Most of us think of artists as rather solitary figures, toiling away in front of a blank canvas or untouched piece of marble in a desperate attempt to express themselves.
There are, of course, some who still fit this description. More and more, however, the most interesting and dynamic art is breaking down the traditional barriers between an artist and their audience, allowing everyone to take part in the creative process.
Take Oliver Herring. One of the great experimental artists of his generation, he has effectively embraced the idea of giving total strangers control over his work
And on more than one occasion, this has resulted in him literally embracing total strangers. Continue reading The Art of Doing: Oliver Herring’s Task Parties.
With temperatures hovering around thirty and the sun staying out just a smidge longer these days, it was a perfect night to venture out and admire some art. Once again, First Fridays were in full swing for the year. I bounced to three places – Eastbank Art Gallery, Prairie Berry Eastbank and Exposure Gallery.
My first stop was at Eastbank. The place was quickly filling with eager-going art lovers. I love running into people I know as I attend these events more and more often. It’s fun to walk into a familiar place and see some friendly faces.
Eastbank was hosting artist receptions for Amy Kasten and Ryan Howard. Amy’s quirky collages and gorgeous jewelry were immediately eye-catching as you walked in the door. Her jewelry ranged from delicate necklaces to leather bracelets and her collages were small and colorful, filling the walls. Ryan Howard’s pieces were vividly soothing, showcasing impressionistic-like qualities in his locally-themed, landscape paintings. Carl Grupp‘s colorful watercolor landscapes caught my eye as well as Gerry Punt‘s pottery in the front room. Other artists were featured in the gallery space as well. Eastbank is always one of my go-to places for seeing art on First Fridays.
Continue reading February 6 – First Friday Review
Sometimes it takes leaving to really find out where you want to go, the direction you want to take. Memories become your most valuable possession, the strength of your home giving guidance to the unknown, and foundation to what you do. The traits we manifest take part in forming who we are. What we are drawn to. What we do. You may be able to alter your environment, but it never really leaves you. Jordan Thornton has embraced the embodiment, and is back in a familiar place. This printmaker captures motions from her everyday life, her surroundings, and presents them in an active and engaging way. Her work stretches beyond the frame, and guides its audience to do the same, to take notice of the intricacy of life directly in front of you.
Much like her work, Jordan seems to be constantly reaching further, pushing herself to stretch beyond obvious boundaries. Her work develops fluidly, almost instinctual. She is absorbed in her craft, and conscious of the beauty within her own world. Often we forget to simply pause, to breathe in a summer day, to look closer at the trunk of that tree, to even take a peek at your own self. One must not forget the obvious, as there is a reason it is right there in front of you. ~Amy
Continue reading JORDAN THORNTON – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW
[Letha Wilson – Colorado Purple]
Vik Muniz: The Unbearable Likeness of Being
An interesting read for fans of photography, Vik Muniz expands upon the idea of Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #25
While some artists (Picasso, Pollock and Warhol) loom larger than life in our cultural memory, it is only a precious few whose names are actually preserved for posterity. This is why, every once in awhile, one should look back at those artists who were lost to history and bring their unique, if limited achievements to light.
Hilaire Hiler is one of the Continue reading Blue Is The Warmest Color: The Art of Hilaire Hiler
[Ryan Wallace – Redactor II, 2014]
You Need This: Death of the Author
Roland Barthes wrote this in 1967 on the position of the author in our modern society. A critique of the individual genius our culture likes to attribute to artists and authors. This is a great read on originality and attribution in the arts. This is a history lesson as well as a brilliant way to attack the problem of being a creator in a time of post-modernism and genre-mashing combination culture. A brilliant examination of our ever changing role as an author.
[Robert Gober – Forrest, 1991/ Untitled, 1991]
The Heart is Not a Metaphor: Robert Gober Retrospective
This show just finished its run at the MOMA in NYC. An antagonist and an absurdist, Gober’s strange realism and sculptural works take on the a whole new dimension being shown in succession at the MOMA. His arrangements set the tone for his work, often awkward proposals to stretch the viewers anticipation and acknowledgement of the real and absurd. His figures facedown, trapped in the structure of the wall, give a sense of futility and comedy to the everyday.
[Edgar Saner – Untitled]
[Michael Manning – Wild Fusion ~ vol IV: Technoeconomicology]
All the Glitz and Glamour: E-Flux takes on Shine
The politics of shine and surface is the new focus of Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #23
South Dakota is not exactly known as a haven for the arts. This is not to say, however, that the state does not have its own rich artistic heritage. To find evidence to the contrary, one need only to take a trip to the South Dakota Art Museum.
Nestled on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings, the museum recently achieved national accreditation for the fifth time in its history, and there can be no wonder why, given the troves of unexpectedly great artwork stored within its walls.
The South Dakota Art Museum is perhaps best known for housing the most extensive collection of works by South Dakota’s first landmark artist, Harvey Dunn (1884-1952), all of which were on display until January 10.
Dunn (who was born on a homestead near Manchester, SD and graduated from South Dakota Agricultural College) spent most of his career as a Continue reading Frontier Dreams: The Prairie Art of Harvey Dunn
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
Continue reading ANDREW BILLION – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW
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 email@example.com 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