JAM: A Creative Reuse Center for Sioux Falls

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Did you know that there are over one hundred creative reuse centers in the United States? California has sixteen of them!

Do you know what a creative reuse center is? It is a place for Continue reading JAM: A Creative Reuse Center for Sioux Falls

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Alt Lit: Frank Hilton explores the apocalypse

This week I want to start out with an excerpt from a new novel by the writer Frank Hilton. Her style strikes me as an expressionistic way of writing and her topic of sci-fi/ social networks/ post apocalypse fits in perfectly with the time period we are in right now. I am beginning to fall in love with futurists lately,  their unflinching visions of what’s to become of society are interesting and hyperbolic but always insightful to the psyche of today. The artwork Dazed and Confused magazine chose to go along with the story is very striking as well.

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[Detached 2014 – Moonassi]

Please follow that link, Moonassi is pretty brilliant and a good segue into the rest of my Continue reading An Ear to the Ground

Shaine Schroeder and the Art of Instagratification

Shaine Schroeder knows how to work. Since I moved back to Sioux Falls after college, and even more so in entering the area’s art scene, his name is one that I have noticed has often come to attention. His art is visible in galleries, restaurants, the walls in countless friends’ houses, and even a school. Schroeder has made a reputation for himself, and it is one of perseverance and versatility.

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This past weekend, he did something particularly interesting. Using Continue reading Shaine Schroeder and the Art of Instagratification

Ear to the Ground – 7/18/14

Artful Noise : Dave Hickey – Romancing the Looky Loos

An essay on spectators and participants

[Photo: Nick Zinner, courtesy of the Anastasia Gallery]

I LUV Dave Hickey, one of the most interesting art critics out there. He quit writing art criticism in 2012 which is a great loss to us all. This essay is from the book Air Guitar, which Continue reading Ear to the Ground – 7/18/14

Adam Goodge: An Inspiring Interview

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Sometimes there is a thoughtfulness in a person that is immediately apparent through their approach to a conversation, and the things that they share with you. It may serve as a reminder to others of the beauty in subtlety and the strength in purpose. In this interview, we had the opportunity to talk to one of those people. 

Adam Goodge is a printmaker living in Sioux Falls, that focuses primarily on screen printing, and producing clean images with somewhat politically driven messages. He welcomed us to his home to view his studio and a collection of his works. Goodge chatted with us about the importance of detail in producing a good print, how to create a powerful message with a visually pleasing piece, and what happens when you use a plasma cutter to take apart an engine. -Amy

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Why You Should Try Something New and Blog for JAM

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I started using the Washington Pavilion pottery studio. Every Sunday from 1-4 there is an open studio for people who have taken a class in their pottery studio before, or if you at least have some knowledge about clay. Supposedly, I fall into the latter category. It’s foolish.

I don’t know anything about clay. In college I focused mainly on printmaking, drawing, and painting. When I took my ceramics class with Jerry Punt I became easily discouraged. I started hand building a sculpture that looked like it was a sand castle made out of hollow marshmallows. I don’t remember how long I worked on it, but at some point it disappeared. Someone threw it out.

Five years later I’m finally ready to move on and try my hand in the ceramics studio. They make it  easy to buy clay from there, which I really liked. And, it doesn’t cost anything to fire your pieces. Continue reading Why You Should Try Something New and Blog for JAM

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Censored art and being afraid of women:

Who the hell is afraid of a little pubic hair

Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing by Leena McCall Continue reading Ear to the Ground

Steve Larson: An Inspiring Interview

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So often in our youth we forget how indiscernible time has a way of becoming. The moments that we experience in our early adulthood may become mere sentences or moments of hardly recalled time. It is hard to imagine the future, and sometimes even more so the past. To give us some perspective on the transitory nature of both art and life, JAM met with artist Steve Larson at his home in Sioux Falls. He is a former Lutheran minister and social worker that did not begin to create art until he was in his forties. Larson spoke to us about the importance of being open to inspiration, and finding it through fostering a will to keep yourself in constant creative motion. He shared with us his rock collection, past paintings, and his most current 3D constructions. Most importantly, Larson pointed out to us to never consider things to be final, as in our lives, it’s not where you’re at—it’s where you are. -Amy

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A South Dakota Gem: Frogman’s Print Workshop

I received an email from Michelle St Vrain about letting all of you kind folks know about the happenings in Vermillion this last weekend. Michelle, a coordinator for Frogman’s Print Workshop which is hosted on the University of South Dakota‘s campus wrote, “I know that JAM Art & Supplies usually features local artists but I feel that this is also an important South Dakota event that should be considered covering. Many printmakers and other artists travel to Vermillion, SD annually to be apart of this workshop and I feel that this is a very unique situation for this region. I would love for you or another JAM Art & Supplies representative to come and view the artwork, and also meet many wonderful people involved with the workshop.”

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What is Frogman’s? Continue reading A South Dakota Gem: Frogman’s Print Workshop

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Art about the Internet: A brilliant interview of Hito Steyerl

from Dis Magazine –  Hito Steyerl – Politics of Post-Representation

Hito Steyerl, How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013) Continue reading An Ear to the Ground

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