Ed Trask came to talk to us on Tuesday and it was really awesome. I think it was easily one of the most successful lunchtime lectures we have had yet, or at least one that I have attended. He was really interesting, but also super relatable which made the lecture so great. He comes from a family of academics and he was not academic, but he did receive a lot of support. I am in the exact same situation. One of the most inspiring things though is that he was constantly challenging himself. He would get an idea or an urge, and he would act on it, rather than let it fester or just forget about it. He forced himself to become driven, he wasn't necessarily born with an insatiable drive. I think it is easy to become generally uninspired and uninterested in what is happening around you. I think that someone can force themselves into productivity of something they care about is really essential, especially for a place like Maggie Walker. I think that people here are passionate about things, but that passion is repressed by the environment we're in. I also love that he was brave enough to act on his urges. I love street art. I love graffiti. I love the random taggings all around my neighborhood. I love that something can be given a new life from art. I love that one day Ed Trask just decided to paint something even though it was illegal. I think getting any sort of reaction is essential to any art, good or bad, and the fact that getting a reaction grew into an addiction for Ed Trask is really intriguing. He had an incredible humility for being so successful and so influential and a really rare concept of community appreciation. Overall, the Ed Trask lecture was really inspiring and I think I learned a lot.
-Take a minute.
-the work kept coming
-40 foot Trask
-He got a reaction
-He had to do a painting
-Paint by numbers
-Public art can be groundbreaking
I am an art student at Maggie Walker and this is the place where I talk about what we're making and what we're learning... Through this I can pour out my heart about my artistic experience.