Artists have special access to their third eye. There is this intuitive union of looking beyond the immediate, and yet remaining fully absorbed in the present. Inspiration is in even the most mundane of endeavors—nature boasts a plentiful palette, and a muse can be an ephemeral thing. It is about looking beyond what you think you know, and possessing the inquisitive nature to understand something other than what it may appear to be. Art is about pushing yourself through the struggles, searching for the answers to questions you haven’t even asked.
Andrew Billion knows how to look, how to push himself in the search. It appears he is not afraid of the unknown, or the daunting task of conquering new endeavors. He just takes it in stride with a big warm smile. Andrew is a painter, and as of late, a potter. He is prolific in production, and modest in promotion. His study methods may be unconventional, but to say they are effective would be an understatement. Speaking with Andrew reminded me that I can do anything, if I only put in the time. How will you use your time this year? Please read on, reflect, and enjoy! ~Amy
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We are beginning a new series on our website, which will be referred to as Their Voice. We will use this section to feature blog posts written by guest writers that are interested in, or a part of, the arts community. We think it is important to engage a wide audience, and want to welcome voices that may otherwise not have a platform. If you have any ideas or topics you think the community should know more about, we would love to help you share! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We look forward to connecting with different people and creating more exposure for the arts community of Sioux Falls. Here is the first Their Voice post by Deb Klebanoff of The Retreat at Pointer’s Ridge.
As I look back at 2014, I see little more this Continue reading Progress at The Retreat at Pointer’s Ridge
[Charlie Immer – Melt]
Advice from the Master: Critic and Sage Hal Foster
A great back and forth between notable contributors and Hal Foster from Interview Magazine.
” If it’s not critical, it’s not criticism; it’s just commentary or opinion. That doesn’t mean criticism has to be negative in the sense of pejorative; in fact, it can be affirmative if its negativity is clarifying—explosions clear the air! I don’t write to be pejorative or positive in any case; that never motivates me. What gets me going is to grasp the new thing—an idea, an affect, some mix of the two—that a work expresses but doesn’t articulate. ” – Hal Foster
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As artists, sometimes it feels like we’re paddling upstream. All of the work we do for one piece, or one show might give us very little return. We could easily turn into existentialists, banging our heads against the walls, and wondering what the next step is. Most of the time the answer is simple: make work every day and then get out there and show your work again and again. Marc Wagner can attest to that. He recommends it.
Marc is an important ingredient to the Sioux Falls art scene soup. Chipper, inspirational, and knowledgeable only begins to describe Marc, but I encourage you to get to know him; seek him out and spend some time around him because when I do, I’m better for it.~Jess
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[Joe Fyfe – Untitled, 2011]
[Joe Fyfe – Soeur Concepta, 2011]
Who Has the Cure: Zombie Formalism
This phrase Zombie Formalism is continually popping up and it sounds derogatory. I have found it in the Jerry Saltz article in Vulture, Zombie on the Walls, it was discussed on a panel hosted by the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Whereas the SVA panel keeps it on the lighter side, Saltz seems to have a distaste for the newly coined movement. Here is an overview of the panel at SVA done by Howard Hurst for Hyperallergic. Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #21
“Meet. Create. Repeat.” This is the motto for the Sioux Falls Sketch Squad founded by Solomon Carlson.
The Sioux Falls Sketch Squad was an idea that he had been toying with for years, but decided now was the time to launch it. Like many ideas, the idea came from a need. Continue reading Sketching Around and About Sioux Falls
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. -Jordan Thornton
After a slight game of email tag, Audra Kulm and Jamie Holmberg of Rehfeld’s Art & Framing in downtown Sioux Falls provided by JAM blogger Jordan Thornton with some insight into the workings behind this well-known local gallery and framing business. Rehfeld’s is an art gallery and custom framing shop located in the heart of beautiful downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
J: Tell me a bit about Rehfeld’s as a business and what sets it apart from other galleries.
Rehfeld’s: Rehfeld’s has been a Sioux Falls gallery and frame shop for over 30 years. We have a reputation for displaying artworks by the Continue reading Rehfeld’s Art & Framing
As children, it is not unusual to find fascination with animals. These creatures are a source to relate to, innocent beings living through the dichotomy of coexistence with man. To me, it makes sense to be drawn to the innocence and wonder of just… being. Children hold this magical quality to them, this ability to approach life with unbridled awe. Life has hopefully not begun to teach it’s hard lessons, to discern one’s path. In the end, we are all drinking the same water, breathing the same air. One should not be so quick to discern the hierarchy of existence.
I wish I had known Michelle St. Vrain as a child. I imagine her exploring through the dense trees of Kentucky, followed by a small body of animals; bunnies hopping at her feet, butterflies flitting above her hair in a blurry crown. This is a delightful image to hold in my mind, but I am quick to point out that Michelle is not some dainty maiden traipsing in the woods with Bambi. She is a strong-willed and mindful soul, and uses her personal beliefs as a point of exploration in her work. Michelle fosters a deep compassion for all living creatures, and continuously develops that connection. Using images of animals, or at least parts of them, she creates moments of interaction with these creatures in their various forms. Instead of focusing on the variance of our existence with the animal kingdom, she finds a refreshing unity in the disparity, and I find that to be just lovely. ~Amy
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[Christopher Morris – The New York Subway, 1981]
Post Apocalypse or Just New York City: Back to the 80’s
A great photo series by Christopher Morris done in the 80’s in the NYC subway system back when it was in Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #19