been exhibited at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, at Beaumontpublic in Luxembourg and MOCA Taipei with her friend Lee Mingwei. For 2009, she is preparing a show for Contemporary Art Center of Mito in Japan and working out a project for the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston. She is a big fan of Lovely Daze and is happy to participate in this current issue!

GRIGORIS TSOLAKIS was born in Greece in 1981 and raised in Belgium. He moved back to Greece in 2004 where he currently studies graphic design.

~ special thanks to aa, aaron, abby, alba + family, alessandra, alex h, ama, ana calle, angela l, angelita + family, anna j, aoi, baptiste, barbie, bebe, boris, brian c, cai+hh+studio, cat k, catalina, chris liu, cristina, dad, dimitrios, doggie, duke, dunbar, eugene, federico, fiona, fritz, gilles, godmother, grace, grandma, grigoris, heather, herve, hisham, irene, james, jason, jason b, jasper, jc, jean dl, jean-lou, jenn+richard, joanna c, john g, julia c, jung, keisuke, kelly, kelly ma, leif, leila, lesley, lili, linda, lots of aunts+uncles+cousins, lumi, mandy, mari, mark p, mateo, max, mika + howie, mingwei, mom, naoto, nicolas, nigel, pat, printed matter, rachel, rene, roni, ronnie, rosario, ryan s, sabrina + family, sarah, shunyi, sis, suhanya, su-mei, taka, terresa, thiago, tina, tony b, veronique, vicson, yonatan, yulin jie, and will shine. (to honor h-g egalitarian attitudes, names are listed alphabetically.)