Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Joseph Coniff
#64: Joseph Coniff
Joseph Coniff studio, 2014.
Like many of Denver's notable emerging artists, Joey Coniff got off to a fast start after leaving the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and the mentorship of Clark Richert, climbing aboard with Rule Gallery right out of the chute. It's not hard to see why: His utilitarian and unironic works can appear starkly simple, but that's just an artifice for all the busy thinking and subtle jokes going on underneath the surface. As in his works, Coniff says a lot using few words, as evidenced by his 100CC questionnaire, which follows.
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Portrait by Monique Atherton
Joseph Coniff: I appreciate the idea of collaboration, but it's not for me.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
People doing psychological and sociological research are of great interest to me. Both are limitless fields of study.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
Robert Hughes wrote and talked about the ongoing depreciation of traditional skills within art, "the nuts and bolts of the profession," in his book and documentaries, The Shock of the New and The New Shock of the New. I side with his argument.
Making things on your own, that is without the help of fabricators or assistance, is something that should not be undervalued. It's important to test strengths and weaknesses and understand the value found in learning, failing and succeeding.
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