Interview with Albert Kuo


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Not only is Albert Kuo an impeccable artist who is currently showing here at the Schmidt, we’re also lucky enough to call him our good friend and arts-in-education resident. Get to know Albert in this week’s artist interview, and see why we like him so much. 

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Albert Kuo: Since I was a child, the arts were encouraged by my parents.

2. What inspires you the most?
AK: People.

3. What is your current favorite medium?
AK: Experimenting is always exciting to me. Oil seems to remain my favorite due to the alchemy associated with it.

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“Uncertainty” (detail) oil & mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo

4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
AK:  For this show I listened to Blood Orange, Modular Synthesizer Artists, and NPR

5. What piece are you most proud of?
AK: 1985. It feels like the 80’s design and cinema.

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?AK: A person who worked hard for what was important to them.

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Watchers oil & mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo

7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
AK: No. It’s always great to see the work outside of the studio. I keep the bad work in my bedroom.

8a.What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
AK:  “The show looks great Albert.”

8b. The worst?
AK: “Barbara, look, this painting is terribly ugly.”

9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
AK: Higher quality and deeper understanding of what matters to me.

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Bauhaus for Gropius oil & mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo

10.What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
AK: Green Apples

11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?
AK: David Bowie

Thanks to Albert for being super cool and participating in this interview!

Stop by and see his work here at the Schmidt, but hurry because the last day of the exhibition is this Thursday, December 18!

Also, stay tuned for another special interview with Albert next year when he sits down for another round of questions with the staff interview!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley.

 

Interview With Michael Dunbar


The amazing sculptor, Michael Dunbar, shines a light on what it is that inspires his meticulously engineered artwork.

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Michael Dunbar: I have known since I was a small child that I wanted to be an artist.

2. What inspires you the most?
MD: Highly precise mechanical devices relating to charting a course into the unknown

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“Entity/Twelve” (cast and machined bronze) by Michael Dunbar

3. What is your current favorite medium?
MD: Bronze Sculpture

4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
MD: Carlos Santana

5. What piece are you most proud of?
MD: The 21 ft tall, 12 ton bronze sculpture, Euclid’s Cross

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?MD: A successful American Sculptor

7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
MD: No.

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Michael Dunbar’s “Bucks Embarkation”

8a.What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
MD: “This exhilarating exhibition presents six large-scale bronze sculptures made since 2006 that reference time, outer space, and navigation—installed around the museum’s grounds and in an open-air courtyard.” Stephanie Rieke Miller, review in the ARTnews Summer Issue 2013 of the sculpture exhibition “Explorations in Space,” At the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan.

8b. The worst?
MD: If you were serious about your sculpture you would sell your car and buy a truck. (A comment made by an art professor to me when I was an undergraduate in College.)

9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?MD: Create five new major outdoor sculptures in bronze

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“Twenty-one Twenty” cast and machined bronze sculpture by Michael Dunbar

10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
MD: Coffee and a chocolate chip cookie

11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?

MD: Michael Dunbar, because he is a happy, generous person who is making the best art of his career.

A big thank you to Michael Dunbar for a great interview!

If you’d like to see his work, stop by the Schmidt today through December 18!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley

Interview with Dale Threlkeld


 Always a delight, Dale Threlkeld answered the serious and kooky questions for this week’s artist interview.

 1) When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Dale Threlkeld: I always had art in my life but I didn’t really think about making a living with it. I started working when I was 16 and always survived on my own, paid for college on my own, then drafted and served in Vietnam, then had GI Bill and went on to get a master’s and taught art….just never really thought about doing anything else because I didn’t have to do anything else.

2) What inspires you the most?
DT: I am moved by “world class” anything….the best of the best….that which inspires…and the last painting I did that makes me want to make another.

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Dale Threlkeld’s “Tempest Dei” (Detail)

3) What is your current favorite medium?
DT: I prefer to work with oil on canvas or linen.

 4) When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
DT: I sometimes listen to music when I start a painting but I block everything out when I am in the “heat” of it. I work very, very fast and block it all out…just total focus on what is in front of me….

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“Rue Lux” by Dale Threlkeld behind “Tenderness” by Georgina Faria de Arellano

5) What piece are you most proud of?
DT: I don’t have a favorite painting; that is like picking a favorite child. What the viewer thinks is far more important to me.

6) Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
DT: I feel I have had a magical life, not easy, but one that has not been boring. I feel it is a “sin” to bore and though I have been bored, I avoid it. I am most inspired by the last painting I did that I thought moved me…made me aware and created within me a sense of wonder.

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(Left) “Max Moment” (Right) “Far Mystic”

7) Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
DT: I prefer not to deal with regrets….life goes on.

8) What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
DT: “I guess I better go get my checkbook!”  I have had so many best comments….but what is better than having someone tell you how much they love your work….?

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9) What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?DT: In the next 5 years I hope to reach a much larger audience, paint some of the best paintings of my life, be WAY more experimental, but more than anything try to enjoy those I love more.

10) What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
DT: Sometimes in the heat of a painting I will stop and drink something but I do not think about food when I am working. To get what I want I have to work very fast and so there is little time to even think about food or drink.

11) If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be?
DT:  I have never thought about being anyone but me.

Thanks so much to Dale for taking the time out for this interview!

Come check out his work at the Schmidt now through December 18!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley.

Interview with artist Mark Pease


Ever wonder what inspires artist, Mark Pease? Or other super-serious questions like what he snacks on while working?

Wonder no more, because he was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions for this week’s artist interview.

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Pease’s “Untitled (Turquoise 21)” acrylic on nylon.

 1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do
long-term?

Mark Pease: As a kid I was always making things. I made skateboard ramps, go karts, and tree forts. My dad had a lot of tools. Through high school, I did mostly sports and didn’t get involved in artistic activities. When I went to college, I found the 3D foundations class that let you use the school’s wood shop and sculpture studios. I wanted to make a few things for my dorm room so I took the class. When I started the class, all of my past interests in making things came back to me. I discovered the history of art and knew that’s what I wanted to do.

2. What inspires you the most?

MP: Being alone in public spaces. Airports, commuter trains, buses, public transportation.

3. What is your current favorite medium?

MP: I have a hard time with that one. I’m familiar with a lot of different modes of working. It’s hard to choose for me. I love 3D animation and the possibilities of making artificial spaces.

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“Disk Variations ll – Turquoise 17a” Screen print on paper by Mark Pease.


4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?

MP: I like the stuff that you hear at the mall. It’s always new.

5. What piece are you most proud of?

MP: The last one I made. When it’s brand new, you’re really proud of it.

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?

MP: I’m not sure I’ve ever thought of that.  With my work, I’d like people to notice some of the more subtle beauties in their surroundings.

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“Untitled (Purple25)” (Detail) acrylic on nylon by Mark Pease.

 

7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?

MP: I’ve donated a few pieces for fundraisers that were not up to my standards. When you see them for sale, its embarrassing.

8. 
    a.What is the best comment you’ve ever received?

MP: I got a review last year in the Chicago Reader.  The critic wrote about my work which meant I didn’t have to. I’ve written a lot of artist statements. It’s nice to have someone else do the writing

    b. The worst?

MP: I had a studio visit with Kerry James Marshall. He said my work was handsome.

9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?

MP: One of everything.

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Left background: “Untitled (Red 35)” Acrylic on nylon. Right foreground: “Disk Variations II – Orange 3b” Screen print on paper by Mark Pease.

10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?

MP: Animal crackers. Coffee.

11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?

MP: There are a few people out there with photographic memories. They remember everything they read and see. When you’re talking to them, you can tell all the lights are on. They’re great speakers and conversationalists. I’d like to be one of those people.

A big thank you to Mark for being so awesome and allowing me to interview him!

Come see his artwork here at the Schmidt from now until
December 18th!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley.

Four new artists at the Schmidt!


It’s Thanksgiving week, and it seems to be all the rage to say what you’re thankful for. Here at the Schmidt, we’re jumping on that bandwagon and letting the world know a few things that we’re thankful for.

In no certain order, here are four of the Schmidt’s current blessings.

1) Albert Yowshien Kuo

As if he weren’t already cool (Albert is the Schmidt’s arts-in-education resident). If you work at the Schmidt, you’re just automatically cool), he’s also an amazing artist. I don’t say that just because I have to make the Schmidt look good, he is honestly a captivating and enthralling artist.

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From left to right; “Sister Summer”, “Watchers”, and “North Signal Hills,” all oil and mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo.

How could we not be thankful for this to look at all day?

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“Uncertainty” (detail) oil and mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo.

