Hermès: a haudenschild Garage project with MARK BRADFORD

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3.1.2013 conversation with Eloisa and Hermès

The haudenschild Garage, La Jolla, CA

…we proposed that mark responds however he decides, awesome that he already sent us those photos and that audio piece – his ideas resonated with me. the next time you (marcos) go back to mark with more information, he’ll decide how best to translate all this into something concrete. the timing couldn’t be better since the place will be demolished in august and we have the perfect amount of time to use that space, which is amazing. hopefully something will end up in the house… it could be part of the new construction or become part of the remains. i am going to show you the blueprints of the new construction in the neighbor’s lot, they are finished and we are presenting them to the city very soon. it would be great for you to see them. today we decided that you will start coming to visit the property every few weeks, but that could change – we’re flexible. we are thinking the project would happen over a few months and try to have it finished by august so that gives us five months. when it’s completed, this project will be presented at the garage…i spent many years depressed looking at the neighbor’s house…now she’s dead. she had a strange situation over there around the pool with barbed wire and giant water bottles along the top of the fence, i have no idea why. the house has a negative vibe to it but it will be completely demolished soon. you can imagine how ready we are to move on. we are in the perfect moment and place for our project. she always lived by herself, i never saw anybody come in or out of that place. twenty-six years of living next to each other and i never saw anybody except her in the house. i was the only person who ever spoke to her in my family. my first move after we bought her house was to plant those tall trees along the easement. i put those trees in so i wouldn’t have to look at her place anymore. in the front lawn over there was the tent where she would put her mom…and then, in some rooms, did you notice that some of them had their own locks? she also had – i think i told you – a motorhome, right? the motorhome was her method of punishing me for having people over. she would move her motorhome to block my driveway. if i behaved poorly and people came to the garage – they had to walk by her property – she would then position her motorhome to almost completely block my front gate. she would even stop people from coming in…anytime i would say anything to her about the poor state of her property, she would answer, “i was here before you – if you didn’t like it you shouldn’t have bought the place.” the motorhome was entirely covered in old sheets and that’s what people would see when they came over to my house…her motorhome had pieces of wood covering the tires and there were always these wires and connections coming out of it, like she was transferring power to it from the house – i don’t know what she was doing inside it. her life seemed sad to me but she was so mean that it was hard to find sympathy for her because she was so aggressive…i am just amazed at how mark was able to understand her so quickly and place her with those people who break social codes, in fact there was no social code for her…she was one of the first doctors in la jolla and I think something of an icon to people. but the way we experienced her was completely different. i think she moved here in the ‘50s as this is a very old house, never painted or remodeled. i wouldn’t be surprised if she was one of the very first people who bought in this neighborhood…if my neighbor could see us now, she would be very unhappy that we bought her property, since she didn’t like me at all. one time she stopped me coming home and said, “too many people drive and walk by my house”…once she looked at me and said, “you’re looking forward to me dying, aren’t you?” she had those types of exchanges with me, she was that kind of woman. she had nothing to lose and it was very difficult to deal with her since no rules applied to her – including federal laws. i had to pick up my mail at the post office because she got upset with me and threw my mailbox in the trash…today, marcos, you got the keys to the house for the first time. before that, we just talked about it and you saw it from the outside. i’m happy to hear mark would like to come to the garage. this project is going to change you and i would like to be part of this process with you. i noticed that you like that room with the floral curtain that’s falling apart – i’m sure there are a lot of stories about that room and this house…monica and i were looking in some rooms where the carpet is yellow but there are big spots of blue where furniture used to be…the house hasn’t been touched for years and years and years…did you notice how she cooked? she brought down these old electric burners from the wall, like a hot plate…she probably hardly ate, she was so small, maybe she didn’t even use the stove much. maybe she ate only a couple of apples or bananas…when the house next door is torn down, it will be like a cleansing to me…it’s a dark house with no power and that’s why it’s good coming here early. when you came in today, we ran out to say hello and followed you but you had already entered the house and the idea is that you must enter and stay in the house by yourself. sorry i didn’t welcome you. what’s important is to be open and stay in communication. i am very excited about everything…

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