Sunday, February 8, 2009

Jump right in!

So, this is it. This is my inaugural blog.  I am a printmaker and teacher living in Minneapolis.  I get bored easily, so my interests tend to fly all over the place.  And, let's face it.  There is a lot of boring art out there.  Now, don't be confused.  While I tend to be attracted to bright colors and flash, I also look for the quiet and the subtle.  But let us not confuse subtlety with tedium.  Art requires that we return to the same topics over and over again, rehashing ideas.  There are certain broad subjects we human beings obsess on: sex, death, violence, love, friendship, style, emptiness, loneliness, fulfillment. There is this myth of originality out there.  And sometimes, good work is just real nice to look at.

The goal of this blog is simply to get work out there that I like and to talk about my own practice.  Since the art world is nepatistic and I am not a journalist, some of this work will be by people I know and love at places where I have worked.  This is the caveat to all I write--I may be biased by these connections. In an underground economy, this is how we find shit out, especially when a lot of artists go quietly about their work without others knowing or are forced to have crappy day jobs to eat and support what they love.  If this limits the scope of my writing unnecessarily, let me know, and I will learn from your comments or tell you to kiss off.  Either way, I love to hear your thoughts.  And don't forget to check out my work because I really started this blog for completely selfish reasons.