This week, I have one artist to introduce, Jeff Hughart. I “met” Jeff online about 10 years ago through an art blog I used to write for. The blog is gone, but Jeff and I still talk via social media. We not only have art in common, we have Punk Rock and Los Angeles in common too.
Jeff is a self-taught and self-representing artist who works primarily in acrylics, producing paintings that are often raw, emotional, colorful, and energetic. Influences of his punk rock past are expressed in his characteristically vivid palette and visceral brushstrokes. Jeff sells his artwork in gallery shows, on his website (jeffhughart.com), on ebay, etsy and by appointment in his private studio in Bisbee, AZ. Although a relative newcomer to the art world, he is pleased to have hundreds of collectors from around the world, and has already had his paintings in many shows from San Francisco to London.
Checking in. How are you doing? Yes, my friend I’m talking to you. How are you doing?
Are you struggling to keep your mind occupied? Feeling like you have to over compensate with busy projects? Are you taking advantage of the down time to push creative boundaries, experiment?
Or are you giving yourself permission to sit still? Do you know what day it is?
Drop me a line and let me know how you are coping or not coping. I want to hear from you.
Something I’m doing, and I believe we talked about it a few weeks ago, is spending two two-hour sessions on FaceTime with a dear friend of mine in New York. We started out painting each other’s portraits and plan to continue our sessions past the portraits and into other works. This provides both of us with a bit of a structure, some accountability in varying degrees, and allows us to maintain our personal connection. All of which contributes toward a state of acceptance regarding the current shared circumstances.
Let me know how you are managing this new paradigm.
This is the second installment of Mutual Aid and Cooperation. This is an action based loosely on the idea of those who aren’t affected economically helping out those who are affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since I’m not wealthy and in the same bucket of hardship, this is my way of paying it forward.
Every week or so, depending on how many people respond to the call for art (HERE), I will introduce those artists to you.
Stay safe, be well.
Mildred Rivera works in many mediums. She’s a painter of animals, an incredible sculptor, works in glass, and a print maker. In fact, she worked with Ruth Leaf for 10 years. Mildred has worked long and hard to overcome dyslexia, but has never let it get in her way.
Ann Heintz is another multi-talented artist who works in a variety of media including, collage, mixed media paintings, and fiber art.
“i’m not sure what story to tell you about myself. there are so many interesting, funny, heartbreaking stories to choose from. someday we’ll sit down with some beers and i’ll tell you the life story. for now i’ll tell you about the time i saved a guy from choking in the restaurant where i worked. i was working as a hostess in this fine dining restaurant in evanston, il. i was seating a table in one of the dining rooms and i hear this woman screaming that her husband is choking. i had just gone through cpr and first aid training for my nanny job so i knew what to do. i abandoned the people i was seating and ran over to the table. i saw the man in distress and without thinking got behind him and proceeded to do the heimlich on him. he was a pretty big guy so it was hard, but i did it and the food popped out and flew across the table. after the adrenaline rush, i walked dazedly back to the host stand. then the table i was seating came back and said, um, hey, you never finished seating us. i got a gracious thank you from the family and a bottle of wine from the restaurant for saving the guys life. weird stuff, i can’t make this up!”
Jorge Bernal is perhaps one of my favorite living artists. He rarely if ever starts a drawing with a plan. Instead, he lets the art guide him, spontaneously. I truly admire this. He also works in a language that is rooted in the subconscious. I really love our afternoons filled with coffee, guava cake, walks and deep deep conversation.
Jorge says: I visualize each piece of my artwork as a page in a book I have been writing about my life all these years, and also believe those individuals who feel attracted to a particular piece, “understand” the language in it, maybe not “letter” by “letter”, but the essence of the “writings” in that particular page.
At the most basic level, what I offer is similar to talk therapy – you come to talk about the problems of your life to an intent ear. More specifically, I listen very carefully to how your language structures your thoughts and desire. I don’t intrude, I listen patiently, pointing out when the logic of your language betrays or enables the very aspirations you espouse or believe you want. This follows the teachings and ethics of Jacques Lacan.
What is different about my practice from traditional psychoanalysis or therapy is that I encourage the talking about ones artistic practice and life as being heavily related to ones life, and with this in mind encourage the showing of ones artwork, in documentation in sessions, sent beforehand or after, or, on certain occasions, in your studio.
As a general rule, the early stages of psychoanalytic life coaching are more conversational, similar to how most life coaches work, though do not be surprised to be challenged by existential questions related to practical issues.
The central activity of Lacanian analysis is what Freud deemed “free association”, which means that you speak whatever comes to mind. Whatever the reason you may be coming – your art, your relationship, depression, lack of desire, creative struggles, relationship troubles or stress- whatever it may be, the beginnings of your own solution will begin to take form by letting your particular language be heard, but most importantly by yourself.
As for what to expect from my behavior, the practice of Lacanian analysis is incredibly flexible and dynamic, but with that comes a challenge, a challenge for he or she who comes to speak to test the limits of their thoughts and their dreams. What this comes down to is that I will often leave the answering up to you, providing assistance only when necessary in order to reveal thinking that is intertwined with anxieties and conflicts concerning the people and events in your life.
We may work face to face, we may work with you on the couch, if you must be out of town, we will work via Skype. Perhaps you believe something can be shown with artwork better than it can be said. In other words, when considering the unconscious mechanisms of your desire, expect the unexpected.