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Friday, November 14, 2014

Interview with JONATHAN CHASE







q)Walk us through an intimate day in your life

a) I’m currently in my MFA program so that keeps my really busy.  I wake up pretty late or early for some people around3 am and start working on things but then often I’m in such a strong drive I don’t sleep at all., I take breaks from the news it can get to be too much for me, I’M VERY Sensitive. I take my antidepressants (or not) and catch up on news   I’m not much an eater in the morning maybe some yogurt and coffee while developing a plan for my next painting.  I try and have at least an hour of social time for friends a day and some for just myself whether it be reading something I enjoy or playing a video game.  I spend at least 5-8 hours making something every day bad or not I make it, and I always have larger projects work on over time I make sure I keep up with.   Making things and having my fiancé here with all his love and support at the end and beginning of each day really helps me keep things together.  I struggle with consciously constantly putting on different mask in social structures and keeping a balance as a gay black bipolar man.


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

a) I’m from Philadelphia Pa, and I’ve lived here all my life always been a city kid a city person.  I’m used to large crowds of people or rather used to them being around but I don’t always feel comfortable with that.  I’m living here with my family in Philly while taking my Mfa at PAFA.  I was born in north philly and then bounced over near the north east where I grew up in a really mixed neighborhood I’ve always had different kinds of friends. Shit got rough in many ways while I was a teenager and then I found myself ( my family) moving a lot in philly mostly in to bad parts around north side.  The suspicion, grittiness, and hostility is something I expect but can never fully get used to.   Some things are okay I guess there is violence nearly everywhere in  some shape or form where I live theres lots of crime, things like drugs and someone was shot across the street from where I live.  Lots of racial tension and homophobia in my neighborhood too, I have to wear a mask outside of the comfort of my house. Outside of the safety of my home.  I talk a lot about what I see every day in life from my experiences and that of which I share with my people black or queer.  My every day is shown through my art  with beauty, pain, hiding, and struggle.


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

a) My mother drew lots of things for me as a child so clique as that sounds it is the first urge I had I thank her for nurturing that not many black parents support or want to see their children pursue something so unstable or what they thought was something “white”.   I always knew I wanted to be an artist but I didn’t know how to do it or what kind of artist.  I think as I became more confident and aware of my sexuality I felt a stronger need to share that and explore it and learn more.


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

 
a)I work from found photographs, trash, items, and paper/collage along with paint.  I like to go on a date with the picture and then play with it, I’m not married to the information on the photograph and I manipulate things digitally or I draw out a plan before transforming my information to the surface I’m working on.  I cut and paste and paste and cut on different surfaces like canvas, cardboard, and different fabrics.  I compile files and my fabric swatches and color conversations to have a foundation of the idea but different things always happen while Im working on a piece. 

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


a)I have a target audience and that audience is everyone though I work with gay black identity I want to invite people from all walks of life to stay for a while with my work.  I want to challenge ideas of black identity internally and externally as well as gender roles/ norms.  I’m working also heavily with ideas of visibility and I really want people to “see” not just what they think though I know it can make people uncomfortable.  I think being uncomfortable sometimes is a good thing lets us get out of ourselves and learn something new.  I want my work to show honesty and the duality of gay black identity, an identity that’s underneath and hidden brought to the surface through beauty, love, pain, the uncanny and honesty.

q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?

a)I’m always thinking about something, I’m bipolar so my mind is never totally at a standstill some thoughts I’m about to reach out and make sense of and others overwhelming and I rather dismiss.  I’m very close to my subject matter so I am always thinking about myself and even my friends family who identify closely to myself whether racially or class.
 I’m always writing things down and making drawings I have to or I’m afraid I’ll lose them in the storm of my internal conversations.  I’m always turning gears, or consciously switching mask, and thinking about fragmentation and stability through my process of making art and my everyday life during coffee or woofing down a burger.  

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


a)No. Not much else to say. The only limitation is if I don’t know about something or how to do something but I‘m a problem solver so I figure it out soon enough if not  later.

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


a)For me yes it gives me something I can be both proud of and feel as though am doing right and feels right.  Hope is a powerful and needed thing in life and I think it provides hope and a way of understanding or dealing with the human condition that is so complex and daunting.

q) Describe a world without art.


a)Static. Unlearning. Not progressive. Dead. Cold. Doomed.

q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.


a)I guess sharing I like wine isn’t much of a secret haha!  I hoard images I’m come to realize and I actually am very fond of photography, figurative of course but I also like telescopic images of the stars. I call my obsession with found images an archive which I am continuously building every single day but I can spend 3 hours a day collecting things. 
I’ve been secretly interested in video and music I was a drummer in middle school but I have been developing a way for me to handle those mediums in relation to my larger body of work.

