We talked to one of our favorite artist couples, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, about their creative partnership.
Artists in Conversation:
Danny meets Theaster Gates at his studio on South Kimbark.
I made my first foray into public art in Chicago in 2012. Or rather, attempted to. For months I struggled with pessimistic ward office secretaries, confusing city government bureaucracy, and unresponsive city departments. I sought out advice from a veteran art planner in the city and tried to rebound from each bureaucratic defeat. I asked the artist I was working with for patience and pushed our spring installation proposal into summer. I was moving to Japan at the end of July, so time was running out.
Usually at home behind the camera, we got Casey to do a bit of acting.
Neysa Page-Lieberman on her Mentor, Marilyn Houlberg
"… we are going to a drum battle!” A drum battle? The voice on the phone was my mentor and writing teacher, Randy Albers.
Lin Hixson is this amazing director, you see. From a 21 year run with Goat Island to her now thoroughly established performance project Every House Has a Door with Matthew Goulish, not to mention teaching for years at the School of the Art Institute and running this amazing summer program called Abandoned Practices – Well, let’s just say, many people could call her their mentor.
What does it mean to look up to someone? To respect, learn and grown? A mentorship is a relationship based partnership. At The Arts of Life, an alternative day program for people with and without disabilities, artist-mentors play a big part in the community.
Like many performance-based things, doing the show is the easy part. Putting the show together? That’s hard.
I realized after all these years of making plays that I'm a sculptor.
When we decided to produce our own film project, we had some tough decisions to make.
I had fallen asleep in my artistic life; I had been sleepwalking. My rediscovery was an awakening of sorts.
The only thing you know is that if you do not get the visa, you have 10 days to leave the country. It's a complete mind-fuck.
Realizing my vision was priceless. It was crucial in my transition from an emerging artist to something more.
I wrote the play because, as a female, I wanted the world to know about this amazing woman, and no one would listen.
In baroque dance the body moves like waves, or the sea. If the blood in your body related to water, then that water had an ebb and flow to it that guided your dancing. The body in baroque dance is in constant, living motion.
The technique evolved from tweaking the paper with a single pushpin to separate its fibers. The plucked paper resembled lace, which I then use to make individual sculptures and installations. Developing this technique taught me the material and has given me a distinctive voice to approach three-dimensional objects and space.
You’re an actor, sitting with a bunch of other actors in a theatre lobby waiting for your audition. People are silently studying their sides or mouthing monologues to themselves.
Since no one hacked into my computer to read the stories I wasn’t submitting or peered through my living room window in the hopes of finding some insecure writer slugging it out with her laptop, the only way I was going to participate in a live reading series was if I bum-rushed the stage. Or started my own.