Dorothy Santos is an art blogger and journalist living in the Bay Area. Her site, Dorothy Santos Is, covers art openings and discusses what’s hot in the art world in her own voice, which is both accessible and engaging.
LIM: What got you interested in art, writing, and theory?
DS: As a kid and as the only child, I had to rely on my imagination quite a bit. A huge part of my weekends were spent drawing and building things to keep myself occupied and amused, which probably explains my affinity and appreciation for the arts. As for reading and writing, well, my mother made me read the dictionary growing up. Even though I couldn’t pronounce words (still have an issue with that from time to time), I was asked to use the words I found most interesting in a sentence. I remember picking the word chromosome! In any case, drawing, building, and crafting toys led to me coming up with stories and jotting them down in my notebook.
LIM: So what are the top 10 trends you’re noticing in the art world right now?
DS: Such an interesting question…
* Virtual Relational Aesthetics (i.e., Joseph DeLappe, etc.)
* Interactive pieces in traditional spaces (i.e., art museums, etc.) – (Scott Snibbe)
* Art exhibitions in unorthodox settings and micro spaces (i.e., OFFSpace Curatorial Collective, Wire+Nail)
* Downloadable Art – Artworks embedded in eReaders
* Digital Museums and Galleries
* High concept paintings
* Large scale installation/sculptures with Sustainability in mind (i.e., SF Recology, Sustainability/Green
* Art Collectives
* Art Fairs for New Media Artists to showcase (going beyond the Maker Faire)
* The multi-dimensional artist! These days, it’s not enough for an artist to be just an artist…artists now take on the role of artist/curator/writer
LIM: Which artists are you most interested in right now and why?
DS: In no particular order…
• Carissa Potter (The unapologetic artist that makes you pay attention and states what one is unable to say)
• Tim Roseborough (Multi-media/New Media artist whose work pushes boundaries)
• Angus Forbes (His work with George Legrady as well as his independent works are not only provocative but use everyday information and materials to make art based on cognitive processing as well as a visual experience).
• Guy Overfelt (Audacious, in such a GREAT way)
• Julien Berthier (Another artist that goes above and beyond what his art making requires, visual and experiential, his work is difficult to deny – i.e., Love, Love – Such an incredible piece!!!!)
• Scott Kildall (Highly intellectual and imaginative art that doesn’t try to be, which makes his art all the more engaging and enticing).
• Ellen Marie Black (The use of analog and digital within her work is meticulously layered together to create surreal photo/video montages – LOVE her work! You want to stare at her work because there’s always something new to notice).