»narration (amy hempel, tumble home)« by adam frelin

in her short story, “tumble home,” writer amy hempel describes a moment, or rather the possibility of a moment, and the way it has the potential to collapse space and time. wanting to visually depict this line of text, i created a sculptural version of it that was held by four people for two separate photographs on the grounds of chesterwood (the home of sculptor daniel chester french): the first in front of the mansion and the second from the opposite vantage point facing the distant mountains.

both weatherproof photographs are displayed within a double-sided billboard in the exact location from where they were taken. the images depict a moment, possibly an imagined moment, that now exists solely in its sited representation.

Review: Bell's HopSlam

Just 24-hours after the local release of Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum, Hampton Roads was once again ablaze with Twitter and Facebook updates proclaiming the limited availability of Bell’s ultra-rare HopSlam, the 3rd-ranked American Double / Imperial IPA in the world (Beer Advocate). The news came late in the afternoon and admittedly I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on some before stockpiles were depleted. Thankfully, Lucien came through in the clutch with a 6-pack from our home-away-from-home, T-Dub. With the Hoptimum review fresh in our minds, the stage was set for yet another collab critique of this much-celebrated brew…

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Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Golden in color; semi-clear with slight haziness; a vibrant white, one-finger head; head is thick and frothy; beer appears to be well-carbonated. Looks good.

S - Wow! Popped the cap on the bottle and got hit with hops right away (bottle was about two feet away) - freakin’ awesome! Hyper hoppy Simcoe on the nose; a bit spicy; floral hints.

T - More hops, but less pungent than on the nose; very well-balanced; piney and floral with hints of grapefruit; smooth bitterness on the finish; little-to-no linger; no heat despite ABV. Wow, this is a super smooth drink!

M - Medium-bodied; minimal head, but retains well; foamy head has great mouthfeel; mild carbonation (despite initial appearance).

D - Very drinkable despite availability; not sessionable due to ABV; overall very smooth and well-balanced.

A- / 4.2
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

There’s a reason why HopSlam is so widely regarded amongst Hop Heads the world over. It’s a veritable atomic explosion of hops in your face and needless to say we absolutely felt hopslammed during and after our review. But, for me, the hyper pungent aromatics simply overpowered the other subtle nuances of the beer. Afterwards, I couldn’t help but feel like the Hoptimum allowed for my palate to pick up on more of what was going on within the beer itself. Despite this, HopSlam still received high scores from Lucien and myself. Very fun, very smooth and highly recommended.

P.S. Later this week I’ll be doing a bottle-to-bottle, side-by-side Battle Royal Review of Hoptimum and HopSlam, so stay tuned for that. I would also like to thank Kevin at G&G for holding a 6-pack of HopSlam for me overnight! Thanks, dude!

Adam Frelin, White Line (Image 2), 2014, production image of sculpture: fluorescent fixtures and bulbs, steel cable, generator (240’ long), image posted with permission of depict. Adam Frelin website

Known for his site-specific installations, this photograph reflects Adam Frelin’s interest in exploring points where natural and constructed worlds intersect. Through this ephemeral action, Frelin expounds the tension between reality and fantasy, transforming the viewer’s conceptual and perceptual experience of the natural world. Discover more of his work on


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Firefall by Adam Frelin

This photograph captures Frelin’s re-creation of a historical event that took place for almost a century at Yosemite National Park. This event, known as “firefall,” involved shoveling large piles of hot embers over the edge of a cliff as a nightly spectacle.

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