How to Draw a Bunny (about Ray Johnson) is awesome!
One thing to keep in mind that art has the potential to appreciate in value. If you own a unique collage by, for example, Mike Calway-Fagen and he ends up having a solo show at the Guggenheim in 15 years---there's a good chance that art work you own by him will be worth more as well. Considering the past (see Robert Rauschenberg, see Cindy Sherman, see Red Grooms). Consider what happens beyond the immediate results. It could be more rewarding even beyond Just supporting your local art community.
Writer's note: After knowing Norman for over 15 years, I just learned he is most definitely a CALWAY-Fagen. Not just a Fagen. He is one of the only four Calway-Fagens in the world!!!
Say hi to him on the streets---for he is out there trying to start a free dental clinic for the homeless in Nashville.
Marc Maron--my favorite
Jigsaw puzzles sometimes make for great art. One of my personal favorite jigsaw puzzle works is by Felix Gonzalez Torres. See here: http://inventaire.tumblr.com/post/88348576…
Too $$ for me--but maybe your husband and tomcat should look into doing an art show. Could become profitable....
This is tough to answer. I pay attention to artists who are playing around with the boundaries of fact and fiction (my grad thesis was given the trite label of "ethnofiction"). Like with Wohl--the people in her pictures are representational of her family--but not her family. She is a photographer but the images are found photographs. I like art that offers insight into that kind of process. Here, Rebecca Solnit really described it best when she said--"artists that transform the unknown into the known, haul it in like fishermen; artists get you out into the dark sea."
Thus it isn't confined to a certain aesthetic or medium or era...but to a process. A certain brand of curiosity...if you can call that a theme.
I'd like to pipe in here because I read The Keep at the same time Ms. Hutson did. We'd send one another text messages while reading the book on our respective Nashville hammocks.
Here's my take: The Keep looked and felt like Werner Herzog and Angela Carter collaborated on a remake of Shawshank Redemption.
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