OBJECTS opens oct. 6

Jason Steady’s OBJECTS opens Friday, Oct. 6, at the little gallery. An opening reception is set for 6:00 to 9:00pm at 5901 Maple Street in beautiful downtown Benson. Below is a Q+A with the artist.

Q: When did you know you were going to be an artist?

I think I first thought of myself as an artist as a little kid, but life, school and people have a way of convincing you that it’s not a worthwhile pursuit. “Sure, you can be an artist, but what are you going to do for a living?” Despite making a living doing some sort of art in some sort of capacity for nearly 20 years now, I’m still not comfortable telling people I’m an artist. I usually just say I’m unemployed and making it work.

Q: Describe your process.

I’ll have a weird dream or a strange idea about an Object, an illustration or a concept, and then I just have to make it. When I don’t even have the right skills to make something happen, I either read up and do some research to learn a new skill or just wander the aisles at the hardware store looking for solutions and pieces to the puzzle. After that, I completely zone out and hope I have a cool Object and all my fingers when I’m done.

Q: Where do you find inspiration?

I love when someone comes to me wanting to know if something is even possible.¬†Often, just wondering how to do something is inspiring enough. You know when a dog hears a weird sound and tilts its head to the side a little bit? Intrigued? I’m inspired by anything that makes me do that. Sounds, materials, tools, ideas, experiences. If it makes me tilt my head like a dog, I’ll run with it.

Q: Name the 3 most important things in your studio space.

I suppose tools and things are the most important, but I’ve had the same space for over 10 years and just installed adequate lighting this summer. Last winter, I installed a heater. Being able to see and not freeze to death are really very important, even compared to tools.

Q: What do you want others to know about you/your work?

Everything not discussed thus far should remain medium-mysterious to encourage people to come to the show and ask me a question or whatever.

OBJECTS runs through Oct. 28. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. For more info, call 402.681.1901.