"Donated Artwork" by Gary Sweeney
Being an artist can be a tough gig, especially if your heart is set on living indoors and enjoying the occasional meal. Naturally most artists find themselves working more than a few odd jobs to keep the lights on. So when California native Gary Sweeney was given the chance to work as a baggage handler for airports, right after graduating from U.C. Irvine in the in the early '70s, he jumped at the chance. After 35 years that include numerous public art pieces and only a few damaged suitcases, Sweeney is quitting his day job.
"I've got 35 years with it and they're offering an early out," Sweeney says. "It's truly a hard job to give up."
One of his first stops as a free man? Dallas, where he'll exhibit some of his newest work in Problem Child at Red Arrow Contemporary September 6-October 18.More »