Echostains Blog Spotlights (Interviewing other Bloggers)

Where do I go? Down the River of course!

Billy Childish is just one of the artists featured on my blog Billy Childish is just one of the artists featured on my blog 

Anyone who already reads my blog will find it an eclectic mix of mostly art’s based media.  I have many interests, which I haven’t even put into my blog.  – music for example.  That would take up a whole other blog.  But where do I go to in Blogland when I want to get away from it all and have a good time? If you look at my Blog roll you will see at a glance.  But why do I go to these blogs?   Why do I like them?  What do I get from them? 

Echostains Blog Spotlight Echostains Blog Spotlight 

 As hinted at a few weeks ago, I shall be spotlighting these blogs every now and again by interviewing their owners (if they are willing, there’s no obligation).  If you have been reading my blog regularly you will know that I don’t accept awards.  I’ve nothing against them – I am rewarded by people who take the time to read my blog daily and thoughtfully comment.  The Echostains Blog Spotlight is the nearest I get to giving an award.  I hope that you will enjoy these blogs as much as I do! 

The first spotlight is on Albertus from artistatexit0  I can’t remember how I stumbled upon this blog – but I’m so glad I did!  The link was through assemblage and artists who work with assembling objects.  However, Al’s work is much more than this.  I like to go there to see what he has been up to on the River – what he has found and more importantly – what he has done with them.  His scuptures are unusual and ephemeral – here today and gone tomorrow, washed away by the river.  They are born from the river – and they die by the river.   Luckily for us, he has documented their existance with a fantastic photo collection!

1.  Why is your blog thus entitled?

My blog derives its title from the literal highway exit number that I use to arrive at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana which is across from my home in Louisville, Kentucky.  I also like its existential overtones and it sounds slightly absurd to me.

Ohio River map Ohio River map 

 2.  What is your blog about and what information do you hope to get across?

After one year, I’m still discovering what the riverblog is all about through this sense for place.  Generally, it concerns itself with creativity and the natural environment of which we are a part.  I believe that art has survival value in life (see Ellen Dissanayake) and I feel by rediscovering our own innate creativity in all its forms that we can reconnect to the planet that sustains us.  This blog is my own story and attempt to forge this reconciliation.


 3. Whats the most exciting thing you have found in the river – and why?

Personally, the most exciting “thing” I have found in the river is myself!  I know this sounds odd and perhaps egotistical, but the discovery was a renewed sense of my purpose and role as an artist in this context.  To further affirm this, I once found a sign fragment that literally had my name on it.  I entitled that artifact, “I Found Al by the Side of the River” and its still one of my prize possessions.  My son Michael was with me and snapped my photograph at the moment of discovery.  A picture of it is in my “Found Signs and Paintings Collection”.

(You knew then that you were indeed in sinc with that river:)  I shall check that pic out!)

 4. How did your fascination start with the river and its contents?

I have been lucky to have lived near bodies of fresh water.  For me, the Ohio River was already in my proverbial back yard.  My art has been informed by both natural and cultural history.  Our material culture deposited in the river represents the journey we all take through life.  I also drink this water.

 5. Why did you start your blog?

I had been looking for a format that allowed me to provide a better relational sense for what I’m experimenting with at the river.  Through the blog, I can use whatever talents I have with words and images to talk about art in the context of life.  I now view weblogs as a medium in their own right.  Putting my art on the web helped to relieve it from the isolation of the gallery.  I also have a passion for this sense of place that is the Falls of the Ohio that I wanted to share with a wider world.


polystyrenus-with-fish. image courtesy of 

 6. What would you most like to find in the river and why?

What I would like most to find is no trash in the water.  Should this condition occur, I would then feel that our species is evolving and placing a priority on aesthetic issues like clean water which truly enhances life in the most meaningful way.  I also would like to find an artifact that proves Prince Madoc was here just to say that recorded history isn’t all its cracked up to be.

(lol! but a lovely sentiment Al)

 7. Whats’ your best adventure concerning the river?

There are simply too many to list.  I do recall, however, an early incident in the park that felt transcendental like the “St. Francis in Ecstasy” by Giovanni Bellini in the Frick Collection of New York.  I was hiking on the ancient fossil beds during the heat of summer and I was looking towards the skyline of a contemporary city and feeling a sublime sense for being located at this particular space and time.  When I looked at my hands I was lacking stigmata and more than likely was suffering from some slight dehydration! 

 8. If you could advertise your blog on a billboard – what would it say?

Usually, I’m not fond of billboards.  We already live in a wilderness of signs.

Louisville from the Falls, image courtesy of http://artistatexit0.wordpress Louisville from the Falls, image courtesy of http://artistatexit0.wordpress 

 9.  Anything exciting planned for the future of your blog?

I have a lot of unpublished content that I could scan and include on the riverblog.  I have been with this project since 2003 and I like the idea of moving back and forth through time in a nonlinear way.  Only I know when these events happened as though that really mattered to most people. Most of my Styrofoam sculptures no longer exist and so these other images are my only surviving documents. I also like the idea of speaking more through an invented character and then there’s also the possibility of embedding video clips.  I   have more Collections pages to add…so there’s much that could still occur whether this qualifies as exciting I leave to you.

(I love these characters!  They are an added bonus!  The video clips would be fantastic, people could get a real sense of the river rushing and share the excitement of your discoveries!!  Hope you go with this!)





image by kind courtesy of image by kind courtesy of 


10 Why should people visit your blog?

Why indeed?  I hope that most conscientious bloggers ask themselves this question.  I hope people will enjoy what I do because it’s fun, interesting, frequently absurd, and just doesn’t hold a mirror up to the world decrying it, but offers up a little hope for it. You tell me Lynda since you initiated this interview!

