Jan 23, 2012

2012 Resolution: Defining the Protean Artist

Protean Artist:

 The term is one I am borrowing from the Sculptor Matt Dercole. In our conversations Matt & I have been describing a type of artist that begins with the idea/concept and then matches materials to that idea. While this may sound like Conceptualism we are in fact thinking of artists for whom craft/technique or execution of the work are as important as the concept. These artists easily cross traditional media boundaries while making their work.

 pro·te·an - adjective

1. readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable.

2. changeable in shape or form, as an amoeba.

3. (of an actor or actress) versatile; able to play many kinds of roles.

4. ( initial capital letter ) of, pertaining to, or suggestive of Proteus.


Jun 15, 2011

Hyde Park Art Center's 5 Questions w/ Daniel Pugh

Dan Pugh is a student at HPAC and full-time artist in "Ceramics, Plus". We found him creating vases loosely inspired by Moorish architecture and mid 20th century Scandinavian design. Very cool!

Q: What was your favorite grade in school?

A: 3rd grade (I liked the art teacher, Mr. Anderson; he talked like Burt), or undergrad, when I studied fine art.

Q: Who’s your celebrity doppelganger?

A: That’s changed over the last couple years… I don’t know! The Ugly from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Q: What’s your favorite piece of public art?

A: Henry Moore’s sculptures in front of the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.

Q: What’s your favorite form of petty crime?

A: It would have to be Bubble Gum Theft or the joys of scofflaws.

Q: When are you most creative?

A: When I’m trying to sleep.

Jun 13, 2011

Five Defined Sides

My wicked, slippery, future history & incomplete geometry

Awaken pleasant things that retreat back to the dark places

Where quiet whispers suggest friendly gestures

May 12, 2011




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Mar 25, 2011

Sol Lewitt’s "Sentences on Conceptual Art"

1. Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.

2. Rational judgments repeat rational judgments.

3. Irrational judgments lead to new experience.

4. Formal art is essentially rational.

5. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.

6. If the artist changes his mind midway through the execution of the piece he compromises the result and repeats past results.

7. The artist's will is secondary to the process he initiates from idea to completion. His willfulness may only be ego.

8. When words such as painting and sculpture are used, they connote a whole tradition and imply a consequent acceptance of this tradition, thus placing limitations on the artist who would be reluctant to make art that goes beyond the limitations.

9. The concept and idea are different. The former implies a general direction while the latter is the component. Ideas implement the concept.

10. Ideas can be works of art; they are in a chain of development that may eventually find some form. All ideas need not be made physical.

11. Ideas do not necessarily proceed in logical order. They may set one off in unexpected directions, but an idea must necessarily be completed in the mind before the next one is formed.

12. For each work of art that becomes physical there are many variations that do not.

13. A work of art may be understood as a conductor from the artist's mind to the viewer's. But it may never reach the viewer, or it may never leave the artist's mind.

15. The words of one artist to another may induce an idea chain, if they share the same concept.

16. Since no form is intrinsically superior to another, the artist may use any form, from an expression of words (written or spoken) to physical reality, equally.

18. If words are used, and they proceed from ideas about art, then they are art and not literature; numbers are not mathematics.

19. All ideas are art if they are concerned with art and fall within the conventions of art.

20. One usually understands the art of the past by applying the convention of the present, thus misunderstanding the art of the past.

21. The conventions of art are altered by works of art.

22. Successful art changes our understanding of the conventions by altering our perceptions.

23. Perception of ideas leads to new ideas.

24. The artist cannot imagine his art, and cannot perceive it until it is complete.

25. The artist may misperceive (understand it differently from the artist) a work of art but still be set off in his own chain of thought by that misconstrual.

26. Perception is subjective.

27.The artist may not necessarily understand his own art. His perception is neither better nor worse than that of others.

28. An artist may perceive the art of others better than his own.

29. The concept of a work of art may involve the matter of the piece or the process in which it is made.

30. Once the idea of the piece is established in the artist's mind and the final form is decided, the process is carried out blindly. There are many side effects that the artist cannot imagine. These may be used as ideas for new works.

31. The process is mechanical and should not be tampered with. It should run its course.

32. There are many elements involved in a work of art. The most important are the most obvious.

33. If an artist uses the same form in a group of works, and changes the material, one would assume the artist's concept involved the material.

34. Banal ideas cannot be rescued by beautiful execution.

35. It is difficult to bungle a good idea.

36. When an artist learns his craft too well he makes slick art.

37. These sentences comment on art, but are not art.


Feb 28, 2011

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Interesting Family History...

My Father is 15.75 years old. They're a real handful at that age.

Dec 12, 2010

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Dec 9, 2010

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