Words by Stephanie Trujillo When I introduced myself to Vito Acconci, I was in disbelief that I was finally meeting the famous multimedia artist and architect I had studied about in my contemporary art history courses. Acconci was surprised that I was more interested in his Body Art rather than the architectural works he had just discussed. His response however caught me off guard. Cautiously but sincerely, he said, “I don’t want to make art anymore. Art is just for museums.” Perplexed, I pointed out…Continue Reading “Vito Acconci on Beauty, Harmony, and Functionality”

Math, Science, and Nervous Art: An Interview with Ryan Schultz

Interview by Carla Dominguez When I first met Ryan Schultz in person, I felt confused. I had seen their art gain a lot of attention on tumblr, and I was all too familiar with the smugness that can accompany someone any smidge of internet fame. In front of me was a dapperly-dressed person who took my hand gracefully and with a smile that made me feel ashamed for having assumed the “smug artist” stereotype in the first place. Not everyone will get that air of haughtiness…Continue Reading “Math, Science, and Nervous Art: An Interview with Ryan Schultz”

Hopes, Dreams, and Stock Images With Kieth Pfeiffer

Interview by Elly Call Keith Pfeiffer is a junior in the VCUarts Communication Arts Program.  A talented illustrator, his work is featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Poictesme.  We managed to snag him in between his classes and his wanderings around Richmond to talk a little bit more about his art.  In a small park situated behind the VCUarts Honors studio Keith explained his work processes, his take on the VCU arts scene, and importance of vegetables. Poictesme: You’ve really hit your stride creatively and turning…Continue Reading “Hopes, Dreams, and Stock Images With Kieth Pfeiffer”

After an Art Degree

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interview by Cyrus Nuval

art by Eleanor Doughty

What happens to art students when they graduate? The art major, something that many people forget can be broken up into many categories, is often seen as a very expensive dead end. It seems as though only those with business and scientific degrees hold the path to life success, and those that graduate from art school are doomed to work in fast food restaurants. Poictesme reached out to one of our favorite artists, Eleanor Doughty, to catch up with her life as an illustrator.

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by Elly Call He carried the radio because it might have been his infant. Its cries provided his unusual building materials. Beyond the collonades of guitar twang he set in front of himself, around himself, behind himself, Was the glass-trash gravel. Mid-grey alley-way. Some sassy traffic. None of this mattered to the man who took the blues and constructed– (Ionic musical sequence, the symmetrical harmony of temple relations) No his head was never covered. (The heart of the house was the courtyard.) Blueprints in his…Continue Reading “The Richmond Transients: The Architect of the Side Walk Airspace”