giovedì 22 dicembre 2011

Interview with Julie Weitz

q) Well, first of all please tell us a little about yourself.

a)I’m an artist currently working in Cleveland, Ohio and Tampa, Florida.

q) How would you describe your work?

a)My work is a combination of graphite, gouache and collage. In the past year I’ve also begun working in video. My work generally addresses the complex and entangled ways we picture others and ourselves.

q) Did somebody encourage you to become an artist?

a)A number of teachers encouraged me through the years, for which I am thankful.

q) What is your favorite medium?

a)I love the simplicity of the pencil, but gouache might be my favorite.

q) Generally speaking, where do your ideas come from?

a)My head ;)

q) How long does it take to complete a piece?

a)Larger drawings will take a few months, smaller ones sometimes only a day or week. The video projects have taken much longer because the process is dependent on other people and technology.

q) Who are your favorite artists…and who are some artists you are currently
looking/listening to?

a)Lately, I’ve been looking at Oskar Schlemmer, Bridget Riley, Indian miniature painting, Sonia Delanuay, Juan Gris, Picasso’s cubist period, and ancient Greek vase painting.

q) Are you represented by a gallery? Do you have any upcoming exhibits?

a)I have an upcoming solo show at William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio:

q) Do you have any 'studio rituals'? As in, do you listen to certain types of music while working? What helps to get you in the mood for working?

a)Organizing and preparing the studio to work is always a part of my daily ritual. I also download podcasts everyday and load up new music.

q) Do you have goals that you are trying to reach as an artist, what is your 'drive'? What would you like to accomplish in your 'profession'?

a)Broadly speaking, my goal is to form a visual experience that is contemplative, surprising, stimulating and complex.

q) When have you started using the internet and what role does this form of communication play for you, personally, for your art, and for your business?

a)The Internet’s illusion of being infinite and endless while filtered through the flatness of the monitor is actually influencing the organizational space of my current work.

q) What do you obsess over?

a)Tiny details.

q) Do you have prefered working hours? Do you pay attention to the time of the day or maybe specific lighting?

a)I mostly work during the day but I also love late nights in the studios.

q) Do you do commissioned works?


q) Any tips for emerging artists?

a)Keep working and stay humble.

q)…Your contacts

martedì 6 dicembre 2011

Interview with Bayrol Jimenez

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

a)Bayrol Jimenez, I work in Mexico

q) Why do you make art?


q) How do you work ?

a)I m focus on drawing from that point I can go to installation, video or sculpture.

q) What´s your background?

a)I went to the National School of Art in Mexico city for a couple of years this formation was more technique but then I changed of School, I went for a couple of years to "Villa Arson" in Nice, France where I had the chance of work with people who were critic in order to push you take different options that you have in the process of creation, I been moving around the last 3 years learning more of experiences.

q) What role does the artist have in society?

a)Art has to work as something that can show the many ways that life can work, in a way it has to work as an antibody against the virus of mass control.

q) What was a seminal experience for you ?

a)The fact of been able to live in different countries gives you a different way to see life, to realized the importance of other cultures and to appreciate yours.

q) Has your practice changed over time ?

a)its always in a process.

q) What art do you most identify with ?


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

a)I was lucky to lived in the country side, I grew up in a little village of Oaxaca in the south of Mexico, in a beautiful landscape of mountains right before the city started to grow and the pollution destroyed the nature, so I have a lot of good memories from that time...

q) What themes do you pursue ?

a)I like to work with different subjects every time, I try to work with a social themes that I mix with an imaginary exercise.

q) Describe a real life experience that inspired you.

a)Everyday its a real life experience

q) What´s your most embarrassing moment ?


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

a)To do art you have to work in many things, I worked in shops, bars, restaurants all that kind of stuff that gives you a little bit of money...

q) What responses have you had to your work ?

a)I dont know, I´m lucky to have done a couple of projects and I m happy to keep working on art but its hard to say that I had a good or bad response because I have a long way to go yet...

q) What do you dislike about the artworld ?

a)when art becomes egocentric!

q) What research do you do ?

a)I enjoy doing research, thats the based of any kind of project and I m a curious person, so from real experiences to books, literature, cinema, music etc... I m quiet obsessive with cinema for example.

q) What is your dream project?

a)every project at some point works as a dream then it becomes a mutation of reality.

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

a)Don´t live of art!!

q) What couldn’t you do without?


q) What makes you angry?


q) What is your worst quality?

a)I m a little bit obsessive sometimes with the things I like that of course can be annoying!!

q) Dogs or Cats ?


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

a)Well drugs, meditation, high levels of concentration, spiritualism, shamanism all those kind of things can bring you something good or something bad not only in art but in life, I believe that those are tools that the human being should used for good and creativity because it opens the view of perception, but it can also be just an excuse of selfish behavior to have a good time...

q) What does “ copy” mean to you ?

a)I agree with this idea of Gilles Deleuze about "le vol createur", when we make a good copy , when we make better than the original, we create. But when we make a bad copy when we stay below the original WE BETRAY!

q) What´s your favorite cuss word ?

a)"chingar" its a mexican word that its in a continuos mutation, it means a lot of things from "screew" to "joke" for example....