16 January 2010

Brooklyn Resident of the Month: Tim (TJ) Hospodar

(Photo Credit to Matt Licari. .)
This blog would like to congratulate its first ever Brooklynite of the Month, Ohio Native, Mr. Tim (TJ) Hospodar!  

TJ, an artist who lives, for the time being, in the up and coming neighborhood of Bushwick (bushWACK) in North Brooklyn, has an energy and vision that drives me a little crazy, in the best possible way. Working with Tim over the last few months has made me more observant of the subtle oddities of life, and has convinced me that bacon is, in it self, a food group.

A lover of coffee brewed in the car, dinner in the car, theater in the car, plastic toy shrines in the car, talk radio in the car (etc), charming his way through life with an unnerving, unending, smile, this man is one you should surely get to know. And if he's too much for you, at least his work.

This January let us celebrate Ohio, Bacon, Tim Hospodar, and all things absurdly America!

Here is a blurb on his most recent performance piece:

New Year's Resolutions as Performance Art?
   This month, Brooklyn artist TJHospodar is exercising more, eating differently, and sleeping less. But his intentions are short-termed because they are tied to a seven day performance taking place in a stranger's home. "Getting To Know You" is a project about researching someone first hand, and adopting their lifestyle as a means of understanding. TJ's participant is an emerging playwright residing in Park Slope South in a three bedroom apartment. She is a young woman, currently out of the country on holiday. In her absence, TJ is jogging her Prospect Park route, biking her errands, cooking flexitarian, writing a short play about break ups, while sleeping in the woman's bed and acting as her proxy around her roommates and friends as well. Spending time with someone's first degrees of separation is an important aspect of the work, TJ argues, who believes that some peers and colleagues might know the subject better than she knows herself. Never the less, presenting a newly written, short play to her colleagues at a workshop was an intimidating experience. "Not only are her peers incredibly talented," TJ admits, "but they are an entire group of people staring at you, as you sit there serving as someone's proxy, and it's impossible to determine whether they are taking you serious or as a nut."

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