Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Assistant Professor of Photography, Herron School of Art
1- Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where do you come from? How did you come to be named Flounder?
I grew up on a farm in Alabama. I started out school in aerospace engineering but didn't like it so I moved to Florida and dropped into art somehow. I got my BFA from the University of Florida. I moved to LA and got my MFA from Cal State Long Beach. Well I can't say much about the name except it has to do with a bar in the swamp named the Secret Snail Society.
2- How would you describe your art and artistic practice?
Well that short stint in engineering really affects my art. My work for several years now has used mapping and other pseudo-scientific methodology. The body of work I've been in since arriving in Indianapolis revolves around the interactions between Amer-Indians and the US government as well as other post-colonialist issues. I am also working on a project about the school districts in Marion County for a show at the Harrison in March. All this use a mapping process that removes a lot of the control from my hands so that I am stating facts instead of opinion.
3- What role does aesthetics play in your work and how might you balance aesthetics against the process and research involved in your work?
4- How would you like your audience to experience the work and how important is it that they comprehend the research and information offered up within the work? Is it important to for the audience to "read" your word? Deconstruct it?
5- What would you say is the difference between the role of the scientist/historian/researcher to that of the artist and how might the artist bring new and possibly meaningful insight to the collected information?
6- You are working as an art professor currently, does this impact your work in any notable ways?
7- Aside from what most of us consider an artists studio practice, what other activities do you find you have to keep up with in order to maintain your career as an artist? Do you send out packets? Apply to residencies? Keep contact with galleries, collectors, curators?
8- If there was one question you could avoid ever being asked about your work, what would that be and is this a question you are usually asked?
9- Though you have only been in Indy for a relatively short period, having seen what you have of the local arts community, what changes or improvements would you most like to see take place and might you have any ideas of how this may be implemented?
10- What advice, tip or words of wisdom would you impart on your students, other artists or those reading this interview?
Image Titles (from top to bottom):
1- Manhattan in Amsterdam
2- Staten Island in Amsterdam
3- 606 (Oklahoma/Tonkawa)
4- 505 (Oklahoma/Quapaw)