Many Mini Residency: Houston

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This article was written on 16 Jul 2011, and is filled under Residencies.

David McClain

My mini-residency was titled “Recreational Aesthetics.”  The public was invited to share the space and discuss issues relating to the making of art, including how one lives one’s life as an artist.  Whiskey, peanut butter and jelly, Fritos, and lemonade were provided.  The lights were covered with red cellophane.  A selection of books were available.  These included three of my own books as well as texts relating to performance, critical theory and the like.  We discussed maintaining an art practice while raising a family, defining success as an artist, juggling jobs and making time for art, the importance of journal-keeping, self-publishing art books, and several other topics.  The atmosphere was contemplative and friendly.  Some people brought and shared their journals.  Whiskey and PB&J were consumed.

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