June 19, 2008 3:41 PM Subscribe
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"I've switched from building my own installations to painting ones I've found".
NewArt Tv interviews artist Cindy Tower
at one of her many makeshift studios in the industrial ruins of East St. Louis, where she's covertly creating paintings as part of her Workplace Series
. "We need to find a way to sell more paintings
so I can hire you full time", she tells her bodyguard, Edgar. Until then, most days she makes do with a dummy.
According to an article in The Riverfront Times
her previous art world supporters are not impressed.
"They say: Maybe you could project slides on your paintings, or maybe you could put some LEDs on your paintings. They were trying to make me hipper," Tower explains. "They were embarrassed that I was going out and just painting like an old fogy from the 1800s. They didn't think it was funny at all — but it's perversely funny in this age of technology with its special effects and trust-fund babies hiring fabricators to make their work."...
Filled with social and painterly concerns, Tower's "Workplace Series" is a far cry from her earlier installation work, but a few days spent with Cindy Tower makes one thing clear: She's still very much a performer. Only now, instead of performing in the galleries and museums of New York, her performance includes scouting the hidden locales of Missouri and southern Illinois, retrieving portions of our forgotten past and holding them up for us to see.