Long time tumblr fellow Annahell sent me a list of questions to answer.
How are you?
Alright! Behind on some things, desiring new opportunities in other areas. Want career-relevant employment. Making more associations between art and design in my own work. Exciting.
How are things in the Art World?
I like what I’ve seen in Chicago recently. I’ve been putting more emphasis on trying to connect in a direct way this year. I’ll let you know if anything happens. Are you familiar with Artslant?
Any new facial hair developments?
I came to the sad realization that my place might be too small for a young cat. Cats need their own freakout room, away from me and my stuff so they can do their weird freakout stuff at night without waking me up. I might adopt an older cat though. An old aquantance of mine works at Kindred Kitties and posts adorable photos from work, daily on his instagram feed.
Neo Rauch: sheesh, what’s up with that guy?
As an assignment for a drawing class, I had to realize the work of Rauch, which basically meant “create a piece Rauch might paint, but you can’t use paint to do it” (pictured in header). I’ve always liked his work as figure-based narrative; it’s cerebral, conceptually tactile, and personal. He’s also rich and handsome
Is post-post-moderism a thing? Should it be?
Broadly, I think the argument postmodernism puts against former vehicles for thought is healthy. Minimalism and modernist work might be a little too in their own headspace for their own good. Postmodernism is thoughtful and active conjecture, not just a windbag reactionary criticism (a good example of that would be art nouveau/art deco).
The one thing that I’ve recently had to give up in attempts to lose weight. I CAN’T deal with ice cream in an adult way. Too god damn yummy.
You like music, right? Seen any good shows lately?
I rarely go to shows at this point. I consider myself a music tourist because of that, but have been giving more thought to music lately. I miss playing the drums with a band! A friend of mine has been hooking me up with Recollection GRM rips, which I’m into. Are they not handsome records?
Do you feel like you participate in the global arts marketplace and/or community and how has Internet connectedness impacted your work as an artist/illustrator?
I will never be satisfied with my level of contribution, I’m always looking for more opportunities to better connect, through my work, or by getting to know the work of other artists beyond the surface. The internet is undoubtedly one of the most useful tools to me, and has been for a while. Sometimes, especially recently because uptake has been a little slower than it was last year, trying to build a connection from the online world to the physical can be difficult. I talk with Alec about this, and more recently Andrew has voiced the distinction as well. To have such a decentralized reputation is starting to show its colors, and I think this year will be a push for me to better utilize my online capacity as an artist.