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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Interview with Harrison Haynes

Courtesy Branch Gallery

q)Tell me something about yourself….What's your background…?

a)Dad's family: grandfather and uncle ran a girls' summer camp in the mountainsmom's family: grandfather and 4 uncles who hunted ducks in the everglades my parents were somewhat removed from each of these defining elements, and so set an example for individualism.

q)When growing what was the greatest force pushing you towards art?

a)My father. He taught film animation and the history of animation at the university in my hometown. He had an enormous art book collection and he was always showing me really disparate artists: Piero Della Francesca, and R. Crumb are a few that i remember being impressed by. My father had opinions and taste and instilled in me the idea that art and artists is/are important .

q)Were you inspired/encouraged by any one person to pursue your craft?

a)I didnt really begin painting until art school. prior to that I just made drawings. When I arrived at the Rhode Island school of design I was both intimidated and excited by the kind of painting going on there and, in turn it opened my eyes to the whole history of painting. I think I was generally inspired by the conviction I saw in older painting students, though sometimes it was more of a bravado. I had a hard time finding my own style or approach to painting then. I really became more focused after I finished school. so, in a way, I taught myself how to paint all over again.

q)How would you describe your art to someone who could not see it?

a)Narrative-based scenes of isolated (and often alienated) figures in the landscape

q)Are certains colours,shapes that you're drawn to?

a)I think a lot about color and I think a lot about the representation of natural light and how it relates to memory. I like to create light in paintings through manipulations of color intensity and through manipulations of color value and then juxtapose those two opposing techniques. Sometimes it causes a canceling out of light all together, a flattening of space; sometimes it causes the creation of a hybrid artificial feeling light. Shapes are less important to me. i work from photographs a lot, so I like to let the shapes get dictated by the idiosyncrasy of my own drawing ability.

Courtesy Branch Gallery

q)What other talent would you like most to have?

a)Eloquent oration

q)What's your favourite mediums to work in/on?

a)Watercolor, acrylic, collage, drumset

q)What artists influence or have influenced you(these need not be visual artists)and how have they done so?

a)Narrative influence: John Cheever, David Berman, Barry Hannah, Walker Percy, Somerset Maugham, Robert Graves, visual influence: Velasquez, David Hockney, Les Rogers, Peter Doig, El Greco, Caravaggio, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Wm. Eggleston, ChrisMarker, David Lynch, Mamma Anderson, Elizabeth Peyton, Terrance Malick sound influence: John Bonham, Clyde Stubblefield Jones, Ralph Molina, Art Blakey,

q)What non-visual art interest you and does this have an impact on your art?

a)Fiction writing, poetry, music- they all suggest spin-off moods and stories which I try to harness in my work

Courtesy Branch Gallery

q)What do you think about artists using the Internet as a forum for sharing their work?

a)Good idea

q)What is your favourite toy,game or other artefact from your youth(and do you still own it)?

a)Polaroids I took when I was 8 years old - they are decomposing

q)Got any new projects planned?

a)My paintings will be featured in 'somebody's garden', the japanese magazine, in June

q)What advice can you give to other artists to help them improve their chances of survival in this global village we call our home?

a)Work harder than you think you should show your work to more people than you think you should.

Courtesy Branch Gallery

q)Favourite books/authors?

a)See above

q)Favourite music?

a)Interests of late : Dory Previn, Band of Horses, Dead Child, Gilberto Gil, always: Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Neil Young, Brentan Wood, James Brown, Evergreen, Lcd Sondsystem, Silver Jews, Wire

q)What do you fear most?

Courtesy Branch Gallery

q) Your contacts…

to view my work:

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

’’Claudio Parentela:Disturbing Black Inks’’

…& yes!!...Soon in a different and far and wonderful and new air… I’ll have a new personal show(I’ve called it’’Claudio Parentela:Disturbing Black Inks’’…yes like my web site…) at‘’ Sechiisland's Micro Gallery’’ thanx to the dearest friend José Roberto Sechi … The exhibition last from the 1st of June to the 30th of June 2007…I’m very glad for this…it’s not the first show in Brasil but I’m very excited and happy really the same…I love Brasil…
Here all the informations:
Sechiisland's Micro Gallery
Av. M29, N.º 2183 - Jd. Sao Joao
Rio Claro SP 13505-410

