The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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The Art Guys
Michael Galbreth

Received July 17, 2012
Born 1956, Philadelphia; lives in Houston

Figure 16. The Art Guys, The Art Guys Marry a Plant
(press photo), 2009 (ongoing) Event
Courtesy of the artists

Photograph: Everett Taasevigen

Q What have you learned from The Art Guys Marry a Tree?

A Because it’s an ongoing project (we’re still married to the tree), I’m still learning. Please note: correct title is The Art Guys Marry A Plant.

Q In broad terms, how has your view of “the art world” changed over the years?

A In responding to this question, I think it’s important to understand what the term “art world” is. It’s commonly used to reference that highly specialized culture that involves museums, museum professionals, galleries, collectors, art journals, etc.

This world is not the same today as it was ten, fifteen, twenty years ago. My view of this “art world” has changed profoundly in some ways and in other ways not at all. One of our main concerns over the years has been to engage the world at large rather than only the “art world,” which can be insular, careerist, and isolated. We’ve always wanted to go where no man has gone before. Where else would anyone want to go? That means trying to establish new paradigms by challenging, or in some cases, completely obliterating previous ways of working and thinking.

The paradoxical nature of our work, as I see it, is that we deal with the most complicated issues that exist and yet format these questions in the most familiar terms, which is a strange place to be.

I have always had a knowledgeable and healthy suspicion of the “art world.” I care less and less about it as time goes on. The so-called experts seem less and less so, and fewer and fewer. This change is due to me, mainly, but also I think the “art world” has become preposterously stylized. It’s very much a monkey see, monkey do world. It’s like a religion. Self-excommunication is not a bad idea.

Q What do you mean by “an honest artist”?

A I think almost all artists approach their work in an honest fashion. That is, they are sincere.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
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  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
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  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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