Into The Mind Of Raivo Puusemp

On July 23rd Krist Gruijthuijsen, director of the Grazer Kunstverein, with artist Raivo Puusemp discussed at length the inspiration and thought processes of Puusemp’s project, Dissolution, currently located in our New Genres Gallery.  It was a relaxing evening with Puusemp’s attire reflecting that feeling- a Hawaiian shirt,  Khaki slacks and sunglasses atop his white hair. Dissolution is a survey of aesthetic structures and systematic process. The artist described to Gruijthuijsen that politics is a social medium. And like any medium, you have to work with it and learn it. Such as with his stint as mayor of a small village in New York and his plan of the dissolution for the town, Puusemp stopped creating art and hasn’t much since stating, “I always thought about art, I just haven’t done it. I would see something, and think someone should do that. But I would never do it myself.”  He was humble about his works made in his earlier years and simple with his answers. It was apparent he wanted people to attempt their artistic ideas just as he had done all those years ago in the 60s and early 70s.