David Marcet, a Hinsdale artist and art professor at Benedictine University, is working on at least two unusual series, one involving a chair and the other depicting large apple cores. His artwork is on display at Acquisitions of Fine Art,10 E. Hinsdale Ave., Hinsdale. A reception is open to the public from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, July 25. To promote the show, Marcet will be painting a mural on the sidewalk in front of the gallery July 24.
Q: Have you done sidewalk artwork before?
A: I started out drawing cartoon characters with children’s chalk (outside his home). I’ve got three young kids. Then I got more involved in it. I thought, if I’m going to do it, I might as well make it educational. I did some of my favorite paintings, by Picasso and Magritte, some real famous one and some obscure ones. It was an old sidewalk and very rough, so I got out an angle grinder and ground down the sidewalk so it was smoother.
Last summer, I did famous women artists. Alice Neel is one of my favorites. This year, I’m doing figures from the Sistine Chapel. It has been a rough summer, it’s been so rainy. I just started spraying them (to seal them). People think I’m nuts. But so many people stop by and chat and we talk about art. Most of the time, when I’m working, I would not be talking to anybody.
Q: Tell me about your paintings of apple cores.
A: I have always been drawn to the image of the apple. It’s such a loaded image in literature and allegories. You give an apple to the teacher. There was the apple in the Garden of Eden; Snow White ate the poisoned apple.
Q: But why show a chewed apple core?
A: It’s the aftermath of something. If you sort of assign a metaphor to the apple, that’s the fruition of it, the remnant.
Q: When you’re grocery shopping, do you have your eyes open for different kinds of apples, different sizes?
Q: You have a series of portraits of people all sitting in the same chair. Why that one chair?
A: It’s an old, cheap office chair I refurbished and refinished. I’ve had it in my studio for 20 years. It’s the chair I basically sit in when I look at my paintings and make all my decisions. I thought it would be interesting to turn that around and look at someone else in the chair.
Q. What do you teach at Benedictine?
A: Painting, drawing, computer arts. I’ve been teaching there since 2007. I like it a lot. The way I teach, I draw and paint alongside the kids. It keeps me kind of sharp. It makes me reevaluate what I’m doing.
Even if I am not in my studio working on my own stuff, I’m still painting (in class). I believe you have to keep painting and drawing or you get rusty, like a runner, who stops running for a while.
Q: Because your studio is above Fontano’s Subs in Hinsdale, I have to ask, what is the best sandwich there?
A: The meatball sub with hot giardiniera.
An artist’s background
Grew up in: Lisle
Education: Benet Academy in Lisle; bachelor of fine arts from Drake University, Des Moines; master of fine arts in painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah
Family: Wife Sheryl and three children, ages 3 to 8. How did you and your wife meet: We were both waiting tables at a restaurant in Naperville
Favorite vacation: On our honeymoon, we went to Paris and London and visited the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and National Gallery
Who would play you in a movie of your life: Bill Murray