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venerdì 18 agosto 2017

Interview with CORY W.PEEKE







q)Please tell us a brief info about yourself.

a)I’m a 49-year-old man. I live and work in La Grande, Oregon USA. I share a home with my partner Neil and our basset hound Lorelai. I’m a professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University and also direct the university’s Nightingale Gallery.

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

a)I’ve been drawing since I was very little. I always had crayons and my father worked in the printing industry so he was always bringing home end rolls of paper from the presses, this gave me an endless supply.
As far as consciously intending to be an artist, that didn’t happen until college. I initially went to school to study advertising design but quickly realized I wanted to make work for my own reasons not to sell someone else’s product.

q)What are your tools?

a)X-acto knife, scissors, glue and lots of found images and a variety of substrates.

q)Who or what gives you inspiration?

a)My students are a big inspiration. I am also inspired by all the excellent collage work being made today. With social media, it is so easy to see and explore what other collagists around the world are doing right now.

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

a)I would say a bit of both. I went to Kendall College of Art & Design to study but primarily concentrated on painting and drawing after changing my major from advertising. I didn’t really begin to do collage until after undergraduate school. I spent some time after school in San Francisco with very little money and no money for art supplies. This is when I really began to explore collage as I was just using materials (cardboard and paper) I would find on the street.

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

a)I’m not sure I know. I just do what I do. My motto is: “I stick stuff to other stuff and kid myself about the rest.”

q)What are some of your current projects?

a)To be honest, I’m currently in a bit of a lull at the moment. I’m having a bit of artist block. It happens to me quite often. I work in intense spurts and then have phases of little or no production. Not sure why the pattern is the way it is, but I accept it now and know that another manic episode of making will come along again.

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

a)I’m generally always proud of my most recent works. In this case it is my “a higher education” series. I like to think the newest work builds on the work I’ve done before and is therefore more visually interesting and conceptually sophisticated than what came before it.

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

a)I would like to work larger. I have made some attempts at this but, don’t feel those works were very successful.

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

a)Again, my students always keep me on my toes and I also work with some fantastic artists in my department at the university. Both my students and my colleagues motivate me not only to make work but to make work that is as strong as theirs.

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

a)I spend much of my time with my dog, Lorelai and partner, Neil. I love Netflix and Hulu and am a huge fan of old movies, l especially love Hollywood films from the 30s and 40s. I’m a bit of a voyeur, I love to look. I also think my love of looking and observation has greatly informed my making.

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

a)As I said I love looking so I’m into all kinds of art. Some contemporary artists work I’m really enamoured with are the paintings of both Neo Rauch and Robert Ryman and the sculptures of both Peter Christian Johnson and Devin Farrand. 
Also, as I mentioned earlier, there are hundreds of collage artists working right now who I greatly admire. A few of them would be Flore Kunst, Katrien De Blauwer, John Hundt, Eli Craven, Fred Free, Ross Carron, Anthony Zinonos, D.E. May…I could go on and on. It really is an exciting time for collage right now.

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

a)I do on occasion sell works, though I sure won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon. The best way for folks who see something of mine that they like is to contact me through my website corypeeke.com or through my social media. I am on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CoryWPeeke/), Tumblr (http://cpeeke.tumblr.com/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/cpeeke/).
Thank you and your readers for your interest in my work!


venerdì 2 giugno 2017

Francesco Diotallevi

FRANCESCO DIOTALLEVI

http://www.diotallevi.it/








giovedì 16 giugno 2016

Interview with COCO WASABI












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

a)Coco Wasabi, working in my studio which is in Vienna.

q) Why do you make art?

a)I think beeing an artist is the best job ever, beeing creative all day! your working space isn´t a boring office, working space is always
a colorful place with lots of materials and possibilities! Aswell since i´m i child always creativity was one of my best talents, so i´m honored
that i´m living in a time where i can choose to work and live as an artist!

q) How do you work ?

a)My works are always collage out of foundfootage, most of the time paperworks with some painting and airbrush. so i would call it mixedmedia :)


q) What role does the artist have in society?

a)Lots of freedom!

q) Has your practice changed over time?

a)Of course, not only because me as a person is growing, so the art is growing as well. 
Also experimenting with lots of materials brings alot of development.
Specially working with paper is very tricky sometimes to stick different materials together forever!

q) What art do you most identify with ?

a)Of course mixedmedia arts, and streetart

q) What´s your strongest memory of your childhood ?

a)Woah, there are alot, cause i had a wonderful childhood. Teenage time was quite hard :P

q) What themes do you pursue ?

a)Death!

