Hey radicals! I told you that it would be good- and man it was!
Delicious tamales and beer started the meeting and we concluded with a beautiful view on the warm, May night on a rooftop over looking Little Village, Chicago and beyond. I was so glad to get to get to know this place. Chicago can be such a big city and to see a new piece of it after years of living here is always such a great moment.
Peter showed us a bit of his work he spoke a lot about questioning art that seemed to have all the answers. While he was show us around I had strange moment of recognition of his voice and I realized it is often a conversation that have with myself from time-to-time when I am in my own studio. I didn’t realize how much of his advice I am still grappling with- and so is he. The questions he asks of his own work- he asked of me in order to push me to dig deeper in my practice. I reworked his words into my “voice” as an artist. Being in his studio looking at his work, listening I recognized how much I gain from his teaching. We as printers and artists take so much from our mentors! And then there Peter is -again, generously sharing his home, studio and knowledge.
Here in Chicago we have so many amazing mentors. I can not help but think of hubs that feed artists and build the Chicago art community -think of how many of us have learned from spaces like Anchor Graphics, Spudnik Press, and the CPC just to name a few who are teaching, improving and sustaining methods and techniques.
Thanks to all who came and see you next month with CPG Birthday Cake for our 4 year anniversary at Jay Ryan’s Bird Machine, get ready for and intense working demo and bring food to grill.