Monday, April 5, 2010

::Monday's inspired human :: Jeff Badger ::

Creative energy is a tough thing to harness for some folks, and especially those who have so much of it. Jeff Badger is an artist, musician, teacher, father and Monday's inspired human. Jeff is currently participating in an exciting artist photographer teamed installation project at SPACE gallery in Portland, ME and working on pen and ink drawings which are essentially diagrams of  thought pattern's and creative processes... whoa... what's more interesting then following how our quirky minds really work? I am not sure, but learning a little bit more about Jeff is certainly up there;) 

Blog land, may I introduce you to Jeff Badger:

Name: Jeff Badger
Sign: Yield
Age: 33
Where can we find you (blogs, websites etc... list them all;):☛

What are the mediums that you work in? 
drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, music

Which one of these mediums are getting the most love from you right... NOW?
Definitely drawing. I have spent the last year or so working on a new series of black and white pen drawings of data trees tracing thought. They use the information design of annual reports - charts, graphs, data trees - to try to elucidate info about emotional and artistic processes. Also, I am recording a new batch of songs with my recently (re)formed band Crooked Propellers.

What are you working about that you are most excited about right... NOW?

My Tiny Office. I was asked to participate in a project at Space Gallery in Portland ( that will feature five teams of artists and photographers. The teams create an installation as a photo booth - viewers can get their pictures taken in the installation. It will be up for one night only (First Friday, April 2). For this project photographer Nathan Eldridge ( and I are creating a 'tiny office'. It is a small, enclosed room with forced perspective that appears to be a normal sized room at the front but shrinks down to 50% size as as it recedes. At the end is a small desk, phone, computer, etc. all built at 50% of regular size. In the pictures people will look extremely large (or kids will look adult-sized). Nathan will take the photos with a wide-angle to amplify the effect.

What is the first word that comes to mind right... NOW? Alligator

What was your first "real" job: I was a graphic designer for a company that produced financial text. Designing books didn't work out for me in the long term, but now that I teach design I realize how much I learned there.

Favorite method of procrastination:
Cleaning, organizing, putting shelves up and taking them down, etc. Pretending that preparing my workspace is that same thing as working even though I know it is not.

I know you are an amazing creative, what do you LOVE to make?:

Best advice for overcoming a creative block?
Take something away from yourself.

Please answer the painful age old art school question; "What Is Art?"
Not touching that one.

Thanks Jeff for answering questions and being the inspired human that you are! 

What do you think? We would love to hear what you have to say...

Have an inspired week! ~Liza

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