Before I fell in love with painting I wanted to be a poet. I wrote everywhere. Poems on scraps of paper, napkins, book covers and pee-chee folders. Too dark and confessional for speaking, but metaphors and symbols and ink script pouring out from my ball point pen allowed me to say all the words that were lodged in my throat.
In honor of my inner poet, I will endeavor to write a poem every day this month. I’m sure they will mostly be terrible. Regardless, I am looking forward to this project and the impact it will have on me creatively.
Many thanks to the talented and inspiring Martha Rich who juried the exhibit! And many thanks to the CSUN Painting Guild for opening up the opportunity to current students and alumni. It brought to light that CSUN has been releasing real talent into the Los Angeles Art Scene for decades. Which brings me to the fact that it was an absolute honor to share wall space with Jeffrey Vallance. Whose challenging and humorous conceptual work and his unashamed roots in “The Valley" are an inspiration to all of us.
"People have to deal with the fact that there is meaning in beauty—there is meaning in ugliness. I try to bring out that tension." —Fred Wilson
New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: In previously unreleased footage from 2004, artist Fred Wilson describes the roles of both beauty and ugliness, as seen through his work at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2004.
Episode 2 is live! Meet artist Chicago-based artist Deb Sokolow and receive your assignment to do a stakeout!
EPISODE 02 INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Find an interesting or intriguing object. 2. Place the object in a public spot where people can interact with it.
3. Pick a location to observe these interactions, and observe the interactions.
4. Document what happens. You can do this however you’d like, using photos, video, text, drawings, or anything else.
5. Upload your documentation and share it online using whatever social media platforms you prefer, being sure to tag it with #theartassignment so we can find it. Your response to the assignment may be included in a future episode!