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Talking Artscape, murals, and moving on with BOPA's Gary Kachadourian

Frank Klein
Gary Kachadourian says he does some of his best thinking--and drawing--on the bus.
"Trash Container," one of Kachadourian's series of life-size prints he draws on paper then enlarges to mammoth scale.
A detail of "Motors Installation," a collection of doodle drawings Kachadourian has been creating since he was in junior high school.
Frank Klein

By Tim Hill | Posted 8/12/2009

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CP: Any chance that they'll hire some other 29-year-old?

GK: I think the kind of position I have, which is this kind of non-structured position where you're expected to deal with institutional structures and the looser artists structures and you're supposed to do it in some organized manner, most of the people who are my age that are good at it probably are avoiding that level of commitment. (chuckles) Which is maybe why I'm leaving.

So younger would be my guess. They're ready. They still believe that they can learn and make it easier. (laughs) I think that was when I decided it was time to quit--about five years ago, I started to go, You know, I'm never actually going to get better at it. It's always going to be the exact same disasters at the exact same time that I could have foreseen and maybe planned around but somehow it never seems to happen. You start to be like, I'm 47 years old or whatever, you'd think I could learn by now. It's getting embarrassing to look in people's faces and go, like, I made the same mistake I made when I was 29.

But overall, you almost have to make [mistakes] to do it.

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