Around and About – Art Collective 8

Yes, it’s happening again. The Art Collective 8 is near. If you have nothing to do  Monday evening or even if you do, drop all and come down to Lucky’s on December 1. This is such a great way to get to know established and emerging local artists! Plus, I hold this event dear to me because the second time I went, I blogged about it in my very first JAM article!

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If you’ve never been to one of these events, no worries. It is so low key that you can wander around without Continue reading Around and About – Art Collective 8

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Writer: Carl Grupp’s Literary Debut

zandbroz-book-signing-carl-gruppCarl Grupp is a natural raconteur.  As most who know him will attest, the man who many consider to be South Dakota’s greatest living artist is fond of peppering a conversation, regardless of subject, with any number of asides, anecdotes and tall tales.

Therefore, one might have rightly reasoned that it was only a matter of time before Grupp, who came of age during the turbulent Sixties, turned his wealth of bizarre and interesting experiences into a book. And finally Continue reading Portrait of the Artist as an Old Writer: Carl Grupp’s Literary Debut

An Ear to the Ground #18

Sloppy Problem

[Urs Fischer – Sloppy Problem, 2013]

Sloppy Problem; Real Problem

The Power Complex of Appropriation : Is Richard Prince a Thief

This is a very poignant article/interview to read, discussing the current debacle of Richard Prince stealing the work of Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #18

Pricing your work like Picasso

JAM-Like-PicassoLegend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you Continue reading Pricing your work like Picasso

JEREMY FRISLIE – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

JeremyFrislieFEATUREDIMAGEWhen you look at Jeremy Frislie, the first thing you probably notice is that he has a beard. A thick, fiery beard that demands your attention. And if you know what’s good for you, you’ll listen. Jeremy is the owner of Frislie ToolWorks, and the founder of Frislie First Fridays Art in the Alley Way. He is also an artist, and an exceptional one at that. He understands that you need passion to prevail, and patience to produce. He is a strong supporter of the arts, and makes it a practice to keep Sioux Falls local.

JAM met with Jeremy at his woodworking shop, located beneath his store. He spoke with us about the time he spent in the Marine Corps, the importance of having mentors, and the piece of driftwood that started it all. Speaking with him reminded me that coincidence has a somewhat romantic notion, and sometimes you just need to soften the focus of your vision and allow yourself more of an abstract approach to life. Jeremy began his journey by picking up a piece of wood on the beach. How are you going to begin yours? ~Amy

What is the path that has led you to where you are today?

It started when I was 16, when I picked a piece of driftwood up off the beach in Portland, OR. I had driven down to Portland from Salt Lake City, UT, where I had some family members, and I just started whittling on this stick. I was talking to my then girlfriend-now wife and I carved a spiral. I ended up cutting myself. The next morning my father asked me, about as nice as he could, “Where did you steal it from? Where did you Continue reading JEREMY FRISLIE – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

Around and About – ReStorAtion Art Auction

Have you ever had something that one moment you had no knowledge of it, and the next you are really excited about it? This is what happened to me, since I hadn’t heard of the ReStorAtion Art Auction before. Don’t feel too bad if you haven’t either; it’s only on its second year. Niki Schillerstrom, Community Relations Director for Habitat for Humanity, gave me all of the details so I can let everyone know about this really awesome event.

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The first ReStorAtion Art Auction was held April of this year, near Earth Day, to serve as a reminder about upcycling and repurposing. Their main goal is to Continue reading Around and About – ReStorAtion Art Auction

An Ear to the Ground #17

New Short Fiction: The Alaska of Giants and Gods by Dave Eggers

The New Yorker

The New Yorker has published a new short story by Dave Eggers, who wrote A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius, and more recently A Hologram for the King as well as the founder of Mcsweeny’s an independent publishing company and Believer Magazine.

Most of Dave Eggers endeavors are brilliant and come from a place of Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #17

Exposure Gallery and Studios

As an artist, relationships with galleries, patrons, collectors, and the many other varieties of art enthusiasts become just as important, if not more so, than the created work itself. Creating art and showing it in a gallery space is not, in the least, simply about making money. Exhibiting works of art creates communication with the world outside of the studio. The artist and the gallerist share a certain level of involvement and appreciation with the art. -JAM blogger Jordan Thornton
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Last week, I found myself once again wandering through and autumn colored downtown Sioux Falls on my way to our most recent gallery interview: Exposure Gallery & Studios. Newly relocated at 401 N Phillips Ave in Sioux Falls, which, as my overly smartphone dependent self came to find, is a few blocks closer to The Falls than Google will lead you to believe. Zach DeBoer took time out of a Thursday afternoon to patiently wait on my very lost self, open the doors of his gallery, and to share the thought and ambition behind Exposure.
Zach: “The point of Exposure was to give exposure to artists and to people who wanted to make art and show art and be a part of a community… The main goal of the gallery, as opposed to other galleries, is to be a professional, contemporary gallery that focuses on giving a spotlight to those who maybe aren’t getting it.”

Continue reading Exposure Gallery and Studios

November 7-First Friday Review

Seven o’clock on Friday night rolled around, the winds picked up, preparing us for First Fridays to come. Here are the places I got to enjoy art and artists on the first wintery First Friday of the season.

Coffea Espresso Bar and Roasterie

FFNov7_JessJohnson1The first stop this fabulous First Friday in downtown Sioux Falls was at Coffea Roasterie to see our very own Jess Miller-Johnson’s art reception. Her show, FRESH HOLDS, included Continue reading November 7-First Friday Review

An Ear to the Ground

[T Wei – Untitled]

New book released for all you illustrators out there from PictoplasmaCharacter Portraits is a collection of works by a giant group of artists and illustrators. Here is  great byline for the book created by its inceptors: “In our postdigital culture, fantasy and imagination take a back seat to the photographic spectacle. As a visual antidote to the current craze for saccharine pet pictures and selfies ad nauseam, international illustrators, graphic designers and artists confront us with a stunning new generation of imaginary character portraits that hold us in the grip of their gaze.” Continue reading An Ear to the Ground

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