Andrew’s IP yall

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

My fields of interest are wide and varied, and change with the wind. I think that I have ADD, which might be a part of that. Anyway, I love art and always have, but only recently have I garnered the stomach for the “high” art milieu. When  I was five years old I was drawing and comparing my work to my father’s. I drew naked people with knives and exploding helicopters then. Now I make relief and aquatint prints. Tongue-in-cheek narratives and a sense of the fantastic nature of illustration pervade my work. I also play tennis, wish I played music but can’t find the time and am a former lover of pop culture who now gets buried in mountains of information, becomes intimidated and ends up not paying too much attention.

2. Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website, if possible.

I spent the last semester in Western France. That was the moist, hilly region of Brittany. The most amazing part of the trip (small art school is more like MTV’s The Real World than you would think) was the plethora of contemporary art which previously had been unavailable to me. I was fortunate enough to attend the 54th Venice Biennale. Just like the world olympics of art, it was astounding and provided a near-religious experience that really opened me up to what’s actually happening out there. Urs Fischer‘s installation of wax figures melting, Christian Marclay’s The Clock 24 hour long video, Tomas Hirschorn’s bloody installation at the swiss pavilion and the British pavilions were my favorite. The shear scale of the Biennale (83 countries represented) and the variety of works was astounding. Also, in a smart curatorial switch-up, certain artist were asked to create parapavilions, which served as showcases for other artist’s work. Oscar Tuazon’s and Franz West’s blew me away. Franz West’s cartoonish kitchen insert covered in parts of his collection was intimate at the same time that it’s irreverent violence and sexuality made it gross. Oscar Tuazon’s was simply honest. I like that these days.

3. Which books did you read of late (art, fiction, non-fiction)? Pick one and go into detail about it.

Most recently I read two French classics by Marcel Pagnol. I read Jean De Florette and Manon Des Sources. The two books go together and tell the story of a small village in Brittany around the turn of the century which is home to a steadfast and self-interested peasants. Our protagonists are basically our antagonists, as we pay much more attention to them as villains but they develop and we pity them. A hunchback and his family move onto property that has a spring, but suffer tremendously at the hands of the two-faced Soubeyran family who conceals a Spring from them. The book has a fittingly tragic conclusion and is fun to read.

4. What are your main interests besides art?

The indifferent harshness of the snowy peaks and the trees that try to clothe them are my solace. In other words I like to ski. Tennis has provided a healthy dose of competitive exercise for me, and I have accrued a large number of people that mean a lot to me. My main interest is in keeping in touch with them and sharing future successes.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

Blogs are something I should start checking more. This class and Nancy Hightower’s are the only ones that have imposed wordpress, and they are the only occasions that I have used blogging.

6. Which cultural event has really impressed you lately? This can be a museum, a concert, or anything like that, but also a sports game (if you consider this a cultural event for which there are good reasons). Or anything I am not even thinking of … Again, tell us why.

I suppose I can call the daily happenings in the cities of Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Venice cultural events. I was impressed by them all. They are huge cities, yet all of them managed to maintain a sense of  relaxed urban pride. But more specifically, I relate on this question straight back to the Venice Biennale and the Paris gallery called TRA, which showed the most intellectually stimulating curation ever. Really, it was like shoving all the intertextual  elements of the past 40,000 years of art into three floors of pure awesome. Check it out here.

7. Please describe briefly an article in a newspaper or a magazine that got you thinking lately. Reading online is fine, and what you introduce here does not have to be about art. If the respective article is available online, please link to it!

It is always interesting to find instances of government intervention in tasks that it really cannot complete. I believe that the internet is a formidable and resilient opponent for red-tape. Piracy is bad though.

8. Please share with us a thought or an idea that really widened your intellectual horizon. Again, this must not be limited to the visual arts. If possible, give a source for this idea so that others know where to go to if they are interested.

My intellectual horizon was significantly widened when I realized, for real, that there are people who need simply to be avoided. Trust me, though it is hard sometimes to let go, holding grudges is the biggest waste of life in the world.

9. Have you been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder? Describe one art object or a show you remember seeing.

Yes I have been to all of them. I remember helping in a small way with the completion of Donald Fodness’ installation under the stairs in the DAM at the blink show. He created a cage with a big balloon like shape containing speakers playing locust noises. It served as an object narrative, drawing on the context of stairs and storage, and the ideas that are usually stored there.

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  1. How did you figure out how to post? I can not figure it out!

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