Gus Blaisdell interviews artist Constance DeJong “That’s beautiful. It leaves the viewer with the infinite.”

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Blaisdell, Gus, Constance DeJong: Metal, University of New Mexico Press, 2003

I saw Constance DeJong’s first show of metal paintings and drawings in 1980. I was
immediately impressed, found the subsequent work equally distinguished, and was an
ardent fan until DeJong went underground in 1997. Then she surfaced again this year
with work so remarkably different that l was again struck. What had happened in the
years she had not shown? She had transformed her work, even though presently she is
again working in metal, and not just in terms of materials. There was a new, deepened
center of attention and concentration. What follows is a conversation between the two of
us that concentrates on her work out of the public eye from 1997 to the present. We talk
a bit about zazen, what DeJong calls sitting practice. This is a practice like yoga that
frees the mind for…

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One Response to Gus Blaisdell interviews artist Constance DeJong “That’s beautiful. It leaves the viewer with the infinite.”

  1. latifla1940 says:

    Gus was one of the original Stanford group in experimental loose slam tinkle studies with an amazing group of people. I met him when he was editor of NEW MEXICO QUARTERLY and from there the Batch was formed. I did a review of Gary Snyder’s book which he kindly published. I just came across it again and will print it here again sometime. Thank you Larry for your amazing spirit and kindnesses to so many people who crossed Placitas roads. Thinking and writing about Ann Quin, and Quin the Eskimo. Our trips near the stones facing the plateau of a billion skies.

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