ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Seth Apter + The Pulse of Mixed Media

Seth's art in Palais, Pasticcio 7

    an excerpt from Seth's Art Array interview in Pasticcio 10       
This is NOT the vehicle that almost ended my life several years ago, merely a charming NYC bike taxi...

What can I say about a guy who has probably done more to support and encourage real community among artists everywhere in the past decade than most people do in a lifetime? Thank you, Seth Apter! Thank you, too, for always willingly giving it up for Pasticcio, even when her editors come begging at the eleventh hour...

And while I'm at it, I probably actually owe you my life...yeah, for that one crazy time you kept me, innocent Westerner that I am, from walking directly in front of a something - what was that anyway, a bus? - coming at me in the heart of New York City. But I digress.

You are not just a fantastic and generous long-distance friend, you are an exemplary artist to your core. I cannot tell you in words expressive enough how truly ecstatic I am for you having just published The Pulse of Mixed Media, a book everyone is going to want for their shelf; a compilation of the astute and reflective questions you put to a crowd of artists absolutely dying to divulge secrets and surprises, dark and intense, funny and light, and the art to expound on them. And thanks, once more, for letting me participate! It was a blast answering your questions, and awfully fun to construct my piece in response to your prompt. Can't hardly wait to party on at Momo Lolo Coffeehouse here on April 26th - did I tell you we'll have live jazz?

Anyway, this is just to say you could not have a bigger fan, nor truer friend, than I. There's just one more thing. Turning it all around, with a question or four for you...Hoping to plunge the depths here...Please get back to us soon; your public awaits, and wants to know:

1) Your (seriously) altered DeLorean has just brought you to the working studio of one of the most evocative and innovative artists of the century. Hmmm, I couldn't really see that date - what year is it anyway, and where in the world are you?

2) You have one day left, and you know it. How will you spend it, and with whom?

3) What smell transports you; to where and when?

4) In the incomparable 1989 baseball movie Field of Dreams, James Earl Jones, as Terence Mann, says,
"They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and  cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces...The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball...This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again." Do you agree? Also, Mets or Yankees?

To see Seth's answers to the questions, please go to the next post ---

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