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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Interview with ACHRAF AMIRI

q)Walk us through an intimate day in your lif :

a)Contrary of what many people think of me as a active persons because of all the illustrations I produce in a short amend of time, I’m a very lazy person. If I’m not having a busy day with meeting, I generally wake up late in the afternoon and wonder around my flat. Depending of the energy and the mood I then start my day. Every day is a surprise: visiting creative friends, having diner in nice international restaurants and networking at the evening in various events that I’m invited too. The inspiration for starting making illustrations comes generally during the night when the streets are quite and everybody is sleeping. (this is also the reason why I wake up late) ;)

q) Where did you grow up/where do you live now and how does that contribute to your art?

a)I was born and grew up in Brussels (Belgium). After my studies I’ve spend a year living in Italy for emancipating myself. Now it’s been 3 years that I’m based in London where I totally enjoy the opportunities that the city is offering me.

q) What is your earliest memory that propelled you to create?

a)My 11-month-older brother that teaches me in being creative. We enjoyed copying personages of cartoons, especially Manga animé that we’ll be watching together during our childhood.

q) Tell us a little bit about your creative process.

a)Straight fort as a painter but logic as an architect. My illustrations are actually elaborated sketches made in less than 1 hour. 

q) How do you wish for your art to be perceived?

a)I’m happy if it can make people smile or even procure them a feeling of disgust.

q) Do you feel that there are limitations to what you want to create?

a)Yes, I always try to push the limits as far as I can and am generally very little satisfied whit what I make.

q) Do you feel art is vital to survival and if so, why?

a)It’s for me as vital as having a shower.  It personally cleans my mind and releases me from tensions.

q) Describe a world without art.


q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.

a)Can you keep a secret?

q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?

a)All of my works are displayed online. Google is my PR.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Interview with Click Mort

q) Walk us through an intimate day in your life

a)My days are beyond dull, and it would be cruel to run  --  much less walk  --  anyone through one of them.

q) Where did you grow up/where do you live now and how does that contribute to your art?

a)I was born in Los Angeles and have never been tempted to live anywhere else. I don’t think my immediate environment had much to do with my work; it was more a matter of finding pop culture artifacts from fifty years ago a lot more interesting than the current junk culture, and deciding to use it as a medium.

q) What is your earliest memory that propelled you to create?

a)I can’t remember any specific moment, but it probably had something to do with boredom. That’s my usual motivation for doing anything.

q) Tell us a little bit about your creative process.

a)It’s never particularly well thought out: when I see a piece I like, and it’s affordable, I snag it. When the right head shows up, I start working.
As for the mechanics of making these figures, there’s a step by step breakdown here:

q) How do you wish for your art to be perceived?

a)Well, I’d like it to be perceived favorably, but ultimately it’s up to the perceptor how they feel about it.

q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?

a)It can be either random mutterings or a monkey house in full frenzy, depending on what kind of day I’m having.

q) Do you feel that there are limitations to what you want to create?

a)Well, yeah. There are certainly technical limitations. But the real limiting factor is how much enthusiasm I have for following through on a given idea.

q) Do you feel art is vital to survival and if so, why?

a)No.  Survival is pretty much a bare bones proposition.  Stuff like art is a luxury.

q) Describe a world without art.

a)I don’t think that will ever be the case.  Somewhere, there will always be a three year old scribbling on a wall with a crayon, and that’s good enough for me.

q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.


q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?

a)I’ve got a show up now at La Luz de Jesus here in Los Angeles, and it pretty much features everything I’ve done in the last year. Here’s a link to the catalog:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Interview with Jad Fair

q)Walk us through an intimate day in your life

a)My wife and I have two horses and two dogs. I feed them at 6:30am. After that I have a breakfast
and start to work on art or music. For the past 12 years my main focus has been paper-cutting.
I try to do at least 5 each day.

q) Where did you grow up/where do you live now and how does that contribute to your art?

