Category Archives: Art

Still Life Photography by Steve Lovi

Lovi was an editorial photographer for Vogue in the 1960’s where he photographed and worked with Twiggy and Dame Miriam Rothschild. He was a teacher of Annie Leibovitz at the Art Institute in San Francisco. His fine art photography that we’re showing is a group of still lives created with his collection of porcelain and flowers collected throughout the gardens of England. He lived in London for over 18 years before landing in San Francisco once again.

The pieces that we have at Homme are styled incredibly; obvious that he hails from the family of Vogue… They look like paintings. We are selling editions of 4 per image. His dye transfer prints are available as well but are close to double that of what we have here in the shop. We will post more images later this week.

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Special Edition Prints by Jason Florio

We’re selling unlimited edition 8″ x 10″ prints on One King’s Lane for $229 by award-winning photojournalist Jason Florio. Here are some of the images we’re so excited to produce for the sale:

Letterpress Print Block Art from Sonoma

An artist in Sonoma by the name of Ellen Rising made a series of these art pieces after collecting Californian commercial metal print blocks. Most of these companies are from San Francisco and Los Angeles. We try to have as much California decorative arts in the shop as possible, and we couldn’t resist this. Please email us if you’re interested, this is a great gift! It’s 14″ x 24.5″ SOLD

Sneak Peak to the OKL Sale tomorrow…

Hi Everyone! I just got off the phone with award winning English photojournalist Jason Florio, and we are ecstatic about the sale this weekend, as we are exhibiting a portion of two of his projects… Makasutu and Travels. It’s an incredible opportunity to buy his work for a fraction less, just within the 72 hours of the sale, starting tomorrow at 8am Pacific. His work can be found in the Brooklyn Museum, as well as important collections around the globe. The sale is happening on One Kings Lane www.onekingslane.com.

California Style Magazine

Our shop was featured beautifully in the June issue of C Magazine (California Style). We were so happy to have this opportunity for such fabulous exposure! Thank you Grant Gibson and C! If you click on the links below, the larger format will be readable. xoxo Michelle

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Pottery by Humberto Ruiz

Dated 1999 and signed by local prolific San Francisco artist Humberto Ruiz. Hand-made “opening pinge cone” shape, as described by the artist, who just dropped them off yesterday. They are sold individually. SOLD

Giant John T. Axton III painting, oil on canvas

I have this 6’9″x 7’6″ painting signed by artist John T. Axton III rolled up in the back of the shop. John Axton was a San Francisco artist who studied under Joseph Albers at Yale and was a professor at Berkeley in the 1960’s. SOLD

Close to the Art: An interview with Julia Krahn

dsc_5689_21Julia Krahn is a German-born, Milan-based fine art photographer. Her full name is Julia Johanna Dorothe Krahn, and each of her forenames has their own way of expressing themselves creatively. In fatti, one of them (Johanna) likes to create art naked. Krahn explains the assumption of her many names with an alter-ego artistic manner: “every name has it’s own personality and so is working in it’s specific world:
Julia is occupied by the money, rent = commercial
Johanna is living in self-portraits, and poetry
Dorothe is the conceptual one, working a lot with the gallery in the last years, traveling and always thinking around”.

MH: I have a secret. I always remembered your name because my friends from school call me Johanna. Ha ha. I haven’t seen your work since I left Milan two years ago and am curious what you’ve been up to. The last I saw was your trip to Siberia and I was struck by that group of images. I remember one in particular from your black  and whites of a really beautiful girl alone in the middle of a square, the contrast struck me. I also loved your blown-out colorful bedroom series.

…What fine art project(s) have you been working on recently?

JK: I finally printed the “Rooms”-series for the last MiArt fair, from that story of Siberia that you liked immediately. I dsc_56944traveled across Russia in the footsteps of my grandfather, who had been imprisoned during the war. I did not find what I was looking for but I love summer in Siberia. And so I returned there in winter to see what it’s “really” like. I missed spring and fall where there’s an intense change in temperatures, they go from +40 to -40 in a month, can you imagine? The numbers in the title refers to the degrees outside, below -28 ° -32 °  The shots are very technical, using an optical bench, which are usually used in landscape in order to get the most from the detail. I did not place the machine on its stand, but on the belly, the machine becomes an extension of my body. They have more than 4-5 seconds of exposure. These steps are part of the “no photo”. They are not pictures of a room or what it contains, but the idea of a place and what could be. The determination of the space, both inside and out provides the freedom to breath what there is. The awareness of the border to understand the freedom of space.

MH: I love that you said you loved Siberia in summer, so you went there in winter to see what it’s “really” like. It’s pushing yourself to the contrast and trying all aspects of the human experience. I get that from your “Rooms”, to create a beautiful landscape out of spaces that many might find mundane.

I know you like to do self-portraits. Do you have a recent series of those? What inspires you when you do them?

JK: It was a long time Johanna didn’t take her space in my life. A year and a half ago she started taking her self-portraits again. Working on creations similar to angels, let’s say: angel-like-beings. Just now I am in the studio finishing a project for the gallery I am going with to Maco, Mexico in April. Currently I have some group exhibitions around in Italy and a small solo show in a gallery in Milan.  I also recently started My new angel-portraits in the studio… work in progress.

