Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Interview with GERARD RAATGEEP







q)please tell us a brief info about yourself.


a) My name is Gerard Raatgeep, 43 years young and born and raised in The Hague - The Netherlands.

I started creating as a kid and i was always busy with playing outside and

creating things and i still do that till this very moment.

q)Tell us about your humble beginnings, When did you you first realized that you
wanted to be an artist?


a) I never saw myself as an artist but i was always creating, i had a lot of jobs

in the past (over 40,) but most of the time i was not feeling in the right place

on these jobs, after a few burn outs i started to work on myself to get

psychically and mentally stronger by reading self help books and eating better

food.

It's only since a few years that i know that i want to be an artist.

q)What are your tools?


a) For the selfie project i use fishing line, rope, tape and rubber bands or whatever i can use.

q)Who or what gives you inspiration?


a) Anything from daily life, psychology, music, art, people, and tv shows like "The

Mighty Boosh", "Tim & Eric" and especially the dutch tv series "Rembo en Rembo"

and "Theo en Thea".

q)Is your artistic background self-taught or did you go to college to study?


a) I did a few short art courses but mostly is self-taught, i am originally a

pastry chef and did that for about a year.

q)How do you keep “fresh” within your industry?


a) I just do what i like, the best way to be happy and fresh :)..

q)What are some of your current projects?


a) I am working on a project together with Benadski and we are creating painting

robots, we are in the last phase of that project, you can see it on

http://squaintbots.net

The selfies with a twist project is still running and i am working on a website

with animations and music, you can see an small example on the front page of my

website http://rtgp.xyz.
 

q)Which of your works are you the most proud of? And why?


a) For now i am most proud of the Squaintbots project because i am working on that

for more then a year, before that i have not so much patience.

q)Are there any areas, techniques, mediums, projects in your field that you have

yet to try?


a) I am really not looking to much forward for projects, most of the time the best

ideas come unexpected like a split second thought in my head, you must be very

conscious to notice them and do something with that thought.

q)What do you do to keep yourself motivated and avoid burn-out?


a) I meditate every day because that's giving me the needed rest in my thinking,

besides that i try to stepping out of my comfort zone to explore new things.

I am not smoking and also i am not drinking alcohol anymore because alcohol

makes me anxious and it takes away my energy and creativity, i allow myself to

drink but i choose not to do it and in that way it works for me the best..my

last drink was more than 16 months ago.

q)how do you spend most of your free time?


a) I like to go out in nature and making music on my keyboard/computer and i have

fun with adjusting and making my own clothes. Also i like to go out with my

metal detector, metal detecting is really a good way to calm your thoughts

besides finding nice things.

q)What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?


a) Wannes Goetschalckx is one of my favorite artists ("1 STORY" is my favorite

things ever, it's here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/81874481) and i like

Christeene, both music and performance, furthermore i am interested in technology with art.

with art and performance art/drag.

q)We really like some of your pictures, how can we get our hands on them? Do you

sell them? How?

a) Pictures will be available for sale within a few months from now, i will post a

message on my Flickr account when the time is there.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Interview with TAKAHIRO SHIMATSU








q)Please introduce yourself and tell us something about yourself and
  your background.

a)I was born in Japan in 1975. I started drawing when I was 18 years old by myself.

q) Talk about your art.

a)I draw human beings based on my feelings. Particularly,I like to paint sad expressions. I do not like to paint smiling faces. My painting is not that good, but I think it is important to continue painting. I prefer painting momentarily to spending time.


q) What’s the central theme of your work?***

a)The motif is conversation with myself, and it describes feelings as an image


q) who, what inspires you ....

a)Various feelings. Joy, sorrow, anger and so on.


q) books that you love….

a)Nothing particular.

q)music…artists….that you love

a)Modigliani, Picasso, and Rouault

q) What are you really excited about right now?

a)When I paint a picture that I really want to paint.

q)your current projects….

a)Nothing particular.

q)your future projects…


a)Nothing particular, but I want to value to continue painting.

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



q) Final words?

a)Thank you for being interested in my art.

Friday, August 28, 2015

INTERVIEW WITH RON KIBBLE








q)Please tell us your name and where you practice.


a)Ron Kibble
Scottsdale Arizona
 


q) Why do you make art


a)It’s a release of thoughts 


q) How do you work


a)Spontaneous consciousness
The beats philosophy of first thought best thought


q)What´s your background?


a)I started viewing my self as an artist in highschool
I studied design  at the university Milwaukee Wisconsin



q) What role does the artist have in society?


a)It’s is a great representation of the society


q) What was a seminal experience for you ?


a)Not sure what you asking with this question


q) Has your practice changed over time ?


a)Only with subject matter like with everyone i am the accumulation of life events 


q) What art do you most identify with ?


a)I dont really identify with most other artist but i can appreciate other arts voice 


q)What´syourstrongest memory of your childhood ?


a)My childhood was riddled with exams
I spent the first 5 years of life in a hospital because of an illnesses many times i was supposed to die
I have dyslexia and at the time schools did not recognize it as a learning disability so i was an out cast in grade school
I grow up on the grounds of an adolescent center 


q) What themes do you pursue ?


a)The human experience 


q) Describe a real life experience that inspired you.


a)I pull my images from the totality of my life


q)What´s your most embarrassing moment ?


a)I do not believe in shame guilt or regret 


q) What jobs have you done other than being an artist ?


a)I work in  behaviour health
In the past i work in retail ,popcorn factory and water bottling factory 


q) What responses have you had to your work ?


