Interview with Dan Rule

  One of our current exhibiting artists, Dan Rule, lets us in on a few fun facts and secrets about his work and himself.

A still from Dan Rule’s video “Upwards”

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Dan: Undergrad, after I moved out of engineering, thought I’d give it a go and see what could happen. I was always drawing but everyone tells you you can’t make a living in art so I started in a more ‘practical’ field first. It’s important to note people are making a living in the arts and that it is a worthwhile pursuit as long as you have talent, work hard and make connections (like any other forms of success)
2. What inspires you the most?
D: All the other interesting things people have made…but then also thinking of all the great things that have not been made, or got lost or never were found out. And the basic wonders of the universe, physics, etc. Stuff on radiolab but without the human-interest angles.
3. What is your current favorite medium?
D: Drawing, in all its forms
4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
D: Wide variety but a lot of that instrumental-crystal castles-dj shadow-ambient genre.
5. What piece are you most proud of?
D: Not something I’ve ever really considered or thought about, I like making bad pieces too.

A still from Dan Rule’s “Chimney”

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
D: Hmm, to be honest as I’ll be dead then I don’t care! It’s hard to imagine that life still moves on after you pass on…
7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
D: Oh, all the time.
8. a) What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
    b) The worst?
D: I like all honest comments, whether praise or critical
9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
D: I think it’s really important for artists of all ages to actually write down their responses to this to focus on getting there. However, mine are secret.

“Float” by Dan Rule

10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
D: I’ve got a major sweet tooth. Tonight, I just took a spoon of frosting from a can
11. If you could be anyone, who would it be? (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.)
D:  You mean to meet? Anyone from the past and the future, like normal guys who laid bricks in Philadelphia…doesn’t matter. I don’t know, just talk to them and hear their story, interests, etc. It blows my mind to think all my ancestors were once my age with their own interests, desires, shortcomings and stories


Big thanks to Dan for taking the time to answer these questions!

See his exhibition, “Object Lesson” at the Schmidt, now through October 3rd.

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley


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