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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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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

Art by Carly: An Inspiring Interview

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On April 24th, JAM Art and Supplies set out for our first of many interviews in our Inspired Interview series. Representing JAM for this project will be three of our board members: interviewer Amy Jarding, photographer Katie Farritor, and fearless leader and founder Jess Johnson to oversee the whole process. We are incredibly excited to partake in this adventure and look forward to connecting with the talented artists in our community. Everyone has a story to tell, and valuable input to offer. We hope these interviews will encourage exposure for the artists involved, and serve as an invitation to start your own conversation with someone. Strive to connect with your peers; we all are so very dear.
For this interview, we met with local painter Carly Zebell at her cozy downtown apartment in Sioux Falls. Carly graduated from South Dakota State University in 2010, and is an active participant in Artists Against Hunger. Although Carly got her BA for graphic design, she primarily focuses on Continue reading Art by Carly: An Inspiring Interview

FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW – JUNE 6TH

It’s easy to forget the calm that a cool wind brings. Walking around downtown on First Friday, I was ever met with the soft lull of my surroundings. That inner peace that an unassuming wind brings can lead one to letting their thoughts float—letting their eyes close. That evening, I found myself giving Continue reading FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW – JUNE 6TH