Saturday, September 17, 2011

what they ask

People are always asking artists about real estate. If I start talking about this I'm going to have to talk about Richard Florida, and I'm not up for that today. But I'm happy to share this interview with alumnus Walter Zimmerman.

"The challenges, I think, arise not from the locale, but from larger cultural biases, prejudices and misconceptions about art and art-making. I call it the Van Gogh model — the idea that artists are unstable and that their art is a product of that instability. To the contrary, I think art is a manifestation of great mental and physical vigor and coordination, and I find making art to be a grounding, sanity-saving activity."

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