We featured the work of Anna Paola Guerra in our third issue because we absolutely love her simple, thoughtful take on the world. We sent her some prompts (in bold) and she let us know a little about herself.
Current Living: Belo Horizonte, Brasil Born: Belo Horizonte, Brasil Education: Graduation in Physics at UFMG – and part of graduation in Graphic Design at UEMG Age: 42 Website:http://www.flickr.com/photos/23046699@N03/
I grew up… as a unique daughter until 12 years old in a small family, having pleasure to play alone creating imaginary personages, scenario, scenes and observing the world from my room - I invented stories. As a child, I wanted to be when I grew up… a classical ballerina - I have studied for long years classical ballet and had a lot of pleasure to make the lessons in a wide room in front of a beautiful park with live piano music of Erik Satie, Chopin, etc. My childhood was… magic in the house of my grandparents mixing the adventures in their garden/house, playing days full in the streets with the friends I had in their neighborhood and sharing my time with this “old sweet way” of my grandfather, grandmother and sister of grandmother that I didnt find anywhere else. My father… was a very silent man, mysterious, simple. My mother… with her I shared long nights in front of the TV seeing old classical movies. She presented me music, books, arts. If I had known… we don’t know what we are not able to know at specific moment, the knowledge needs a body, to be incorporated in time. I never saw myself… dealing with just concrete things without a possibility to express me around the imaginary and “invisible”. Art was… something that attracted me and gave me pleasure in many diferent possible expressions of it.
My favorite pastime… is to go out with my camera without target - almost mute or just “communicating ” with “the things” around - and loosing the concrete time. I do not know… my answer around “knowledge” is linked with “to incorporate” and the time necessary to make the body realize a knowledge. Deep knowledge is not just cerebral or made of concepts is something you need to be able to understand with the body. Routine is… a pattern that makes the mind/vision limited and pale gray. But we are able to invent and transform some of our routines with creativity too. An excercise that ask us to be not lazy and provocate ourselves. Everyday I like to… walk and meet different small ordinary surprising things in my way. Or minimum to be able and to have the predisposition to let the possibility for “the things” to appear and/or talk to me. This means to be able to look at the world around in a more open way trying to forget the common functions of the things. I love… when “the things” catch me, talk to me, revel them to me …more ordinary and insignificant they are more they give me pleasure. On a rainy day… sometimes it is fantastic to go under it and become completely wet. A perfect day… is a day without a pre-target having the potential of an opening able to express it beautifully through small ordinary things and surprises. We could all use a little more… humor (me first!). I am a big believer in… the communicability with “the things” by a language not made of words.
We’re releasing our fifth issue next weekend, and here are the formal details:
Milwaukee based artists and curators Cassandra Smith and Jessica Steeber are pleased to announce the fifth issue of Fine Line Magazine, titled High Expectations. The issue features artwork by 8 artists from 3 states and 5 countries – some have been exhibited and published widely, and some are just finishing their studies.
ABOUT THE PARTY Saturday, March 31st 8:00 pm - 1:00 am Live Artist Studios - 228 S. 1st Street, #302, Milwaukee
An art exhibition will accompany the release party, featuring art work by Milwaukee artists Andrea Avery, Jessica Kaminski, Eddie Villanueva and Kristopher Pollard. Gal Friday Films will also be present for a special screening of one of their fabulous productions at 9:00 pm. Musician Andy Menchal will be showing off his DJ skills after the screening until the party wraps up. Copies of Issue Five will be available for $10.
ABOUT THE ISSUE Fine Line is now twice the length as previous issues and features three sections, ‘The Gallery’ (art, quotes and selected text as seen in previous issues), ‘The Installation’ (art generated for the magazine addressing the printed, bound page), and ‘The Stories’ (interviews and biographies with the artists).
For this issue, Fine Line is excited to be working with 826 Valencia, a non-profit youth writing center in San Francisco co-founded by author Dave Eggers. Selections of children’s writing will accompany the artwork, speaking to the theme of expectations in a unique way.
We featured the writing of Buddy Wakefield in our first issue, and we only wish we had been able to feature more. Buddy has been a great supporter of Fine Line and is enthusiastic about art, writing and life. We gave him some prompts (in bold), and he told us a bit about himself.
