Jean-Marc Supervllle Sovak is a Beacon-based artist whose work uniquely expresses the history of the Hudson Valley, including its industrial legacy and its art. He is also an art educator and a guide at Dia:Beacon.
There’s a reading list to go with this episode, as Jean-Marc references a number of texts relating to his work with bricks, his commentary on The Hudson River School and the art of Robert Smithson.
In this interview, he talks about the manufacturing-based economy of the 19th and early 20th century and his most recent body of work, called “a-Historical Landscapes,” which reconsiders and modifies paintings from the Hudson River School of landscape art that defined that movement. He also describes his “I Draw & You Talk” project, consisting of 109 portraits of Beacon residents.
You can check out more of Jean-Marc Superville Sovak’s work at his website.