10 Questions | Randall Reid

 

How did you get started? During my senior year in highschool my art teacher recommended Louisiana Tech University. Four years later I received my B.F.A. and then my M.F.A. from Texas Tech University. The next six years were spent working with elementary school children as an Artist-in-Resident in Louisiana and Alabama. The last twenty six years I have been a Professor of Art and Design at Texas State University.

Who or what has had a major influence on you as an artist? My parents, they have always supported my decision to become an artist. Secondly, Louisiana Tech for providing me with a studio space throughout my studies to help build my foundation in art.

Describe a typical day in the studio. At the conslusion of a refresing early morning walk across campus, I arrive at my studio at Texas State University. I take a few minutes to reflect on the 10 – 15 pieces that are in various stages of development that I work on at any given time. Once I start the cutting, grinding, sawing and painting process I realize I have become totally absorbed in the creation of my artwork. Its now time to go home, relax and be with my family.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be? A collector of artifacts.

When, if ever, do you feel like a piece is finished? When nothing can be added or subtracted.

What was your first job? It seems like there were so many. My most memorable was working at Wilson’s Sporting Goods.

Single best invention in your opinion. Airconditioning. It may not be the best but it certainly has changed our society.

What item would you be lost without? A wrist watch. To quote Chicago, “Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?” I care.

Tell us a bit about your new work in the show. Using vintage steel and wood taken out of context, I fuse iconic images into contemporary frames of reference. I engineer naturalism with logic and order. Instinctively, I have opened portals to the past with a visionary ability to redirect that which compels us to pause and reflect on our historical past as it relates to the present.

Most important question: who would you say has the best margarita in town? La Plazuela Restaurant at La Fonda. Oops, did I just mention Santa Fe.

 

 

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