Around and About October’s First Friday Art & Wine Walk

Art & Wine Walk

Downtown Sioux Falls, participating locations

Friday, October 4, 2014

5:00PM-9:00PM

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Ever since I went to the May Wine Walk this past spring, I’ve been itching to go again. It was so much fun to see the local artists creating live work and to sample new wines. If you haven’t been downtown in a while or haven’t been before, I strongly suggest this event as a perfect opportunity to find out about both local businesses and budding local artists.

There are 21 participating locations in Sioux Falls (most of them downtown). Viewing the art is Continue reading Around and About October’s First Friday Art & Wine Walk

A New Sioux Falls Zine: The Local Artist

Mitch Torbert, Jeff Ballard, and Hunter Murphy are happy to share with you their mission of printing a professional zine showcasing South Dakota artists. “The Local Artist” will be printed twice yearly, plus a yearly book, and distributed state-wide. South Dakota artists must apply to be considered. The mission of this exciting project is to “exist to support South Dakotan culture by exposing local, visual artists to the public in two free print publications annually, and fostering development of emerging artists.”

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To be considered for “The Local Artist” email Jeff with 3-5 images (shortest dimension 1000px, include title, dimensions, medium, & year), an Artist Statement, your website URL, your mailing address, and email address. I hope you all send off your applications; they’re due October 12, 2014 at midnight with the first publication printed in April 2015. 

JAM: What inspired you guys to start The Local Artist?

THE LOCAL ARTIST: We started The Local Artist through our experience of knowing Continue reading A New Sioux Falls Zine: The Local Artist

An Ear to the Ground #10

Time Travels in the Internet-O-Sphere:

As an Artist I am always looking at new trends and new ways to communicate because I see art at its absolute in its intent to communicate. Trends often show you ways to communicate that travel fast and are taken in by the most recipients. Mass culture has a way of spreading ideas fast and it often times has nothing to do with whether the content is good or bad, but how its packaged.

Memes, social media, spam, and email are all ways we collectively exchange information; we often take part in these exchanges more than traditional modes. My posts are fascinated by these modes and I would argue to not scoff at the kitschy side of the internet. Information Theory is a very interesting mathematics theory that often gets used in art and language. Information Theory speaks to the idea that the more convoluted the idea the more the chance for misinformation to be processed or static in the signal.

Let me try to phrase this so we can move on. A simple idea communicates as thus, a clear signal. It is hard to misinterpret. But if we expand the idea, fog rolls in and you lose sight of its true intent. You might see a car, but in fact through the fog it’s a truck; this misinformation could be deadly in some cases (anti-vaccination rhetoric, for example). So my truth that I am trying to share is that sometimes memes can be useful, and sometimes a selfie is informative (lets look past the posturing of the ideal self). -Eli

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[Hito Steyerl – How Not To Be Seen]

A brilliant theorist and a very heavy read: Once Again, Hito Steyerl Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #10

Cultivating Creatives With Coffea Roasterie

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

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This week, JAM blogger Jordan Thornton took the opportunity to interview Kaley Dykstra, of Coffea Roasterie, about the art they display and their relationship with the local art community in Sioux Falls.

JAM: Tell me a bit about Coffea as a business and what sets it apart from other coffee shops.

Kaley: Coffea strives to do this “coffee” thing without compromise. Without compromise means putting life behind our passions. Coffea takes a culinary approach to the ol’ cuppa joe. We take pride in serving a coffee in an art form. We love the details. When it all comes down to it, I believe that’s what physically sets us apart. We care about Continue reading Cultivating Creatives With Coffea Roasterie

Five (More) Sioux Falls Instagrammers You Should Follow

Ever since I wrote the blog post “Five Sioux Falls Instagrammers You Should Follow,” I have this horrible feeling that there are five more we should keep our eyes on. Of course, there are more. I just can’t discover them all by myself, so please keep me informed on who’s who in the Sioux Falls Instagramming world.

Without further ado, here are 5 Sioux Falls Instagrammers you need to start following:

jay kirsch, photographer and musician, you know him from the Argus Leader. He’s ALWAYS where it’s at in Sioux Falls, and if you’re not there, he’ll photograph it for you. Sometimes his shots are Sioux Falls news worthy, and sometimes they’re artsy. Not to mention: KITTY SHOTS!

