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Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Alissa Guzman

Wings of Desire Poster in the writer’s studio

Like my Southern California childhood, Times Quotidian is best described as alternative. My first piece, published in 2011 two days after my 27th birthday, was an essay on young, emerging photographers, written long before I’d worked myself into any kind of critical form. It was the beginning of a decade-long collaboration with a publication that gave many west coast writers, myself included, the room to experiment and a place to publish those odd pieces that didn’t seem to have a place anywhere else. Stepping away from reviewing other artist’s work, I found my voice in photo essays and fragmented text of the overheard and the anecdotal. Looking back, it was finding the right blend of the personal coupled with the observational that produced some of my very best work. With new aspirations, we move on to unrealized concepts for a fresh decade.  — Alissa Guzman

Alissa reached out to me one fateful afternoon where we shared a sojourn to the Hammer Museum then onto lunch in Westwood Village. We have been engaging in West Coast/East Coast tag ever since, spending countless days and long nights pursuing our mutual interests in art, theater, fashion and photography. And as I write this, I again have my ticket in hand, ready to share yet another NYC adventure with someone who has become indispensable to me. Alissa’s insights are informed by her worldwide pursuits, sometimes looking for the individualized, but often finding a more universal conviction. From her feature The Master Framer: “Do we prefer cynicism or romanticism? Do we see existence as beautiful or something tinged with tragedy?” Onwards into this fresh decade where we can answer with the affirmative and put some of our current cynicism and tragedy to rest!   — Nancy Cantwell


The Master Framer

A Week with Wim Wenders, March 2015 —

Dennis Hopper and Wim Wenders on the shoot of The American Friend (West Germany/France 1977) by Wim Wenders © Wim Wenders Stiftung 2014


Rounding the Corner: Rome to Russia

Resting outside the Hermitage, a Nigerian man tries to sell me tickets for a tourist boat ride. Pausing for a moment, he switches from salesman to person. “Where are you from?” He ponders my situation: an American, alone, in Russia. We discuss global politics, and I ask if he likes St. Petersburg. “No,” he says, “for a man like me, Russia is very closed.” Wishing me luck he walks away toward a group of tourists.



Looking Back: La Biennale

Venice — After so many blue chip gallery openings, sales-driven art fairs, and blockbuster museum exhibitions this year, the Venice Biennale was a memorable departure. The strong presence of capitalism was still there, lurking always in the background of important cultural events, yet it was upstaged by the quality of the work itself; a rare feat in the art world. Criticism of the Biennale is certainly warranted, from the countries exhibited to the allocation of the onsite pavilions, but there remains a kind of fitting grandeur to the event that recalls Venice’s bygone days of doges and palaces.


Photography Courtesy of Martha Wilcox


Rincon, Puerto Rico (Overexposed Series), 2013

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Overexposed, Rincón, Puerto Rico, 2013


Sakura Season

We’re standing on a curb at Shibuya crossing watching the traffic lights change, like spectators of a carefully practiced sport. As the massive intersection slows to a stop, an orderly swarm of pedestrians begin crossing in every direction, even diagonally, as they run, stroll, and weave their way to the other side. This impeccable mastery of orderly chaos is the essence of Tokyo.


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