If You Don’t Have Haters Yr Doing Something Wrong, 2001 graphite on paper (appropriation)
This is an end of semester evaluation I received from one of my illustration instructors in college. I had hoped to avoid this person’s class all together after overhearing him talking around the building and seeing examples of his work. Alas, he instructed one of the core classes in my degree plan. One of my more favorite memories from that class, other than his dithering feckless critiques, was, when showing examples of work he had done for Sesame Street Magazine (in the mid 1980’s), a student remarked that working for that publication must have been fun, he replied “Yeah, but I had to do a lot of revisions..like they would want me to put a Black kid here, an Asian kid here… or a kid in a wheelchair in it….who thinks of that?” Oh and the time a Nigerian student did a piece decrying Shell Oil’s dealings in his homeland. After giving a very in depth explanation of his piece the instructor turned to him and said, “wow I’ve never heard about this.” -_- Upon receiving this I balled it up and threw it out. A few minutes later I decided to retrieve it….for my grudge archive. What kind of teacher ends an evaluation with a catty rhetorical question anyway? FTG.