Art Alone Endures

"Art Alone Endures", written in the entrance hall of Chicago's Fine Art building, reminds us that regardless of  the debate about the value of art and the funding art does or does not receive, "art alone endures".  Art must be a fundamental part of who we are collectively as humans because art stands the test of time.  It prevails regardless of what mindset we have towards it. 

Photograph by an unknown source. Thank you to my co-worker Ben Gray for mentioning this statement to me and to all my co-workers at ArtReach for asking these important questions! 

Photograph by an unknown source. Thank you to my co-worker Ben Gray for mentioning this statement to me and to all my co-workers at ArtReach for asking these important questions! 

I have thought long and hard about what I do and why I do it (probably more than I should), but I won't bore you with the details. I will say however, that it always seems like I make the art first and find the meaning for why I made it afterwards.  The words come second, but they inform the work I make after.  Art endures, but the words we use to describe art influences how it progresses. 

In college, I became increasingly interested in the imagination and how our external world (outside our minds) informs our imagination (read more on my  about page).  This idea started to seep into my paintings without me knowing it and consciously continues in my drawings today. 

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This drawing was inspired by a man I saw at a bus stop in Chicago.  The point was not to draw the man in the photograph, but rather to draw what this man sparked in my imagination.