a)Seems people either love or hate it 


q) What do you dislike about the artworld?


a)Nothing it is what it is


q) What research do you do ?


a)Absolutely nothing


q) What is your dream project?


a)Eventually i would like to do billboard size painting 


q)What´s the best piece of advice you have been given ?


a)Be true to yourself


q) What couldn’t you do without?


a)Art love money


q) What makes you angry?


a)Nothing i just keep moving forward


q) What is your worst quality?


a)I am who i am good bad beautiful ugly it all makes me the man i am


q)Dogs or Cats ?


a)I have a dog 


q) Making art is a lot like being on lsd.Know what I mean ?


a)We are all on our own trip
Thats what makes life so amazing


q) What does “ copy” mean to you ?


a)To reproduce something that someone else did and claim it as your own


q)What´s your favorite cuss word ?


a) God damn mother fucking bitch

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Interview with Georg Oskar Giannakoudakis






q)Walk us through an intimate day in your life


a)Every day is different specially these days I am taking my master here
at Bergen, Norway at Bergen Academy of art and design. I spend much of my
time in my studio and going late to sleep.! Crazy Habit and I like it.


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


a)My first five years and was brought up in Irapetra which is a town in Creta, Greece,
than I moved to Iceland in very small fishing town and than later to town called Akureyri.
Been there most of my adult life. I am not sure if I be honest I have not think of it that much.


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


a)Wow that is a hard one. I wish I remember that.


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


a)I usually start with vague idea sometimes I come up with something which appears
in the process or I use pictures or something which interest me. Than the work has begun
and usually that ends up with picture I had no intend to do. The process is crucial in my practise
it is a special things which happend, surprises and other magical things. 


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


a)I have always had a simple idea about that, if I like it than very likely
someone somewhere would do it as well.


q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?


a)Hmmmmmm…..


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


a)No, not really.


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


a)Yes, it saved my life.


q) Describe a world without art.


a)Nothing to describe.


q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.


a)Do your thing and find your obsession.


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



thanks!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Interview with Dave Pollot






 q)Walk us through an intimate day in your life

a)Most of my days are spent at work (I write software by day), and painting when I get home.  I like to have a great craft beer while I paint, so it's become something of a ritual.  I live with my fiancee and our two dogs - so they're a pretty big part of my day-to-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 a small town in upstate NY.  I don't know that where, so much as when, has really influenced my work.  I grew up in the 80s and 90s with all of the movies & video games of that generation.  These are the things that have most influenced my work. 

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

a)I think that I've always loved to paint.  My father used to paint, and my aunt took me to an art supplies store every year for Christmas.  I'd paint using whatever I could (old paints and cardboard if necessary). 


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

a)I don't know that there's much process to it other than the ritualistic beer that I have while I'm painting.  Lately it's been very spontaneous.  I have a basement full of unaltered pieces waiting for me, and I'll typically look around until I find one that suits what I'm thinking at the time.  From there, I might sketch out the placement of my additions, but very often, I just dive in.  It's pretty hard to leave my easel once I start and so there are times when I'll paint for eight hours at a time.


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

a)I think people should take it for what it is... a parody.  I love the idea of taking pop culture from one generation and adding it to the artwork of another.  It's even better if I can make it seem like it [impossibly so] belonged there the entire time.  Hopefully people will laugh a little as well.  


q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?

a)This is a great question!  They must be very confusing or really boring because I cannot for the life of me recall any!  I think they're mostly a bunch of unfinished sentences about my Fiancee, dogs, beer, and paint. 


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

a)I feel like never have enough hours in the day to do/paint all the things that I'd love to do/paint.  I don't think I'll ever run out of ideas, so let's just hope I don't run out of thrift art to paint into! 


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

a)I think that what I do (and what I would consider my "art" to be) is pretty important to me.  It's really great to have an outlet, and it's just amazing to me that people get a kick out what I do.  At this point, it's become such a part of my life, that I'm not sure I'd know what to do without it. 


q) Describe a world without art.

a)It's made of nothing but blank paper and inhabited by people without senses.


q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.

a)I used to honestly believe that if I concentrated hard enough someday I'd be able to move things with my mind.
 I'm obsessed with mashed potatoes & gravy.  


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


--
Dave Pollot Art
Art with a Sense of Humor
www.davepollot.com



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Interview with Kale Tunnessen







q)Walk us through an intimate day in your life


a) Wake up. Bus. Coffee. Work. Bus. Paint. Sleep.


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


a) I grew up in Bloomsburg, PA and moved to State College, PA when I was 18. Then I moved to Chicago in August of 2013. All of this has definitely had an impact on my art, but it didn't really affect what I paint or the colors I use as much as the size of my pieces and the materials I use to create them.


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


a) I don't really have one. I've always liked to draw and I started painting in June of 2009. It's just my way of communicating.


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


a) Almost all of my paintings begin as excess from previous paintings. From there, I just react to what I see and they're done when they're done.


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


a) "I don't particularly feel the need to be understood, but I do have a strong compulsion to communicate." This is a quote by Cristabel Christo that describes exactly how I feel.


q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?


a) The stock exchange just before the closing bell.


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


a) Yes.


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


a) I don't know that it's vital to survival, but I think it's definitely vital to making survival worthwhile.


q) Describe a world without art.


a) It would be sort of like a movie theatre that doesn't show movies. It would still be there, but what's the point?


q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.


a) secret = I have third degree burns from a chocolate pop tart
    obsession = coffee


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