Monday, May 3, 2010

Souther Salazar vs. Blaise Larmee in "What I'm Into, Opposed to What I'm Not Really Into."


(don't feel obliged to watch all of this)

I thought about making this entry the other day. I had been thinking about why making zines makes sense to me.
Then I stumbled upon this video of Souther Salazar and he pretty much sums it up.
I like that he says zines are a non-intimidating way to share your art, and that he had to build up to showing paintings.
I've been thinking the same sorts of things and feel as though I've gone about art in a backwards way.

I can't really get into Blaise Larmee and I've been wanting to compare his thoughts about zines to Souther's.
Blaise thinks about zines in an opposite way to Souther.
Blaise seems to be trying to make zines in a high-end art way that I find unappealing and pretentious.

In my mind, there seems to be a flip between the two. Where Blaise is trying to put painting into zines, Souther is putting the zine into paintings.

I've been feeling guilty about not painting at all for a yea. At this point I want to say, "fuck painting."
Instead of tiptoeing around the issue, I want to take a stand and say I'm finally not painting on purpose.
I need to accept my unintentional break from painting and re-evaluate my means of making art.
I think I need to start a lot smaller.

Anyway, I'm glad to have a seemingly kindred spirit in Souther Salazar.
I adore him and I was so glad to finally find his blog the other day.
Please check it out here.


  1. yeah! making a great, non-pretentious statement by blogging about not painting on purpose as a means of artistic maturation!

  2. Spenser, let's get something straight: you've misunderstood me. I'm not making an artistic statement. In fact, that's the last thing I want to do at this point. I just feel like shit about my own painting.

    How about we have a conversation?

    How is it pretentious to ponder my artistic practices? I would think that my own blog is one of the most appropriate places for this topic.

    Could you clarify your vague statement?


  3. I really dig Blaise's pretentiousness. Sometimes "humility" and "simplicity" seem like a pose, an attempt to be a righteous person. I like to see people explore their weird ideas self-indulgently and not be afraid to take on small, subtle ideas. But you don't sound pretentious, Jenn (not meant as an insult). Instead of saying "fuck painting" just say "not-fuck making art!"