a)I grew up in Michigan and now live in Texas. I don't know that where I live makes any difference in my art. When I first started paper-cutting I was traveling a lot. I wanted to have an art form which would be easy for me to fit in my suitcase.

q) What is your earliest memory that propelled you to create?

a)I started drawing at an early age. It comes very natural to me. I don't think any outside force propels me.
I propel myself.

q) Tell us a little bit about your creative process.

a)I'm not aware of any creative process. I take it for granted. It's always there.

q) How do you wish for your art to be perceived?

a)I want people to like my art and music, but it doesn't bother me if they don't.

q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?

a)Most of the art I do is done very fast. I'm sure there is a thought process, but it happens so fast that I'm not aware of it.

q) Do you feel that there are limitations to what you want to create?

a)I've done some very large paper-cuttings, and I would like to do more, but the cost of framing an extra large cut is expensive, so most of the cuttings I do are a size that I can easily scan and frame. I don't feel a limitation in what I'm capable of doing. I feel a limitation in what I can afford to do.

q) Do you feel art is vital to survival and if so, why?

a)I don't feel it's vital to survival. I certainly could survive without it, but I'm much happier with art than I am without it.

q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.

a)I don't tell secrets. I've done thousands of paper-cuts. I've never thought of paper-cutting as an obsession, but if I have one that would be it.

q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?

a)I have art on my web site.
and on Facebook, and on several print on demand sites. The main print on demand site I use is Zazzle.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Interview with Serhiy Kolyada

q)For the people who don't know your work - how would you describe it ?

a)I call my art contemporary postmodern art, because I try to show todays life mixing the traditions of old classic arts and literature and todays images of pop-culture, politics, etc. ... A lot of my works are about real life in Ukraine, I try to show the truth, that's why not a lot of people want to see my art in my country. Especialy our Ukrainian galleries refuse me all the time to make my exhibitions, so, there is a kind of censorship in my country. The owners of the galleries are affraid of our authorities, that they can take off the licenses for their business, I think. Nobody in Ukraine wants to see the true life in art. Most of my art is bought by Europeans, Americans and Canadiens. Maybe, one reason more is not ordinary media I use- not traditional, it's a ball-point pen on paper. Sometimes I add some watercolors or collage details in some of my works...  A lot of people don't beleive I use ball point pen... Sometimes my works look like black-and-white photographs...

q)What are the key themes running through your practice?

a)As I told, I try to show the true life in Ukraine and also sometimes I depict some themes of global life. Also I like to make some erotic art. I show the world of corruption in Ukrainian politics, the problem of prostitution and sex-tourism in Ukraine, the problem of using alcohole and drugs among Ukrainian youth, the problems of world economical crisis and contrasts of rich and poor people in Ukraine...

q)Your favorite place on earth?

a)I didn't travel a lot... I like my country and I liked Sweden where I was in 1991 during the communist putch in Moscow, when Ukraine still was the part of Soviet Union. I asked the political asylem in Sweden but in a month the Swedish authorities told me that Ukraine is democratic and free now, and I have to go back...

q)What influences your work?

a)Old classic art, literature, ancient myths one one hand influences my work... and on the other hand some great artists, like Ukrainian Taras Shevchenko (19 century), Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, some of the German expressionists and some other surrealist painters... And the influence of contemporary pop-culture, mass symbols from advertisings, gloss magazines, including erotic and even porn photos... All of this is combined in one postmodern mixture... I also call my art "LifeScapes" (from still-life and landscapes) or "Visual prose"...

q)What music are you into right now?

a)I listen to different music - from classical to todays hard rock

q)Describe your thought & design process...

a)Usualy, I read some book, see television look at advertising boards on the streets, listen to the people talking- all of this, as I told became in a strange mixture in my head... sometimes I use even some of my night dreams...

q)Which emerging artists are you looking forward to seeing more of?

a)I am interested in some of my friend artists in Ukraine, we organize together a group which is called "Freedom or Death"... all of them try to show our true life in Ukraine... Some time ago I began to find different artists abroad on Saatchi Online and I found some interesting artists and interesting art with interesting ideas and concepts... It will be good to make some international exhibition...

