January 08, 2010

Five Questions: Adam and Rebekah

Five questions to SFMOMA visitors, artists, staff, or guests.

Adam and Rebekah

Adam and Rebekah in the Koret Visitor Education Center

Name/Place of Residence/Occupation/Hobby?

My name is Rebekah. I am an optician and I live in Noe Valley with my husband Adam. My hobby is—a couple of things: I like playing with the dog, Oliver, and then I also make music with my husband, Adam.

My name is Adam and I live in San Francisco, in Noe Valley. My job title is complicated. Let’s go with corporate analyst for an online developer for multi-player games. My hobby is hanging out with Rebekah and hanging out with the dog and playing piano and making music with just one of those two.

R: Not the dog.

Do you collect anything?

R: Lots of vintage clothes. And virtual cards.

A: We kind of collect art.

R: Kind of, but not much. We collect dust.

A: Dirty clothes. Dirty dishes.

R: We collect plastic furniture. I enjoy plastic furniture. Plastic jewelry. I collect glasses, that’s very true. I think we collect a lot of airline miles. We like to travel a lot.

A: I collect all of those thing, so maybe move a couple of those over. I collect musical instruments, I suppose. I have 4 or 5 at home and microphones. Because of Rebekah I’ve been collecting clothes as well. This is my seventh suit and third three-piece suit.

R: We collect friends. Not the TV show.

If you could invite any artist to dinner, who would it be and why?

R: I really like Jeff Koons. But he’s crazy, I don’t know if I’d like to spend time with him. Olafur Eliasson. I think it’d be fun to have a break-dancing night. We just learned that he’s a break dancing guy who’s probably friends with Bjork.

A: I was going to say Leslie Shows. She’s basically our age. She went to school here in San Francisco and she’s had two or three of her works here when they did the SECA awards, not the recent one but the time before. I absolutely love her work. I nearly bought one of her pieces when she was still in school and her pieces were 100 times less expensive than they are right now and I’ve been kicking myself ever since. I’d like to invite her to dinner and ask if I can have that piece from her.

If you could steal any artwork in the world to have up in your house, what would it be?

Both: Sol Lewitt.

R: I’d just make an entire wall out of it. Who else? Because we’ve got the wall space. Can I tell you a bad story? We were going around Open Studios two years ago, and it was on October 20th, which is Adam’s birthday so he was wearing a suit. It’s dangerous to go to Open Studios wearing a suit because people think that you must wear suits all the time. We see this one artist whose stuff we really like: it was fun, it was resin-y. I said to him, I really like your stuff. How about I trade you a handful for chocolates for it? Totally joking. And then this guy says, “If you’ve got the wall space then you’ve got the pocketbook.” And I was like, screw you, maybe we’re poor and have nothing on our walls. So we joke all the time about “having the wall space.”

A: There’s an Ellsworth Kelly that I’d take.

R: You know what would be fun? Those mirror-like Jeff Koons pieces. Those would be awesome because you could actually use them to get dressed. It would be really awesome to look at yourself in blue all the time.

A: In blue or pink.

R: Or orange.

A: There was one piece in Picasso and American Art; it was Jackson Pollock‘s Bullfight, which is just stunning. I’d take that one. Or pretty much any Jasper Johns after 1970.

R: Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had the mirrors on one side and the Pollock behind it, so as you’re looking at yourself, you can also see the painting?

A: Nice.

What’s your favorite tool?

R: Not a hammer. Not a sickle. The internet. I really like that as a tool. It’s a good information disseminator. I’ll go with the internet. The internet is my favorite tool. You can’t steal that answer.

A: No I can’t, thank you.

R: You’re welcome.

A: Your ego. The piano. I’ve always loved the piano.

Does this couple look familiar to you?  Check out their Facebook group: People Who Have Seen Adam & Rebekah at SFMOMA.

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