Makes the Art Real

MAKES THE ART REAL Artist and punk rocker Mark Flood — who made a practice of setting up studio space in decaying, abandoned buildings — explains Houston to New York Times arts blogger Randy Kennedy: “Q. You’ve described Houston as an “oil-stained, overdeveloped parking lot, packed with cars, littered with advertising, designed for profit, not people.” Why have you stayed there all these years? A. I don’t hear any anger in that description. Merely truth telling, which freaks people out. I’ve just always liked Houston. I could operate there. I could drive around. I had a pickup truck. And it was a city that fed my work with something — I call it reality. Houston is more real than most places, more real than New York.” [NYT]

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