It was suggested that I return to writing. I asked what I should write, and the answer was, “I don’t know. Just write something.” I have committed to posting here once a week and to outlining a book. Judging by the literary world today, there is little interest or audience for a Southern Gothic, magical realist story that parallels certain Biblical narratives, but I guess I will never know unless I try. It could take the year to organize an outline.
This format will find a groove as the year progresses. Consistency will emerge. It will not be solely about art. I anticipate that very little of it will be unless it is woven into a larger idea. I tried art writing about 10 years ago and it was not as satisfying as I hoped. I am at odds with a lot of the art world from the business of art school to the trickle-down effect that it has on the market, curatorial practice and content in a lot of work. Art that lives in a bubble and does not play well with the rest of the world holds no interest for me. A few pieces that I wrote two years ago are further down this blog if you are interested. Use the shortcut icons on the right sidebar to get to them.
I will post studio updates when something substantial develops. My primary studio goal is to make work that does not require me writing a book to explain it, as opposed to what I have done for the past 4 years of my life. I do not disavow any of my work, but it needs to change. I made a rule for myself in my undergraduate studies: no traditionally Christian imagery. It made sense to limit myself that way while making art in the South in what still felt like an era of Christendom. The Western world has shifted. We are post-Christendom. That narrative is not a constant part of the collective culture therefore it is back on the table for me. I told someone my plans and the response was, “That could be the end of your gallery career.” If so then all of my criticisms and perceived biases of the art world will be validated.
With that, Happy New Year. There is a Contact page on this site. Email me with the address listed should you need to contact me.
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News story for the week:
Lyric for the week:
“I believe in the future/ I may live in my car/ My radio tuned to/ The voice of a star/ Song dogs barking at the break of dawn/ Lightning pushes the edge of a thunderstorm/ And these old hopes and fears/ Still at my side”
Quote for the week:
“Cheer up! You’re a worse sinner than you ever dared imagine, and you’re more loved that you ever dared hope.”