Brendan Earley Discusses the Idea of an ‘Art Career
Jason Oakley: Would you say your career is in a good place? I was really struck by the opening lines of your text for your exhibition at Mother’s Tankstation: “Walking along a dusty road in New Mexico … my walking companion was Lucy Lippard”*. I also had in mind your 2013 residency in Beijing, the 2012 solo RHA show and the fact that you were selected for the 2008 DHG / VOID Curated Visual Arts Award …
Brendan Earley: That’s a tricky question. I’ve built up a significant body of work, so a certain momentum has come out of that. Whether I’m in a good place in terms of ‘success’ doesn’t interest me. I’ve never actually thought of being an artist as a career or in terms of strategic professional development. I have always seen making art as work rather than a job, and most definitely not as a career – whatever that is.
JO: So avoiding the word ‘career’, when would you say that you began to take being an artist seriously?
BE: I’d pinpoint 1997, when I applied for and received a Fulbright Scholarship to do an MFA in Combined Media at Hunter College in New York. I’d graduated from NCAD in 1995 and, like most people, I left art college without a plan. [Read more…]