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An Ear to the Ground

This week is gonna be strange. Granted, I really enjoy strange and weird works that are normally pejorative in nature. I love when things take you off your current path or beat, hiccups in time, that echo deep down into your core. Here is my dedication to strange:

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[Sam Lyon]

It’s All In the Accent: Interview with Werner Herzog

A great interview by Steve Marsh at Slate talking to Werner Herzog about his recent release from the Criterion Collection. Werner dishes out some Continue reading An Ear to the Ground

Jammin’: Initial Gut Reactions

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Hello! This is my first post for JAM (be gentle). Jammin’ will be re-occurring theme of my personal insights and opinions about my behind-the-scenes experiences with JAM. – Katie Farritor

When Jess messaged me in March, asking if we could meet up at a coffee shop and chat about the possibility of me joining the non-profit board for JAM Art and Supplies, I had little insight as to what this meeting might actually churn into life.

It was a meeting that fed my creative starvation. A meeting that Continue reading Jammin’: Initial Gut Reactions

How to Enhance Your Scene

Sometimes I am a rambling idiot. Twice this past month two different reporters have asked me, “why do you think it is important to support the arts?”  I spewed on for couple of minutes without articulating exactly why I think it’s important to support the arts, so consider this my practice for the next time someone asks me.

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I find it so obvious and important to support the arts, that the worn-out question turns me into a puddling slob. However, people will keep on asking because it will keep on being important. Another important thing that will not change: People like Continue reading How to Enhance Your Scene

An Ear to the Ground

“Tell all the Truth but Tell it Slant” by  Emily Dickinson
Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
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         I seriously can not wait for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Here is an excerpt that is over at Slate. Its good, and if you haven’t read The Wind-up Bird Chronicles yet, shame on you.

Another Awesome Development: Art Talk Shows

I don’t know how to describe Casey Jane Ellison, the host of this show, but I like her. She has this mix of snark and sarcasm and I’m pretty sure this is an act but its a good one. I love her comment on that everyone on the panel is a woman and that she is not going to point that out.

Artful Language: Thug life of Caravaggio
            This is a very interesting rundown of Caravaggio’s life, spoiler, it’s violent. The renown painter was apparently kind of a bastard and pissed off quite a few unsavory characters.

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JAM: A Creative Reuse Center for Sioux Falls

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Did you know that there are over one hundred creative reuse centers in the United States? California has sixteen of them!

Do you know what a creative reuse center is? It is a place for Continue reading JAM: A Creative Reuse Center for Sioux Falls

An Ear to the Ground

Alt Lit: Frank Hilton explores the apocalypse

This week I want to start out with an excerpt from a new novel by the writer Frank Hilton. Her style strikes me as an expressionistic way of writing and her topic of sci-fi/ social networks/ post apocalypse fits in perfectly with the time period we are in right now. I am beginning to fall in love with futurists lately,  their unflinching visions of what’s to become of society are interesting and hyperbolic but always insightful to the psyche of today. The artwork Dazed and Confused magazine chose to go along with the story is very striking as well.

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[Detached 2014 – Moonassi]

Please follow that link, Moonassi is pretty brilliant and a good segue into the rest of my Continue reading An Ear to the Ground

Shaine Schroeder and the Art of Instagratification

Shaine Schroeder knows how to work. Since I moved back to Sioux Falls after college, and even more so in entering the area’s art scene, his name is one that I have noticed has often come to attention. His art is visible in galleries, restaurants, the walls in countless friends’ houses, and even a school. Schroeder has made a reputation for himself, and it is one of perseverance and versatility.

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This past weekend, he did something particularly interesting. Using Continue reading Shaine Schroeder and the Art of Instagratification

Ear to the Ground – 7/18/14

Artful Noise : Dave Hickey – Romancing the Looky Loos

An essay on spectators and participants

[Photo: Nick Zinner, courtesy of the Anastasia Gallery]

I LUV Dave Hickey, one of the most interesting art critics out there. He quit writing art criticism in 2012 which is a great loss to us all. This essay is from the book Air Guitar, which Continue reading Ear to the Ground – 7/18/14

Adam Goodge: An Inspiring Interview

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Sometimes there is a thoughtfulness in a person that is immediately apparent through their approach to a conversation, and the things that they share with you. It may serve as a reminder to others of the beauty in subtlety and the strength in purpose. In this interview, we had the opportunity to talk to one of those people. 

Adam Goodge is a printmaker living in Sioux Falls, that focuses primarily on screen printing, and producing clean images with somewhat politically driven messages. He welcomed us to his home to view his studio and a collection of his works. Goodge chatted with us about the importance of detail in producing a good print, how to create a powerful message with a visually pleasing piece, and what happens when you use a plasma cutter to take apart an engine. -Amy

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Why You Should Try Something New and Blog for JAM

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I started using the Washington Pavilion pottery studio. Every Sunday from 1-4 there is an open studio for people who have taken a class in their pottery studio before, or if you at least have some knowledge about clay. Supposedly, I fall into the latter category. It’s foolish.

I don’t know anything about clay. In college I focused mainly on printmaking, drawing, and painting. When I took my ceramics class with Jerry Punt I became easily discouraged. I started hand building a sculpture that looked like it was a sand castle made out of hollow marshmallows. I don’t remember how long I worked on it, but at some point it disappeared. Someone threw it out.

Five years later I’m finally ready to move on and try my hand in the ceramics studio. They make it  easy to buy clay from there, which I really liked. And, it doesn’t cost anything to fire your pieces. Continue reading Why You Should Try Something New and Blog for JAM