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_motherofthemystic_, aka Lisa Candela, is a California native who has a studio at the 8th and Railroad Center downtown Sioux Falls. You know, I think Sioux Falls is cool, but why Lisa resides here is a mystery to me. What I know about her Continue reading Five (More) Sioux Falls Instagrammers You Should Follow

JANA ANDERSON: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

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How do we become attached to images? What is the force that pulls a person towards something? Where is the interest forged, and how is that connection solidified? Sometimes, there isn’t an explanation, or at least not one that gives itself to the written word. I was watching an interview with Noam Chomsky last night, and in it he talked about the recognition of an object, regardless of the physical presence that it embodies. Now, I could be interpreting this incorrectly, but what I took from it was the connective process, the inherent cognitive solving of a physical complication. I see this in Jana Anderson. She attaches herself to these images, and sees the abstract connection in her subject matter, much beyond the obvious. It was a pleasure to speak with her, and I hope you enjoy her insights as much as I did. Please read on to see Jana’s views on the creative process, the struggles of private creation and public display, and the importance of creating a routine for yourself.  ~Amy

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

JANA: The path to getting here has been difficult. Some days I don’t even know where I’m at, but creatively I’ve always been interested in art as a kid. It was that kind of path. I went to college thinking I was going to be an art teacher. I like kids, I like art; I thought it would be a good combination… turns out it wasn’t. I’m a one-on-one kind of person. I don’t do that great in a crowd or in a group of people, so classrooms seemed more about discipline than creating art. I slowly realized that all I really want to do is create art and that makes teaching children difficult, in terms of getting that going for myself. However, as it turns out, I am a nanny right now; it’s my full-time job. I do that and then painting. I’ve created a studio for myself for the past four years or so, and have been selling stuff the past couple of years. It’s just slowly been going together more and more, wanting to create and trying to get my name out there a little bit and see where that goes. If I can slowly back off on a full-time job that would be awesome.

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Is there anyone that has been a mentor, or given you guidance on how to approach what you’re doing?

Not anymore. I had some really great professors in college that were professors and working artists, and making a living that way. I saw their solo shows throughout my college career, which was really cool to see Continue reading JANA ANDERSON: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

An Ear to the Ground #9

Your New Muse: Walking for Inspiration

I always heard that taking hot showers helped you think, increasing blood flow and encouraging synapses in your brain to fire off but in this article from the New Yorker by Ferris Jabr, he extolls the beauty of walking in coaxing inspiration to our conscious levels.

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Addicted to the Score: Stepping Out by David Sedaris 

In this short story David Sedaris gets addicted to his fitbit score. An interesting throwback to the Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #9

Around and About Sioux Falls – “Native Spirit Showing”

Jerry Fogg Show Reception

Museum of Visual Materials

500 N. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls

Friday, September 12, 5:30-7:30

Exhibit runs until October 30

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Looking for something to do this Friday? There is a reception for Jerry Fogg at the Museum of Visual Materials that would definitely be worth your time. He is a regular customer of mine at Mathison’s, and I’ve worked with him for the past few years. Admission is free and there is complimentary Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls – “Native Spirit Showing”

First Friday Review – September 5th

This is my first First Friday Review. There were so many events going on that it was impossible to go to all of them and give each the amount of time they deserved to experience what each unique place had to offer.

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Art in the Alleyway

I began my First Friday journey by wandering downtown, past Mama’s Ladas, and into the alleyway, curious as to what the giant sign was suggesting was back there. Turning the corner, a magical little world was in full swing with artists proudly showing off their work at tables and booths, musicans setting up for their upcoming performance and small crowds of people gathered and talking. Everything from prints, paintings, graphic design, tshirts, pottery, woodworking, clothing, and decorative deer antlers were on display.  It was an Continue reading First Friday Review – September 5th

An Ear to the Ground #8

Your New Best Friend: Somebody app

Miranda July has a new app and short film out. The film is great per usual for one of the smartest working artists right now. Her app is a mix between social networking and performance, intimacy and and comradery. A perfect app for our current times. Here is the film, please watch, it will be a great uplift to your day.

The world is filled with nervous breakdowns: Difficult Girl

New short story by Lena Dunham, I shouldn’t have to say more than that.

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Something Needs to Change : Illegitimate by Dread Scott

A poignant and strong response to the Ferguson situation. My vote goes to the Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #8

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