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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Q & A with Adrian Shaughnessy, Editor of SUPERGRAPHICS

 

[Q] Adrian Shaughnessy
I'm fascinated by the references to people like Reyner Banhan, Jean Boudrillard, Carmen Miranda, Wittgenstein, Le Corbusier. I just wonder what—if anything—links these people? Your own pre-occupations? The diversity of your interests?

[A] Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
I enjoy juxtaposing the silly and the serious. In UTOPIA MYOPIA's PLAYS ON A PAGE, people, silly and serious, connect in their myopic quests, silly and serious, for utopia.

[Q] Adrian Shaughnessy
California and Hollywood in particular, haunt these PLAYS—what does the Golden State represent in your imagination?

[A] Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
I was born and raised in California, so were my parents. I've walked every street in San Francisco, driven every freeway to, from and in L.A., and swum in the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. I love the place, despite my youth flights away.

[Q] Adrian Shaughnessy
Besides architecture and picture making, I get a strong sense of cinema. Are movies and Hollywood mythology and important part of your life?

[A] Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
Like any California kid, I'm totally happy when hypnotized by flashing lights on a blank screen, hooked on Busby Berkeley hallucinations, Hitchcock hyper-ideal humans and John Ford history, and fantasy-as-fact and any fact-as -fantasy. Married to Fran Stauffacher, I met Utopia making magicians, American Dream makers: Frank Capra, George Stevens, Fred Zimmerman, Vincent Minnelli, Gene Kelly, more.

Excerpts from the Q&A in UTOPIA MYOPIA,
FunFrogPress, San Francisco, 2013



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