25.11.14 by Jeff

Photographer Jessamyn Lovell Had Her Identity Stolen And Got Revenge With An Art Project

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In 2011, photographer Jessamyn Lovell was at SF Camerawork, a gallery in San Francisco, discussing a project she was working on when her wallet was stolen. Of course this resulted in a series of unauthorized purchases and theft charges, and left Lovell feeling very angry. So angry in fact that she didn’t simply replace her cards and move on with her life, she actually decided to track down her thief and turn the whole thing into a photo project.

Lovell hired a private investigator named Pete Siragusa who was actually able to locate the scam artist, one Erin Coleen Hart. Lovell never confronted Hart, instead she began following her and photographing her in public places.

“This woman entered my life without my permission,” Lovell says, “and I then used that experience without her permission to create something new.” (source)

Last month, Lovell exhibited 34 images from her photo project “Dear Erin Hart” at SF Camerawork, the same gallery where her wallet was originally stolen. She made a point to mail an invitation to Hart for the opening reception of the show.

Take a look at images from the series below.

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Jessamyn Lovell’s Website

Via: San Francisco Chronicle and B/D













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • Joe

    This feels like what Batman would do if he was a photographer.

  • minotaur

    Curious if she attended the opening.

    • No she did not show. I am planning a trip to meet her in person and hand deliver the letter I wrote to her.

      • i would love to know what happens when you finally get to confront her

      • .::Psyched Blog::.

        Hopefully she learned something out of it. Yet, we obviously don’t know her motivation, maybe you’ll get some more answers soon ;) Nice work btw, nice work.

      • Oscar Salas

        instead of the letter I would send her the printed pictures with the Subject : Hi!
        and a happy face XD

      • Carl David Antony Ryder

        I’d never talk to her I’d turn her into a non entity like she does to others when she steals from them.

      • Rygarr Treuthardt

        Id laugh if she stabs you, leans over you while you bleed out and just smiles. Wouldnt it all be worth it then?

      • Stephen Colon

        Why would you laugh at that? That just sounds unnecessarily violent and callous. That doesn’t sound worth it at all.

      • Pol Subanajouy

        Oh, aren’t we edgy?

  • Well done Jessamyn, creativity overcomes!

  • Sparkleybright

    Be very careful. Remember this woman is a criminal. Not arrested or convicted, but still a criminal.

  • Identy theft was a great movie. i receoment watching

  • IHateFatChicks

    WTF didn’t you pursue charges against her?

    • Mr Marco

      Yeah this story doesnt make sense

  • Bryan Wilson

    This is probably the most asinine method for ‘revenge’. If i take all your money will you just follow me around, taking snap shots like it matters?

    I think you greatly overestimated their level of care, and oversold your version of ‘justice’

  • Mr Marco

    Thats it?

  • dissentist

    Be sure to let us know how it goes, if you’re able to exact enough revenge to feel it was worth not going to the police, or if it turns out the PI was wrong and this lady sues you for libel. If she’s guilty then she is a major scumbag for sure, but if you’re wrong you’re ruining an innocent woman’s reputation.

    Love that we the people complain about our government not respecting the rule of law, while we completely ignore that pesky little bit about “Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law”..

    • variant meme

      The artist did go to the police, Hart was convicted of this among other things and some of the photos were taken on her release from custody. But don’t let that get in the way of a good rant. Run with it!

      • dissentist

        My post was more about respecting the rule of law than if they’re guilty or not. If people don’t think the penalties for these things are harsh enough then petition to have “public shaming” added to the penalty. This is what is supposed to differentiate us from third world nations.

        That said, I obviously think the criminal in this case is a scumbag and I’m glad there was justice served.

    • W. Mfasis

      “Love” it even more when those perched on soap boxes have a difficult time getting down because they inadvertently lodged their own foot in their mouth.

      If
      you had read the associated article before making the “judgement” that
      the artist did not think this through, you would have clearly seen all
      your “Ifs” had been covered and that this issue found resolution over
      three years ago.

      The feeling of having something stolen/taken from you is a deeply helpless one, at least in my experience.

      I
      think “revenge” in this post title is a little surface, clearly the Law
      brought the real repercussions. As far as I read, Jessamyn was clearly
      affected by this experience, and as an artist she chose a constructive
      way to deal with it. I really do hope the letter is finally read, who knows, the message might actually provide some healing for Erin Hart as well.

      Safe travels and good luck Jessamyn.

      • dissentist

        If you want the punishment for a crime to include a public shaming then you petition to have it added to the laws. If you don’t and decide to take it upon yourself you’re no better than a vigilante mob video from Somalia. It’s that simple, and the fact that so few understand that is a sad commentary on America, where we talk big about how much better we are because of “The rule of law” but then disregard it when it “feels good”.

        I don’t condone or support what this criminal did in any way, I support the ideals that made America “The greatest nation on earth”.

    • MarioOrazioDario

      You have made an intelligent point!

  • MarioOrazioDario

    Wow, Laurel is awesome! What an inspirational idea!





23.05.17 by Jeff

Kutcorners for OURO Collective

OURO Collective – photo by Teppei Tanabe

 

This week Vancouver-based dance collective OURO is debuting their first full-length show “Tangent” at the Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th), and we are proud to be a media partner for the event. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration come check this out, we’ll be at both shows! Tickets are going quick, so if you’re interested get tickets HERE!

