Posted on May 16, 2013
One of the great “lucky breaks” of my life has been finding my way into teaching art at the college level. I have been fortunate to work with so many brave and adventurous emerging artists over the past fifteen years, and one of the wonderful things about teaching at smaller Universities has been the pleasure of walking alongside them throughout the full four years of their development and growth. I have loved being able to meet someone their first day of college and still know them well when they walk across the stage at graduation. So many of my students are now friends, it’s an amazing job.
Last year I left my longtime place of employment, Whitworth University, to take on new challenges and try living in a new part of the country. The toughest part of leaving was knowing that I wouldn’t be able to watch all those students I worked with graduate. Last week I stopped in to visit the Whitworth Art Department Senior Exhibit, and I was really proud of the work that these students created.
Josh De Groot
Susan Vander Kooi
As a bonus there was great work in the student gallery by Junior art major Matt Comi, and others. I miss working with them – congrats to all these amazing students – way to go…
Senior Exhibition Real Eyes, Real Ize, Real Lies
April 16-May 18, 2013
Opening Reception: April 16, 5–6 p.m., Lied Art Center
Closing Reception: May 18, 11 a.m.
Lied Center for the Arts, Whitworth University, Spokane Washington.
I just returned from a fantastic trip down to Eugene to deliver a lecture at the University of Oregon. I had a great time hanging out with students and faculty and was quite impressed with the program they are running…
They archive all of the lectures and post them online for the public to view if they are interested so I thought I would pass along the link. I’m too much of a coward to watch it myself. I attempted to weave together some ideas about printmaking, contemporary culture, and my own artwork. In particular I wanted to test out some new ideas about “Social Practice” and collaboration. I’m not sure how convincing the argument was, but it always feels good to challenge myself and take a stab at linking what I am doing to the larger contemporary art world. You can judge for yourself if you are brave enough – the great thing about streaming video is the ability to pause, fast forward, or close the window altogether!
I will be presenting a lecture at the University of Oregon February 28th, 2013.
6:00 p.m., Lawrence Hall 115
It’s my first gig in Eugene – I’m honored and excited to get to talk in front of a great faculty and some talented students. I somehow stumbled into a lecture series with impressive company, if you are in the area come and heckle me from the back…
I was lucky to be included in a cool screening of experimental animations and video pieces. Here is the propaganda:
Here is a link to the great venue:
|“Latent Liminal Improbable Exuberance : Film night with,
Gala Bent, Jennifer Zwick, Britta Johnson, Mandy Greer, Scott Kolbo and Vis-a-Vis Society at Rendezvous Seattle!
Something old, something new, something odd, something blue.
In-process, foundlings, archived, favorites and brand new films by an exuberant collection of artists:
Scott Kolbo and
Films will begin at 7pm and cycle throughout the evening. Drop in when you can. Delicious treats by the Rendezvous kitchen! FREE
I have known Seattle based musician Josh Wong for a long, long time… Josh writes songs about the harder aspects of the world we live in, in this case about the toil and trouble of working for people who could care less about you. The song is called “The Art of Becoming Invisible.”
I have been known to try to intimidate my students by reciting the long list of “survival” jobs I have held over the years – such as loading 100 pound sacks of grain onto fright cars (not easy because I am a scrawny guy), 16 hour shifts watching ice cream squirt into containers in a dairy, being a janitor, the normal retail grind, etc, etc, etc… I have a long list. Making this video with Josh felt like an appropriate way to look back on the last 4-5 years.
You can watch the video here:
The song comes from j.wong’s most recent record “The Statue of Corrupted Endeavor” (The album is available for streaming/purchase http://www.jwongmusic.com/songs
I have spent most of the fall working on getting to know my new colleagues and the art department at Seattle Pacific University. I have greatly enjoyed working with the students and getting settled in to the city. On Wednesday November 14th I will be delivering a lecture to my new department and talking about the work I have installed in the SPU Art Center Gallery. We will begin at 5:00 PM, and I will be explaining the process and inspiration behind the work in “Young Punks, Old Fools.” Getting ready for an artist’s talk is always a little bit daunting – but if you are able to attend I hope it will be worth your time: