Cranbrook Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls discusses some of his more high profile failures in his 2014 Artist-in-Residence Lecture. Entitled Good Luck, Bad Luck, Chance and Failure Earls attempts to reconcile the role “failure” has played in his development. Earls discusses being hired and subsequently fired by Rudolf de Harak at the age of twenty-three, the perils of being a designer at Elektra Records in the mid 1990s’ and how “nothing to lose” is a career asset.
Images from the Talk...
Failure is Not SuccessFailure is Not Success (Character is Fate)
Elegy 1An Analysis of “Elegy for the Collapse of the Empire,” and its’ relationship to Earls broader work.
1990s Gig PostersExamples of Earls’ posters from the late 1990s’ promoting his performance work.
Powerful Work...Powerful work flows from problematic conceptual spaces and conditions; not from resolved spaces.