Saturday, August 29, 2009

Howard McAvoy

BORN: 1949, New York

Lives and works in Stillwater, New York, with Anni, Sid and Gilly

U.S. Armed Forces (unarmed medic): 1968-1972

EDUCATION: Schenectady Community College, Empire State College

JOBS: Bus Driver, Ironworker, Oil Refinery Worker, Captain of Oil Barge, NY Harbor, 1990- started selling work on the street.

Are you self-taught? Yes. I went to college, but my degree is not in art.

Do you like cheesecake? Yes. With red cherries on top.

What is your medium? I use scavenged materials mostly. Driftwood, rocks, plastic, and metal. I think an artist should use the stuff most readily available to him or her. Dumpster diving is an art all by itself. Tip: make sure there's enough junk inside the dumpster before you jump in. You'll need to pile it up to use as a ladder to get out. Also, make sure nobody else is in the dumpster. You could land on top of them.

Where do you get your ideas? I get asked this question a lot. The antenna is up and the engine is always running.

Where do you live? I live in the town of Stillwater, New York which is on the Hudson River, located 25 miles north of Albany. It's not the middle of nowhere, but it's close.

Do you have any pets? Yes. 2 dogs. Sid and Gilly. They are small and don't know it.

Will my satisfaction be guaranteed?

Deb and I first became acquainted with Howard on-line. We have a mutual interest in Nova Scotia where Howard spends time in the summer. We exchanged several e-mails and then last year when Howard came to Syracuse to do the Plow Shares show, we went down to meet him.

We ended up buying a wall sculpture that is a fabulous addition to our collection. I encourage you to visit Howard's web site by clicking on the image in the side bar.

Howard injects a lot of satire and political commentary into his art. I really appreciate the humor and honesty in his work.

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