I always loved… Goldie Hawn. I grew up… twisting paper clips into roller coasters trying to fall asleep. As a child I always wanted… to make snow ice cream. As a child, I wanted to be… away. My childhood was… snowed in. My family was… snowed in. My parents were… snowed in. My father… was in Texas. My mother… was in New York. High school was… in California, at first. If I had known… how much I respect retaining useful information, I would have done so. Growing up, I always wanted to be… safe. I never saw myself… as off-camera. College was… a hard holy cow. Art was… an excuse.
Right now… I want to curtail my talking. My favorite pastime is… tetherball. I’ve always wondered… how much my heroes were telling the truth. I do not know… how to weld. I wish I knew… how to properly go reactionless. Routine is… quite welcome. Everyday I like… to show up. My work represents… the tail end of equanimity. Working… on practice. I choose to work in my medium because… it’s true of heart. I feel at home… chopping wood. I currently live… with two hens named AC and DC. They have an album called “Black and Fat (I Need a Snack).” They are very old. They have kankles. There are other hens, and a rooster, and a cat named Roger, and a bear who visits to get drunk off fermented plums that fall from our tree. I wish I could… go through New England in the fall on a go-kart. My “favorite” is… not speaking in superlatives. I love… toast. On a rainy day… Supertramp crosses my mind at least once. A perfect day… starts with a kiss. Everybody loves… Bill Murray and marbles. We could all use a little more… blackberry cobbler, with grilled peaches. I am a big believer in… Vipassana and cereal. I couldn’t live without… air. Art is… openly human. Life is… better ridden than played. Love is… not passion. Home is… in the woods. You can argue that… there were two other paths Dorothy and the Scarecrow coulda taken. I like to pretend… I’m an albino monkey making bass in a jug with his tongue. I am full of… readiness. Kids are… ready. My parents are… ready for spring. My father is… dead. My mother is… talking. If you’re going to… hold me accountable, hold me close. It is silly to pretend… we aren’t both happening at the same time. We are both watching this.
Someday I hope to… finish a screenplay for Norman Lear. The future… already happened. I’d like to be… proficient in take-downs and submissions. My next step is… lunch.
This is Buddy:
Do you have a day job? Do you intend to keep working, or do you foresee yourself working a day job again in the future?
- In May I bought a landscaping company with my wingman, Stephen. We like it, and Stephen does most of the work. - I intend to continue writing and performing and learning and working, sometimes from more than one angle.
Why do you make art? Do you think you’ll make art forever? Why is art important?
- I first made art to get some things out of my body. Then I made it for the approval I overlooked growing up. Then I made it to accept myself. Then I made it because folks were reporting a healing that was happenin’. - Yes. - Does it lead to equanimity?
We featured the work of Amanda Friedman in our second issue and have been huge fans of her’s ever since. Along with being a great fine art photographer, Amanda is an extremely talented portrait photographer (seriously, you should check out her website, the number of actors she’s shot is amazing). In order to get to know a little most about her, we sent her some prompts (in bold), and she told us a little about herself.
Currently Living: Los Angeles, CA Born: Rochester, MI Education: BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology Age: 36 Website:www.amandafriedman.com
PAST I always loved… music. I grew up… in the midwest. Growing up… I was obsessed with the movie Xanadu. As a child I always wanted… gum/candy/anything with sugar. My parents… divorced when I was 4. My mother… is obsessed with wild animals. My father… is pretty funny. High school was… awkward but fun. Growing up, I always wanted to be… cool. I never saw myself… living in Los Angeles. College was… hazy. Art was… my favorite subject.
PRESENT Right now I want… a Brussels Griffon. I’ve always wondered… what it would feel like to shoot for VOGUE. I do not know… calculus. I wish I knew… Spanish. Routine is… not something I’m interested in. Working… is something I LOVE to do because I LOVE by job! I choose to work in my medium because… its a challenge and you get instant gratification. I wish I could…. travel more. I feel at home… when I’m home. My favorite vegetable is… green beans. On a rainy day… I love to get under a big blanket with coffee and watch a movie. A perfect day… begin with sleeping in. We could all use a little more… sleep. I am a big believer in… maintaing a low stress life. A little known secret about me… I am an only child. Art is… something that inspires me everyday. Life is… not long enough. I like to pretend… I’m a really good cook. I am full of… sarcasm. My parents… have always gotten along. I get bored… waiting in line.