(I have Al, it’s at the top:)   Some really interesting answers there – thank you!)



Watch out for more interviews from my Blogrollers:)  Questions shall be tailored towards the blogs subject  matter)

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Interview No. 2

Where Do I go to? To The Arts Web Roadshow of course!

This blog first caught my attention when the author left a comment about my hoarding habit!  I visited his site – and I was soon hooked!  Kserverny aka Cheffie, Clickety, Cornered, Sir Richard, or Richard North is a man driven.  Well driven and torn – yes both at the same time!  Not only is he a talented chef he is also an artist in his own right.  It’s not enough For Richard to create delicious dishes and present them in an eye pleasing tempting way – his art must have other outlets.  He has found them by writing poetry, songs and even screenplays.  He paints, he sings, he even makes paper sculpture from time to time.  He takes cool photographs and he makes the most wonderfully entertaining  videos!  I say ‘him’, but really I mean ‘them’ – the Aspects.  As you shall see, the Aspects are quite capable of speaking for themselves;-

 Hi Cheffie!  I’m quite a big fan of yours, how long have you been in that kitchen?  what do you most like about it and what do you most dislike about it?

  I’ve been cooking  just shy of 8 years but i have been in this kitchen for almost 2..
What i dislike is that the catering industry is notorious for taking their employees for granted and the only rewards are personal satisfaction so if you ain’t getting that, you shouldn’t be there. lol. On saying that i do like the community spirit that comes with the job, the ‘we’re all in this together’ attitude, and of course the flirting with the pretty waitresses
(i shouldn’t have said that.. i should not have said that).

Do you think of cooking as an art form? if so why? if not why not?

 I never used to think so, but some people here on blog land persuaded me that it was. There is actually a very strong argument to reinforce that point.

Sir Richard, it is indeed an honour to meet you at last!  (thinks: do I curtsy or not? decides against it with my knees…)
How did the  Aspects come about? and is it up to you to keep them all under control?  Surely that’s a full-time job? 

Well, the aspects are based on the idea of a multiple personality, fragments of one conflicted mind. and by nature the aspects fight for the top spot which i believe makes for good comedy.
These such aspects are my take on that. (i will point out though that our hive mind is not actually crazy. lol)
Control? The Arts Web Show does not affiliate with control!
 What are your ultimate plans for the roadshow? for example where would you like it to go say in a couple of years time?

The Web Show is the first step in a more widespread plan. The Show must get a high level of popularity for anything to be possible.
But next year we plan to go out into the world and get to know the local art and media culture.
Eventually the show will advance into weekly 45 minute podcast that funds itself through sponsors. (targeted advertising)
I will then use the show to promote the local art scene and get some people into the public eye.
That’s the plan for the next three years
Hello Kseverny,  you are a talented wordsmith.  Which came first the poetry or the music?

   Personally, i put the two together, but each has always had different motivations.
  Poetry is how i deal with stress or emotional turmoil (did i really say that?)
 But when i pick up my guitar and sing songs, i imagine I’m a rock star with thousands of  rock chick fans screaming ‘i’m single’.
 Which musician  has influenced you the most and why?

Oh this one is easy.
It’s not a musician, but the greatest rock band ever to walk heaven and earth.
The one and only Led zeppelin.

Hi Clickety, Your photographs are renowned for their unusual perspectives – what inspires you to do this?

The desire to be different.
       Who want’s to capture a shot the same way thousands of other’s have?

 Quite…    I can see that you certainlyenjoy your individuality:)  You have some very good food shots.  Food is notoriously difficult to photograph – any tips?

  Thanks, unfortunately i don’t have any answers.
    I’m still figuring it all out myself, i get the effects i get with my food shots through photo manipulation,

Hi Cornered!   You are a natural draughtsman, as your work shows.  Do you get much time to draw these days with your busy schedule?

I don’t any more. most of the work you see on my blog is what i did about 4 – 5 years ago.
      The problem is fine art is so time-consuming. Which is a shame really.
 In the arts web show video – will drawing be included? and will it be live?

 You’ll have to wait and see. lol
 I won’t have to wait long the arts web show is my next stop!   One more question though; Who is your favorite artist and why?

 This one is actually very difficult to answer because i don’t have a clear favourite as such.
  I’ve always been able to appreciate the work that came out of the surrealist movement, but i rarely tackle that area myself.
  A lot of people over the years have compared my work to have a similar feel to Van Gogh’s artwork. so perhaps it’s him who i like most.
  unconsciously of course.

Thank you Aspects!  It was a pleasure to meet you all!  I’m running along to the

Arts Web Show now – please join me!

I shall be interviewing all my blogrollers (if they agree to it) in time.  Here’s another I did earlier

2 Responses to “Echostains Blog Spotlights (Interviewing other Bloggers)”

  1. By accident I visited your blog,because I am interested in the artist Tjibbe Hooghiemstra [Holland]but also wellknown in Ireland I think.And so I was searching to images of the painter Brian Maguire and James Dixon[both in the circle of Tj.H.]
    Maybe a start to follow your blog,but I am not practiced in this.
    Kind regards,

    • Aw hope you do Edmund1 All sorts of art and design here to be seen. The blog has been going about 3 years now. Love Brian Maguire’s work, especially ‘Foundation Stones’ was lucky enough to see in in Dublin a few years ago and have never forgotten it:-)

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