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Grimaldi Baez is teacher, community art practitioner, printmaker, drawing machine maker, driven by commitment to social justice and hatred of poverty

In the gig economy many artists work multiple jobs. Grimaldi Baez works about seven, most of them in the community art realm, where he teaches and leads projects. For the Yabucoa, Puerto Rico-born, US-raised artist committed to idea of social justice, it makes for an exhausting but fulfilling life. Among other things in this wide-ranging interview, Grimaldi tell us how he relaxes.

Grimaldi Baez
Grimaldi Baez, who teaches and works with communities in his art practice, began as a printmaker.

One of the best titles for jobs held by Grimaldi Baez is “Technological Disobedience Teacher,” which described his work on the reForm project of Pepón Osorio. reForm worked with the children of the Fairhill Elementary School, whose lives and educational futures were disrupted when the Philadelphia school district shut down the school for cost savings reasons. Baez often works with young people. At the Village of Arts and Humanities, he helped a group of youth form a collective as part of Lanré Tejuoso’s Material Memory project. That collective is still active after the project ended and Baez is currently working with the collective on a new project. In his studio practice, Baez makes prints and drawings and has fabricated drawing machines that are fierce in their non-drawing output. This interview, which runs about 43 minutes, took place on April 5, 2017. See examples of Grimaldi’s drawings and drawing machines at his website.

Thank you to The Galleries at Moore TGMR radio project for making this podcast possible, and especially to Matt Kalasky for inviting Artblog to participate in the Moore radio project. You can also listen to the interview with Grimaldi Baez at the TGMR site.