FUTURE Someday I want… to retire in Hawaii. The future… is something I look forwad to. I’d like to be… doing more of what I’m doing now. My next step… is to get gallery representation in NYC.
We featured the fantastic photography of Matthias Heiderich in Issue Three of Fine Line. In an attempt to get to know more about him, we sent him some prompts (in bold) and he told us a little bit about himself.
Current Living: Berlin Born: 01.01.1982 Education: Magister Artium in Computational Linguistics Age: 29 Website:www.matthias-heiderich.de
I always loved… music Growing up… is inevitable I grew up… on a farm My childhood was… full of wonders As a child I always wanted… to be able to fly My family is… a nice bunch of people My childhood was… full of wonders My parents are… pretty cool mostly My family is… a nice bunch of people Growing up, I always wanted to be… a DJ High school was… terrible, I hate getting up early College was… a pretty awesome time I never saw myself… living in Berlin
My favorite pastime is… the internet Right now… I need a shower I’ve always wondered… why nobody cares about nature I do not know… anything I wish I knew… more Routine is… not as bad as everyone thinks it is Everyday… I like to eat good food Working is… overrated I feel at home when… people are nice I currently live in… Kreuzberg I love… sleeping On a rainy day… I wear a raincoat A perfect day… includes my girl, music, food I am a big believer in… science I couldn’t live without… good sneakers Art is… for the rich Life is… deadly Love is… the best invention Home is… where the computer is My home is… my cave I like to pretend to… know what I’m doing Kids are… annoying mostly. My father… needs to do more sports My mother… is quite a talker It is silly to… think too much
The future is… not written yet Someday I hope to be… a nice grandpa
We featured Virginia’s work in our very first issue, and we didn’t have space to show nearly enough of it. We are excited to be able to show a lot more of her awesome collage work in this interview. We gave her some prompts in bold and she let us know a little more about herself.
Right now… I am living in an artist residency My favorite pastime is… walking, yoga, dancing. I’ve always wondered… how can I be more logical I do not know… how to do it I wish I knew… everything about technology Routine is… far from my life My work represents… conjunctions Working… makes me feel good I choose to work in my medium… because I like to touch things. I feel at home… when I can relax I wish I could have… more discipline My favorite temperature is… 18 degrees C On a rainy day… I like to be dry A perfect day… is a sensation Everybody loves… the beach, having a good time, trees, sex, air, sun, extra money. We could all use… more compation I am a big believer in… metaphysics A little known secret about me… I love music Art is… difficult and easy Life is… difficult and easy Love is… the answer Home is… where love is My home is… what I am looking for You can argue… but you will never win I am full of… questions Kids are full of… energie My parents and I… are in peace My father is… special My mother is… the best If you’re going to… San Francisco It is silly… but I like it I get bored… when people talk to much
Someday I want… I hope to have a home, close to nature The future is part of… the present I’d like… to be better My next step… work, work, work.
Jesse Draxler’s work was featured in Issue Four of Fine Line Magazine. We sent him some prompts (in bold) and he let us know a little bit about himself. (Sidenote: We have an awesome print of Jesse’s work for sale HERE.)
Current Living: In transit Born: Appleton, Wisconsin Education: Studied at the Minneapolis College of Art And Design, acquired Bachelors of Fine Arts from CVA (College of Visual Arts) in St. Paul Age: 29 Website: www.jessedraxler.com
I grew up… in a small town ironically named Freedom. Growing up… I grew up. My childhood… was a childhood. My family… is small. My father…builds fire trucks for a living. High school was… school high. Growing up, I always wanted… to be somewhere else. I never saw… -ed a man in half. College was… something to do. Art was… art.
