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Examining Art Desks with E. Brady Robinson
Photographer E. Brady Robinson examines the desks and work spaces of artists, curators, art dealers, and critics through the East Coast in an attempt to determine if our work spaces reflect who we are. This social experiment navigating the art world resulted in the project named "Art Desks". The desks pictured belong to: Cricket Taplin, art collector from the Cricket Taplin Collection at the Sagamore Hotel, Mera Rubell, art collector from the Rubell Family Art Collection, David Ward, Senior Historian from the National Portrait Gallery, Anna Walker-Skillman, Owner for Jackson Fine Art, artist William Christenberry among others. Although I have seen projects similar to this that ask pose similar questions, I do enjoy Robinson's execution. A common complaint I have with this style of project is that it looks too staged, and that is not the case with "Art Desks". All of these spaces look as if it's owner just walked away, making the space feel more comfortable, lived in, and tangible. As for seeing a reflection of someone in the workspace, this is subjective question to answer. One could make assumptions about the owner's spaces based on the qualities that the spaces themselves portray. However, as I said early, these spaces do feel lived in so in a sense they do reflect a human quality.
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I really connected with what you said, these workplaces have a real human quality to them!
@hunahuna Exactly! The individual space themselves can be interpreted in many ways, however, the overarching theme is that sense of presence.
I am always so sensitive about how I leave my workspace because I don't want people to judge me by my messes! This is a really interesting project and will make me think about how I leave my (much less artistic) desk tonight!
@caricakes You should stop thinking about what people think of your workspace and think more about how your workspace makes you feel! That's what is important