The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Jesse Lott

Received August 30, 2013
Born 1943, Simmesport, Louisiana; lives in Houston

Figure 48. Jesse Lott, Collage Man, 1965

Paper collage, 22" × 16"

Courtesy of the artist
Collection of Jim and Ann Harithas

Photograph: Maurice Roberts

Q As a child growing up in Louisiana, why was it important to you to get the attention of grownups? How did you get their attention?

A It is my opinion that all children seek approval from adult caretakers.

Q How was the limb you found that looked like a soldier important? What became of it?

A The toy soldier from The Nutcracker was always a popular image. When I saw a knot in a stick of firewood that looked just like it, a light bulb came on [he draws the image of a lightbulb in the air].

QCollage Man (1965) was the powerful brochure-cover collage for Urban Frontier Art, the 2009 two-person show at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art. Did you provide the collage’s title?

ACollage Man is a name that was given to the work for the purpose of the show. Originally it was called Colored Man, a play on the sequence of name changes given to Africans in America: blacks, etc.

Q What did you learn from John Biggers?

A To capsulize what I learned from Dr. Biggers: Be basic. Study continuously. Never stop working.

Q What did you learn from Charles White?

A From Charles White I learned composition staging techniques in drawing. But most importantly, he said, “When you find a good woman, treat her right and stick with her.”

Q What did you learn from Ezekiel Gibbs?

A From Mr. Gibbs I learned ninety-five years ain’t that old. And sign everything everywhere.

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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
  • Marilyn Lanfear 101
  • Lance Letscher 104
  • Ken Little 106
  • Bert L. Long Jr 111
  • Jesse Lott 115
  • Edward Lane McCartney 117
  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • 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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