Process and Information Seeking
Today I am writing about my summer reads, I recently finished a couple that I’d like to share. Let me begin by saying I function seasonally as do many other artists. In the Fall I am in high production mode, making paintings, drawing, doing some prints, reading books and watching videos. My readings around this time are focused on academic topics like color, painting, art theory, art criticism and all kinds of history.
In the Winter my production slows because usually I am diligent on my 9 to 5 job. I do draw a lot in the winter months, however rarely do I accomplish much in personally guided reading as I am reading a lot for work.
In the Spring I read drama and love stories for enjoyment and relaxation. I love to watch movies that have simple story lines, lots of comedy and sitcoms. In the Spring I don’t spend a lot of time in the studio since I am still diligently working.
In the Summer I am making stretchers and lining up my readings for the Fall. Normally I am meticulous about getting work started, but I am also traveling and seeing a lot of art in museums. I travel to Philadelphia annually to see family, discover new topics and be inspired. I can start between five and ten books and finish about three finishing the rest in the Fall. So I am sharing some of the information that I thought readers may like.
I know I am late and everyone has probably seen this already, but it was new for me and I like to share my findings. While perusing the library I came across this gem, Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace 2014 PBS Show of Force. This documentary is an invitation into the super star artist Kehinde Wiley’s world of art making, travel, fashion, art assistants and exhibitions. For any artist this is the dream, since rarely do artists get to live in such a glamorous lifestyle. It is fantastic to see his work and even more enlightening to see his process.
It is striking to experience African American artist own European art historical traditions, reminiscent of the way Neoclassical artists did Greek and Roman themes. This is significant because the encouragement to attach the self to African themes often seems foreign to artists like me who were raised under the auspices of a hierarchical Western tradition.
This is a good film for the layman as well as the practicing artist for the sheer fact the art star exists even if in rare form.
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