This writing by Vierkant makes a lot of implications on the impact of the internet on the art world. Attending Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #27
When you look at Linda Ackland Kolb’s work, it’s easy to find yourself staring. That’s okay; I don’t blame you. Touching on inspiration from nature, fashion, and her musical background, Kolb utilizes pastels and beeswax to produce vibrant, controlled pieces suspended in soft, soapy deliciousness. Having spent several years working with mixed media, she has rendered some of that technique to her wax pieces, and it reads incredibly well. I was excited to view her work in person, and was even granted the pleasure of being walked through the technical nature of her creative process.
That is what I treasure most with these interviews, the opportunity to see an artist’s work space, to see their progress pieces, to see their home. A residence is an embodiment of a person; small nuances giving circular direction right back to the source. A home resonates with memories, motives, little bits of your soul wrapped into those things your hold most precious. With Kolb, her Sioux Falls home is just as warm and bright as her seemingly perpetual smile. Several months ago, chatting by the warm glow of a fragrant Christmas tree, Kolb shared with us the necessity of creativity as a child, and the strength of perseverance when pursuing your goals. Her thoughtful and articulate words gave soft guidance and strong advice. I found myself pulled in by her kindness, and hope that it translates through to you, the reader. Breathe in, breathe out, muster a smile and treat yourself to a great read about a lovely person. ~Amy
What is the path that has led you to where you are today?
My mom had a great influence over me and my siblings. We got along with what we had, and we used basic things to entertain ourselves, to be creative in some way. I grew up on a farm, so we pounded nails in some boards and floated them across the stock tank. She made our prom dresses. She was a seamstress, along with my grandma, so I’m sure I picked up some of that from her. She would put Continue reading LINDA ACKLAND KOLB – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW
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
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
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.
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]
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