q)Favorite place on the internet?

a)As I told last time I liked Saatchi Online, besides I get acqainted with intersting people on Facebook...

q)Do you have any upcoming projects/exhibitions we should know about?

a)I took part with my friend artists in Ukraine in different art fairs, but now I cannot tell you what will be in future, I still have problem to make the exhibition in Ukraine... but I'd love to have my personal show... 

q)Tell us something we don't know - but should...

a) The most important thing I'd like to tell you that Ukraine is not free in sence of free art, free mass-media still and even isn't free economicaly and even in politics. To my mind and a lot of people will agree with me that we still have unhuman government and president who are part of mafia... That's why I cannot develop my art free. In fact, I'd like Ukraine to be a part of Europe, that I could go free in Europe to show my art free in European galleries. But European politicians understand that it's dangerous to allow Ukrainian mafia and criminals come to Europe...  

q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?

a) All my art people can find on my personal web-site:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Interview with KEELERTORNERO

q)Introduce yourself, name,age, location.

a)KEELERTORNERO is Chin Keeler, Emma Tornero: Stoke Newington LONDON

q) Can you describe your path to being an artist? When did you really get into it?

a)After having both attended art college in London, I started playing music in camden town and Emma started work as an animator. We met when i joined a band fronted by Mary Byker of Gaye Bykers on Acid, Emma was going out with the keyboard player. We had very similar interests and began collaborating on various music related art commissions such as sleeve design and backdrops for clubs and venues. Meanwhile we started collecting plastic toys from jumble sales and charity shops and these became the materials for a series of surreal dioramas. We attempted to sell these at Camden market, never making much cash but managed to make a living painting shop signs and banners in-between touring with various bands. At one point we moved our massive collection of plastic into a cheap tiny studio across the river from the Millennium dome in the docklands area of East London and continued to create. There's very little documentation of what came out of that period because at the time we didn't realise it was important. During this time we set up the artist collective 'glassshrimp' promoting music and art events and producing a live weekly magazine show on London's famous Resonance 104.4fm. We also began producing work with collaborative artist group 'The Doberman Family' which focused on community based projects and site specific installations.
Eight years ago, our tiny riverside studio was demolished and we were offered space in a dynamic artist community housed in a Victorian sewing factory in Stoke Newington. It was here that our collaborative style flourished as we focused more on fine art drawing and painting. Since then our practice has moved to another level, with our current diary full of deadlines for shows and projects.

q) Describe your ideals and how they manifest in your work.

a)We are fantasists and surrealists, obsessed with the past and fascinated by the future. We like to shake it all up to illustrate an alternative reality in which anything can happen. We once described it as: 'A fisherman from the island of Terschelling in 2019 rubbing shoulders with John Wayne who, trapped inside the body of a stag in 1648, is trying to escape his future by becoming the son of architect Mies van der Rohe'. 
We like to create images in which the impossible emerges as something perfectly natural, where characters play parts in an all-encompassing illusory world – a place of dreams, hallucinations and unkempt fantasy, inhabited by strange beings, beasts and insects living out their lives just beyond our peripheral vision. We are drawn to the illusion of innocence represented in the images, characters and movies of the 50's and 60's, the colours, the textures, the cultural idyll of that bygone age, something that is lost forever and therefore holds magic for us. In the same way, because we were both partly brought up in the country, we are interested in rural themes in context of an urban existence, again how the concept of rural life is held in the minds of contemporary city dwellers as an ideal, something we all aspire to but is at the same time an illusion and something that is increasingly disappearing. You will always find related motifs in our work: birds, insects, animals etc but usually presented out of context or in environments you're not used to seeing them in. Humour is very important to us so basically we're trying to have fun with the images we love and are drawn to but at the same time present open ended questions about the nature of humanity.

q) Is music a part of your studio time? What do you listen to?