...See you soon...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Interview with Georgie Tier

q)Let's start with the basics; what's your full name, where do you live, and how old are you?

a)My full name is Georgina Tier, but I use ‘Georgie’ . I live in Brighton on Englands South Coast. I am 40 years old….

q) Do you have any formal training?

a)I went to Art College 20 years ago, and studied Furniture design, although I never worked in that field! As far as my art is concerned I am self taught

q) Did the place you grew up in influence your image making?

a)I grew up in a very Victorian family. Sex was never mentioned! I guess maybe that explains my art to some extent!

q) How do you come up with your concepts?

a)I don’t really know where the ideas come from, they just seem to be there. Sometimes the title arrives first and sometimes it’s the image.

q) Describe your creations in a clear, concise and understandable sentence. What do you call them?

a)I call my work “Sexy Fun Art, for Sensual Souls”.

q)What other mediums would you like to explore in your image making?

a)I’d love to make stain glass panels of my erotic designs. I’m too busy to study at the moment,
But when I have time I will do a course.

q)What is the best time in the day for you to work on a project? Is there one, or is it more about the environment -- maybe the right mood?

a)I work when the ideas are there. I have learnt that I can’t force it. If the ideas are coming, then I’ll draw and paint exclusively – sometimes for days on end, other times it’s just a quick 5min sketch. I never fret and worry over ideas.

q) What are your artistic influences?...and …generally who or what influences you the most?

a)I adore Picasso – especially during the 1930’s . My friend and mentor is Julian Murphy,
He is a really talented artist and a superb draughtsman. The sculptures of Henry Moore and
The drawings of Beardsley are also a big influence.

q) What is your next project?Exhibition?Collaboration?

a)Throughout June I will be exhibiting with my dear friend and fellow artist Carolyn Weltman
Our show is in the heart of Manhattan and is entitled “Two English Broads”
After that I will returning to the Porn In Art Museum for my second show with them called Girls On Top .

q)What are your plans for the future?

a)I will be opening my own gallery in August, and that will be a great experience for me.
I am also hoping to collaborate with a London based fashion designer . We have an idea for some really funky T-shirts.

q)Are there some web sites that You would like to recomend? Artists, art communities, xxx,...!?

a)Check out my friend Carolyn Weltmans work at
Also I recommend the following

q)What sort of music do you listen to?

a)I listen to the radio all day, but I’m not really in to any particular music. I just sing along to everything loudly and out of tune.

q)Do you collect anything?If so what?

a)I must admit that I hate clutter. I don’t really attach emotions to possessions.

q)What do you do for fun?

a)Walk my dogs – Spy the Doberman and Sherrif the Jack Russell
Drink wine with my husband
Long bike rides and the odd bit of dodgy roller blading .

q)Any advice you can pass onto aspiring artists/designers?

a)Do it, don’t talk about it.
Learn to be good at PR – no one can promote you better than yourself.

q)Your contacts…


Friday, May 18, 2007

Claudio Parentela's Show at ''Museum of Porn in Art''

...Well I’ll show my crazy art at the’'Museum of Porn in Art’’ and exactly here are all the informations:The opening night is on the 18th of May 2007 from 18:00-2:00 hours.The exhibitions last from the 19th of May to the 14th of June 2007,Sunday to Thursday from 12:00-24:00 hours,Friday from 12:00-02:00 hours and Saturday from 11:00-02:hours.
The address is:
Edi’s Weinstube,
Stussihofstatt 14 in Zurich,
Tel.+41/(o)44 260 61 57

Monday, May 14, 2007

Conversation with Tina Cassati

030. 936 22 100
0176. 260 200 94

I would like to see all faces of this planet. I am never content, and if a face places me contently, I would like to compare it still with other faces, with all faces, which there can be at all. It is absolutely neurotica.
Federico Fellini

Tina Cassati lives in Berlin Germany
Since I was a child I loved to spend my time on creative things. As an adolescent, I started to focus on drawing and creating costumes for my dolls. I began playing at the theatre and was more and more getting more and more into painting.

I also worked as a model for several painters and photographers who shared my joy in artistic work. My curiosity and fun in experimenting paved my way to other branches of art, expressing myself in all kind of combinations of painting, photography, costumes and later video art. Creating virtual spaces for art and having an environment to develop my ideas is my conception of well-being.

