Joshua Krause's art is a secret--or so he says when discussing the art on this week's cover of CityBeat. He doesn't like to share a piece's inspiration or the feeling he gets when he sees it (even if it graces the issue during his 33rd birthday week). No, he wants viewers to experience it for themselves.
'I don't really like to say what it's about,' Krause said. 'It's really important to me that people bring whatever they are to it.'
Interpretation is something that Krause (www.krauseart.com), an instructor at High Tech High Media Arts, emphasizes in his art and with students. To support his 28 budding young artists, he's hosting an exhibition at Blind Lady Ale House this Sunday, March 21, with proceeds funding a week of local arts and cultural experiences. The show will feature Krause's work, his students' art and that of other local artists.
As for his own work, Krause's mixed-media collage is both creation and destruction in equal measures--or at least until he's satisfied with the amalgam of patterns, paper and paint.
'Most of the stuff underneath the paintings is a collage I'll make or a painting I'll make,' Krause said. 'Usually, on most paintings I do, there's four or five paintings underneath and I just kind of cover it up with paper or paint or other work.
'I don't know… it's just a weird give and take, and sometimes--most often--I'll ruin everything I do. I destroy everything, but sometimes there are some good ones that turn out.'
It's this singular mindfulness and the willingness to be flexible, yet unyielding, in his work that has brought Krause to where he is today. He teaches without worrying about his art supporting his lifestyle.
'I really came across this job, this great opportunity, to work with some amazing people and some really amazing kids,' Krause said. 'And I just thought, You know, it's not bad to be able to have a paycheck, be paid pretty well and be able to do my own work.'
While Krause finds that teaching fulfills him in a way art doesn't, his teaching goals are simple.
'My only goal with my students is to really give them a cool, safe environment where they can be free, be vulnerable and not only create rad stuff, but get to do art shows and get real feedback from real people and not just their peers and not just their teachers.'