With the passing of artist and next door CAC neighbor, Erik Schuessler, Dallas has lost an icon. I often say that I find artists to be the most collaborative, generous people on the planet, bar none. From what I've learned about Erik (and his brother Ean) these last few days is that he possessed a type of goofiness that led to a "creative generosity" resulting in collaboration after collaboration from initiating zines and sketch cults to serving as a catalyst for the maker movement in Dallas, bringing together artists, designer and tech folks.
For his public memorial Saturday at Texas Theatre more than 300 friends and family packed in, many of them co-conspirators that enriched the Dallas art scene, celebrated his life.
I was honored when the so-called "weirdos" next door asked to use CAC's sculpture garden for a smaller gathering that night under the full moon and then designated CAC as one of the beneficiaries for memorials since it was always Erik's purpose to get more directly involved with CAC and even possibly teach here. I know that we have not heard the last from this collaborative, generous artist and the community he has help to sustain. Stay tuned...
Read more here in an article published last week by D Magazine, remembering the influential local artist.