Melissa Forman – Wishing Better Luck

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Name: Melissa Forman
Nickname:
I’ve never been much of a nickname person, but sometimes my boyfriend refers to me as “Melly-Mel”
Sign: Aquarius

Favorite:
Cookie: Snickerdoodle
Scent: that sweet, sugary smell when you walk into an ice cream parlor
Color: Black

Q1. If you could go anywhere in time where would it be and why?
A1. How do I choose? I’d want to check out so many! I think I’d start with the very beginning of life and see what the deal with that was. Then I’d want to check out the beginnings of human civilization, and then I’d check out Jesus and see what the truth was about him. Oh, and I’d need to see if Atlantis was real. Then I’d want to visit Stonehenge and the Pyramids to see if aliens really helped out with those. And so on and so on. I could know the answers to every question we’ve ever had about the past.

Q2. What fun fact about yourself is most shocking?
A2. I met Ron Jeremy at a party once and listened to him play classical piano.

Q3. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A3. I think it would have to be finding my boyfriend and falling in love. There’s nothing better than finding the person you’re meant to be with.

Q4. Do you have a lucky charm?
A4. No, but I’ve had a pretty unlucky year, so I need to start working on this.

Q5. If your artwork was a cereal, which one would it be and why?
A5. Well, this is a pretty cheesy analogy, but I’d say it would be Life cereal because each painting describes my own life and experiences. And there’s some sweetness to them, without being fruity. 😉

Q6. If you were in Willy Wonka’s factory, what would you be looking forward to the most.
A6. Well, eating as much candy as I could of course! I would not be looking forward to riding on that gondola thing. That thing was crazy freaky.

Q7. What do you miss most about being a kid? What’s the best thing about being an adult?
A7. I miss the fun and freedom of being a kid, long summer days with no obligations and the endless possibilities of living in my imagination. The best thing about being an adult is having a love and appreciation for things I didn’t understand as a kid.

Q8. First show (music) did you ever go to?
A8. Honestly, the first one I can remember is Sesame Street Live when I was 5, but that probably doesn’t count. I remember going to see the band Joan of Arc in Cleveland when I was in high school.

Q9. If you knew when the world was going to freeze for ten minutes, what would you plan to do in those 10mins?
A9. Ok, so I’m probably spending too much time analyzing this question. So does it mean that time is frozen for ten minutes and I can do whatever I want while time waits for me? Or does it mean that the entire world is frozen in ice for 10 minutes? Or does it mean the world will end in 10 minutes and all humans will die in a second Ice Age and I have to figure out how to spend those last few minutes? The best option I see out of those three would be that time is frozen for 10 minutes and I have a few free minutes to do what I want while the rest of world waits in time limbo. That being the case, and I’m sure this is very anticlimactic, but I’d probably just take a nap. 😉

Q10. What animal trait do you wish to possess?
A10. Flight. Or maybe being able to breathe underwater

After taking a few art classes all I can think is that Melissa Forman captures the classic idea of Venus, even if she is not aware of doing so. Painting beautiful women, their regal and loving presence amongst flora and fauna explains the relationship of the potential goddess. While she paints women that look out to us, it is obvious that not only the viewer but their surrounding world is completely focused on this possible Venus. Pulling from centuries ago and using photographs from the present she blends the two worlds together into this modern day version of the idealized woman.

Please visit Melissa Forman’s website to view more of her work.

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Joshua Petker – Excessive

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Name: Joshua Petker
Nickname: Petker
Sign: Gemini

Favorite:
Food = Cheese
Book = right now it is Journey to the End of the Night by F.F. Celine
Season = Winter

Q1. How many times have you been pulled over? And why?
A1.Numerous times in my teens and twenties. Speeding, out-of-date registration, suspicion of DUI. Kid stuff like that.

Q2. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2.Orca whale

Q3. What’s your vice?
A3.Excess in all forms

Q4. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
A4. That’s a tough one. There are many forms I’d like to take in many films though I’d always be me. I recently saw Akira Kurosawa’s film ‘Dreams’. I’d love to just run through the Van Gogh part as myself.

Q5. If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
A5. Green Tea

Q6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
A6. Never.

Q7. Personal Quote?
A7. All is pretty.

Q8. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
A8. I believe in life and I believe in death. I don’t believe in much in-between.

Q9. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A9. I drink about 4 cups in the morning.

