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Icebreakers: Alaska's Most Innovative Artists Hardcover – January 1, 2001
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Julie Decker is an independent writer and graphic designer who lives in Anchorage.
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In her introduction, Ms Decker details the criteria she proposed for a survey to discover the `top' artists considered. These include the following: exceptionally high quality production, substantial body of work, respect of peers, income derived from art, recognizable style, individual works make statement 'beyond pure representation', production for 'Art's sake' without commercial consideration, willingness to experiment and 'push boundaries', significant impact on regional art scene.
Such are the seemingly contradictory hoops that Art Heroes have to jump through. Derive your income from art made without commercial consideration, and by experimenting, significantly impact your region without losing the respect of your peers.
This book is packed with text contributed by art movers and shakers in Alaska, and will enjoy first place as a primer on the lively Alaskan art scene. It will prove valuable to collectors of Alaskan contemporary art.
Note to aficionados: Ms Decker has released a new book titled "Found and Assembled in Alaska", another overview of Alaskan artists who turn trash into junk art.