A studio visit with Charlie Engman

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photographs by Adam Kremer

Where is your studio exactly and how long have you been working there?
My studio is also currently my apartment in Brooklyn. I’ve been here for about 5 months.

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What are the pros and cons of your studio?
It’s my apartment and it’s my apartment, just like Asger said. I am easily distracted by tangents, which is both a huge factor in the development of my work and also, at times, a huge disaster. Living in my work at least means the tangent is occassionally my work. I used to have a separate studio and just getting there could be a problem, because I would get overly inquisitive about some abstract pattern in my morning cereal and the tangents would start then and there in my PJs. This way everything is always at hand. But the reality is that my apartment overfloweth, so I’m hoping to become a commuter again soon.

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How many hours do you usually spend there per week ?
When I’m not shooting on location, I’m there.

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Do you have your own daily routine within the studio? For example, do you usually start by answering your emails then get to work?
A routine is a dream. Like I said, my work is really guided by the flow of the day (read: attention deficit disorder), but this can be a problem when commissioned work is at hand, so in those situations I make myself ordered lists and do my best to follow. Crossing things off a list is orgasmic.

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Are there things you deliberately forbid yourself to do/have within the studio in order to be more productive?
I have to admit, I’m pretty soft on myself, because my procrastination often yields the best research and ideas — it’s a Catch 22 story. Productivity has never been a problem, the problem is focus. For that, I can only try to guilt myself out of mining the internet or my tchotchke archive when I’m supposed to be sending emails.

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Do you sometimes wish you shared your studio with one or a few other artists?
I like the idea of company and of collaboration, but really, I’m a soloist and I sometimes need to dance like no one’s watching.

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What is your favorite track to edit photos to?

for more of Charlie’s work, please visit http://charlieengman.com/

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