Q10. Best show you have ever been too?
A10.I went to college in Olympia, Washington around 2000. I miss the local acts at local bars more than anything I’ve seen since.

When it came time for me to describe Joshua Petker’s art I was at a momentary loss of words. I love his use of color and I couldn’t find the correct word to use until now, flow. Joshua Petker allows his paint to flow in and out of itself to enhance and vibrate each individual color. The initial word I wanted to use was blend, but the colors aren’t blended. They stand a lone yet interact, like two lovers in a swimming pool flirtatiously circling one another. Filled with movement the composition is grounded and focused on his beautiful and edgy women. They are a solid presence in his pieces, fully immersed in their surrounding world yet completely detached. A silent self awareness.  

Please visit Joshua Petker’s website to see more of his work.

Jacub Gagnon – Scooby Doo Waa?

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Name: Jacub Gagnon
Nickname: Man-cub
Sign: The Water Bearer

Favorite:
Ice Cream.Lime ice (also anything chocolate!),
Book. Fantasy novels…..and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers,
Color. Orange

Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?

A1. Manbearpig; half man, half bear and half pig.

Q2. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say?

A2. I would probably teach it my weekly itinerary and have it repeat it to me often as I am the worst with dates and remembering things.

Q3. What superhero would you make your sidekick?

A3. I’m not sure if Scooby Doo is considered a super hero but he would definitely be my sidekick if he is. I love dogs way too much and oddly enough have hair similar to Shaggy. We would make a good duo!

Q4. What do you admire in a person?

A4. Genuiness

Q5. Biggest Pet Peeve?

A5. People that are overly confident to the point of rudeness.

Q6 Favorite amusement park and ride?

A6. Canada’s Wonderland-The Wild Beast! And at little podunk fairs I love The Zipper!

Q7. Best vacation memory?

A7. Eating Crepes while walking the canal in Paris.

Q8. Childhood ambition?

A8. There was a brief period of time where I wanted to be a miner. I’d go into caves with a pick axe and dig up jewels and nuggets of gold the size of my fist….It didn’t take long to realize that it doesn’t quite work like that. Probably one of the biggest upsets of my childhood.

Q9. Best compliment ever received?

A9. One time someone said my paintings were ‘neato!’ It’s a fine compliment and I am genuinely happy that people think as much!

Q10. What do you wish was invented?

A10. potbellied elephants (miniature sized elephants the size of a potbellied pig)

In the spotlight Jacub captures nature inspired surreal moments, decorated with toys and nick nacks, little found treasures; his work is a dark whimsy. Set behind a black backdrop, his subjects dance in contradiction. Tiny  elephants and vagabond birds, a house that sits on a dead dandelion; creates a composition suspended in the realm of imagination. His attention to detail only helps intensify and create the illusion that is Gagnon’s  surreal wonderland.

please check out more of Jacub Gagnon’s work on his website.

Nicholas Bohac – God Of All Deer

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Name:   Nicholas Bohac
Nickname:   Nik.  I keep things simple.
Sign:  Sagittarius (I had to look this up.  People have told me before, but I always forget)

Favorite:

Ice Cream:  Cookie Dough…all the way.  Trader Joe’s makes one that has their brand of Oreo cookies in it.  And it’s tops.   Also, love Polly Ann’s Ice Cream in San Francisco.
Book:   Jurassic Park.  I’ve read it so many times, and it still blows my mind how much I love that book.
Color:  Anything bright.  And cool.

Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?
A1. Antlor.  He’s the god of all deer.

Q2. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say?
A2. Probably “You’re the best” and “Ess my Dee”

Q3. What superhero would you make your sidekick?
A3. Is George Bush a superhero?  He’s basically played the part of sidekick his entire life.

Q4. What’s the best prank you have ever pulled on someone?
A4. I don’t even know.  I used to be in a band and go on tour, and we’d play pranks on each other all the time.  That was years ago, though.  I’m constantly fucking with my wife because she has to be the most gullible person I’ve ever met.

Q5. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A5. People who only post about what television shows they’re watching on their ‘Facebook’ pages.  Or people who use the word “there” when they obviously mean “they’re” or “their”.

Q6 Favorite amusement park and ride?
A5. Rollercoaster.  Does anybody say anything else?  Have people NOT seen ‘Zombieland’?

Q7. Best vacation memory?
A7.I went to Paris six years ago and it was basically the best week of my life.

