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On the Spot: Brad Slaugh

Salt Lake City artist Brad Slaugh On the Spot . . .


1) What are you reading lately?

The New Yorker faithfully and four separate half-read books promiscuously:

Everything and More: a History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace (bogged down in the math)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (a bit too glib, I think)

The Moral Animal by Robert Wright (for the second time)

The Raw and the Cooked by Jim Harrison (been almost done for about three months)

2)What hangs above your mantel?

I don’t even own a mantel but recent local acquisitions are a Jared Gillette portrait, a Stefanie Dykes Tree of Life woodcut, and a small piece of Peruvian folk art, by an artist whose name I can’t read, depicting a bunch of skeletons getting completely tanked in a bottle-lined bar.

3) If you could choose any artist (living or dead) to paint or sculpt your portrait, who would it be and why?

Alice Neel, because Egon Shiele and Chaim Soutine were just too unpleasant to spend long periods of time with, and Paula Rego might require the wearing of a tutu, though I’m not worthy to unloose any of their shoe’s latchets.

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