The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Paul Horn

Received various times in 2012
Born 1976, Houston; lives in Houston

Figure 35. Paul Horn, Ancient Aliens #2, 2013

Mixed media, 30" × 40"

Courtesy of Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston

Q Growing up in Tomball, what led you to become an artist? Where did you receive your education in art?

A I’ve got a wonderful story. Starting from when I was four in the doctor’s office making drawings of the art on the wall to escape my suffocation anxiety, to tracing Garbage Pail Kids in the eighth grade, my favorite time for making art was junior high. Art was a different endeavor then. Art wasn’t classified and institutionalized then. It was my only escape from algebra, English, and other rigid activities. It wasn’t a CV, it wasn’t a genre. It was a thirteenyear-old’s cave painting. In a strange, unknown world.

My art has become a way to find a lost treasure, to kiss a dead loved one’s lips, to resurrect a temple of forgotten beauty. My art as an adult would be a way to create the pass to control my future as well as protect the past. And save my brother from being killed by a car in 1979 or put me in the house my cousin was murdered in—so I could kill his murderer. Art as an adult endeavor would take on the fantasy role that it had when I was little: an escape, a way to control things in a supernatural way.

Q Why do you sleep with the TV on? How does this enter your dreams and your art?

A Sleeping with the TV on started as a necessity but later turned into a way of haphazardly shaping uncontrolled dreams. I’ve often wondered about the myth of ghostly visitors in one of those dreams. Is it just a fabricated experience, or real? And I have wondered what effect narration and cinema have on the unconscious psyche.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • 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
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
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  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
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  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
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  • John Mark Sager 151
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  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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