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

a)I worked at the movie business at the requistite, i worked for a dressmaker as assistant, i did lot´s of waitress jobs
and as well i had my time at the "wiener riesenrad"!

q) What responses have you had to your work ?

a) Most of the time good ones, only the bloodie ones often disturb the people.
But most of the time they are to scared to ask for the meaning, and honestly, i´m always happy if
people dont ask, and use there on creativity of mind to find a personal meaning for the artwork!
i think too much aksing the artist about the meaning of a work, ruins the magic of the artwork.
aswell my art isn´t a conceptional thing, which needs a lot of discription.

q) What do you dislike about the artworld ?

a)as every business it got the "dirt factor" and sometimes people try to
exploit you as an artist. but most of the time i made good experiences!

q) What research do you do ?

a)i only do research if i do contract works or working on a special theme. most of the time
i work with found footage.

q) What is your dream project?

a)doing a very big adventure exhibition in a whole house, where u have to do several things to reach the artworks, like diving and so on!

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

a)Never leave the house without scissors!

q) What couldn't you do without?

a)i couldn´t do anything without all my lovely friends and family always supporting me!

q) What makes you angry?

a)the way humans exploit animals for there luxury feeling of needing meet.

q) What is your worst quality?

a)impatience

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

a)of course i know what u mean!

q) What does " copy" mean to you ?

a)a lot! :)

q) What´s your favorite cuss word ?



a)Funsn! (thats a pretty hard austrian word, kinda like cunt )

domenica 22 maggio 2016

Interview with JOE CARROZZO








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

a)JOE CARROZZO(http://www.joecarrozzo.com 
https://www.instagram.com/jncarrozzo/), My studio is in Port Washington, NY, just outside of New York City by about 30minutes by train.

q) Why do you make art?

a)I have always had a strong desire to express myself visually and in a way that reflects my point of view of the world I live in. So, I’ve never wanted to make work that’s simply nice or pretty to look at, there just needed to be a reason for it, the art, to exist. I think I always have a need to ask something of the viewer beyond simply passive observation. For me, there needs to be a message, an edge, a prickly point that asks “why”.  Yet, early on in my development I would get stuck because I just didn’t know what I wanted to say with my work. It’s taken my years and many iterations of my work and now I have come full circle to where I started which is essentially the human condition.  But now, my work is from the perspective of a middle age white guy instead of a 20 something man/kid when I started, without much life experience. 

q) How do you work ?

a)I have a small studio in the basement of the house I live in. The size of my work space forces me to make work that is on the smaller side. I work in oilyet often think about working with ink and water based media but because I have a cramped workspace it’s difficult for me to change back and forth. Still, I’m working on making this happen soon!

q) What´s your background?

a)I was born into a family of artists, artisans, and craftspeople. Art and art related work is really all I’ve ever done. I’ve tried other things but through the years art was all I’ve ever been interested in or have stuck with. As a result, I got my undergrad and grad degrees in art and then had chances to do other things in my life such as teaching and graphic design but I just never had much interest in them or been very confident or good at them. So, I have been very compelled to follow this path, art, sometimes willing sometimes because it makes sense to me and gives me meaning and purpose to my life.

q) What role does the artist have in society?

a)This is a tricky question for me and one I have asked myself too. The politically correct answer is that society needs artists and their work in some fundamental, organic, or emotional way to survive and grow by being a voice that reflects back on society who “it” really is or some such idea. But this seems so cliché to me and is not why I make art. I make the art I do because Iam compelled to. I think if I were to think of my role this way, holding the proverbial mirror up to society, I would likely stop making art, I mean it’s such a damn stifling thought. To me, this question is better answered by critics or philosophers and not by those who make the art.
 I, of course, do believe that art in the mean surely does reflect the predilections of the society it was created in. But I also know from experience that once you step outside art circles you realize that most people know little and or care even less about art. So, over the years, I have come to realize that many don’t intentionally look at art let alone considered what it might mean to them and their worldview. No one needs art to survive, to eat, or to have shelter. But then I also feel that this “non-purpose” is exactly what gives art and artists their edge, their role by being removed from the forces that society places on itself they, artists, are free to make what is necessary and important to them.


q) What was a seminal experience for you ?