In recent years, photography has developed to a more dominating part in my work, following a phase focusing on painting. My shootings not only consist of taking photos but combining the whole framework to one piece of art. Selecting and preparing the right location, creating the make-up and hairstyle of my models, the whole preparation of costumes, from hat to shoes.

Since 2000, I have mainly refined my costumes and design creations. Taking part at the Berliner Carneval of Cultures, the Recycling Art Festival and similar events I had plenty opportunities to present my artistic ambitions in shows and performances.

Mainly, my costumes are put together out of recycling materials such as paper, old fabrics, film, and wrapping material – classical recycling art in a fashion setting.

From 2001 on my interest in motion pictures grew and I started to produce and ut my own material. First, I shooted my dolls, my costumes, fashion events and music festivals, later I cooperated with several bands projects and created music videos.

Other activities are dance performances and action art, construction of object art ort he organisation of art saloons and exhibitions.

As a support of my ideas behind my artwork I write small stories and poetry for them.

It has always been very important for me to touch people with my work of art, helping them to escape out of their daily life for a moment, diving into a fantasy world with them.

All these areas of costumes / hat design, photography, video and dance are getting combined to one comprehensive piece of art in my work – impossible to separate them once again. All together offer a wonderful platform for expressing my ideas and thoughts.

Ech year, I get new experiences, but I have not reached my aim yet, there is so much more to do: experimenting, working passionately, learning, practicing and letting grow my love for art.

For my further development and necessary for professional work, it is extremely important for me, to collect more and more experiences and keeping up my high level of artistic activity. For that, it is most important to keeping my artistic freedom. Only with freedom in that manner, creativity can flow and produce those versatile results.

The connection of art and fashion is very important for me. There are so many ways to express your ideas. My love to fashion has always been a significant impulse. I like to wear fashion and I transport these metamorphoses – quite similar to those in stage art – in my photo- and video world.

This metamorphosis, slipping into another character, is a very enlightened moment for me. My models sometimes completely change their behaviour, how the move, their gestures when they wear my creations. Together with the location, the lighting, all this together, forms the atmosphere I try to catch with my artwork. Creating that moment when everything fits together needs a very sensitive and exact way of observing the setting. Often, I feel a bit like a director such as I shoot a movie, creating a complete other world. Art and fashion, they both belong together in such moments, it is impossible for me to separate them. They seem to meet each other in that place where I see my art and go into fruitful combination.

In my artwork fashion, art and eroticism always amalgamate. Nudity itself is just boring in my opinion. Only what is uncommon opens up the mind.

Fashion is a fantastic helping tool for discover your own sexuality, for self determination and to design a more playful image of oneself. One, which speaks to onself as well to the world.

And, most important, we wear fashion directly on our skin! By using uncommon materials, the strong impact of this interplay with our largest sensual organ can even be increased. Erotic is always a game with accessories, may it be a hat, a piece of cloth or anything else. You don’t need much to present erotic more impressively, but for my settings I prefer erotic with a more elegant style. Aesthetic plays in an important role for me. But that’s just my personal taste.

First, I write down all my ideas and concepts for a year and refine them to an overall setting. In the meantime, I have to be flexible enough for interesting and remittance work which can be quite a challenge. Clearly, I cannot take any offered opportunity due to time constraints and my own projects always go first. Especially in 2007 I am also planning an exhibition which will absorb even more time I could offer for other projects. Unfortunately, that will mainly affect no-budget jobs since it is once again time to improve my equipment at least a bit. Working for others too soon burns your own energy and in the end your own artistic work suffers the most and remains unfinished. Many forget that identify as an artist not as a service provider who has to obey her clients. That is one of the topics I clearly have to point out at the moment.

Coming back to the conception of my shootings, I think I always start with choosing the right model to the theme I have in mind. Then I explore several locations in my surrounding. I much more prefer working open air, since I really love natural light belonging to the year’s season which often plays a crucial role. Then I select suitable requisites, sew the costumes or redesign already existing costumes out of my closet.
Many factors play a role, inspiration by the models, costumes, photo places, ideas, music and tendencies, the seasons, which books and films interest me straight.
The MUSE me kisses.

