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My Syllabus: Craft Chat

It’s been a long time since my last video. This one was originally recorded via cell-phone by my mother-in-law Holly, of me talking art, writing, and unionism at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. I was thankful to have my piece selected as part of the juried After Hours show.

Below is the list of Q&A presented prior to the exhibit tour, and how I responded, as a supplement to this video.

What is your artist statement:

​Expressing myself visually is the best way to prepare my mind for my other​ art – writing creative non-fiction. I’ve developed a deep love for photography as a way of capturing the shapes of life that inspire my​ words. With both words and ​pictures​, ​ I bridge time and space​; fragments of the world captured from my own perspective. Both media ​allow me to explore the limits of truth ​through the context I’m willing ​- or able – to provide.​ ​I can stare directly into the parallels and paradoxes​ ​of my images, across locations and lunar cycles, mixing my memories ​in an attempt ​to ​create a cohesive narrative about who I am and what the world looks like through my eyes.

What was the project’s backstory:

This piece is the first in a larger collection, five total, that document the winding of one image with another – the process of circumvolution. For me this set of three show the natural degradation of rigidity.

What is your artistic process:

In both writing and photography digital technology allows for virtually unlimited resources; meaning that the infinite monkey theorem is infinitely more realistic today than in the day of typewriters. I go back and forth between film and digital as a way of reminding myself how important intention is when taking photos. If I capture something worth sharing, in words or photos, I want to know I can retrace my steps instead of knowing it was all just dumb luck.

How long have you been making art: 

As long as I’ve been alive. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t creating something that, at worst, might generously have been called art.

How do you find time to make artwork while working a full-time job:

Thanks to the unions I’ve got 8-hours of rest, 8-hours of work, and 8-hours of leisure – at least conceptually. Creativity itself is the obsession, and that can happen anytime during the day, then it is just a matter of execution. If your obsession is strong enough then you use your time creating instead of consuming – be that TV or shopping or eating or whatever. Inspiration is a powerful motivator.

My Syllabus: Violence Rules

I thought I’d wade into the current conversations going on regarding violence within the leftist, activist movement, and whether or not it is justified. Furthermore, is it a Machiavellian justification, the ends justify the means, or is it a Kantian necessity.

I recently saw this video posted up by a family member of a man explaining his take on why identity politics and intersectionality are wrong headed, and that the working class was lost to “liberals” due to paying any attention to that, to fully understand what I’m referencing I would recommend watching it: https://www.facebook.com/myiannopoulos/videos/840123842792179/.

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