Most institutional art training pushes us to focus and to specialize. In order to excel, we are told, we have to push aside tertiary interests and give our creative practice our wholehearted attention. Something about this always feels off, though. While deep skillsets are necessary in the arts, there is a nagging feeling that there is also something necessary about our interests across multiple creative pursuits.
This week Ryan and Garreth sit down with product designer/artist/man-of-many-interests Josh Williams to talk about creativity, systems, and the underlying interest all artists and designers should have in the beautiful and simple act of making.
Stream our documentary The Builder!
For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website.
We are on Patreon!
All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!
Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe; even a few bucks can be a big help!
Four Horsemen & the Apocalypse!
After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.