2) Mark Pease

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Left background: “Untitled (Red 35)” Acrylic on nylon. Right foreground: “Disk Variations II – Orange 3b” Screen print on paper by Mark Pease.

These screen prints and acrylics are so trippy. I realize I sound like I just got back from Woodstock, but I can’t think of a better way to put it. If you stare at the perfectly executed lines and spaces, you find yourself in a sort of daze. A good daze.

I’m not 100% convinced yet that Mark Pease isn’t some sort of wizard.

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“Untitled (Purple25)” (Detail) acrylic on nylon by Mark Pease.

3) Dale Threlkeld

The Schmidt has a few pieces of Threlkeld’s work in its collection, so I’ve seen his work on my gallivants around campus, but seeing this many, this close is mind-boggling.

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“Tempest Dei” (Detail) Oil on canvas by Dale Threlkeld.

How he creates these pieces, we don’t know, but we’re thankful that he can and continues to do so.

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“Far Mystic” Oil on canvas by Dale Threlkeld

4) Michael Dunbar

Currently, the only 3D pieces in the Schmidt’s galleries, Michael Dunbar’s sculptures compliment Threlkeld’s paintings beautifully. They’re industrial and sturdy, but still maintain a grace that can only be explained by seeing them.

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“Twenty-One Twenty” cast and machined bronze by Michael Dunbar

 

We have 8 of Dunbar’s bronze pieces in the Marsh Gallery right now that are just waiting for you to come see them.

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“Entity/Twelve” Cast and machined bronze by Michael Dunbar

These four artists will be exhibiting in the Schmidt’s galleries until December 18th, so come check them out!

Also, stay tuned for interviews from each of these artists!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley

Charles Swedlund, Michelle Hamilton, & Cory Sellers now on exhibition


October 16 – November 6, 2014

Charles Swedlund: Diary/84
Photographs taken every hour on the hour of the artist’s awakened day for an entire year.

Michelle Hamilton: Equanimity
Glass sculptural vessels that explore depth and negative space reminiscent of the symmetry found in botanicals and sea forms.

Cory Sellers: Familiar Figures
Thickly-applied oil paintings that investigate composition and the human figure to create intense pictorial drama.

For images, visit our album on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.807153525992640.1073741841.210269042347761&type=1

Internview…See what I did there?


I’ve realized that I’ve been doing little interviews with the artists that are exhibiting without properly introducing myself. What better way to do that than to interview myself?

I’m sure there are quite a few ways, but this is what we’ve got, kids.

Enjoy.

-Kailey

1) How long have you been working at the Schmidt?

Almost four months, but it seems like I’ve been here forever. In a good way, I promise.

2) What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working at the Schmidt?

A woman came up and asked where we’d bought the soap dispensers. She didn’t care about the exhibition, but she loved those soap dispensers.

3) What is your go-to media?

Photography. I’m not a huge commitment person, but I’ve stuck with photography for a while now and I’m still happy with it.

4) You’re put in charge for a week, who do you hire and why?

Bob Ross. Hands down. I realize he’s dead, but that’s a minor detail.

I feel like he would fit perfectly in the Schmidt atmosphere. Totally chill and adorable. My love for Bob Ross is uninhibited.

5) What has been your favorite show?

Our current exhibition. I’ve only been here for two, though, so my opinion probably shouldn’t count.

6) What’s your favorite media to exhibit?

I prefer 2D art. My obligatory answer would be photography, but I find myself more entranced with paintings than any other 2D artwork.

7) If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?

I really love stuff from Chloe Rice. All of the art she makes is adorable and she makes me wish I possessed half the abilities she does.

That, and I think she and Alex Pardee are the cutest couple to ever grace this fine earth.

or David Carr .

8) Where do you hope to go with your art?

Honestly, I don’t know. I want to get better, so that the images in my head match, or at least vaguely resemble, what I produce. I want to travel and experience more through my art.

I also really want to be able to get to the point where I can do whatever I want and have people excuse my behaviors because I’m an ‘artist’.

9) Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?

I can’t set a certain music type for when I work. I have a tendency to get a little antsy when I’m out shooting, so anything that has a beat that I can dance to while setting up a shot has my heart.

Usually my fall back album is Kitty Hawk by KI Theory.

We’ll be doing interviews with everyone who works at the Schmidt, so stay tuned to see what these weirdos have to say!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley.