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x Studio Visit - Eric Chakeen

x Studio Visit - Eric Chakeen

Studio Visit with Eric Chakeen

Chakeen’s work blends personal aesthetic with commissioned vision, capturing unique imagery through candid moments. Exhibiting a selection of works taken on his Contax G2 and other medium format cameras during his travels, these works exemplify finding beauty and remarkable imagery in the everyday, sometimes creating beautiful accidents and iconic moments out of the ordinary.

Q.

What is something people would be surprised to discover about?

A.

Obsessed with basketball.

 

Q.

Which is your favorite quote?

A.

"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire." - Charles Bukowski

   

Q.

What do you love most about being on the road?

A.

Gathering inspiration from new discoveries as well as the comfort of retracing steps and trips already taken.

  

Q.

Who are some of favorite artists?

A.

Juergen Teller, William Eggleston, Raymond Pettibon, John Anthony Baldessari

 

Q.

When do you make your best work?

A.

Traveling/not over thinking it

 

Q.

Who is your hero?

A.

Michael Jordan

He Says

"I am drawn to capturing what's around me."

In the case of Eric Chakeen, his snapshots of the everyday reveal the beauty of simplicity and the charm in capturing contemporary life and objects: be it an abstracted street scene in Tokyo, or the corner of a basketball court, where floor and wall converge and create a balance that is satisfying, yet contextually confusing to our eye.

Chakeen's work captures both observational and environmental moments while cleverly dissociating his subjects from their larger existence.

In this way, the content assumes a sculptural nature, objectified in its compositions. At first glance, Red Tunnel is seemingly flat and bold with color, appearing somewhat like a digital manipulation. “I try to find moments where I can express an alternate vision,” says Chakeen, "this image was taken in Tokyo, I was working there at the time on a project and was jet lagged and walking around." 

Blending his personal aesthetic with his commissioned vision, Chakeen captures subjects through distinguishably candid moments. "The girl's back of head was taken in backyard, I shot this while taking her portrait. And the old lady was in Little Italy. She appeared to me to be one of the last non-fashion or tourist people walking around that neighborhood." 

These works imbue his ability to find beauty and remarkable imagery in the everyday, sometimes creating serendipitous accidents and iconic moments out of the ordinary. "I have a broken Yashica T4 Compact 35mm that makes some really nice accidents. It was late night and I took this photo of 30 foot tall bamboo. I'm drawn to the symmetry of the Japanese bamboo juxtaposed with the close up nude, it's pretty," says Chakeen. Both of these abstract, elongated forms allude to the female figure. 

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Eric Chakeen

Rose

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

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Rose

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Camel Sky

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

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Bath

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper.Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format film...

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Bath

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Hoop

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

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Hoop

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Del Mar, CA

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

Eric Chakeen

Court

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

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Court

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Jessica (plane)

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

Eric Chakeen

Still Street Life

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

Eric Chakeen

White Bridge

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

Eric Chakeen

And Away They Go

$ 30.00

DESCRIPTION 6"x9" | Zine Eric Chakeen's new book And Away They Go is a selection of photographs taken while roaming the racetrack of his hometown in the suburbs of San Diego, Del Mar....

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Canoe

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

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Canoe

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Centre Street

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

Eric Chakeen

Jellyfish

$ 210.00

ABOUT THE ARTWORK Chakeen’s work blends personal aesthetic with commissioned vision, capturing unique imagery through candid moments. Exhibiting a selection of works taken on his Contax G2 and other medium...

Eric Chakeen

Bamboo

$ 210.00

DESCRIPTION Exhibited in Tappan's group show, Dressed Up Normal, in Los Angeles. For more information on Dressed Up Normal, please visit our journal HERE. Chakeen’s work blends personal aesthetic with...

Eric Chakeen

Bamboo

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Little Italy AP

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ABOUT THE ARTWORK Exhibited in Tappan's group show, Dressed Up Normal, in Los Angeles. For more information on Dressed Up Normal, please visit our journal HERE. Chakeen’s work blends personal aesthetic...

Eric Chakeen

Rainbow Foam

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

Eric Chakeen

Red Tunnel

$ 210.00

ABOUT THE ARTWORK Chakeen’s work blends personal aesthetic with commissioned vision, capturing unique imagery through candid moments. Exhibiting a selection of works taken on his Contax G2 and other medium...

Eric Chakeen

Red Wig

$ 210.00

ABOUT THE ARTWORK Chakeen’s work blends personal aesthetic with commissioned vision, capturing unique imagery through candid moments. Exhibiting a selection of works taken on his Contax G2 and other medium...

Eric Chakeen

Untitled

$ 210.00

DESCRIPTION Exhibited in Tappan's group show, Dressed Up Normal, in Los Angeles. For more information on Dressed Up Normal, please visit our journal HERE. Chakeen’s work blends personal aesthetic with...

Eric Chakeen

Untitled (yellow grid)

$ 140.00

DESCRIPTION This Exclusive Tappan Edition is an archival photographic art print on natural white, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. Photograph shot on Kodak Portra medium format...

Eric Chakeen

Clothes Line

$ 210.00

DESCRIPTION Exhibited in Tappan's group show, Dressed Up Normal, in Los Angeles. For more information on Dressed Up Normal, please visit our journal HERE. Chakeen’s work blends personal aesthetic with...

Eric Chakeen

Girl, NYC

$ 210.00

ABOUT THE ARTWORK Exhibited in Tappan's group show, Dressed Up Normal, in Los Angeles. For more information on Dressed Up Normal, please visit our journal HERE. Chakeen’s work blends personal aesthetic...

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