If you find Art:21 a little “low energy” (as my public speaking teacher would say), you might instead prefer this lovely five minute bio of John Baldessari, narrated by Tom Waits. If you’re in the DC area, don’t miss the Hirshorn exhibit Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950, which features some of the work Baldessari created following the “cremation” of the paintings he made between 1953 and 1966.
Moving to the DC metro area (note: without every having visited) has been such an eye opening experience. The amount of amazing art, architecture, and visual stimuli I am exposed to on a regular basis is a little mind-blowing. In the desert I had (unfortunately) became immune to my surroundings, traveling with glazed eyes between my house and campus. Now my eyes are filled with epic monuments and stately architecture and design—centuries of national hubris expressed through art. The result is so awe-inspiring it might make a patriot out of me yet.
I want my own art to reflect my new surroundings, but first I have to process everything I am seeing.
The recent acquisitions to my personal print collection following the SGCI 2014 conference includes this tiny gem from Kathryn Polk titled “This is Not a Pie.” KPolk is one of my all-time favorite printmakers (and, in my book, the Number One Badass Lady Lithographer). I finally summoned the courage to introduce myself to her on the last day of the conference, and discovered that she is one of the nicest ladies and a very humble artist. She was more than willing to give me her time and we had a great little conversation about lithography, in which she gave me some really sound advice and encouragement.
I just want to share with you that one time last year when I made the most ridiculous collage ever. This is something that would never have appeared from my head or hands were it not for assignments….and sleep deprivation and caffeine and probably malnutrition.