Right now I am… typing. I’ve always wondered… “what’s it like”. I do not know… a lot. I wish I knew… more. Routine is… circles. Everyday I like to… shower. My work represents… representation. I feel at home… I don’t. I currently live… in between two cities. I wish I could… teleport. My favorite… probably isn’t really my favorite. On a rainy day… I fill out an interview. Everybody loves… Raymond. We could all use a little more… rationale. I am a big believer in… logic. I couldn’t live without… doing. Life is… strange. Love is… stranger. You can argue… anything. I am full of… blood and guts.
The future… is now…is…now…is…now. My next step… is another step.
Two photos of Jesse’s studio:
Where are you from originally? Where so you live now? Does you nationality play a role in your work?
I am originally from a very small town in Wisconsin called Freedom. At this very moment I am typing this interview from Los Angeles. I have been in LA for 6 months, but will be returning to my real home, which is Minneapolis, MN, in two weeks.
I am sure everything that has made me into the person I am today plays a role in my work to some extent, but am I aware of it - no.
Do you think you’ll make art forever? Why is art important?
Forever is a funny word, but I don’t see myself ever quitting the creative process. I can’t find a likely reason to. To answer the final part of this question - I am not so sure art is that important to everyone, so I can only speak for myself, but personally creating is the only sure thing I know.
There are just too many great artists out there and it’s impossible to fit them all in the magazine. So, instead of keeping them all tucked away in our archives, we’ve decided to start blogging about them.
We’ve been planning to start posting about new artist for a while now, but we just couldn’t decide who to start with. Today while looking through the posts by WOMENartists, we were reminded of how much we love the work of New York-based artist Kirsten Hassenfeld.
Jaclyn Mednicov’s work was featured in Issue Four of Fine Line Magazine. We sent her some prompts (in bold) and she let us know a little bit about herself.
Living: I am currently living in Charleston, Illinois, because I am getting my M.A. in Studio Art at Eastern Illinois University. Born: suburbs of Chicago Education: B.F.A University of Kansas, Summer program at School of Visual Arts and study abroad at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia Age: 35 Website:www.jaclynmednicov.com
I grew up… in the suburbs of Chicago, went to college at the University of Kansas, moved to L.A. for two years, Brooklyn for 8 years, and most recently Chicago for 1 year.
My family… is pretty big, I have an older sister and two younger brothers.
If I had known… how much I would love being an artist and wasn’t so afraid of it, I would have started when I was younger than I did. My first art class wasn’t until my senior year in high school, I was even too shy to take a class at school so I took an after school class.
Growing up, I always wanted to be… a therapist or a makeup artist, I ended up being a makeup artist while also being a painter. Oddly enough, being a makeup artist is sort of like being a therapist.
I never saw myself… in Charleston, Illinois getting my M.A., but it is has been great for my work so far.
Art was… not a part of my life, except school projects, until my last year in high school.
Right now I am… wondering when I will finish this painting I am working on. I’ve always wondered… what the future will be. I do not know… what the future will be. I wish I knew… what the future will be! Routine is… drinking coffee every morning. Everyday I like to… create something. My work represents… impermanence. I choose to work in my medium because… I like the fluidity of paint. I wish I could… get to travel more in my lifetime. My favorite thing… to do other than make art is baking. I love… to cook. On a rainy day… I like to stay inside and watch a horror film. I am a big believer in… everything happens for a reason even if we can’t see it at the time. I couldn’t live without… coffee and making art. Art is… what can keep me sane. Life is… up and down. My home… is not permanent at the moment, which is becoming a theme in my art. You can argue… not well. I never… get bored.
Someday I hope… to have a home that I am happy to call home. The future… feels scary since I don’t know what is next. My next step… is to keep developing my work and growing as an artist.
Jaclyn in her studio
Do you have a day-job or do you make your living as an artist?
Before I came to Eastern Illinois University I was working as a makeup artist. I would like to continue with working as a freelance makeup artist while making my art. Eventually I would love to own a studio space for artists. Right now I am in the process of applying to several MFA programs. I would really like to be an art educator at a university at some point, which is mostly why I want to go on to get my MFA.
Why do you make art? Do you think you’ll make art forever? Why is art important?
I make art because if I don’t I feel as though something is off balance in my life. I hope to make art forever. I think art is important because everyone needs a way of expressing themselves, whether it is for the individual or for an audience. Art is a visual way for me to communicate.