SALMON CREEK FARM

fritz haeg has set out to revive salmon creek farm, a commune founded in 1971 on 33 acres of redwood forest in mendocino, california.

here are some images from the ceremonial inaugural activities that took place in november 2014. these halprin-inspired RSVP cycle workshops were commissioned by the graham foundation in chicago, in conjunction with their lawrence and anna halprin exhibition, and marked the changing of hands at salmon creek farm from one community to another.

 

at amy’s request, we follow elwood decker’s practice of looking at the sky in order to reset our eyes before a day of work

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fritz leads a discussion about the score for the day, “redwood village II”

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gathering and working the materials

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khalil in his temporary home

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solange, former SFC resident

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charlie with such a great attitude despite the fact that the blackberry bush won

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most of the existing structures at SFC are named after the communard who built them. this is cedar.

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this is river.

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this is one lucky dog.

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leif in the orchard house kitchen helm, keeping everyone well-fed and inspired

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on the second day of RSVP cycle workshops, we prepared for a formal gathering with the communards

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charlie calls the meeting to order by blowing the original SFC conch

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each community member shares an observation, past or present

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family albums take on a new life when they come from a commune

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ben and chelsea gather materials for an evening fire ring

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on the last day, we journeyed down the coast and made a pit stop at the halprin’s sea ranch home on our way anna’s dance workshop in kentfield.

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HOME STRETCH

things are really shaping up with the japanese house. it’s been a while since i’ve shared any progress so you’ll see our attire shift from season to season in this update.

 

completing the tin shingled roof before winter

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and then it was spring

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time to finish the clay walls with an outer layer that includes sand

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meantime, the wood burning oven gets the finishing touch

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we thank colter and ann for the animals

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and we celebrate the finished oven

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plenty of celebration to be had. marshall even caught me in the act

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lest we forget where we are

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next, the windows

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appreciating the view

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and the reflection

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and the details

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finally, installing the bookmatched floor boards and securing them from beneath in order to conceal the screws – not a job for the builder with hips

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in summary, this is where we currently stand. so close…

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THE GHOST IN THE ROOM

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some images made during my residency time in noyers-sur-serein, france last summer, the medieval village where duran duran’s new moon on monday was filmed.

i was charmed by this village, and one barn in particular that was still filled with hay from centuries ago. the only available light streamed in from a window in the ceiling, illuminating the stone wall and highlighting the incredible character of the handmade structure. having worked on a handmade house myself, i had such respect for all of the people who worked to create this beautiful space, and all of the people who had used it over the years. so much productivity, so much action. i paid homage to the ghosts in the barn by working with two new friends i met in the village to create mysteriously active human forms. the work was shot in one barn and shown in another via projection, so the stone wall-backed imagery glowed on top of the dark stone wall in the exhibition space.

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