There are many different factors I take into consideration for that, my inspiration grows and develops while I select models, costumes, while I listen to music, read literature and watch movies – enjoying the change of nature over seasons and explore unknown places in and around the city.

Quite often I do the make up for the models on my own – ranging from body painting, hair styling to small accessories. Together with my assistant we often need more than an hour to prepare the location. For 2007, I plan a collaboration with a hair and make up stylist. That doesn’t mean that I will only do the shooting in the future. All this preparation work is a lot of fun for me and I see any kind of fusion with other artists as an opportunity to exchange ideas and widen each others’ horizon. Most costumes and hats are my own creations and I will definitely go on in designing.

For me it is very important that I work with models who like themselves the way they are. In my opinion, each human being is unique, no matter if skinny or fat. I absolutely refuse this slimming craze which is sadly so popular today.

Particularly men and women in front of a camera should have enough self confidence to accept their body; nobody I work with should suffer on a strict diet. To get good pictures it is so important to have models with self esteem and a strong personality.

My project „Divas“ is about that topic: a woman shall have the right to be woman, with a female body shape, just as nature has given it to us. A strong feminine natural body, without any artificial deformation such as breast implantations – isn’t that what we all love?

It is really important for me to work with models who love to experiment with me, who have enough courage to discover both beauty and ugliness and find new ways of crossing borders together with me. The old question about what is beauty is something I could discuss for hours. Behind our so often superficial understanding of beauty is such a huge surreal realm of netherworlds which don’t care about beauty standards.
I always aspire to work in long terms together with some models. I love the idea of a muse and her artist. For me, that’s the highest level of artistic collaboration. If a model has charisma, everything else is unimportant. Exactly those models with charisma enlighten me and lead to an inspiring work.
Moreover, it is vital for me to have models which are credible and in time, have some sense of humor, enjoy the shooting even it is hard work some time and who have the same joy in the results that I have. I would like to say: those who enjoy going out for walk with me in the garden of art.

"a photography never shows the truth" Richard Avedon

In 2006 I did a break in video art to gain back my creativity after a year full of video art with artists such as the Italian industrial project Bahntier, which was at the beginning a present for my friend Stefano (Bahntier), but then developed to an official project. I still love this kind of work combined with the music I really enjoy and I created several other music videos for other bands after that.

After that I had the impression that I really needed a break and putting more energy in my main fields photography and costume design.

Specifically, I was looking to new ways of expressing myself in video art. My former work didn’t satisfy me anymore. I think, many artists know that feeling when you have the impression that you need a breakthrough out of old schemes.

In 2007 I will come back to video art. I already have some new concepts in mind which will much more focus on my costume art, other cutting methods and content.

The topic plays a very specific role. Particularly, my project “paradise birds” plays with it. For me, the idea of defining gender is unimportant, the opposite is often the case, I love to cross traditional gender borders.

What is pretended to be male can be transferred to a female attitude and vice versa. Exactly that moment is so fascinating: what impact does our education have on our understanding of what is male or female. Do men wear trousers or women, it’s all about societal norms and rules somebody once has created.

I like it, if a man shows his feminine aspects, wears women clothes or a woman showing male associated behavior.

When we go on a virtual time travel of fashion we see so many interesting variants, men with high heels and long hair, women long before Marlene Dietrich with trousers.

In fact, this has been a topic for me for years, as well as the topic hermaphrodite is in my mind for years already. Call it transgender, transvestite or whatever, everything beside the standard norms rouses my interest. It’s so courageous and nevertheless is confronted by such a strong wall of intolerance and disgust. I can’t understand that and for that reason I feel the urge of compensate my discontent by handling the topic in my work – to show that there is so much more between black and white.

That’s true. There are so many thing I love, among them those time travels. Time periods such as Baroque, Rococo, but also the Antique, the 20s, 30s, 40s up to the 60s, not to forget the 19th century, truly boost my inspiration. I am also really impressed by fairy tales, specifically old Russian fairy tales. Nevertheless I feel affiliated with surreal art – Dali is very often in my mind. I admire him such as many artists of that time. They were just brilliant, so strong and powerful – I could dedicate an homage to them every day.