a)After graduating college a group of my friends, my girlfriend at the time and me went to Greece for a month. It was such an open time for me as it is for all or many just minted 20 something grads, ready and hungry for anything intellectually, at least that was me, my friends. That experience opened me up to the possibility that well, anything is possible and was instrumental in my seriously perusing my art as a career as a life practice.

q) Has your practice changed over time ?

a)Yes, many times. I began working figuratively then later after a move to rural New York I got into painting outside, plein air, landscape work. Then during the writer months, I worked abstractly which were loosely based on the landscape work. At this time, I was very heavy into the work of Fairfield Porter and the early abstraction of Richard Diebenkorn primarily. But over the years, I have come back to figurative-narrative work by way of merging abstraction and representative work while creating a kind of narrative that reflects my life experience in varying ways.


q) What art do you most identify with ?

 a)Wow, there is so much but as for painting, I find I’m initially drawn to two things, in no particular order. The first is color and line and then combined with the hand of the artist in their work. By the last part I mean I really respond to work that is not overly defined but appears to be done with the idea in mind first and not the result or how it will look to the viewer. I love spontaneity and even a slap-dash quality if it’s done without pretense.
I love the drawings kids make because of the same reasons they are all about the idea or what they feel and NOT how it will look to the viewer. This is the corruption we suffer, as we get older. We learn to not trust that our ideas are power and that your hand is just you like our signature or handwriting, your face or your body. I think an artist “voice” if it’s truly honest is a sweet marriage of their hand and their idea. The best artists among us know this, trust it and use them affectively and effectively in their work. This is what I look for in art and what I most identify with. Directly aligned with this I want there to be substance, meaning or an edge that pulls me in then kicks me out then pulls me back. I like work that kills you slowly or without you realizing it then later you just can’t stop thinking about it. I like work with meat and meaning!

q) What´s your strongest memory of your childhood ?

a)There are too many to list and most are not too interesting to talk about.


q) What themes do you pursue ?

a)If I had to name it I suppose it would be social commentary and narrative themes.

q) Describe a real life experience that inspired you.

a)This happens a lot or often. But one event that is a recurrence around here where I live is the habitual use of gas leaf blowers. For me, these machines are very irritating and disturbing actually. They are loud and smell because they are usually gas-oil powered. I made a painting about it with a guy that is desperately trying to protect his ears from these gas monsters. I also see them as a lazy way to clean a yard. You would think with such a ubiquitous use of these machines that brooms and rakes no longer exist or are beginning made!

q) What´s your most embarrassing moment ?

a) I’m not sure I don’t really get embarrassed I think I just don’t really care what people think about me!

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

a)Too many to list and were not very interesting except when I was a substitute teacher for several years. I always liked working with young kids and I would always find a way to get them to draw pictures or make art somehow!

q) What responses have you had to your work ?

a)I think what people most comment on are the contexts that the protagonist(s) in my paintings find themselves in. There is always some weird, odd or off centered situations they’re in that can be both funny and disturbing. But most say the work has a dark humor to it. Which I think most viewers enjoy. Still, I would welcome a really in depth review of my work but I’m still waiting on this!


q) What do you dislike about the art world ?

a)It’s fickle, capricious, and erratic tendencies as to the ways things function. Next for me there are those who profit on the insecurity and disappointment of artists by taking their money, usually large amounts, in trade for the tacit promise that they will reveal to the artist “the way” to their success whether that be financial or otherwise. These people to me, though not all but many, are akin to snake oil salesmen of the past who made undeliverable promises to the willing and desperate.
The beauty of being an artist is that success can be anything that they deem it to be. That the creative process is infinite and likewise so are the options one can find success from unlike, for example, a doctor or lawyer. So, this is the rub, and where a lot of we artists get lost, myself included, and also where those who profess the knowledge of how to make an artist successful step in. Because artists are generally sensitive people they are susceptible to being manipulated by these types. I dislike these people who I feel are simply profiteers generally not interested in much beyond making money for themselves. I dislike this aspect of the art world probably the most.

q) What research do you do ?

a)I pay attention and observe these are probably my best research. Iunfortunately don’t read as much as I used to but I listen to a lot of podcasts as well as varying points of view from news sources. I seem to get a lot from these sources. Comedy and movies are a great distraction and recourse for me too!

q) What is your dream project?

a)I think to have a show or multiple shows in major museums and galleries in notable cities such Milan, Rome, New York, Paris and others but, I think this is not unique; it’s what most artists would like to have happened.

