Wednesday, March 28, 2012

David Steinlicht - Crop Artist - Cartoonist

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 2004, 11 x 14 inches, seeds, plant parts, glue on masonite
David Steinlicht

Altered Esthetics Featured Interview
"Level_13: Cheat Codes" 

April 5 to April 26, 2012
Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Artists’ discussion: Saturday, April 14, 1 3 p.m. 

David Steinlicht


School: 1975, Rochester Community College, Rochester, Minnesota. 1977, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. 

Work: 1977 to 1978, ad design, Coulee Gazette, La Crosse, Wisconsin. 1979 to present, Minneapolis and St. Paul, various design and art director jobs including stints at Musician's Insider, Sweet Potato / City Pages, TWA Ambassador, Science Museum of Minnesota, Twin Cities Reader, St. Paul Pioneer Press. 

Art: 1979 to present, Cartoons and illustrations in the above publications. 1994 to present, Crop art in the Minnesota State Fair. 2000 to present, Proprietor of 2002 to present, Minneapolis Cartoonist Conspiracy member. 2009, Collection of "In This Corner" comics published by Nodin Press.

In This Corner comic, 2012, 3.24 x 5.25 inches, Adobe Illustrator document

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

I'm a graphic designer. I design newspaper pages for a living. I'm also a cartoonist and crop artist. I do a freelance weekly cartoon for the newspaper. My crop art is a once-a-year thing for the Minnesota State Fair. Current projects are: Keeping up with the weekly cartoon and getting ready for crop art. These projects are not different from my past projects -- just variations on a theme.

"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?

"Art" seems very serious. Deep. I don't think about what art is because I can't think that deeply. I like to draw and I like to make attractive, fun things. I'm not making a statement, I'm just doing stuff. I want my audience to be amused.

Bridgitte Lin, 2003, 14 x 11 inches, seeds, plant parts, glue on masonite

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 

A so-so idea that's completed is better than a great idea that's unfinished. 

Jackie Chan, 2001, 11 x 14 inches, seeds, glue on masonite

Tell me about your work space and your creative process.

For my comics, I work at my computer. For my crop art, I work on my desk next to my computer. I find deadlines to be inspiring.

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?

Ken Avidor
Andy Singer
Mark Simonson
Linda Koutsky
Roz Stendahl
Lance Ward
Ryan Dow
Kevin Cannon
Zander Cannon
Steve Stwalley

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Typesetting and the manufacture of books by hand. Amazing machinery that's still understandable. Knowing traditional typesetting methods enhances typesetting while using a computer.

Minnesota State Fair

There's the crop art exhibit, and also the Fine Arts building (where the number and variety of Minnesota artists is inspiring and overwhelming).

Grand Theft Festal, 2008, 14 x 11 inches, seeds, glue on masonite

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?

I don't do that.

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future? 

"Level_13: Cheat Codes" 

April 5 to April 26, 2012
Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Artists’ discussion: Saturday, April 14, 1 3 p.m. 

The fifth biennial installment of Altered Esthetics’ classic video game art exhibit will also highlight the abandoned or obsolete technology of decades past.

Altered Esthetics 
1224 Quincy St NE, Mpls MN 55413

Image of David Steinlicht in his workspace, 2012, photo by Scott Cohen

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