Living and Sustaining a Creative Life ~ Essays by 40 Working Artists, ~~ Thanks for sharing, Sharon Louden

In the box or out of the box?

To gallery or not to gallery — to quest or not to quest?

Shut up and pass paper and pencils. Art wants making.

For the book price of less than a dollar a piece, editor Sharon Louden, working artist herself,  invites artists, and any other interested parties, to engage with 40 working artists n what has been an ongoing discussion for as long as creative people have striven to live and thrive in a world at large that far too often is less than supportive of their existence. No, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Essays by 40 Working Artists isn’t a book about artists who rock the status quo of mainstream society. Though there are artists within these pages who do so in one medium or another.  What this very engaging tome offers is a very wide and diverse range of perspectives based on experiences had by artists who’ve found their own ways to survive, thrive and continue to create over time. There are discussions of quests for studio time,  for money to provide food, shelter and art supplies, for solitude and for companionship, gallery representation and new ways of making a go of things with and without galleries. There’s a lot of insight, hindsight, information, ideas and inspiration in these essays written by a very wide range of artists including those raising children and engaged in mutually supportive relationships. Plus, there is an excellent photograph of each artist’s work prefacing their essay. Yeah, that’s a very sweet bonus track in this book–you get some views of art you might or might not have seen yet. So this libro also serves as a visual catalog of artists as essayists. Hence, you get a small visual sense of what these artists invest so much vital energy and time creating.

A few of my visual treat picks:

Michael Waugh’s The American Jobs Act, part 1 (detail)

Peter Drake’s Day for Night

Thomas Kilpper’s State of Control

Maggie Michael’s Swans of Other Worlds ~  (photography by Dan Steinhilber)

Julie Hefferman’s Self Portrait as Big World

Jay Davis’ Please, no more birds

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Living and Sustaining a Creative Life Panel ~ Book tour video.  Yes, this is an interesting and engaging serious discussion among artists, about artists, art and the art world. Enjoy.

 

Here’s a link to Amazon’s Look Inside page for the book – http://www.amazon.com/Living-Sustaining-Creative-Life-Working/dp/178320012X#reader_B00F4AT02K

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Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from the essays:

Annette Lawrence ~ “I am generally led by curiosity, and nothing is off-limits.”

George Stoll ~ “I LIke to work but don’t always like to start, so I make it as easy to begin as possible. At a restaurant near my house that has good coffee, friendly waiters and an owner who tolerates my long visits, I start most days. . . .  I’ve learned that I am especially productive when feeling a bit delinquent.”

Tony Ingrisano ~ “I sleep and eat and breathe drawing, so it’s only logical that I’d do anything necessary to keep drawing.”

Sean Mellyn ~ “Rauschenberg’s Bed made an early and lasting impression on me – that art can not only be made from anything, but material extrapolated from a life lived is a powerful statement.”

Brian Tolle ~ “There are no bad opportunities if you have only one.”

Austin Thomas ~ “There are as many ways to be an artist as there are artists; Lucas Reiner told me that one and it is true.”

Amy Pleasant ~ “And it wakes me up each day. And I follow it. And at the risk of sounding melodramatic, it is the greatest thing I know.”

Maggie Michael ~ “Falling n love was easy. What became labored was managing our bank account after college (when our student loans came due). Artists often pair with someone who has a reliable career and income, but we could not change partners now or in hindsight.”

Dan Steinhilber (Maggie Michael’s partner) ~ “Many people seem to give us extra credit because we involve our child in our life as artists. Clay has excellent conversational skills, yet he does not make a great deal of artworks. Nevertheless, he is imaginative and creative and amazing to us.”

Dan Steinhilber ~ “Over time we learned how to help, support, and appreciate each other rather than be competitive. For example, on days when Maggie is teaching, I often go to her studio and do practical things for her – build stretchers, prime canvases, and keep her supplies organized so that her time in the studio can be focused on painting.”

And

Link for Intellect, Publishers of Original Thinking page –>>   http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=5042/

How do you measure success?

What did you create today?

Okay, now that I’ve done my good book information sharing deed for the day, it’s time to take advantage of the lull in the rain to get the box of sheet music out of the back seat and see what suits my agenda.

 

Find “The Bridge” and see what you think about crossing borders.

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Maria Elena Fernandez for NBC News “‘The Bridge’ Crosses New Territory to Explore US-Mexico border issues.”

http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/the-bridge-crosses-new-territory-to-explore-us-mexico-border-issues

 

Anyone who has been visiting my blogcasa for any length of time knows that I very very seldom give any blogcasa space to television in any venue. That said, I do encourage anyone interested in good realistic drama that takes on serious issues to at least give the new show on FX, “The Bridge”, half a viewing chance. I caught the pilot on Hulu before it aired and was impressed enough to want to see the next episode. Fernandez’ piece linked above gives an in-depth look which says a lot of things that crossed my mind as I viewed the pilot. I was especially intrigued by the inclusion of the ongoing murders of young women and girls in Juarez which began in 1993 and now numbers over 450 (more). Yes, that’s right hundreds of women of the same physical description have been tortured, raped and murdered and no one in law enforcement has done anything about it. Hmm. Gee, I wonder what would be done if they were pretty little blonde girls found in the basements of their own homes?  Tiny beauty queens have had more news coverage than all the Women of Juarez together.