Yesterday we shared a clip of OURO’s rehearsal footage (watch here) and today we have an interview with Kutcorners, who created three original tracks for “Tangent”. The New Zealand-born, Vancouver-based producer is one half of LIVE EVIL, the guys that made all those amazing live mixes we featured over the years (watch one here). You can stream or download the music Kutcorners created for OURO on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

 

Vancouver producer, Kutcorners – photo by Hana Pesut

 

Jeff Hamada: How would you describe the music you make?

Kutcorners: This is always a hard question, because I actually like to make many different types of music. But ultimately things under “Kutcorners” usually are a derivative of R&B music, old or new, with a twist.

I sometimes say I make “pop” music, but my music isn’t really that popular in the traditional sense. More like “pop art” really.

Jeff Hamada: I like the idea that it’s pop art. Who are some of the artists influencing you right now?

Kutcorners: Mura Masa, Toro Y Moi or Les Sins, Caribou, Dj Dahi, Knxwledge, Pomo, Kaytranada, U-Tern (Oliver), Nosaj Thing, Prince and MJ will inspire me forever.

 

If you don’t have Spotify you can listen to the tracks here.

 

Jeff Hamada: Had you ever collaborated with dancers prior to this project with OURO?

Kutcorners: No, this is the first time and I hope to do more of it.

Jeff Hamada: That would be cool to see an on-going thing. How would you describe the work that they’re creating?

Kutcorners: I would describe it as a melange of disciplines coming together to form a modern take on traditional dance performance. It’s very refreshing and inspiring work.

Jeff Hamada: Can you talk a little bit about the experience of watching their rehearsals and then turning that into sounds?

Kutcorners: Well, we talked a lot about sounds they like when they rehearse, which gave me inspiration to draw from idea I had started already, and also on some new arrangements.

Getting people to describe sounds they like can be quite hard, because people hear sounds and articulate them differently from person to person. It’s fun to hear how we all describe the sounds we like and how they affect movement.

 

 

Jeff Hamada: Did this experience offer any sort of new perspective on your work?

Kutcorners: Yeah, it showed me that I make movements in music too quick! It’s more effective to use little sounds and build things slowly rather than to cram everything in to a 3-minute song.

Dance is very much related to how music works and why it’s made. In retrospect, I would have benefitted from dancing more in my life. It really helps connect you to the physical side of music, which is so important when creating it.

Jeff Hamada: What things are you working on now?

Kutcorners: I’m working on making more original music for my own releases, which I plan to put out on record and online. Working with singers too, to help bring these instrumentals to life.

 

Kutcorners on Bandcamp

Kutcorners on Soundcloud

Kutcorners on Instagram

OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram

23.05.17 by Staff

Los Angeles Warehouse Transformed into a 150,000 Square Foot Art Exhibition

British artist Simon Birch and a team of 20 collaborators have constructed an elaborate series of interconnected installations in a vacant warehouse on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles. Covering 3 acres of space with a mix of sculpture, video, paintings and performance pieces, the exhibition is a direct response to the current political climate. A celebration of creativity, diversity and unity, Birch explains: “Given the current fragile state of the world, we need unity more than ever… and we need action.”

While encouraging positivity, possibility and a safe space for people to come together, The 14th Factory is exactly that — a call to action that doesn’t shy away from provoking a response (or at least an Instagram photo). One installation is an exact replica of the iconic room from 2001: A Space Odyssey, while another is filled with 300 pitchforks hanging from the ceiling above the guests!

Check out more images from the project below or on display at 440 N. Ave 19 Los Angeles, California until May 31.

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22.05.17 by Jeff

Booooooom TV Guide

Lots of new videos to check out on our video platform, Booooooom TV, and be sure to check out all our director interviews in the feature section. Here’s a few to check out this week:

 

1 – Watch: “Coeur Croisé” – The art direction in this is A+.

2 – Watch: “Disillusionment of 10 Point Font” – One of our favs this year!

3 – Watch: “Orion” – not exactly sure how they created this effect.

4 – Watch: “Hills Beyond a River” – a mesmerizing journey through a city.

5 – Watch: “A Continuous Shape” – lovely portrait of a stone carver.

 

 

22.05.17 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Justin Bauer

A selection of artwork and images by Los Angeles-based Justin Bauer. More work below.

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22.05.17 by Jeff

Vancouver-Based OURO Collective Present “Tangent”

Last week we shot some rehearsal footage of our friends, Vancouver-based dance collective OURO, as they prepared for their first full-length show, “Tangent”. The group has spent the past year exploring movements from each member’s diverse dance background to create a story. Their unique voice is a combination of street and contemporary dance twisted into a language all its own.

For this show they’ve also collaborated with Vancouver artist Kutcorners to create original music inspired by their movements. You can listen to Tangent HERE or on iTunes and it’ll be released on Spotify shortly!

We are proud to be a media partner for OURO’s two performances this week at Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th). If you live in Vancouver come check it out! Their work is fun, accessible and inspiring, regardless of your knowledge of dance. There are only two performances and tickets are going fast (previous shows on Granville Island sold out completely).

Tickets: Get your tickets HERE.

 

OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram