J.R. Uretsky

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Featured Artist: J.R. Uretsky

Video still from Test, 2009.
Video still from Test, 2009.

www.jruretsky.com

http://www.jruretsky.com/wordpress/

What is your name?

 Hi, I’m J.R. Uretsky and when I am not teaching awesome students at ECSU I’m making sculptures, videos and performances! 

Describe your creative practice. Are you a visual artist, musician, craftsperson, apparel designer, blogger, etc?

 I am a visual artist based out of Providence, RI. Like I said I make sculptures, videos and performances.

A Bird Came Down, 2012.
A Bird Came Down, 2012.

How does social media affect your practice?

I use facebook, my blog and my website to promote my work and keep people informed about when I am performing next. I have also done some collaborations what have utilized blogs or file sharing platforms. I also tweet from time to time.

My website has really been the most fruitful — no joke … “I loved your website!” has come up in every job interview and/or studio visit with a curator I have had in the past two years.

Do you promote your work via the Internet? Why do you use the internet?

Yeah, my work is promoted primarily  through the internet. Like I said facebook, blogs and even MailChimp have been my main tools. 

I use the internet because I really do believe that online communication is the most proficient way of letting people know what you’re up to. As a performance artist much of my work is event-based, meaning the best way to experience the work is to be sitting in front of it while it’s happening. While documentation of the performances do exist, there is something lost in a still image or video version of the work.  My interest in performance is creating a visual and emotional experience and while there are plenty of talented video artists and photographers who do this in their works — I’m not one of them. I need bodies in the audience and I almost exclusively use  facebook and personal emails to get them there. 

My website designed by Sydney Van Orden
My website designed by Sydney Van Orden

What are some websites, social networks or other digital media that you find yourself using, loving and/or lurking on a somewhat regular basis?

haha — hulu and 1 channel  I love TV.

I am a facebook junkie.  I have found that creating a facebook event has been the best way to get people to show up to my events. 

I also watch quite a bit of youtube videos of puppies

Vimeo seems to be the way many video artists are displaying their videos. The quality is better than youtube. 

UbuWeb is an AMAZING archive of digital contemporary art works.  I spend a lot of time watching videos here and wishing I was a better artist!

Are there any creative people [visual artists, musicians, craftspersons, apparel designers, bloggers, etc] who are using web platforms in a particularly interesting way?

Online art magazines such as ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art  and Big Red & Shiny have been hugely supportive of my work. Online magazines are at the forefront of combining the personal and the social as they are getting inside artist studios and keeping up with exhibitions while providing resources for a range of members in local art communities. 

I am continually interested by artists who use the interwebs as their actual medium.

Besides having perfect hair, David Lynch maintains his own website…

I also frequent George Takei’s facebook

Also … Amy Poehler’s adorable attempt at chipping away at cultural stereotypes and pressures put on young girls. 

Are there any websites/ web platforms that you have found to be less helpful, not as interesting or even taboo for creative people to use?

Not a huge fan of deviantART

 I think at this point myspace and blogger are outdated and I wouldn’t suggest any artists using them for promotional stuff. 

What advice would you give to artists, musicians, bloggers, and online retailers?

Get online. If you are no good at web stuff, hire someone who is — and pay them. 

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