“This painting is like a rodent-pet. It smells like poop nuggets and wood chips. Does this painting hold up to paintings made by your contemporaries in Brooklyn? Or Berlin?”
“Why do you always think of those two cities?”
“Because they stand for edgy success.”
“Ha. If I make work thinking of that, I’ll be pretending to be something I’m not.”
“What would such-and-such former-art-school-buddy/art-writer/gallerist/husband/admirer/dude-on-the-street think of this?”
“Oh, just be quiet and meditative. Let it be a prayer. A secret conversation.”
“Ugh. This one gets stuck in my throat. I don’t know where to look, or whether to look. Total mess.”
“Facile. Too pretty. Too traditional.”
“Too much of a repeat of what you’ve done before.”
“Too different. No one will follow. Lost in the woods.”
“Predictable. What’s the deal with rectangles?”
“Unclear. Referencing everything and nothing.”
“You are deceiving yourself.”
“Shhhhhh sh. Just work and respond to the work.”
“Where does this belong? In a living room? A museum? Online?”
“It doesn’t matter. It just has to work.”
“It DOES matter. Art is a two-way street. Who are you talking to?”
“I don’t know. Who are YOU talking to?”
“This solitude is getting really crowded.”
Summer Workshop season is on the horizon!
If you want to learn how to make books, explore the history of the book form and visit the inimitable Oregon Coast, join me at Sitka Center for Art + Ecology 08/02/2013 – 08/03/2013
If you are in high school (15-18 yrs), and want to jump start your art college experience, come learn Color Theory in a one-week intensive at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle 08/05/2013 – 8/09/2013
This past summer was kicked off by a four-day stay at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, where I taught a bookbinding workshop, and wrapped up, so to speak, by a workshop at Cornish College of Art + Design, where I taught an observational drawing class. Aside from a small handful of older students who have been in my university classes, my lion’s share of teaching has been to the 18-24 year old set. In contrast, at Sitka, all but one of my students were older than me, while my students at Cornish ranged from 15-18. It was a refreshing and freshly challenging set of experiences.
Are you a high school student in Seattle, or do you know one who wants to draw up a storm this summer? I’ll be teaching a workshop for 15-18-year-olds at Cornish— a one-week intensive at the end of July. It will be an immersive and experimental experience, using traditional drawing tools and techniques at the start, and branching out as the week progresses. What can a line do today? Where can it exist? What can it describe?
There is also still space in the book-making workshop I’ll be teaching in Oregon in June!