We featured the work of Nancy Aguilar on the title spread of our second issue. We recently sent her some prompts (in bold) and she told us a little about herself.
Current Living: Monterrey, Mexico Born: in ‘86 Education: BFA in photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Age: 25 Website:www.nancyaguilar.com
PAST I grew up… eating animal crackers with my grandparents. As a child, I wanted to be… a physicist. My childhood was… filled with eating homemade pizza, chickens running in the backyard and listening to madonna on roadtrips. My father… traveled. My mother… could never tame my hair. My family… has always been close. Highschool was… a blur. College was… about falling in love with art. and loads of snow. I never saw myself… studying art.
PRESENT Right now… I am the happiest. My favorite pastime… is making ice cream. Routine is… sometimes a nice thing. My work represents… myself. Working… makes me happy. I choose to work in my medium because… it allows me to show exactly what I see. I feel at home… with my family. I currently live… back at home. I wish… I could eat jamon serrano every day. On a rainy day… I feel most inspired. I couldn’t live without… my computer. I like to pretend… I know what I’m doing. My father… travels quite a lot. My mother… is a chemist.
FUTURE Someday I hope… to take polaroids again. I’d like to be… a bit more involved in the art community in Mexico. My next step is… to finally edit my photographs from 2011.
Where are you from originally? Does your nationality play a role in your work? I have lived in Mexico for a great part of my life, but living abroad for 6 years influenced my work. Photography was a way for me to find a place to belong.
Do you have a day-job outside of your art practice? If so, what is? I am lucky enough to have a job that I adore as a freelance photo-retoucher. Doing this allows me to wake up late and stay in my pajamas, and I hope to keep doing this for as long as I can :)
We featured Casey’s work in our very first issue. Here we gave him some prompts in bold and he let us know a little more about himself.
Current Living: I currently live at my Monther in Law’s house in Fostoria Ohio with my wife Amanda and 1 year old daughter Gemma. Born: I was born in Detroit but raised in Salt Lake City Education: MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA in Painting from Brigham Young University Age: 34 Website: caseyjexsmith.com
I always… loved pizza. I grew up… with an older brother who was a great artist. I copied everything he did. As a child… I always did drawings of boom boxes, sneakers, and guns. My family… mostly lives in Utah. My parents.. got divorced when I was four. They never said a negative thing about each other to my brother and I. My father… was in the field of Industrial Organizational Behavior and made tests. He lived to go fishing. My mother… is a high school art teacher but rarely makes art now. She is becoming a master fermenter of foods. High school… was awesome. I took a lot of art classes, had a great group of friends, and went camping often in the Uintah Mountains and in Southern Utah. In junior high… I wanted to be on the basketball and volleyball teams but wasn’t quite good enough. I think that really helped my art.
I’ve always wondered… how M. Night Shyamalan’s movies could have gotten so bad. I do not know… why there aren’t more political moderates. I wish I knew… if I should buy GM or Ford stock. Routine is… completely necessary for my happiness and mental well-being. Everyday I like… to read some scriptures and work out. I wish I had a membership to the YMCA here, but it’s too expensive. We have a treadmill but no weights. My work… represents a search for modern masculinity. Who should I be? I choose to work in my medium because… it is immediate, intimate, and feels less intimidating than approaching a white canvas. I currently live… in Fostoria Ohio. It is referred to as Fo-town or Fo-troit because it has been hit hard by unemployment in manufacturing. Fostoria used to be known for making glass. It’s very sad. But it has given my wife and I the opportunity to get some very cheap studio space. I wish I could… live in NYC. My favorite… iPod game is Dungeon Raid. I love… pizza, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, soda, and fries. On a rainy day… I like to read a scary book. It’s been raining a lot lately so I have been reading “The Bog”. It has some great cover art. Everybody loves… my wife’s art. It’s the prettiest art that exists today. Amandamichellesmith.com I am a big believer in… putting your all into something. I couldn’t live without… my wife and baby. A little known secret about me… is that I love to dance. I am not very good at it though so I only dance for my wife in secret places. It shrinks her libido. I like to pretend… I am a relevant artist. My parents… were very unselfish, and I hope I can do the same for my family.
Someday… I want to provide good health insurance for my family and buy a home. The future… looks a little grim right now but that’s okay. My next step is… to make another body of work, get someone to believe that it will make a good show, and land a full-time teaching position.
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.