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For Students: School Days
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Inspired by Scott Bakal's post on the SOI student exhibition and a lot of recent talk on Drawger offering tips and advice to students, I thought I'd post some of my college work here to show how what we do in school may not nescessarily be what we do once we're out in the world.

 These are from long-forgotten class assignments.





Program cover for a school production.

A few caricatures for the school paper. This was for a review of Elvis Costello's ARMED FORCES.

Philip Glass. I went to a in Kutztown PA. Kutztown is about an hour and half form New York. One of the benifits of that was one of the professors would invite emerging artists to come and lecture and/or perform at the school. It was a pretty amazing arry of artists----Steve Reich, Molissa Fenley, Twyla Tharp, Lucinda Childs and Meridith Monk among many others (at least I think that list is correct, it's been a long time). This drawing was probably to promote an upcoming lecture by Glass that I and about ten or twenty other students attended. It was the first time I'd heard Glass' music and I was hooked for life. EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH had already played at the Met but the lps were yet to be released. I think they came out a year or so later. The girl I went with left in the middle of Glass playing the Einstein tape saying, "This music is giving me a headache." I stayed. Our romance never fully recovered.

Captain Beefheart

 I sent all of the above to the Art Director of the Village Voice and got this letter in return. It offered me enough encouragment to leave my happy home and school and make the leap to New York. And, yes, George was among the first art directors to publish my work. He was very generous with his time, support and talent. He also offered me a lot of advice and direction early on. He never published this kind of stuff from though. He did publish many of my early collages.


 Anyway, there are plenty more drawings from back then but that’s enough. You get the idea. This work is nothing like what I was doing even a year or so after moving to New York. It took me about ten more years of drawing and looking and thinking and meeting other artists to find my voice.
Good luck all you art school grads as you step out into the world.



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