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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

You Must Know: 4 Big Things for JAM

The first big thing: If you haven’t noticed, we’re on the cover of the 605 Magazine this month! Denise DePaolo came to visit a couple weeks ago and saw all of our art supplies. She wrote an article on three “grassroots” organizations in Sioux Falls: Exposure Gallery and Studios, The Retreat Center (which is outside of Sioux Falls, near Baltic), and us! We’re curious to see what this publicity will do for JAM.

Big thing number two: We have a small correction to make to the article. After we had already chatted with Denise, we got the unfortunate news that the Hatch 605 craft market will be postponed until November. We are all bummed, but I’m sure some other opportunities for us to show off the supplies will come along. 
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Now, if you’re a newfound fan of ours because of the article, great! We love meeting new people. Would you like to meet us in person? I, Jess, will be giving a presentation at Pecha Kucha, which brings us to the third big thing I wanted to tell you. Continue reading You Must Know: 4 Big Things for JAM

David Lethcoe: An Inspired Interview

 

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I once had a tae kwon do coach tell me that when you’re out there on the mat, you want your performance to inspire people. Your performance should look effortless, but high energy. It should be fun, so that people think, “I want to do that, I want to start practicing tae kwon do.” David Lethcoe does this with his sculptures; his creations are fun and carry a lot of energy and he makes me want to create. But Dave isn’t performing or just acting inspired. He knows how to stay inspired; you have to keep learning different things. When you keep learning you don’t have to think out every step–your subconscious can work out the problems that your mind creates. You just need to keep it simple.
Some people intuitively know how simple the world can be. That doesn’t mean they’re simple people. With Dave, it’s just the opposite. He has theory, art history, and new art movements all rolling through his head, fighting for his attention, when deep down he knows that just looking at the sky will suffice. It takes courage to admit that your subconscious can solve problems better than your ego can. Dave’s approach to life is romantic. I am a romantic—that’s probably why I became an artist. I like the idea of working in your studio, having your whole day to just clear your mind and cut materials. To me, when Dave tells us about a day in his studio, it is inspiring and encouraging. Keep things simple. Learn so your mind can stay fresh, and every now and then, look up at the sky. ~Jess 

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

Dave: I’ve always wanted to be an artist since I was young. I drew all the time and played outside. I didn’t have any artists in the family, but my older brother drew as well. I always thought he was good, and I wanted to be as good as him. After a while, he got to point where he didn’t draw any more and I kept doing it. When you’re in elementary school, art kind of makes you the cool kid because everyone wants to see what you’re doing. I would compete with another kid in the class by trying to outdraw him. We were Continue reading David Lethcoe: An Inspired Interview

Around and About: Fall Festival of Artists at Wilde Prairie Winery

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Wilde Prairie Winery
September 12, 12pm-9pm
September 13, 12pm-6pm
48052 259th Street
Brandon, SD 57005

The weather is cooling down a bit which reminds us that there are so many fall festivities to look forward to attending! I found out about this festival from the owner of Wilde Prairie Winery and artist, Victoria Wilde. She is a customer of mine at Mathison’s where she gets her paintings scanned for reprint. She hosts this festival every year along with many other events out at the winery. This art show is intended to be a benefit for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. Both visitors and contributing artists have the chance to donate towards a great cause.

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Last September, I visited Wilde Prairie Winery for the Fall Festival of Artists. I traveled to Brandon, South Dakota where the winery is located. Their property includes Continue reading Around and About: Fall Festival of Artists at Wilde Prairie Winery

Jammin’: A Graphic Designer’s Perspective

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I am a graphic designer, not an artist.

I suppose I am an artist in certain ways, but definitely not a fine artist. Paint makes me nervous. I don’t like messes. I don’t have a DIY board on Pinterest. I hate hands-on projects. I like structure and schedules and planners. I rarely get too personal with a design I create. Maybe that’s just me and my ways, but I feel like those characteristics play a huge part in the difference between an artist and a graphic designer.

Becoming involved with JAM has opened the door for me into a new world of artistic creation and the lifestyles of artistic people – one that I have not ever been a part of. I always knew it existed, but if you’re not actively involved in this community, having real conversations with real people, then you don’t know a damn thing.

As a graphic designer, I’ve been taught that Continue reading Jammin’: A Graphic Designer’s Perspective

Around and About Sioux Falls: Art Collective 7

Hi! I’m Allyson, a new blogger for JAM. I enjoy writing and I’m hoping to share my adventures in Sioux Falls with people! I’d like to help people become more aware of the local art community. Wandering through artists’ exhibits puts a smile on my face. I admire the hard work and dedication of talented individuals.

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August 11, 2014 / 6 PM – 10 PM / Lucky’s Bar / 224 S. Phillips Avenue / Sioux Falls, SD luckys-art-collective-7

The idea for the Art Collective came five years ago to Em Nguyen, a local artist and bartender at Lucky’s. She wanted to bring together local artists to show off their work. I have been to one in the past and it was a memorable event for me because Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls: Art Collective 7

3 Must Read Books for Artists + a Pep-talk from Ira Glass

I didn’t know if I should write a post telling you about the books I love for artists because who reads books anymore? Right?

No, you know what? Wrong!

I read books still, and I know for damn-sure Continue reading 3 Must Read Books for Artists + a Pep-talk from Ira Glass