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Collector Profile - Jodi Balfour

Collector Profile - Jodi Balfour

Collector Profile - Jodi Balfour

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Collector Profile: Jodi Balfour

As an early Tappan supporter, we’ve admired Jodi Balfour and her curation for some time. Residing hillside between Echo Park and Silver Lake, her warm cottage also plays home to her partner and pup, from which they throw indoor-outdoor dinner parties and host an eclectic collection of works. Starring in “For All Mankind” this fall, one of Apple’s first television series, Balfour is excited at the possibility of filming a second season, appearing in “The Rest of US” which will premiere at TIFF this September and dreaming about opening a wine bar not far off from her future abode in Highland Park. Read on to learn more about her inspirations, favorite artists and her collecting philosophy.

 

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Tell us a little about yourself...

 

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I grew up in South Africa, but I’ve been living in Los Angeles for a little less than 6 years. I’m an actress and lover of travel, food, wine, design, dinner parties and swimming in the sea. I’m passionate about social justice and interrogating the default systems I’ve grown up accepting. I day-dream about a lot of things... Most recently about opening a wine bar in North East LA with a cooperative of friends where the space is beautiful and welcoming and charming and inclusive; the food simple but delicious; and the wine a rotating, affordable, natural selection by the glass. I want what Paris and Copenhagen and New York have in abundance, but here in LA! But first, acting! To get to tell great stories with great, talented people... That too. Telling stories is the most powerful thing I know how to do.

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When did you move into your home? What do you love about it?

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My boyfriend and I moved in a year and a half ago. I immediately fell in love with the quality of the light in the space and the immediacy of the outdoors. The house is tiny, and the three of us live there (our dog, Isla is number 3), so if it wasn’t for the "indoor-outdoor flow”, I think there might have been some murders by now! The place feels spacious and airy and like a little escape from the freneticism of the city, even though it’s this miniature cottage in the middle of Silver Lake and Echo Park.

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Who are your all-time favorite artists?

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Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse, Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly, and South African artist, Michael Taylor.

Jodi Balfour says

"Perhaps because I recognize an artist's desire to express and their hope to carve out a space for themselves in the crowded landscape. I relate to that passion and that hunger, and I’m always so moved by unique voices and fresh perspectives."

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How did you first start acquiring art?

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I invested in my first piece of art in South Africa with the help and encouragement of my go-to-influencer and long-time best friend, Bielle Bellingham. At the time, I had just started working in a capacity that allowed me to spend money on luxury things, and I decided I really wanted to start collecting art -slowly- maybe every time I finished a “big” job.

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What are you currently working on?

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I’m on ‘hiatus’ from the show I recently shot. We’re waiting to go back to shoot a potential season 2. I’m limited in what else I can work on as an actress right now, and that makes getting a hiatus-job tricky, so I’ve been focusing on my other passions. My boyfriend and I are building a home from the ground up in Highland Park, and designing that has been keeping me busy. I’m often reading novels and memoirs with an eye to option some great material to adapt and produce for the screen. And I’ve been enjoying a luxurious amount of travel and adventure!

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Where can we watch the show?

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It’s for Apple’s new television streaming platform, launching this fall on Apple TV+. The show is called “For All Mankind” and it’s a very creative, compelling look at what the world might have been like if the Space Race never ended. I play one of the first female astronaut-candidates ever to be accepted into the NASA space program. The creator of our show loves to say “It’s like ‘Madmen’ in space!”... I’m also off to TIFF in September for the world premiere of an independent film I did last summer called, “The Rest of US”. It was such a dream to work on: an incredibly smart, funny and talented all-female creative team and all-female leading cast. We had such a great time making the film and I’m excited for people to see it.

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What do you want to collect next?

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I’ve been crushing on works by Martinet & Texereau and Mattea Perrotta for a while.

 

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You collect a lot of emerging artist's work. What about the artist story draws you in? Do you think it's important to support art careers in their burgeoning phases?

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I do! Across the spectrum of what we consider art. I think I might get the most excited about new musicians, new authors, new actors and actresses, new fashion designers, and certainly new fine artists. Perhaps because I recognize their desire to express and their hope to carve out a space for themselves in the crowded landscape. I relate to that passion and that hunger, and I’m always so moved by unique voices and fresh perspectives.

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What was the first piece you've fell in love with, and why?

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A painting by South African artist, Christiaan Conradie. I’ve never been good at describing why... I just felt inexplicably drawn to the work, and still do. It’s a portrait of a person wearing yellow washing-up gloves and an apron, looking at the viewer, perplexed. I feel really connected to the person depicted, for no specific reason.

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Where do you go for art inspiration?

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Museums, cinema, nature, art books at friends’ houses, my dear friends and local art experts in South Africa, Amy Ellenbogen and Bielle Bellingham.

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Favorite Museum?

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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

 

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What is your favorite work in the collection and why?

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That’s so hard! I love them all, so much. I think maybe the newest additions? The two collage works by Maureen Meyer. But I really love the way all the works create an environment.


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