Discussing Expectations For Disciplined Artists Never Say ‘I’m Bored’

Important questions to ask:
Who am I?
What I’m I doing?
Where am I going to go?
How am I going to get there?

Published by Pete Ippel

Pete Ippel, the son of a dancer and a musician, was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has been surrounded by the arts since birth. He moved to Morris, Illinois in 1989 and started to participate in athletics rather than dance. After high school, Pete attended Cornell University where he received a BA in psychology and a BFA in photo / digital art making. He continued to follow his sporting dreams in the high jump, which culminated in a school record leap of 7 feet 1/2 inch in 2001. In May 2004 he attained an MFA degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Presently Pete is a practicing artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New York, California, and internationally. Mr. Ippel resides in Working Artists Ventura, a sustainable artist community in southern California. In addition, he teaches art, is a web developer, an active blogger, and still high jumps from time to time. As a passionate problem solver and a pragmatic optimist, Pete’s art and his life are full of exciting challenges.

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  1. Hi Pete,

    Hmmmmm….enjoyed watching the classroom documentation….

    Ridding ourselves the “romantic” notions surrounding the myth of the”artist”

    First two items:

    1. Stop using the term artist.
    2. Stop using the term art.

    This myth has the ego to thank for its existence.
    And there is nothing more destructive than believing in your own myth.
    The premise is an artificial construct; how can one genuinely move forward from an artificial construct? (Why would anyone want to?)

  2. This seems to be more of a debate about authenticity and presentation…both of which depend highly on context and intent, much like art itself.

    I’m interested to get your take on the replacement terms for artist and art.

    In addition I’d like to know who the source is for “There is nothing more destructive than believing in your own myth.” I think the correlate is also true…”There is nothing more destructive than *not* believing your own myth.”

    Which brings up questions of identity and self…

    I understand the Freudian references, however I think they are taken a bit out of context.

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