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Interviews: Excerpts from Volume Three

From an Interview with Minneapolis-based artist Terrence Payne

Excerpt from Paper Darts Volume 3 


PAPER DARTS:  What are some opportunities for artists living in the Twin Cities that are unique to our region?

TERRENCE PAYNE: One thing that makes Minneapolis stand out is that it seems to have a much more open art community than other cities I have visited. Artists here seem to help each other out and share ideas more often and aren’t as protective of their turf—which seems pretty unusual for a city this size. There is also so much depth in the cultural scene as a whole—it seems to resonate not only in the visual arts but also the dance, theatre, literary, and music scenes as well. I’ve always felt that Minneapolis is pretty special in this way, and that is what first drew me to the city.

 

 

 

From an Interview with Minneapolis-based writer John Jodzio
Excerpt from Paper Darts Volume 3



PAPER DARTS: If you could compile a Norton anthology of writers that embody a new generation of literature, who would you include? Millions of undergrads would be forced to read this.

JOHN JODZIO: They are dumbasses for not having done this already.  Norton should totally put together an anthology with short stories from these writers:

Rebecca Curtis, Brock Clarke, Brian Evenson, George Saunders, Miranda July, Sam Lipsyte, Dan Chaon, Tom Perrotta, Kevin Wilson, Joe Meno, Alicia Erian, Etgar Keret, Junot Díaz, John Hodgman, David Foster Wallace, Arthur Bradford, Benjamin Percy, and Aimee Bender. 

 

 

 

MC Hyland is an editor and publisher. After graduating from the University of Alabama with an MFA in poetry, she  moved to Minneapolis to start an independent printing press, DoubleCross Press.

Excerpt from Paper Darts Volume 3
 


PAPER DARTS: How can creating book art transform the writing published within?

MC HYLAND: I think that seeing writing in a handmade object (book or broadside) can help people really take the time they need to get to know that writing. I feel like it’s easy (for me, at least) to get desensitized as a reader when we’re constantly surrounded by words—especially all the words we encounter online. But having an object that shows us a text in isolation and thoughtfully presented can work like a lens on that text. I still love the way broadsides do that for a single poem or a short piece of prose. Of course, you have to be careful about being too precious when you start making books of literature by hand. As a reader and writer, there’s a lot I find upsetting about the fine press tradition of making beautiful books using sumptuous materials that then need to be handled with gloves. I make little, inexpensive books because I don’t want them to be precious. I want readers to actually read them...and maybe even to carry them around like little poetry tokens.

 

 

Andy DuCett is a visual artist based in Minneapolis. Andy Sturdevant, writer, artist, and host of Salon Saloon, visited him in his studio to watch him complete the drawing, “Thumbs up (We must be living right),” and talk to him about his art as he worked.

Excerpt from Paper Darts Volume 3

 

 

ANDY STURDEVANT: So I wonder, in terms of creating the imagery, where do you find these elements? You look at parts of the drawing where you have very specific, concrete images. For example, the Minneapolis skyline is right there in the drawing, and here in your studio, a source image of the Minneapolis skyline is taped up on the wall a few inches away. When you made the decision to put it into the piece, were you working and decided, “This would be a good place for the skyline,” or were you on the Internet one day and came across this particular photo and thought, “I should incorporate this.”


ANDY DUCETT: It was the latter. There’s a website called minnescraper.com which I love. It documents the architecture in downtown Minneapolis. This was a picture taken from one of the new condos finished right before the real estate bubble burst, and that is a great view of Minneapolis. So I wanted to save that and add it to the archive. So I printed it and ended up using it in the drawing.

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