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Beautiful bonus

  A nice bonus of participating in the Tallahassee International turned out to be the first-rate catalog they published of the exhibit. Each artist was given equal space with a full-color plate and the opportunity for an artist’s statement about the work. In the back, they’ve offered a brief profile of each artist with a […]

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Perceptual painters at Manifest

A show I’d love to see, if Cincinnati were any closer. From the Manifest website: This exhibition of paintings by two groups of artists sharing a common approach to their art making is one of six selected from among 165 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s tenth season. Manifest is proud to showcase this tour de […]

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Berkshire landscape

©7/14 r potak Berkshire Landscape 11 x 14″  acrylic on treated canvas paper At: russpotak.blogspot.com/  

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Art is an ark

There’s Spoon and then there’s everything else in contemporary music. When Parquet Courts released Light Up Gold, after a few listens, I thought: hm, look out, Spoon. I emailed the hosts of Sound Opinions praising them for ranking the Parquet Courts debut as one of the brightest moments in music last year. Yet I regret […]

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Selling without selling out

Interesting post from Brain Pickings on how to succeed–in the sense of making money (in my book, Van Gogh succeeded even though he wasn’t a “success”)–without lowering your standards:  . . . for many working artists, who straddle the balance between creativity and commerce, art swells into a form of uncomfortable self-consciousness . . . […]

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Never give up

This is one of the best commencement addresses I’ve ever heard, and though it isn’t addressed to artists, it certainly applies to anyone who struggles in obscurity with few tangible rewards. From Admiral William H. McRaven, who has been a Navy SEAL for 36 years. “Every morning in SEAL training our instructors would show up in our […]

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Bricksy

A Banksy re-imagined (in a Lego medium) at thebrickfantastic.com. I’m shamelessly stealing this link from Heather Armstrong’s blog, Dooce, which is worthwhile simply for her fantastic photographs of her kids and dog. The frisson of her potty-mouthed Mormonism is cool and occasionally she lists a ton of odd/fun/interesting things she’s finds while maundering around the Internet. She’s […]

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Humans of New York

  “It seems that the more I tried to make my life about the pursuit of art, the more money controlled my life: collecting unemployment insurance, the humiliation of borrowing money from friends and family, tossing and turning at night while trying to figure out how to pay the rent. To survive I had to […]

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Signature style

Business Insider ranks Albrecht Durer as having the fourth coolest signature in human history. For some reason, it always looks kind of samurai to me. Go Al. Ahead of Picasso, but behind Banksy. (That’s just wrong.) Somebody needs to unseat John Hancock.

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Current exhibitions

I have work in several exhibitions this month and into September: 78th Butler Midyear, Butler Institute of American Art. Honorable mention for Carpe Diem: Autumn’s Last Flowers. Tallahassee International, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University. Human Skull, circa 1930. Americas 2014, Minot State University, Baboon. Next April I’ll be showing new work in a […]

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