Category Archives: An Ear to the Ground

Beware the Locals – Coming soon!

Does Sioux Falls really have interesting things that happen within the city? You bet ya’! Filmmaker Dempsey Tapley has taken on the challenge of capturing these interesting things and people in the form of film–Beware the Locals. As time ticks faster, and as we approach another lovely Sioux Falls summer, I am genuinely excited to see all of the collaborative work come together. ~Hannah Continue reading Beware the Locals – Coming soon!

Let’s Celebrate Jordan Thornton’s Artist Residency

Landing an artist residency is a big deal. So when an artist does, it’s cause for celebration.

One of JAM’s favorite artists, Jordan Thornton, has “nailed” down her first artist residency!

It happens to be in Vermont, and there happen to be fees and costs that come along with that, so the Sioux Falls community has the awesome chance to help Jordan in her journey.

But before I get to that, here’s a little more information about Jordan.

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She’s a printmaker with a deeply-rooted love of nature, which you can easily see in her work. Handpulled and hand-printed woodcut prints, often displayed in shadowboxes (that she usually makes herself) are her forte.

Jordan describes her current work as having a focus “on plant imagery, primarily the roots. The visual part of these pieces is of the physical plant, while the thought behind the work focuses on our own roots: what holds us to a place, a person, a pursuit.”

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If that’s not enough info about her craft, check out our Inspired Interview of Jordan.

She’s been honing her craft for years. And she’s also been applying for residencies for years. And then the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT offered her an artist-in-residence spot for the upcoming month of August.

Here’s the catch: getting to Vermont isn’t free.

So that’s where you come in.

Jordan’s got a Kickstarter campaign that’ll cover the remainder of her residency fee and travel costs. But, most importantly, this campaign puts her art into the hands of the people investing in it.

To kick off the campaign, Coffea Downtown is hosting a launch party which doubles as the artist reception for Jordan’s three month show at Coffea. The party’s going down on May 6th from 6-8pm.

If you can’t be there to high five her and join the fun in person, you can still join the fun online:

An Ear to the Ground #30

Thingness

I can say for certain that art is a hard thing to define. When asked to define art you often betray your inner thoughts and through the act of defining art, you often describe what you find Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #30

An Ear to the Ground #28

 [Robert Whitman – Untitled (shirts and clouds)]

Lines of Sight: Asian American Poetry on the Visual Arts

Asian American Writers Workshop is shining a light on some great writing done by poets and artists on the nature of visual art. Here is a quick sampling.

John Yau from Further Adventures in Monochrome

“I dwell in possibility, Emily Dickinson

I dwell in impossibility, Yves Klein

You should understand that I did not want you to read a painting. I wanted you to bathe in it before words domesticated the experience, and you turned to such stand-bys as “illumination” and “transcendent” to describe what happened to you. Painting should not be sentenced to Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #28

An Ear to the Ground #26

 [Misato Suzuki – Early Summer Rain]

Believer Mag Interview: Kumail Nanjiani

New interview with one of my favorite standup comedians Kumail Nanjiani. I saw Kumail perform at The Meltdown in 2011 in LA and have been in love ever since. Kumail talks about inspiration, writing and his love of getting Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #26

An Ear to the Ground #25

 [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

An Ear to the Ground #24

WEB Wallace_Redactor II 1.14 72 x 60[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]

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[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

An Ear to the Ground #22

[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

Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #22

An Ear to the Ground #21

[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