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Frontier Dreams: The Prairie Art of Harvey Dunn

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

ANDREW BILLION – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

Andrew BillionArtists 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

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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

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MARC WAGNER – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

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As artists, sometimes it feels like we’re paddling upstream. All of the work we do for one piece, or one show might give us very little return. We could easily turn into existentialists, banging our heads against the walls, and wondering what the next step is. Most of the time the answer is simple: make work every day and then get out there and show your work again and again. Marc Wagner can attest to that. He recommends it.

Marc is an important ingredient to the Sioux Falls art scene soup. Chipper, inspirational, and knowledgeable only begins to describe Marc, but I encourage you to get to know him; seek him out and spend some time around him because when I do, I’m better for it.~Jess

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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

An Ear to the Ground #20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Anton Alvarez – The Craft of Thread Wrapping]

I think I am in love. These pieces are so Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #20

MICHELLE ST. VRAIN – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

MichelleStVrainCoverAs children, it is not unusual to find fascination with animals. These creatures are a source to relate to, innocent beings living through the dichotomy of coexistence with man. To me, it makes sense to be drawn to the innocence and wonder of just… being. Children hold this magical quality to them, this ability to approach life with unbridled awe. Life has hopefully not begun to teach it’s hard lessons, to discern one’s path. In the end, we are all drinking the same water, breathing the same air. One should not be so quick to discern the hierarchy of existence.

I wish I had known Michelle St. Vrain as a child. I imagine her exploring through the dense trees of Kentucky, followed by a small body of animals; bunnies hopping at her feet, butterflies flitting above her hair in a blurry crown. This is a delightful image to hold in my mind, but I am quick to point out that Michelle is not some dainty maiden traipsing in the woods with Bambi. She is a strong-willed and mindful soul, and uses her personal beliefs as a point of exploration in her work. Michelle fosters a deep compassion for all living creatures, and continuously develops that connection. Using images of animals, or at least parts of them, she creates moments of interaction with these creatures in their various forms. Instead of focusing on the variance of our existence with the animal kingdom, she finds a refreshing unity in the disparity, and I find that to be just lovely. ~Amy

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An Ear to the Ground #19

[Christopher Morris – The New York Subway, 1981]

Post Apocalypse or Just New York City: Back to the 80’s

A great photo series by Christopher Morris done in the 80’s in the NYC subway system back when it was in Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #19

Around and About – Art Collective 8

Yes, it’s happening again. The Art Collective 8 is near. If you have nothing to do  Monday evening or even if you do, drop all and come down to Lucky’s on December 1. This is such a great way to get to know established and emerging local artists! Plus, I hold this event dear to me because the second time I went, I blogged about it in my very first JAM article!

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If you’ve never been to one of these events, no worries. It is so low key that you can wander around without Continue reading Around and About – Art Collective 8

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Writer: Carl Grupp’s Literary Debut

zandbroz-book-signing-carl-gruppCarl Grupp is a natural raconteur.  As most who know him will attest, the man who many consider to be South Dakota’s greatest living artist is fond of peppering a conversation, regardless of subject, with any number of asides, anecdotes and tall tales.

Therefore, one might have rightly reasoned that it was only a matter of time before Grupp, who came of age during the turbulent Sixties, turned his wealth of bizarre and interesting experiences into a book. And finally Continue reading Portrait of the Artist as an Old Writer: Carl Grupp’s Literary Debut