On Hatteberg’s People, they are making a movie in Lawrence about Kansas Crop Artist Stan Herd. Stan’s the guy who makes his art with a tractor where it can only be seen from overhead. His life has been a series of highs and lows and now he will be featured in an Independent film called ‘Earthwork’.
“Ahh hold that! We’re going to start with you watering the last plant here. Let me know when you are set! Scene 93, take 3 ‘marker’! “Action!”
Stan Herd is a Kansas artist whose work has been seen internationally for almost 30 years.
“If you went down the street of New York City and asked 100 people who Stan Herd is, nobody would say, oh he’s that artist," Herd says. "But if you showed them my work, I think a lot of people would say, yes, I’ve seen his work.”
This is the kind of work Stan has done all over the world. These, though, are some of his Kansas landscapes. But it was a piece he did in New York, where Herd befriended homeless people, that is the subject of the movie. Chris Ordal is the writer producer of Earthwork.
"It’s a story about an artist who pretty much risks everything, his family, his financial security, his credibility, because he’s passionate about something he sees in his heart," Ordal says.
Playing a younger Stan Herd is actor John Hawkes. You’ll recognize his face from The Perfect Storm, Deadwood, and American Gangster.
“Stan is a fascinating character in so many ways," Hawkes says. "You can begin with his art which is just phenomenal; I’ve never seen anything like it.”
As the cameras roll on the movie set, in real life Stan Herd has paid the price for passionate work. Part of the movie is about how working in New York helped destroy his marriage. Since then, Stan’s outlook is more focused.
“I’m very tuned in to wanting to simplfy my life as much as possible, so I have the freedom to travel, spend time with the people I love and make art," Herd says.
“I think it is a validation of me personally of the journey that I took as an artist. It is a huge gamble and it is filled with both incredible excitement and great lows. Seven years ago I wanted to leave Kansas because it was just too much of a struggle financially. There is still a bit of that but I’m right where I’m supposed to be.”
“I never, never have measured success by things. It’s just freedom. Now I’m prepared to do some of my best work.”
No word yet on when the movie will be released. When it is, we will let you know.