Jack Grapes, Artist, Writer, Author, Instructor: The first five minutes you’re bored and you’re thinking I can’t, I’m not going to be able to sit here for another five minutes and before you know it you’re there for two hours, three hours and it’s riveting, it’s unbelievable. Who would have thought to do that?
Film Courage: Who was the artist that did the LACMA lights?
Jack: Chris Burden. I love him. I would have never expected that to be as iconographic and as popular as it is. He did something that somehow captured the imagination of people and transcended it being 1) a spectacle and 2) a work of art. It’s something beyond that because on some level it’s like a bunch of lights. What’s the big deal with that and on another level it’s not art, what is it? Well, it’s a place people like to go to, like a ride at Coney Island. What’s the difference? I don’t know but art sometimes…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and the editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the country. He has won several publishing grants and Fellowships in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s also received nine Artist-in- Residence Grants from the California Arts Council to teach writing in various schools throughout Los Angeles. He is the author of 13 books of poetry, including TREES, COFFEE, AND THE EYES OF DEER, and BREAKING DOWN THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD. A spoken-word CD, Pretend, was recently issued by DePaul University. He is also author of a chapbook of poems and paintings titled AND THE RUNNING FORM, NAKED, BLAKE. His most recent publication is LUCKY FINDS, a boxed set of 50 cards that extend and parody the dynamic artistic productions of high-modernist poets such as Ezra Pound and Charles Olson. For more information on Jack’s classes, please visit here.
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