Making Sense and Nonsense: A Conversation at Vermillion

Last night I was privileged to hang out with my friend and collage artist extraordinaire Marty Gordon.   We decided to take in a conversation of seeming epic proportion at a Capitol Hill art gallery gathering place called Vermillion, where a man named John Boylan was hosting a artist-dense conversation on the notion of making …

The Unmerited Grace of the Work

"At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace.  It is handed to you, but only if you look for it.  You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then--and only then--it is handed to you."  --Annie Dillard, The Writing Life Odd isn't it, that there is work …

World Building

Jonathan Harris is an artist I just came across last night, but already, there's something about what he's up to that appeals to me.   Go to his website to explore.   He begins with a clear statement of vision, and then you go to a page with descriptions of his work.   He is …

Artistic Desire, Artistic Torment

So my friend wrote a comment on my post entitled "An Artist's Prayer" that read something like this: "How do you know the difference between artistic desire and artistic torment? It seems one and the same some days." Honestly, I'm not sure what she meant in asking the question, but given my mood today, it …

What is the Service Art Provides?

In what sense is art-making service? If you give a person a drink of water, when they ingest it, there are immediate, real-world results.  If you offer a hungry person bread, when they eat it, their bodies replenish and become better able to negotiate their day's tasks and responsibilities.  If you offer a coat to …