How to Fail/Fall as an Artist

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The Artist That Said Little

The Artist That Said Little  Flash fiction by Robert Castagna, 800 words   He called it the “Art of Big Sigh Mediocrity”. What that meant was open to interpretation. He just happened to glue those words on a page one day in a flow of automatic writing. He used this technique to get himself thinking out of the box and creating. “I like the title,” Jen said as she walked into the exhibition space. “Thanks.” “How’d you come up with it?” “I don’t know, it’s like Dada,” he said. Jen knew what that meant. She was an art student too. She began studying his collages, walking around the room. Mark watched her from the entryway. He was taken by her interest and her overalls covered with paint. He’d noticed her before, the overalls being a size or two too big and rolled up at the bottom. She had some paint brushes sticking out of her pocket. Some other students entered too but they seemed more interested in the food. They hovered around the cheese cubes and juices talking amongst themselves and never looking at the walls. Jen was about halfway around the room in front of a small collage. “Hey Jen! What you working on?” one of the students asked. “Nothing much,” she said absentmindedly causing the student to shrug it off.  Jen was standing in front of a small collage with a woman’s hand gesturing relaxedly to the sky. The hand was covered with rings and bracelets and the finger nails were painted with design. Floating in the sky above were the words “Art of Big Sigh Mediocrity”....

Morandi

As I walked up the steps to Morandi’s studio in Bologna I was excited to see how he worked. I was greeted by a minder that made me sign away my rights to any photos I took within the studio. So what I have left is this stairway. And my week-long infatuation with Morandi upon my return home. First you need to set up a still life. Then do some drawings. Then carve out some prints while seeing how the master did it. Then move on in life to some other phase or...

Draw/Erase Project

journal entry Draw Erase 22X30 inches graphite, watercolor on paper Draw Erase Shoot 22X30 inches graphite, watercolor, ink on paper sketch for silkscreen, graphite, watercolor and ink sketch for silkscreen, graphite, watercolor assemblage and mixed media linocut print Draw Erase Collage 22X30 inches graphite, watercolor, collage on paper Voice Veil Erase 22X30 inches graphite, watercolor, lipstick on paper graphite, watercolor on board graphite, watercolor on board journal...

Slavery and the Constitution

The reverence and brilliance with which the Constitution is regarded casts a glow upon it that often deflects scrutiny. But seeing race play out over and over on the contemporary scene I became more and more fascinated with the origins of our race problem. I’ve read the Constitution three times over the last few years along with various other books about our history. However I found that when I went to explain or point out a fact to another I lacked the language to make my point. Therefore I thought it important enough to write about. As an American I respect the Constitution. But I felt a need to understand how Freedom with its high ideals could co-exist with slavery and the treatment of Native American Indians. Also I wanted to know how our past effects what is happening today. These remain questions that I want to understand better. I’ve come to respect diversity as a pillar of life, diversity in Persons, diversity in Culture, diversity in Nature. Slavery is alluded to four times in the Constitution. It is important to know that the word “slavery” is never mentioned. It’s quite possible that if you were to read the Constitution and were given a quiz, you would never have recognized that slavery was Constitutional or even referred to. The founders that crafted this document went out of their way to make sure they did not draw attention to the institution of slavery, but that it was accounted for and provided for nonetheless. Of course in our current time Amendments to the Constitution have made the original clauses on slavery...

draw erase

Draw Erase 22X30 inches graphite, watercolor on paper 15X20 inches on board 24X18 inches on board 16X24 inches...