Name: Jason Hanasik
Location: Tenderloin — San Francisco, California
After an unfortunate and sudden breakup, I found myself in need of a relatively inexpensive apartment in San Francisco. I put out an open call on my Facebook profile for neighborhood recommendations and most people said, "Anywhere but the Tenderloin!" Against their better judgement I stumbled into the beauty of a studio apartment (about 415 square feet) one day after work and fell in love — the light, the fire escape right outside of the main room (which totally reminded me of West Side Story), and the saturated hard wood floors.
Having sold everything before moving in with my ex, all I had when I arrived was my library of books and images, cameras, and clothes. It was terribly exciting to have such a clean slate (and good bones) for what would become my first apartment (that I lived in without a roommate or boyfriend.)
Some of the requirements: a large enough space to create multi image installations, a large blank wall for screening movies and works in progress, and a separate bathroom and kitchen area from the main living space.
My style is clean, inexpensive basic pieces mixed in with DIY design elements, photographs, artworks and family artifacts such as a family radio and amber decanter.
In my artwork, I tend to focus on the emotional lives of men. I wanted to live with that type of imagery in my house. I also wanted easy access to my library of photo books, theory, criticism and fiction. The various stacks of books allow me to peruse various images and parts of essays and short stories nightly!
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