Steal like an artist

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Or, meet the man who burgled pop culture to find his own voice

Does Found magazine move you? Do you find yourself making daily trips to the witticisms at www.xkcd.com ?

UNT on the Square has just the thing for you.

Meet artist and New York Times best-selling author Austin Kleon from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the gallery, 109 N. Elm St.

Kleon uses a permanent marker to redact newspaper articles. Big blocks of heavy black ink change the entire meaning of the presented material, and Kleon is deft at editing to make wry, funny observations that — though they be full of stinging snark or burdensome despair — are close to the mark.

Kleon wrote Newspaper Blackout (2010), a poetry collection he created by applying that trusty Sharpie.

He’ll have 30 new works in his exhibition at UNT on the Square — including some pieces that ask the viewer to drop that old “do not touch” gallery maxim to join in the art-making. NewspaperBlackout.com, Kleon’s site dedicated to redaction poetry (our phrase, not his), has posted poems by people all over the world.

Kleon’s book Steal Like an Artist came out last year. The book is both his list of “things to tell college students” about being creative, and an elaboration of his list.

Oh, and when Kleon uses the term “steal,” he doesn’t mean people ought to shamelessly plagarize. Instead, he aims to inspire people to borrow small ideas around you and either turn them into bigger ideas, or use them as starting points for your own creative life.

— Lucinda Breeding

AUSTIN KLEON IN DENTON

What: Opening reception and artist talk with Austin Kleon, presented by the UNT Fine Arts Series and the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts

When: Kleon speaks during an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. today. The exhibition runs through May 6.

Where: UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Free. For more information, visit http://untonthesquare.unt.edu .

ON THE WEB

Learn more about artist and author Austin Kleon by checking out his online hotspots.

http://tumblr.austinkleon.com

http://austinkleon.com/blog

 


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