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




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Interview with Mark Wardel







q)Walk us through an intimate day in your life


a) I lead a rather quiet and work focussed life these days in contrast to the decadence and  clubbing madness of the 80s and 90s and since I stopped drinking I am an early riser although it does take several cups of very strong tea to jump start my heart.
 I spend an hour or so catching up with emails, bills and social media etc. before heading off to my studio which is literally around the block from my flat in East London and is where I spend most of my day painting and working on any other projects or commissions I may currently have on the go. I try to visit the gym once or twice a week and have just started doing a yoga class which is in the same complex as my studio.
I may hook up with friends such as Boy George to talk over future projects or head out to an art opening or dinner with friends before sometimes returning to the studio to carry on working at night.
I am a big reader of biographies and non fiction and always read a few chapters before going to sleep.


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


a) I haven't grown up, I don't think artists ever really do!
I came from New Brighton, a small seaside town near Liverpool but have lived in many places, the longest has been London where I have lived since 1978.


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


a)Being an only child without parents or siblings, drawing was always my way of filling my life and my time.



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


a) I am obsessed with striking depictions of the human face and figure and I work from photographs that I have either taken myself or found in magazines or online. I very rarely directly copy a photograph but will collage together elements from different sources to create a unique image which has been filtered through my aesthetic sensibility which  I then use as source material for a painting which I execute in a semi photo-realistic style in acrylic and oil paint on canvas.
Purely as a diversion and as an exercise in become less rigidly obsessive in my work I have recently started making some paintings based on peoples FaceBook "selfies", large works in a slightly looser style in mixed media on paper which seem to be evolving into something of a series.


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


a) I can't control how it is perceived. I just paint for my own personal reasons, put it out there and hope it resonates in the wider context either on an emotional or even just purely on an aesthetic level with people.


q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?


a) like all artists, a mixture of crippling self doubt fighting with rampant egotism.


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


a) I'm really only now learning that we are only limited in what we can create by our own minds, our bank managers....and the authorities!


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


a) I do, and the fact that the need to create and view art has been constant throughout human history and civilisation  proves that we do need it and that it may perhaps serve some obscure evolutionary purpose.


q) Describe a world without art.


a) A planet I don't wish to visit.


q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.


a) No.


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


a) my website www.trademarkart.com is currently being re-designed and I will soon be launching a new website www.markwardel.com
in the meantime I am on twitter @TradeMarkArt and Facebook as Mark Wardel



Sunday, May 18, 2014

Interview with ART/C






q)Walk us through an intimate day in your life

a)I start praying gratefully for everything, I have my coffee and enjoy the silent for a while.  I start walking on the medina collecting inspiration, another beautiful day.

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

a)I grow up in Jerusalem and currently I live in Marrakech. I think the journey from one place to another with the growing up process with yourself and your creativity contribute to make me question about the past, the memory, the culture which I bring to my work in every collection its is always very personal.

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

a)I remember at my parents house every Friday before Shabbat starts, we use to watch Egyptian movies in black and white, it was magic for me, creating memories. I do believe that actually propelled me to be a designer.


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

a)It always starts with a story, I am trying to create a moment that I can keep with me long after is gone, the visual and the image are the beginning of all of it, as I do one of a kind piece I create without making sense or a line, when I arrive to the point that I fell ready I take all the pieces and build the story that create a collection.

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

a)I think one should look at it with his own eyes. But I would love to be perceived as a timeless way of expressing oneself.

q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?

a)I do not really know how they sound but I love how they look.

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

a)I think if there are limitation there is no creativity. There is absolutely freedom on my creation with no limits.

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

a)Of course, it is the dialog, it is the thinking, the expressing oneself, the hope, art is life.

q) Describe a world without art.

a)Hurt. I do not want to describe.

q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.

a)If I tell you it won't be a secret anymore, sorry. Obsession, Order and clean freak.


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

a)On my web www.art-c-fashion.com.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

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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.


a)Impossible



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: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.448027921897829.109767.113981955302429&type=3



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.


a)No.


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: http://www.laluzdejesus.com/shows/2013/Mort/Mort2013.htm





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. http://www.jadfair.org/
and on Facebook, and on several print on demand sites. The main print on demand site I use is Zazzle.
http://www.zazzle.com/jad+fair+gifts