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Amalia Ortiz, spoken word artist, The Women of Juarez

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Okay FX has gotten my attention. Will “The Bridge” keep it enough to get me watching online? I don’t know. But I do know that something needs to be done to bridge the cultural, political, economic, spiritual differences between people living so close and yet so far apart in their minds. We need to value and care for each other no matter the color of our skins, our ages, our genders, and we need to do it now.  If this new show opens even one mind to some truth and reality, then it will have accomplished something of value.  I’m curious if television will find some of its potential power via this show. I’m going to  give it some of my valuable time if it does.

 

Keith Miller Art link to Over 450 Women Have Been Murdered in Ciudad Juarez and 600 are Missing

http://www.keith-miller.com/curatorial/juarez/pages/about.html

 

Site for The Bridge

http://www.fxnetworks.com/thebridge

 

 

 

Who Wants Clean “Urban Air”? US! All of US! Glassman’s bamboo billboard can pave the high ways.

Imagine it, an artist leading the way to a sustainable, healthy habitat for urban dwellers everywhere. Where are all the yappers about “change we can breathe in”? Hmm? Where? Never mind them.  This sort of creating is not part of the political playbook for gaining and keeping power.  Gee, what if it was? What if we all demanded clean air around the globe? No exceptions–everywhere. And what if we refused to let politicians play their games as usual? Imagine a better world for ALL living things–not just us humans.  Now. Today. It’s possible.  Just ask Stephen Glassman and his team. Clearly they think it’s possible and doable. If we really want it.

This is not a joke, folks. Stephen Glassman really has the plans for cleaning the air of Los Angeles using BAMBOO! Living, breathing bamboo plant billboards.  Ah the interconnectedness of all things–houseplants for cleaning indoor air and dealing with sick building syndrome, the urban farming revolution gaining ground, greening of urban rooftops and balconies–and now I find that an artist, sculptor Stephen Glassman, wants to  build bamboo air cleaners along LA highways. There’s something in the air. I’m telling you, folks. If Glassman had just a tiny portion of the money spent on the latest round of political bs poured into the last election everyone’s urban air would be CLEAN. Or at least on its way to being much safer for all living things.

Learn more at Urban Air  http://www.urbanair.is/

We can all do our part to share this dream–because we all have the tools right at our fingertips. Yes, I’m talking about that keyboard under your fingertips.  If nothing else please “share” globally. Our future depends on us. Let’s give the artist a shot at improving our reality. Hmm. Why not?

Find Urban Air – Los Angeles on Kickstarter  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1045021696/urban-air-los-angeles

Whose got bamboo plants already?

 

 

It’s all SAFE, very very SAFE art at the Plaza this year aka art without issues.

Ah it was  a very nice night for investigating what the Plaza Art in Kansas City has to offer–besides lots of libations and stomach temptations.  Unless you’re deep into pretty home decor it’s pretty boring all told. Well there is plenty of decorative art of all sorts: beautiful glass work, technically solid photography, interesting but uncomfortable looking furniture. Plenty of SAFE art  that will get “Oh pretty pretty!” from newcomers to one’s home. Nothing that will spark any conversation about meaning or issues.  The 2010 Plaza Art fair is absolutely devoid of any socially/politically/culturally relevant Art. With one exception–the linocuts and woodcuts of Kreg Yingst. Yep, that’s his work at the top of this post. Click on Monk and you’ll venture into his online galleries. Had a little chat with the artist who apparently was unaware of where to find the only Blues and Jazz on Kansas City’s radio waves. He seemed very unaware that his main target market tunes into the radio station broadcasting at the corner of 39th and Main.  If he had been aware he might have marketed accordingly–or not. Still the Blues and Jazz fans who find their way into his booth will be happy to discover some Art with real connections to something meaningful in their lives. Yingst’s work is visually intriguing and vibrant. I like his 3D collage-like pieces with Scrabble tiles for words/names/titles.  I thoroughly enjoyed his musically themed subject matter– and the music he had playing to accompany his visual work.

Now if you’re in the market for some Art that is “not simply for art’s sake”–get yourself to the Gao Brothers’ Exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Yes, the Brothers Gao set a high high bar–but it’s one worth reaching for in my opinion. It certainly does  not produce forgettable art.

 

Fumio plays

playing

Fumio’s art can be viewed at the Hyde Park Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.  For more information please visit the Gallery site at:   http://www.hydeparkgalleryllp.com/

and for more beauty gifts:

http://www.fumiosawafineart.com/pages/home.html

Enjoy the beauty of Fumio Sawa

Hyde Park Gallery entrance

Fumio Sawa

Fumio at rest

Fumio Sawa

Fumio Sawa

Hyde Park Gallery Interior

 

Hyde Park Gallery Interior

hot feet

Partners in Art~ Fumio & Walt

a trio

black & white?

take note

reflecting

at peace

Art photographed with permission of Fumio Sawa at the Hyde Park Gallery.  Artworks copyright by Fumio Sawa. Photographs copyright by Eva Wojcik. All flaws are my sole responsibility and are no reflection on the art of Fumio Sawa.

For Gallery contact and location visit:   

http://www.hydeparkgalleryllp.com/

for more beauty:

http://www.fumiosawafineart.com/pages/home.html

Painting Warrior

horse hair brushes

flowing swiftly over landscape white paper

exploding arrows of red,  green, black, yellow

swirls curving lines converging

carrying past forward

preservation for future

counting sacred coup

 

 

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