Q8. Childhood ambition?
A8. Play a show with Nirvana and to be an artist. I never got to play with Nirvana, but I played in a band for years, and that was awesome.  And I’m making art, so I’m doing good, I think.

Q9. Best compliment ever received?
A9. I receive so many great compliments from so many awesome people on a daily basis, just because of what I do with my work.  I feel lucky

Q10. What do you wish was invented?
A10. A time machine.  Oh wait, John Titor already invented that shit: http://www.johntitor.com/

Part illustration, part impressionism, part realism, part of undefinable. Nicholas Bohac’s work has the haunting sense that a society or life was once present, but it is nature that prevailed. Not afraid of color, his pieces are far from a mirror image of the world around us, but an ever adjusting rainbow spilling over onto his canvas. I have a saying, perfectly imperfect. Nicholas’s techni-color world is the perfect reflection of imperfection, and it is in imperfection we find honest beauty.

For more of Nicholas Bohac’s work please visit his website.

Hannah Stouffer – Universe of Giant Ice Cream Cones

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Name: Hannah Stouffer
Nickname: the littlest hobo
Sign: such a taurus

Favorite:
Color. black on black
Animal. my dog
Fruit. all of them juiced up with a lime

Q1. If you could go anywhere in time where would it be and why?
A1. Trannsylvania. Or that one castle where everything is made out of ice and crystal, and its always the middle of winter black as night- but only if I get to wear a polar bear, and my hair is really, really long… Remember that one scene from Willow when the giant fleshy vein monsters with no eyes are surrounding them on all sides while crossing that rock bridge thats like a million feet up and Val Kilmer comes in to sword them right through their disgusting heads?? Yeah me too. Shit. Anywhere but there… totally not there.

Q2. Do you have a phobia or irrational fear?
A2. cats, cat fur, furry cats and fur cats. gross.

Q3. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A3.The MOST exciting?? Thats impossible. Sometimes I feel like my day-to-day epitomizes the most epic adventures through the universe- filled with giant ice cream cones with so many sprinkles and I’m riding a mystical dolphin- and the air smells like lust and magic- and everything is cloaked in constellations and darkness… then I wake up and we’re naked in the forest- brunch is ready and my favorite song is playing so fucking loud.

Q4. Do you have a lucky charm?
A4. Keys, phone and wallet- check.

Q5. If your artwork was a cereal, which one would is be and why?
A5. If my artwork was cereal I’d snack on it all day long- it doesn’t matter what flavor it was. Then I’d REALLY never get anything done. Great. Please don’t turn my art into snacks. I’d be so fucked.

Q6. If you were in Willy Wonka’s factory, what would you be looking forward to the most?
A6. Everything except for those flowers that look kind of good but then they taste like wax….and that fucking tunnel with the giant worms!!! I’m definitely gonna barf- then I’ll push that one stupid chick into the chocolate river, oh wait, she totally turns fat- perfect.

Q7. What do you miss most about being a kid? What the best thing about being an adult?
A7. I’m definitely not all growned up yet.

Q8. First show (music) did you ever go to?
A8. Does The Simpsons on Ice count? If not, then maybe the Temptations?? James Brown? Not a whole lot of music came through Aspen when I was a kid- but I would have probably wished it was Salt and Peppa… push it.

Q9. If you knew when the world was going to freeze for ten minutes, what would you plan to do in those 10mins?
A9. Lets Get Naked.

Q10. What animal trait do you wish to possess?
A10. I had a lucid dream the other night for the first time, and I was flying. Definitely flying. Big black raven, golden eagle or California condor please. I’m gonna throw all my change into the lake and blink three times for that one.

The revealed bones and exposed skeletal bodies of animals ripped of flesh dancing amongst the living. There is a deep darkness that is entwined in the electric neon pop compositions of Hannah Stouffer. Always maintaining balance in her detailed compositions. Predators become her prey as she exposes what lies beneath in a technicolor dreamland of chaotic or blissful emotion.

Please check out more of Hannah’s work on her website

Steve Tabbutt – Welcome To The Gunshow

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Name: Steven Tabbutt

Nickname: For some reason if I find myself in a gym, by the end of the day the gym-rats always end up chanting in admiration “the Gunshow,” so I guess that’s as good a nickname as any.

