By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
"When an artist signs his name to his art, then that's a promotion." --Sassoism.
Why shit on me and ridicule me about my art? You obviously know nothing of my art, because you never got past the "gimmick" ("See Art. See Art Run," December 28). It flew right over your head. The "gimmick" I sent you was an invitation to look at my Web site and perhaps review it as something different on the local art scene. I tried, but why diss art that you obviously know nothing about?
I have no need for the Whitney Biennial "gimmick" or Pillsbury and Peters or any of those other commercial wannabes. The poor Brian guy who has a day job...well, is that a gimmick? If he's in some supposedly prestigious show and doesn't practice art full-time, then it obviously speaks for itself.
Then you shit on me, a full-time artist, who has probably produced more artworks than all the artists you mentioned in your article...combined. Are you angry that your little "poster boy" Brian didn't think up the idea of promoting his Web site via hand-painted metal tags? Oh...he doesn't have a Web site? Talk about the Stone Age...and you talk of the future of art? Those tags you make fun of have to do with "repetition and fragmentation" and "production," as well as "shelf life and longevity." Remember, they are metal.
I am the future of art.
When you shit on me, you shit on Dallas, because I am from Dallas, so why waste time in writing about something that you know so little about? Find out about it instead and then write about it. That is...after you get finished kissing up to that horrible Dunn girl.
P.S. I don't want to make you "cringe," but those metal tags are actually a part of the mixed-media area of my oeuvre, and several years ago a very large company (rhymes with Boca-Bola) wanted to order 24,000,000 of them with my art on them. It was one that got away!
Is that new and artsy enough for you? Would any artist in the country (or world) rather be in the Whitney Biennial or sell that large a quantity of art?
On the future for Sasso: Another very large company (household word) will be using my art in the year 2001 for promotional purposes. So, should I worry about the Whitney Biennial and a couple of pompous galleries in town? If any of your poster children's art were being used by this very large worldwide company, would you write about that?
Since you "cringe" and "cry" about what little art of mine you've seen, I guess it's not news, because I'm doing it. I'll take the very large companies digging my art any day over a few galleries, and so would your poster children if you asked them. I quit my day job 14 years ago.
James Patrick Sasso
I put a spell on you: I Want to thank Annabelle for the pep talk on the local art scene. It's nice when someone other than an "art hypester" points out all the things we have going for us in Dallas right now. I'm sure you know but perhaps didn't have the space to go into it in the article on December 28, but Theresa Jones is not gone. Now known under the alias of Theresa Myers, she is the associate director of Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art. We are all very glad that she did not leave the Dallas art world. She's a talented lady. I agree with you about Jason Cohen and Forbidden Gallery being the place to watch. Also, I am pleased to see that you have a sense of humor about Eddie's Exorcism Kit; he's the sweetheart of Expo Park, and it's considered a compliment when he puts a hex on you.
Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art
Rabble rouser: Great year-end visual-arts review by Annabelle...and she thinks I'm a rabble rouser! 2001 an Art Odyssey is here in Dallas, and there's no time for any of us to space out. This is the real deal, and once again, she's trying to let us know it!
Burger eaters unite: I felt compelled to write after reading of Trina McReynolds' plight against the insensitive corporate giant known as Whataburger. I, too, have been a victim of similar churlishness. Once, I visited one of their restaurants and simply ordered a hamburger with no onions and no mayo--what I got instead was a hamburger with onions and mayo. This is not right, and it has to stop now! And I'll bet I'm not the only one who's suffered similar mistreatment from the hamburger giant. If you've had similar experiences with food orders mishandled, or otherwise been treated shoddily at any Whataburger, I urge you to contact McReynolds and her attorney, Yolanda Torres, and demand that they file a class-action suit on your behalf.