Here we go again with our “band of artist-men” from our feature I Just Know What I Like. To see the whole feature on pages 23-29 of 303 Magazine‘s February Art Issue, check out the flip book on 303‘s homepage. It’s a no-brainer to ask talented artists who is currently inspiring them… Their answers reflect a nice mix, but clearly relate to their process and their work. Check it out.
Today’s question: Who do you think is the most relevant well-known working artist today?
EVAN MANN: I suppose Jesus himself: He is relevant, rather well known, the creator of everything, and I see him working great mysteries in people’s lives. I especially appreciate his perfomance pieces on people’s hearts. I look up to his way of doing things.
MICHAEL ENSMINGER: Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy. He’s a writer, director, actor, singer and jester of our time. He is a renaissance man who comments in a wry way on our contemporary culture. His show, while intelligent and deeply clever, is simultaneously as violent and detached from sentiment as our culture appears to be.
JASON THIELKE: Shepard Fairey. He did the HOPE campaign, and current events have really let him break through. His style is easy to like, his street imagery is taking pop art to the next level. He works with brand recognition, so he is easy to recognize.
Tomorrow’s question: Why do you think so many people are intimidated by the innate relationship between the artist and the viewer?
– Laura Standley, Editor in chief