a)Music is a permanent accompaniment to everything we do and we have very eclectic tastes. Without listing actual names, we listen to everything from doom metal to New Orleans jazz. We are currently grooving to BELBURY POLY on the Ghostbox label and The Melvins is an everyday staple.
Inbetween making art we work for a friend who promotes music for press and radio, so theres always new and interesting stuff coming through the building. At the moment we are working on the new album by Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk. Also we belong to a larger musical community and most of our friends are somehow connected with the music industry so theres always lots of gigs and shows to go to.

q) How would you describe your work to someone?

a)Our work is essentially surrealist figuration rendered in either paint, pencil or collage. We like to have fun with imagery and enjoy the juxtaposition of the absurd and the super absurd. What we do is usually attractive in a way that most people don't fully understand at first and sometimes on closer inspection, all is not what it seems. In terms of technique, we achieve a high level of technical expertise but at the same time retain an aspect of freshness and immediacy. Our individual styles are very different but we manage to meld them in a way that doesn't seem forced or contrived.

q) Influences?

a)We are influenced by everything, all the time. All aspects of life find their way into our work. The art that influences us is also very eclectic: the dutch masters, pastoral painting from the seventeenth century, the neo-impressionists of the 40's and 50's, graphic novels and comics, pop art, art brut, circus and fairground art, classic portraiture, early religious icon painting and so on…thats not to mention the many friends and colleagues whose art is all around us.

q) Describe your process for creating new work.

a)Everything we do contains either the conceptual or physical input of both artists, working on the same piece at the same time and sometimes getting in each others way, but its a process of give and take. We usually have several pieces on the go at any one time so we can put things in rotation, wait for things to dry, talk about the next step for each one. Theres always a definite dialogue about where each thing should be going and it's important that we agree. Sometimes this happens in a more intuitive way where one of us will have an idea down on paper and the other will add to it and hand it back for the first person to continue. There has to be a certain level of trust when working like this plus an intrinsic understanding of where each other is coming from. We also tend to work in intensive blocks where we really get into the zone, often working late, sleeping over at the studio and continuing next morning.

q) What advice do you have for artists looking to show their work?

a)The most important thing for us has been getting a decent website together, getting some nice little business cards made with that website address on, attending gallery openings and generally getting yourself out there. If you cant get anyone to show your work, put on your own shows with friends and promote them yourself. We sometimes do things without payment just so we can add it to our CV and especially if we haven't done anything like it before, plus you never know where it will lead or who you will meet in the process. All that and work on your stuff everyday… 

q) What are you really excited about right now?

a)We now really want to get to grips with oil paint. Up to now most of what we've done has been using acrylic, graphite or collage so we're excited about the new horizons we hope oils will bring. We have several friends who are master oil painters so we should be ok for good advice.

q) What do you love most about where you live?

a)Our studio is in Stoke Newington which is home to a remarkably diverse mix of cultures, races and lifestyles. You have communities of hasidic jews, turks, muslims, afro-caribbeans and asians all rubbing shoulders with artists, musicians and baby-producing young professionals quite happily, so its a rich atmosphere to be around. Plus the food that you associate with each of those groups is present in abundance. Five minutes walk from our studio is a huge overgrown cemetery which we use for walks of inspiration. Also theres a myriad of beautiful parks, marshes, canals and pubs within spitting distance, it seems we have everything right here, except the mountains, and sea that is, and the desert….. and the sun…

q) Best way to spend a day off?

a)On a bicycle, slowly discovering new bits of town and catching exhibitions and shows. The thing about london is that is doesn't matter how long you've been here, theres always something new to discover, places you've never been, buildings you've never seen, and of course ending up in a lovely boozer.

q) Upcoming shows/ projects?

a)In the coming months we have a solo show in central london, two solo show in manchester, a mural in a trendy Hoxton bar and a job designing the set and costumes for a show being devised at the Unicorn theatre. Also this year we will be getting into the world of film, which we are very excited about.

q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?