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Solomon Bothwell, Part Two: Three Interviews

Guan Rong with John Burtle Guan Rong: So you helped Solomon on his first art C.V. for applying for an art-teaching job? John Burtle: Yes. GR: How did you like the meeting? JB: I hate C.V.s. I love Solomon. GR: Do you think you were being helpful? JB: Yes. GR: How smart do you think Solomon is about getting the ideas? JB. I think smart. I personally don’t like C.V.s because it is not as much about creativity as it is about formatting and plugging information into the format, but Sol is good at that. GR: Did you look at the C.V. after he’s done? JB: No. GR: Do you have any suggestions for other people who are writing an art C.V.? JB: No. Burn it! ——————————————————————– Guan Rong with John Martin (Johnny Jungleguts) GR: Can you briefly tell us what you guys talked about in your art lesson you gave to Solomon? What were the topics? John Martin: We talked about how to make art interesting to people. Art that is also useful, like edibles/ garden project, art can be porn, and art can be a lot of stuff in people’s life. We talked about the differences between liking something and loving something and the differences between wanting something and needing something. People can like what you do, but may not want it. The best way for Solomon to make art might be how to make art/something that people want. I guess making something as a job automatically means that thing is what people want. I also showed example of my drawing. We talked about building a persona as an...

It is all about Solomon Bothwell (of his pursuit as an Artist) –an ongoing documentary

On January 2nd, 2013 the beloved person/boy who started KCHUNG radio (kchungradio.org), my friend/studio mate, Solomon Bothwell, posted a long letter to his fellow Facebook friends/whomever may be concerned. The exact complete letter (without auto grammar check) appeared as follows: “first off i would like to say congratulations to everyone who has made it to 2013. i hope this a good one for you. for me, the past few months of 2012 have been a time of financial difficulty. my usual runs of art handling/installation/fabrication became rather sparse and i was barely able to pay my rent this month. i have only graduated from imaginary colleges so i can’t get a cushy office job and i would rather not join the military. difficult times call for bold moves and i have decided that maybe now is the moment to try to become an artist. i know that most artists don’t make any money, but i know of at least a couple that make a lot of money. i don’t need to make a lot of money but i would really like to be able to eat something other that instant oatmeal and apples. i know there are lots of other foods i could eat—such as lentils or beans and rice—but i don’t even have a stove. maybe if i was an artist i could make enough money to buy a pressure cooker and an electric burner. now i know what you are thinking, you can’t just start being an artist and expect to make the big bucks. you have to practice a lot and think a lot about good...