I am addicted to the fascination of black / white photography since I am a child. It’s so wonderful to discover again and again impressive photographers, pioneers photo art of the old days.

But also the play with colours in photography is so often seducing me. Maybe, this is still an impact of times when I was mainly painting, an I often think that I will one day turn back to painting.

My love to literature and movies, to theatre and ballet is somthing I realize o these time travels, as well as my love to old architecture. I am very curious and open for many new things, I don’t like to be determined, just absorbing everything new and then let it flow freely again as creativity.

I especially like biographies of other artists or just hedonist. For poetry I enjoy reading Russian poets. There are so many photo books I love to have a look at. But still, I am open for anything new, just everything what can catch my attention at that moment, for example right now I am reading a book by Garcia Lorca called “Life behind the masks”.

It would extend this interview to mention everything I like in literature, so this is just a small fragment I can mention.

I don’t have the time for the cinema anymore, There aren’t that many movies I really like, most of the film industry is completely industrialized and small non budget projects have a difficult standing. For most commercial productions it seems that it wouldn’t have been a huge loss to humanity if these movies hadn’t been shot and instead the money had been donated to poor countries or elsewhere. So many of these mainstream movies aim for nothing.

For that reason, I am always looking for interesting productions, beside mainstream. Fortunately, they still exist and it is such a pleasure to discover them. That really makes me happy.

At the moment I enjoy Fellini’s film „Casanova“. Among my favorites you can also find Directors such as Peter Greenaway and movies such as The Cremaster by Matthew Barney. Anyway, I am also fond of movies from the 40s.

As with everything else, I am always looking for new experiences, something what inspires me, what affects me. If anything touches me, it is this driving force, may it be cinema, music or theatre.

Music is something wonderful for me, without music my life would be empty. My taste has already changed that often. At the moment I discover the 80s, trash, punk, glam etc again. Trance, Industrial / Noise and classic are continuously by my side.

Right now, I can’t say anything concrete, all projects are still under development. One sure thing is a project with a band from Italy and one from the Netherlands. On my costume / video section I also consider a project; same goes for my fashion in which I will have a cooperation with an interesting designer.

Many requests come from artists in and around Berlin, but also from the US and France. But in fact, I don’t like to talk about future projects, being a bit cautious that many things you are talking to much about in advance won’t be realized in the end. I prefer letting the brainstorm flow and see what happens. If there is anything happening all information will be immediately on my homepage.

Many new models and muses have asked for upcoming projects and collaborations, but for most of them, I won’t have the time to realize the ideas.

Two themes are quite sure for 2007. One is a costume show with video art and dancing.
I will produce a new video and the music will be by an Italian music project again.

The other topic is creating a photo book. So many people in my surrounding asked for a photo book that I think that 2007 the time has come to look for a publisher.

Still, I will continue with my long term photo projects: In the garden of La P., L’Hommage Elsa Schiaparelli, the Paradise birds and the sailors and the drunken girls.

For me, art is more than a dream. I love art, art is just a part of my life, like the air I breath, the bread I eat or the water I drink. Without art I would be just unhappy. I can’t imagine living without art, without expressing myself with my work. Art is my source of power, my energy, the special sense in life which justifies my existence.

Art is my most long lasting love, my never ending passion. (Something any man should consider who tries to conquer my heart)

Glory and fame are not interesting for me at all. That has nothing to do with my driving force. People who honestly enjoy and admire my art as well as those who don’t do so, I can clearly accept that, are important for me.

It is much more important for me to collaborate with interesting people. I love my muses and my models. They make me happy, enriching my life by my art. That’s the sort of happiness you can’t buy by money.

Living in the realm of fantasy is so wonderful itself, being able to share this feelings is so much more desirable than anything else. Nobody knows where the journey will lead us, where our ideas and inspiration will end up, having that deep feeling of freedom and creativity always by your side.

I am even more looking forward to my future travels, I am so curious what will happen – keeping up the excitement of the surprise which waits for me tomorrow.

Tina Cassati, Berlin January 2007

The foto-video-costume-artist Tina Cassati deals with the conversion of the music-video-fashion-costume-dance-vocal-performance (digital foto-video-art) and loves to work with musicians and bands. A multi-media based platform for new art. She is inspired by the surrealists and dadaists of the old days as well as by todays modern world.