i took a few history classes in college, sure. they were perhaps the most valuable and entertaining aspects of my college career. i have indelible (and probably scarring) images of my instructor/advisor stroking and grinding her pedestal, working herself into a climactic frenzy while lecturing about ancient egyptian art (which, incidentally, most likely explains the fact i carry a 'venus of willendorf' keychain with me at all times).... but, surprisingly, i NEVER learned of joseph cornell until WELL after my school days. this man played a posthumous role in my introduction to mixed media, assemblage, and collage. i dabbled in mixed media in school, incorporating found objects into my paintings, like picture frames, paper and the like.....but, no one really took me by the hand and said, 'heeeeeeeey, you should look at the work of duchamp, cornell, or rauschenberg.' i had to find this out for MYSELF. which is what i'll preach until i'm 66 feet under.....higher education will only teach you one thing.....and that is to TEACH YOURSELF.
cornell was the KiNG of resting space. something for which i am eternally searching for...within my life and my art. yeeeeeees, art should awaken the senses....be alive. but, ideally it should also take us to a deeper place within ourselves, so we can forget and remember......all at the same time.
so, sit back, sip, smoke, nibble.....whatever....and take this trip down 'cornell road' (courtesy of robin, one of my nearest and dearest friends) i promise, it'll blow your mind....and the best part is...you don't have to worry about paying back AAAAAANY student loans.