The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Otis Huband

Received September 8, 2011
Born 1933, Fredericksburg, Virginia; lives in Houston

Figure 36. Otis Huband, ColdFax, 2014

Collage, 9½" × 5½"

Courtesy of the artist and William Reaves Fine Art, Houston

Photograph: Sarah Foltz

Q “I used to be a connoisseur of shopping bags.” Your words sound like a great opening line for a novel. What did you see in shopping bags?

A All brown paper shopping bags are usually brown, but they vary and some are thicker, or darker, and some have little darker freckles scattered in. It is like choosing the best hide with which to upholster your sofa; the lines of the sofa must go with the hide and finish.

Q Why do you start your day with collage?

A It is a way to make the switch from cognitive thinking to perceptual or visual feeling. To shut down thinking and become immersed in the visual truths.

Q How is scale important to making and viewing your paintings and collages?

A As I work from the inside out, I need to sink into what I am doing without distractions; therefore the work ideally fits my peripheral vision, usually forty by sixty-nine or seventy-two inches. Then everything surrounding me that is of no consequence disappears and is no distraction from pictorial organization.

Q What story do the large stacks of sequential collages in boxes tell?

A I am not at all sure that the sequence is important. But to a trained professional the line or sequence of perceptual movement might be an interesting fact. At any rate, since the order fell there naturally, why not preserve it just in case?

Q How have the annual trips to Italy shaped your art?

A Well, of course we visit almost every church and museum that we pass in both France and Italy. This trains the eye, as do the scratches and graffiti on old walls with a past. It is graphic evidence of a human’s passage and involvement with his world. It’s the evidence.

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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
  • 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
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  • Kevin Parmer 136
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  • Kelly Sears 163
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  • Julie Speed 167
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  • 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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