While piecing my quilts, I will often have YouTube or Ted on in the background. Last night, while working, I stumbled across this wonderful lecture. This Un-Private Collection video with Mark Bradford and Katy Siegel reflects on the conversation that Robert Rauschenberg and Bradford have with their found materials, "It's about not having the fantasy that we're alone in the world." Speaking to the idea that using art materials with a history imparts an interconnectivity in the art itself; moving it from artistic isolation to a larger conversation.
I first heard Bradford lecture while I was a student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago around 2003, and I was deeply inspired. I met him in person later in 2011 during his show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I shared with him that he had caused me to think more deeply about my art materials, and that my art students in Naperville, IL were all learning about him. (Then he said that story made his night!) I taught for nine years, and my former students have nearly all seen his episode on PBS Art21, which means I've likely watched it about 70 times. I plan to re-watch this Un-Private Collection lecture several times this week, it's that good!
|Flashback 2011, meeting Mark Bradford!!!|
|A photo of my quilt in progress, as captured on my instagram feed at @heidi.parkes|
I hope that you enjoy this conversation like I did:
The first quilt in the series I refer to is, "Night Flight no. 1"
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