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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


In the beginning of March I took a trip to Istanbul to visit Burcu. It was very nice to see her after 8 months of being apart. It was not great weather but I had a great time regardless. But that is why we are wearing coats and hats in most of the pictures. Which was weird because there were also palm trees.

We did lots of fun stuff like take a boat to an island in the sea and ride a horse drawn cart to the top of a mountain. I also gave a talk about my work to her students (I'm an international lecturer, btw) and met some great people there. We had a raki table (ruck' - uh) with her friends which is a dinner where you drink a special type of alcohol called raki (pluck the dot off the 'i' for the actual spelling). You eat many different dishes and share them (think family style without the ridiculous portion size.)

Here are some pictures from my amazing trip. Hopefully I'll be heading back there in a few months (after I get my passport renewed. Squeaked this trip in a mere 10 days before it expired!)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Fold-up Box

This is a fold-up box I've been working on that uses magnets to hold it together. It's really satisfying to fold up and break down.

© James Sachs 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Some things

Driving School fail

No caption needed

James Turrell is my hero

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Post Graduation

School is over and I'm trying to decide where to take my next step. I now have a Masters Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry. Graduation was May 15 and in the month that has passed since then my girlfriend Burcu (pronounced Boor' ju) and I spent some time in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and the car. Lots of time in the car. It was a bittersweet time, because we knew she was leaving the country and I was not. On Saturday, I put her on a plane to Turkey where she lives. That was one of the harder things I've done in recent years. Skype is looking to be one of my new best friends. Here is a picture of us in the Adirondacks with my niece Ellie. Both of these girls are truly amazing.

In other news:

I just heard from a college friend that my work was pictured in the recent issue of Skidmore Scope for the Alumni Art Show. I know it's not much but there were only three photos out of 90 works!

The review was good as the intention of the show is to promote grads-- they are not overly (read: at all) critical. But I'll take it either way. It's always great when someone else writes about your work (see paragraph five).

I am looking at some jobs in New York City and Hanover, NH. I'm back in Hanover for at least a little bit now while I figure out some things. Hopefully something blogworthy happens so I can write about it--I will update when things look a bit more solid.

As David Halberstam, may he rest in peace, put it in his address to my undergraduate class of 2004, (and Hugh & Lyndsay reminded me of this past weekend):

(and I'm paraphrasing here...)

"Try to revel in the time spent in the air, between trapeezes, where uncertainty lives and the possibilities are endless."

Workin' on it, David.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2009

Installation View

Wiffle Eggs

Wiffle Eggs (detail)


Cigarette (detail)





Ladder (detail)

Banana Peel Warning Stamp

Banana Peel Warning Stamp (detail)


Indemnity (floor sticker)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Banana Peel Warning Stamp

Here is my Banana Peel Warning Stamp. I just about pulled my hair out trying to format this picture properly for a postcard. That might have been ok though because I had planned on getting a haircut today anyway. But I didn't get my haircut because I was so busy formatting this picture. Grrrrrr. I need lunch.