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A Dialogue with echo: Artist Jean-Michel Reed

Interview by Tara Sasiadek:

The Buffalo Expat Network, the Emerging Leaders in the Arts and HandsOn Greater Buffalo are pleased to present the echo:
Art Fair which connects experienced collectors and first-time buyers
with emerging local, regional and international artists in a centralized
and creative environment; the Buffalo Central Terminal. echo:
Art Fair will showcase a broad scope of fine art disciplines, including
painting, photography, sculpture, print, works on paper, video and
combined-media. echo will commence with a VIP Reception on July 8th, 2011. On July 9th, the echo:
Art Fair will run from 9:30am until 5:30pm. The After-echo party, also
to be held in the Terminal, will take place shortly after the ending of
the fair featuring live music from The Albrights, Alex Kelly, and will
wrap up with a dance party featuring DJ Cutler and AVDJ PROJEX.

Who are you, and what do you do?

Jean-Michel Reed, artist/photographer living in Buffalo.  The work that is most known are two long-term projects, one on fires in Buffalo, and the other titled Housing Bubble on foreclosures.

What are the most essential elements of your work?

My work primarily involves images – both a production of – and an understanding of images(s) as a language.

If you had to choose only 5 materials or tools to work with, what would they be?

A camera and a pencil.

Would you describe your artistic education as a guided or self guided journey?

Both – I did study photography and drawing/painting but have a Master’s in Architecture.

Do you have a connection to Buffalo?

Live/work in Buffalo.

How do you define success as an artist?

Success would mean the ability to just produce art.

Can you share with us a harrowing tale of artistic disaster?

I got hit directly with a hoseline at a fire.  My camera was destroyed.

Do you have a set schedule for studio time?  How do you structure your creative life?

I don’t have set times, I basically work in fits and starts.

Can you tell us about where you find resources or inspiration for your work?

Everywhere, the city, the newspaper, books…

What quote or mantra or words of wisdom do you have for other creative types?

I am looking for those myself.

Where can we find more of your work?

my flikr page: jeanmichelreed

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