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Name: Alexis Stiteler
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
MNartist.org profile: www.mnartist.org/Alexis_Stiteler
Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I’ve always been interested in cities, so my work is focused primarily on this. I consider myself a ceramic artist and painter, and I find myself working on the components of cities in both.
In my recent series of paintings I’m looking to bridges, and then simplifying to the idea of what I imagine a bridge as being. This series is in a way very different from my past work, as it’s focusing more on the color and shapes then a deeper meaning. In a way, they both still deal with the same idea, it’s just a different way of handling it.
"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?
The past two years has been focused on the state and structure of our United States cities. I once read (from and article I no longer remember) that our cities were only meant to last up to 40 years, in turn, many of the inner structures have begun to crumble. I’m really interested in looking into the collapse of our modern landscape. I don’t expect people to walk away with that exact feeling, but at least a consideration of the architecture that surrounds them. Every building has a little piece of history, and I think that it’s important to recognize the amount of work that went into it all.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
This one’s a tough one. I’ve been given a great deal of advice in my (relatively) short lifetime. For me, the most helpful piece was just to continue working and creating no matter what.
Tell me about your work space and your creative process.
I take up a lot of space when I’m working ceramic wise, I tend to expand and take as much space as allowed. While I’m painting I occupy much less; I sit at a medium sized table in an extremely cold room, and paint layer on top of layer until the shapes and colors are right to me. I look at loads of images of architecture and maps of cities, and then choose bits and pieces to use in my work.
Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
Andy Ducett (www.andyducett.com)
Keren Kroul (www.kerenkroul.com)
Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
I’m still exploring this part of Minneapolis, I’ve been here a few months and am just starting to get more comfortable with the art scene.
I mean, the obvious ones for me are the Northern Clay Center (amazing ceramic variety) and the M.I.A. has an amazing ceramics collection, both past and contemporary--and they’re both free.
Otherwise, I’m always attending shows at The Future Presence Gallery.
Where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
thedrawingcenter.org :: such a cool variety of work from different artists, super easy to browse too.
schallergallery.com :: really nice selection of ceramic artists.
johnstoninthestudio.com :: Just found this one recently and really enjoy seeing other artists work spaces.
Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
I do! I’m part of an amazing upcoming show at The Future Presence Gallery in NE called “I’m New Here” on February 23rd and 24th, 2012 from 6-11. I’m really excited about the work that we’re all putting into it, and it should be an interesting mix of ideas. There will be music and drinks too.