Monday, October 5, 2009

Art Star of the Week: Rollin Karg

Star here: Studio glass artists are like the rock stars of the art world. Assembling a big, heavy glass art creation requires an entire band of players working in concert. It’s an edgy, dangerous, and sweaty undertaking, which makes it all the more hip and glamorous to fans of the craft. I’ve carried Rollin Karg’s glass artwork in our store for almost ten years. He’s shared a number of video productions with us to demonstrate just how involved each project is. His art glass has become a perennial favorite with our customers. I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that there’s a little bit of rock and roll in Rollin’s soul (and his wardrobe). Here’s what I uncovered in my recent “Art Star” interview with the impressive Rollin Karg:

Star: Give us a few words that describe you.
Rollin Karg: Old, talented, alive, fisherman.

Star: What was your childhood ambition?
Rollin Karg: To be a forest ranger.

Star: When the well runs dry, how do you recharge your creativity?
Rollin Karg: I go fishing.

Star: What’s the best advice you could give to a new artist?
Rollin Karg: Become an accountant. (joking)

Star: Which artists do you most admire?
Rollin Karg: Paley, Van Gogh, and Gaugin.

Star: In what other areas of your life, do you let your artistry shine?
Rollin Karg: When I’m fishing.

Star: Is that when your best ideas come to you?
Rollin Karg: Yes, but also when I’m flying, driving or listening to music.

Star: Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
Rollin Karg: The Everglades.

Star: What’s your most cherished item in your wardrobe?
Rollin Karg: A Rolling Stones hat.

Star: Do you listen to music when you create?
Rollin Karg: Yes; Rock ‘n roll, R&B, and Classical

Star: What’s your personal motto?
Rollin Karg: Go for it!

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