Professions: Jen--art educator, artist, owner of sprout studio and the gleaner project
Bob--artist, photographer, Inspector Gadget homeowner, image-maker
Location: Butchertown, Bayview neighborhood, San Francisco, CA
Square footage: 900 sq feet + garage + attic studio
Owned or rented: Owned since 2010.
Residents: Jen, Bob, and beloved pup, Dixie Loo Doggie.
Jen: The overriding artists that come to mind are Margaret Kilgallen and Yoko Ono. I have a tattoo on my wrist combining a small homage to both of them so I guess that qualifies as influential.
Bob: Harray Callahan, Lee Friedlander, William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Erwin Wurm, Richard Prince, Banksy, Tony Labat, Paul Kos, Richard Wentworth, John Cage, Lou Reed. These are only the giant dinosaurs that are standing the test of time. Wow, that's a real dude fest.
Jen: Miranda July. She's knocking it out of the park in all sorts of areas--film, writing, and visual pieces. Her public art gifts are just super inspiring.
Bob: Banksy. He is as important to us now as Bob Dylan was--a voice for today's generation. It doesn't matter if he is a "real" person or not.
Jen: I rode on the handlebars of the Mister's bike down to the Justice of the Peace. I donned my vintage dress and flower flip-flops, hopped on the handlebars, and we rode down to the courthouse along Norfolk's waterfront (of course, we did stop at the local diner, The Donut Dinette, for breakfast). We exchanged plastic crown rings from the candy machine and our witness bought us a proper wedding cake, a Honey Bun, out of the vending machine.
$200 on Craigslist. A lady had been baking in it every day and was just ready for a change.
Jen: I think it stems from the thrift/ recycle everything/ DIY ethics of my maternal grandparents who lived through The Depression. She had Ziploc bags in her drawer I'm sure from the original package of Ziplocs whenever they were made. Obviously the environmental and ecological ramifications are a huge consideration for us as well. Plus, older things were simply made better.
Bob: Skateboarding and punk rock. The do-it-yourself mentality--if you want to make something you do it yourself. And things that have meaning are the most important so any former object already has a built-in life and mission.
Jen: The build out of the attic and the addition of three gleaned windows that let in an incredible amount of light. I'm also fond of the ever-evolving backyard--I'm in love with having my very own piece of paradise back there.
Bob: The elevated deck we built in the backyard to see the Golden Gate Bridge and watch the fog roll in.
Jen: My mister.
Bob: Toss up between PBR and the battery powered sawzall.
Thank you for sharing your ever-inspiring, absolutely DIY to the max, art-filled, love-filled home. I wish you the best of luck as you tackle your long list of renovation to-dos and your house dreams. I know your space will continue to be incredible no matter what you alter along the way. Though, I must admit, I cannot wait to see it at the end of your 10-year plan!
Thanks, friends. You two are treasures.