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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kevin Titzer

Kevin Titzer is joining us on the site today with some really cool sculpture work! He has a really interesting style and he has some really awesome and insightful things to tell all you aspiring artists out there! Check it out:

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Speaking for myself, I'd say there's not much that's easy about the artistic / creative process. It's work and challenging, but it's so worth it when everything comes together. It's a great satisfaction knowing you just made something out of nothing. Although, it's easy to forget that feeling when your trying to figure out how to finish the damn thing.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
This is a incomplete list in no particular order:

-Letterpress printing
-The Art coming out of South America right now
-1960's & 70's era stand up comedy
-Shanty town architecture
-City Museum in St. Louis
-La Machine : street performers from France
-Tony Schwartz : collector of sound
-Journalistic photography

and last but not least,

-Swimming Cities Of Switchback Sea

This project by Swoon and crew leaves me inspired, smiling, and happy to be a human being.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
For better or worse, I think they have a very big significance nowadays. Being a studio artist is inherently a solitary profession. Sites like Flickr, Facebook, or deviantART at least put you in touch with other creative people. If your like me living in the Midwest, you don't have a lot of artistic activity going on around you. So it's good to see and hear what other people are doing in other places. I think online communities are also great for sharing, but not really set up for for developing your work. If a aspiring art is looking for constructive criticism online, it's not really the right venue. I think people in the online art communities are very polite. For the most part, if they have a negative opinion, they tend not to post a comment.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Well, this isn't exactly about a specific piece of art, but this happened when I was moving to a new studio a few years ago. I was making my last run to the new space. I had the back of my truck loaded down with the old wood and found materials I use in my work. There was also finished and half done art in the mix. So I was standing there strapping everything down. Then this guy comes walking down the alley. As he passed by, he looked over at me and asked "Ya going to the dump?". I stood there for a second and just started laughing.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
1. Packing
When packing your work to ship to a gallery, if you can't sit on the box without damaging your art, you need to repack.

2. Know Your Percentages
Income Tax - 10 to 15%
Potential Buyer Discount - 10%
Shipping - 2 to 5%
Your Pocket - roughly 20% to 38%

The next time some asks you why art costs so much, you can tell them where the money goes.

3. Immerse Yourself In Subjects Unrelated To The Arts
Art about art is boring.

Please make sure to check out his web site! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

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