Artistic focus

Looking at the schedule and application for CIVA Conference 2007, I found the name Allan Wexler.

Wexler is an artist/architect. This isn’t terribly uncommon (Aren’t a lot of Gehry‘s recent works as much sculpture as building?), but Wexler seems to be a bit more indecisive about his work. Art or architecture? I might be completely wrong; this is based on my cursory examination of his website, and I don’t say this judgmentally.

I’m the same way.

I started out studying architecture, and in some ways it’s still my first love. I graduated with a BFA. Wexler has a bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of architecture and master of architecture. I did consider an MFA, but in the end decided I didn’t want to be paying student loans off until I was 40 years old.

When chatting with a student at the Makoto Fujimura show last week, she relayed part of a lecture he’d given earlier in the day. Fujimura’s point: focus if you want to be successful. You don’t have to tell me this twice, but for some reason I can’t. I’m drawn to a variety of design problems and creative projects. Architecture, interior design, community planning, building practical (and still beautiful) furniture and creating abstract art. They all interest me.

I understand the benefits to narrowing down your efforts. There isn’t time to to dabble in everything — unless, and I know this happens and can happen after time, such a wonderful cluster of clientele falls from heaven and knocks on your door — and make a living too.

Just this afternoon I took some notes about my own sculpture and tried to narrow down my aspirations. From a list and some sketches I’ve mulled over for six months or more, I extracted the content that keeps coming back to my mind, that recurs in my work through the years.

Let’s hope I’m able to achieve some measure of focus.

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About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

One Response to Artistic focus

  1. balm says:

    I ran across your blog on the tag surfer under art. It is so interesting to see about your thoughts and concepts. These are very similar to what my wife and I are dealing with. The other interesting thing is that we are both members of CIVA, and are familiar with Makoto Fujimora and IAM. We are a part of a group called BALM (Beauty Art, & Life Movement) http://www.balmorg.wordpress.com, as well as another group called ViaAffirmativa.com (which mean to affirm life). We welcome you to view our site or email us at balm.org-at-gmail.com. It is very exciting to see these conversations going on all over the place. I happen to be a sculptor as well. Although getting paid for it is another story. Have a great day. Darin

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