This week Pamela Fraser of He Said She Said joins Duncan in interrogating Meg Cranston about being cool, getting punched, smashing sculptures and the substance of air.
Meg Cranston (born 1960) is an artist who works in sculpture and painting as well as a writer. She has exhibited internationally since 1988. She received and M.F.A in Studio from California Institute of the Arts in 1986 and a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology in 1982. She also attended the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands in 1988. She is on the Faculty at Otis College of Art and Design.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a New School of Social Research Faculty Development Grant, an artist grant from the Penny McCall Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship,a faculty research grant from the Center for Asian American Studies at UCLA, Architectural Foundation of America, Art in Public Places Award, and a C.O.L.A. Individual Artist’s Grant from Los Angeles Cultural Affairs.
Artist for President
He Said She Said
Sponge Bob Square Pants
Osama Bin Laden
Good interview. It was interesting to hear Meg “feeling” her way toward new ideas, something one seldom openly hears from artists nowadays (who are often expected to have one solid idea and not change). The discussion concerning museums for grown-ups, “event” art, and so on was fabulous. It hit the nail on the head.
Oh yeah — and another idea came to me that would be fun for Meg to pursue as an extension of her “quantitative” book stuff.
Often joked about in literature studies is the amount of secondary literature produced about someone in comparsion to what they themselves actually produced. It could be expressed in algebraic or calculus terms. For instance Steven King has written shitloads, but there are only one or two books about his production. On the other hand, James Joyce wrote only a handful of things and you could fill entire libraries with the books about his books. But it is not simply a case of trash lit against genius or whatever, it is also strange to note the difference between prudtion and discussion thereof in various “high lit” folks. Shakespeare and Dickenson have been beated to academic death, etc. And the books about the books about his books. Just an entertaining thought bouncing off Meg’s art.
Interesting to see Meg featured here. She recently held solo shows throughout the New Zealand art spaces (including ARTSPACE) earlier this year.