Name: Daniel Buettner
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
MNartist.org profile: http://www.mnartists.org/artistHome.do?rid=13615
Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
The works I’m doing right now are photorealism (virtual) collages. I’m playing with the idea that a work of art can, and might not be a collage at the same time, depending on the viewer’s perception of the work, and how it fits into his/her understanding of what separates a painting from a collage. This idea is a progression from the kind of work I’ve been making over the past 5 years-paintings that look like collages, but are not.
"What is Art?" is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
What motivated me to make paintings like these is my love for the thing. A basic quality of being human is to feel desire for things-objects. My paintings are testaments to that part of being human we all feel. The paintings have objects in them; regular everyday things, but I try to make them appear in a situation that heightens their importance and beauty. I want views of my work to not only enjoy the way I painted the objects, but also the context I painted them in.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
I’d like to say the best advice given to me was to study marketing instead of art, but that particular piece of advice was never given to me. What has been most important to me was a conversation I had many years ago with a friend of mine, who is a writer. We were talking about the creative similarities between painting and writing. He made the point that no matter what creative ventures you undertake, the most important thing is to finish your work. Good or bad. Most people try and fail because they never finish anything. Just finish work, and you will be leagues above most other people doing similar endeavors.
Tell me about your work space and your creative process.
I work in a dimly lit room in the basement of my house. I’ve tried to add adequate lighting, but it’s still pretty dark down there. I’ve just gotten used to it. I’ve always worked out of my home, and I always will, by choice. Right now I have two young boys, ages 3 and 6. I can’t see myself ever leaving them to go somewhere else to paint. I have a table and supplies set up for them in the same room I’m in. We work together. I want my kids to know and understand the creative process, and have memories of working along with me. Sometimes they do, other times they play in the basement while I’m working. Either way, with young kids I can’t really work for long periods of time. Most of the time spent in my studio involves searching magazines for images, cutting out images, painting large backgrounds/small details, and making sure my kids don’t destroy paintings I’ve already made.
Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
Too many to name here! Everyone involved in Rosalux Gallery http://rosaluxgallery.com I admire and respect. We have some very talented and prolific artists, and I’m honored to have been in the collective for almost nine years.
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If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
Definitely the new Rosalux space in the Van Buren building http://vanburenbuilding.com and the local big art establishments, like the MIA, Walker, and Weisman.
This is going to sound bad, but I don’t seek to view art online very often. I prefer seeing it in books and in person as much as possible. I find most gallery and museum sites stifling to navigate. I don’t enjoy viewing art that way.
Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
I have an exhibition at Rosalux Gallery that runs January 2nd-29th, 2012 titled Fruit Phonics.
Reception: January 7, 2012 7-11pm