My education really went as far as 8th grade- I never made passed the first year of high school, got my G.E.D. later and went to a few semesters of college- left that as well, and everyone thought I was crazy when I received a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago,and said "fuck it- I don't want to go" and it was not because I think there is nothing more for me learn, they just were not teaching the things that I was/ am interested in- (even if I didn't know what it was I wanted to learn)But it is moments & realizations such as these- that I don't regret choosing to learn from life than institutions:
The information I receive from this forum in the short time I've been a member, has taught me more about art & artists, has sparked a motivation to be aware of the world around me & issues that affect me as an artist & of the artists who didn't make to the "top 40" of the artworld( like warhol-who did- and who I think is about as interesting as that bland-ass can of tomato soup I open up when there is nothing better to eat).. The point of this long winded post - I wanted to show my graditude for sharing your knowledge so openly....But to get to the subject at hand: I was so taken when I read about David Wojnarowicz and all that was said about this amazing man, who I never heard of until now,I was also touched by how humble Hatches sounds when he writes about working with David Wojnarowicz. Also many thanks to D, for opening the topic. It is a shame that an artist of this caliber is not more well known, but his art, at least of what I have learned from all of the posted info,is not about glamour and fantasy or "acceptable" issues, it seems to be the raw truth, and the ugliness most would rather forgot or ignore.