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

 a)I’ve not gotten much useful advice at least as it relates to art. But I think one thing that is really important and necessary is to be positive, patient and persistent which, as it turns out, are the three things that are a challenge for me!

q) What couldn’t you do without?

 a)My health and the freedom to create the life I want to have.

q) What makes you angry?

a)Arrogantand obnoxious people. And now with the US election of 2016 I simply cannot understand how we have so many blind followers who are soeasily conned in this country by a load mouth,bigoted,misogynist. That really makes me angry and also very disappointed.

q) What is your worst quality?

a)Being impatient, things never happen as fast as I would like!

q) Dogs or Cats ?

a)Dogs for sure, cats are a foreign and irritating species to me!

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

a)No, I don’t know what you mean? If you mean is making art like an acid trip well, no it’s not. Art is work there is pleasure and pain, success and failure in the process.

q) What does “ copy” mean to you ?

a)I’m not sure I understand the question but all good artists copy this how they build on what has come before.


q) What´s your favorite cuss word ?

a)Shit only one? okay, well FUCK





lunedì 2 maggio 2016

FULVIO LEONCINI

FULVIO LEONCINI

http://www.fulvioleoncini.it/

https://www.facebook.com/fulvio.leoncini


Eroso/eros.© 2016


Eroso/eros.© 2016


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Eroso/eros.© 2016


Eroso/eros.© 2016





lunedì 18 aprile 2016

Interview with Alan Spazzali










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

a)I was born in Trieste (Italy).I am a dutch citizen from italian origin and actually I live
in Barcelona Spain.
I acquired my bachelors Degree from the Ecole Nacionale Superieur
des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole des Arts Decoratief in Paris and a I get post graduation course
in the Rietveld Modern Art Academy in Amsterdam.
I have exposed in diferent countries as,Usa,Benelux,Greece,Cuba,England,Germany,Russia, China ,
France.


q) Talk about your art.

a)I began to use photography as a complement to my painting . My specialization in advertising photography and graphics , introduced me to the world of individual creation .
I have used various styles and materials, all of them expressing their affinity for the forefront and always consistent visual as an artist. Currently my work is characterized its symbolic style , believing that the emotional message of an image can tell a story
I am making an Enlightenment Capsule for the audience to meditate inside — virtual reality in which people can experience ideas . . .
I want to connect with contemporary life through the technology we have now.
I paint fragments with varied levels of connection to reality. Within that parameter I am probing relationships between connection and separation, similarity and difference, image and self.
I usually don't plan things in advance; I just let it happen,sometimes waiting, sometimes wandering around until the right moment arrives. It arrives when I feel the energy, accumulated from that precise time and place, in my body. Then I immediately start a work.


q) What’s the central theme of your work


a)I do not have a central theme. I am somehow chamaleontic. I like to switch styles, depending from my moods. I can pass easily from minimalistic to futurístic or other styles.

q) your most beautiful dream


a)My most beautiful dream? To wake up after a cryogenics in 2300

q) your worst nightmare

a)My worst nightmare? Not to be able to remember


q) Best way to spend a day off?

a)Creating exploring and experimenting


q) who, what inspires you ....

a)Max Ernst is one of my inspirational artists, but also Mirò for my minimalistic Works.


q) books that you love…

a)I love Asimov Clarke and all the classic science FI writers of the 50ies. As well philosophy as Witgestein and theoretic philosophy.


q)music…artists….that you love

a)I am very eclectic in music. I love Laurie Anderson,Paolo Nutini,The Lumineers but i can switch to jazz (Carmen Mac Rae,Nina Simone ) or Opera and classic music

q) What are you really excited about right now?

a)Preparing my new art project


q)your current projects…



a)I am exposing in Rome in a show called CosmoGrafie in may 7th. After that i have to new shows one Eroticamente in Naples and one called alter egos in New York


q)your future projects….


a)My upcoming new projects is a multimedia sculpture I am preparing for a show in Saint Petersburg ( new Version of la “Maya desnuda of Goya” and a collaboration with another artist that I have met on my last Biennale in Buenos Aires Jarr from Valencia Spain


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

a)The biggest concentration is to be found on those links:
http://www.premioceleste.it/artista-ita/idu:92580/
http://alanspazzali.wix.com/alan-spazzali
https://www.flickr.com/photos/130243278@N02/


q) Final words?


a)I will use 2 quotes of Nietzche : “We have art in order not to die of the truth.” And “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”