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Monthly Archives: August 2010

“…when I was at Djerassi, there was a guy there for dinner who is on the board of directors. He has an MFA in ceramics. He came to California to do art, and he found that he didn’t get the support he was looking for. I think that what people fail to realize is that it has to be self-generated, self-supporting—in terms of having the will to go to the studio every day and face it. He decided it was a lifestyle he didn’t want to live. He wanted to have a family. He didn’t want to have a day job, and he didn’t want to make the sacrifices. And I think that no matter what, there’s a certain amount of sacrifice one has to make to make art…and I guess a lot of people aren’t willing to do that.”
Squeak Carnwath interview

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“…the things they made were used for rituals or used for devotion. They were inextricably woven into life’s fabric. Even until recently I think art had a spiritual component. I think there actually are a lot of artists for whom art still has that aspect. But the way it’s handled in the marketplace the work is treated as a commodity—something to be bought and sold. Art is not always considered a device to orient us toward being.”
Squeak Carnwath interview

“Young artists really need to get back to their work and experience their work in the real world for a while before they even know how or why they need graduate school. We’ll see who applies, but I hope there will be diversity in terms of backgrounds, the kind of art they make, the media they employ, and the training they already had.”
David Ross interview
SVA Studio Practice MFA

Baldessari is an artist that is consistently asking questions and, in turn, forces his viewers to ask questions. Why is one thing juxtaposed by another? Why are these things represented in this particular medium? Why are these things represented at all? Baldessari frequently rescues the junk of culture and turns it into something else—art that probes the unconsciousness of the same society that produced and forgot those images in the first place.
Baldessari Review

“Really, I’m just interested in fucking people up when they’re looking at my work. I think the artist should make things difficult for the viewer.”
John Baldessari Interview