People Who Make and Do Neat Things-Adam Houston

(Here it is! As promised! the first ever, bi-monthly interview with someone doing Neat Things.* Each interviewee is asked five basic questions (who, what, where, when, why) and asked, not only to find an answer but also the question they wish to answer.

This month we get to hear from Adam Houston, a senior painting major at Ball State University. Adam’s work ranges from highly illustrative drawings to near sculptural paintings using everything from traditional media to experimental substances such as tar and rust.

WHO would you never like to meet?
Clement Greenberg. It’d be really, really hard for me to enjoy a conversation with him, I think.

WHAT would you make if time/money were not an issue?
Well, my paintings tend to be small and inexpensive, just because of the way I’m interested in working, so really if I had an unlimited budget I’d probably focus on building a space: someplace to sleep, with studios and maybe a gallery.

L
ately I’ve been interested in architecture that uses recycled and reused building materials. I just don’t see much point in buying NEW things if there are perfectly acceptable used alternatives available and already made? I love the idea of raiding junkyards and warehouses to build my space: it’d be a treasure hunt of epic proportions.

WHERE do you do your best work?
NOT at home. In studios, under trees, at work, whatever. Just, NOT at home. Which, sooner or later, when studios are no longer easily available, I should work on changing. I either need to correct my studio habits so that I CAN work at home, or develop new methods of working that allow me to take my studio process anywhere. Either one has interesting prospects
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WHEN do you think clearest?
I don’t. Ever. My mind is constantly buzzing and rarely focused, and more and more I’m realizing it’s a severe handicap that’s not going to get better. I just have to have the discipline to work through it.

WHY didn’t you say that?
I was small and shy and probably a little intoxicated.


BONUS- could you please write a haiku about the worst thing you ate this week?
I will never rid
my palate of bitter bug juice.
Rest in Peace, Spider.

Little Drifters

I love the internet. Not just for this. Or this. Or even this. But also for this: its ability to connect artists from all over the world. Yesterday, in honor of my last Saturday in Funcie I participated in the Vancouver based Booooooom.com’s Little Drifter’s project. Besides the main event yesterday at Trout Lake Park 2000 miles away, Booooooom.com invited artists from around the world to make/photograph and send in pictures of their own drifters.

materials assembled.

the 'first draft'

plus some stabilizing elements to decrease wibblywobblyness. seaworthy?

yea verily!

the one i think i'll actually be sending in to boooooom

ditto

safe travels on high seas, little drifter.

Itcha Fingas.

I’ve spent most of the summer seeing artstuff, organizing artstuff, thinking about artstuff, defending my reasons for getting a degree in artstuff, documenting artstuff, showing artstuff, trying to find a job to support the making of future artstuff, cleaning artstuff in preparation for the (rapidly approaching) move.

I’m ready to make some artstuff.

old child young child feel alright*

Ventured westward this past week to the Berkely/San Fransisco area to visit my Aunt B and her partner Janet. Saw two FO’REAL Eva Hesse sculptures, ate tasty/interesting/responsibly-grown things, spent an entire morning here, and just generally pretended any and all real-world grown up things, i.e. gainful employment (???)  didn’t exist for one last time.

Also, me. My camera with easily accessible macro-lens. Reunited and it feeeels so goood…

Also also: First Thursday tomorrow downtown! Including my opening at the Artist Within! (right down the road from the Heorot…Where you will probably find me post-show.

For we are bound by symmetry

Going to be in Muncie during July? There’s gonna be some good things a-happening…

A Family of Curiosities 3, coffee and watercolor

(details to come soon)

Other things of note:
-New stuff up under Writing! Well, old things, newly posted.
-The large stack of comics awaiting my eyeballs this weekend.
-Finally getting my digital camera fixed! Good bye mobile photos and crappy scans!
-Have been to four fests in the past month (including Germanfest and IMAF )
-Discovery ; mulberries can be made into muffins