MH: I have to ask, how does it feel to show up at your first nude art show?

JK: When Johanna shoots her self portraits, it is a bit like a documentation of a performance.  She is there, and she IS nude, but it doesn’t feel like it. Her skin is her dress and often some color on it.  So when I see or show after taking the pictures I don’t really “see” the nude. Perhaps people have different approaches to the pictures, but I don’t see the nude inside, but (I see) Johanna, so it’s like being at an opening of a landscape series of Dorothe. In fact I guess at the opening it is not really Johanna that is following, but Dorothe, or perhaps Julia too. Sounds kind of schizophrenic… and it is. (Smile).

MH: Have you bought a digital camera yet? You were working in film when I last saw you in person.

JK: The only one I ever had for the castings and stuff I just gave away to a friend.  Instead I got a week ago another 10 x 12 large format camera  for my new series of portraits I am working on… the first thing I got for my new studio.

In my commercial work I always have less opportunities to use film, and normally I  rent a digital body for the medium  or large format to satisfy my client to the maximum.  I am not “against” digital, there are lots of situations when it is the easiest and cheapest solution (not always, people don’t want to understand that…but I guess I loose the Subject if I start with this discussion here) to get  the desired result.

In my personal work it is impossible, the opposite of my philosophy of photography.  I especially love the material fact of it,  the idea of materializing my feelings!! So I couldn’t work with digital/calculator and the idea of producing “nothing real”.  But perhaps I will work with digital one day in special research about that, ha ha,  thinking about my “nothing exists”-series….

MH: What has been paying the bills, are you still doing fashion work, or focusing on the kids’ market?

JK: Kids, kids, kids.
Recently I was  selected as “the best kid’s photographer in Italy”and I have to say I am really happy about the decision I took years ago to specialize.  It’s a perfect compromise for me in the commercial world. Lately I have also more requests for furniture-shoots ( I guess the “Rooms” did not only have success in the art world… ha ha), and the more styling and set work to do, the more I enjoy.  Take a look on www.kidsproject.it, I started with Lorenzo my favourite graphic designer . We are busy from catalogues, campaigns, stands on the fair, to reportage, children’s books, volunteer projects and exhibitions. Everything around KIDS.

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MH: Wow! Congratulations for your award. I agree, that it’s cool you stuck with the kids. I love the work I saw back when I lived in Milan, and clearly you are a natural with children, because I just looked at your Kids Project website, and it’s impressive!

Your “Creation of Memory” series (below), please tell me a little more about it. And is that resin?

JK: The exhibition was  shown for the first time in the galleria  Magrorocca,  Milan in 2006. They are 2cm plexi-glass in front, and 6mm behind, with hand rounded corners…

My research focuses primarily on My conception of reality.
Under the assumption that the Absolute Reality does not exist, in a sense we are already manipulating, our perception is thus immediately contaminated by several factors, the external search for balance with our inner selves. Everything comes from the way we look, listen, tell and save the world. The photo gives me the confidence of an on-first impact, because it is always conceived as a means of reproducing reality, a witness, a record. We believe. In this second time chance of looking,  I can ensure what emerges is not what you’re looking to be true, but its reality and what we feel in the emotional state that is beyond the photograph. The final result of job creation in the memory of my photographs is ultimately a precious object, which jealously guards the presence of a timeless memory materializzatasi (materialized).

In contrast, the large print souvenirs (below bottom) represent a photo-souvenir absolute, from the moment the overexposed image practically vanishes into thin air. This series of work, in their total fading, demand greater attention by the viewer to enable him or her to create an image of one’s personal memory of an emotion.

That is so interesting, what you say about reality. I’ve been reading a lot about that recently, how we create our own realities based on thought and perception, which is based on impressions we get from society, the ego and insecurities, and not from the reality of being.

MH: You have incredible personal style, Julia, when I would see you on the street, I would walk away thinking “geez-la-weez, if we could all be that freaking cool looking”. What influences your fashion?

JK: The lack of time and  money for the clothes, that I solve with the daily mood, some creativity and a lot of recycling ?! hahaha

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Krahn is splitting her commercial work and fine art websites… Johanna and Dorothe’s fine art site is not up and running yet, but please check back in the future weeks at: www.johannadorothe.com

Fine Art Photography- Jason Florio

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I just received this 30″ X 50″ photo from Jason Florio and I am dying to open it but will be patient and wait until I get it to the framer. He is world class talent and I feel so honored to have one of his pieces in my possession. He said he followed this man around one morning in Pushkar, India until the timing was just right. Jason was born in London and lives in New York City, is by far one of the most talented living reportage and fine art photographers. You can see Florio’s journalistic talent in his cultural studies of an American gun club, or a Baghdad wedding… I love his black & white Makasutu series which is being shown at Wyman Contemporary at 227 w. 29th in New York through April 5, 2009. His range is wonderful, and his passion for different cultures definitely comes through in his work and is consistent throughout. You can see all of it at www.floriophoto.com

Custom Wallpaper

poppy6I’ve been drawing a lot lately and would like to make some of my drawings into wallpaper.  If any of you have clients that want something special for a little girl’s room, please let me know because we can collaborate to get some paper printed. Cheers!