If you look at Johanna Drucker’s Wikipedia, she clearly has a variety of ways she can be defined: author, book artist, visual theorist and cultural critic. I can break this down a little bit more for you: exceptionally smart woman who used to teach at UVA and now teaches at UCLA.
This conversation runs the gamut: we talk about the arc of her work and career, chasing your dreams when the path isn’t conventional, cave paintings, the evolution of writing and the alphabet, how to evaluate the work of guys like Rothko and Pollock, and even the future of art.
I had a great time talking to Drucker, who had to catch a plane to Sweden — and the part of Sweden closer to the Arctic Circle than to Stockholm — later that day. Fun times for all.
If you’re interested in Drucker and her work, check her official page at UCLA or watch this speech she gave:
The next episode, featuring a key member of the Huntsman for President team, should drop sometime over the holidays. Maybe 12-29 region. Until then, have a great holiday season, guys.