Sign: Sagittarius, just like me half man half horse

Favorite:

Color: I’m always drawn to the fluorescent colors in nature.

Time of Day: In the south I always loved the evening when the frogs and bugs sang in harmony but in New York I guess its early morning.

Scent: I like the smell of a freshly cut lawn, too bad there aren’t too many of those in NYC.

Q1. What animal trait do you wish to possess?

A1. Well my cat purposely does annoying things to grab my attention, causes me a lot of work, and has even damaged or destroyed my artwork. Though for some reason I can never get mad at her or at least stay mad long. I’ve been around and owned several cats and they all seem to possess that ability to get away with anything, so I’d like to have that trait.

Q2. What superhero would be your sidekick?

A2. What villain would you go after first? Hmm, at first thought Batman sounds strategically good because I’m sure Bruce Wayne would buy all my art, but he has a lot of annoying villains that would make it hard for me to find time to paint. So I choose Superman, because not only can I be as reckless as I want and be safe, but people would think, “Man, if the man of steel is his sidekick he must have some really special power.” It wouldn’t be a totally one-sided partnership either. My job would be to hide in the background and conveniently appear if someone pulls out some kryptonite. Also to make sure Superman doesn’t get too bigheaded and realize I’m talentless compared to him, I’d keep a little bit of kryptonite around as a reminder. Superman can seek out villains if he finds it necessary, personally I’d rather avoid those people. Maybe I’d show up at the last minute for the photo-op.

Q3. Bathroom read?

A3.I like nonfiction, so whatever historical figure or time period is on my mind.

Q4. Where and When in time would you go?

A4. Well definitely not in any period where crowds delight in gruesome public executions (yeah I know some countries still do today, but they are the minority). I wouldn’t want to live in the 20s because the great depression is right around the corner, the 50s was dull, the 60s too turbulent, the 70s too ugly fashion-wise. I was fond of the 80s as a little kid and it did have a large art boom so maybe the 80s.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?

A5. I was at the neighborhood playground with my friends, and my older sister was there with her older friends so I wanted to make an impression among both sets of friends by messing with my sister. I was climbing on this half circle jungle gym like thing and my sister was in the middle with her friends. I crawled over her head quietly and hung my head down and attempted to scare her. So her reaction was to punch me directly in the balls. But the physical pain is not what I remember most. At the time I was fond of wearing my pajamas outside. I was a little kid so I guess that wasn’t too weird since some kids wear capes. I was into comfort so naturally I was also going commando. The impact of my sister’s fist split the seam of these cheap Scooby Doo pants right down the middle. It felt like ten minutes where my balls were just hanging out over all of my sister’s friends as they pointed and laughed. I jumped down as fast as I could and ran home crying. I imagine that was a troubling sight for my mom.

Q6. Best compliment ever received?

A6. Man, I’ve been told a lot of nice thoughtful things so I appreciate any compliment. This probably sounds like a cop out but I don’t have a favorite I can think of. There are certain people I have spent time with in some way or another that I either respected their work or their honesty, who don’t compliment people too often or can be pretty brutally honest. So when they complimented me, that really made me happy. I don’t want to in anyway say that those people’s opinion are more important than anyone else’s, it was just nice for my neurotic mind to know they aren’t just trying to be nice.

Q7. What do you admire in a person?

A7. Probably loyalty, but whenever I see someone doing something nice or generous without any ulterior motive that always makes me happy for humanity. I can be a bit pessimistic at times and those people always make me feel good for being wrong.

Q8. When do you feel most creative?

A8. Whenever I had a regular job it would seem like every time I was on my way to work I would feel most creative and feel the need to work. Then I would have to push down that desire and work monotonously for eight hours. These days, since art is my job, I feel most creative when I think of some new technique or color I want to play with, or if a particular theme is obsessing me that always helps.

Q9. What 80s movie would you live in for a day? Who would you be?

A9. I would be Mark Holten’s character from Teen Wolf one and two. Holten is probably best known for his role as Pee-wee’s nemesis, Francis in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. His Teen Wolf characters name is “Chubby”. He is the most out of shape and athletically talentless guy in both movies but for some reason not only does he start on his high school’s basketball team but he’s also a boxer playing on a collegiate level in part two. The guy from the movie Rudy practically killed himself to make up for his athletic short comings. Chubby could care less, he had a terrible attitude and put in as little effort as possible. That guy has really made a lot out of nothing so when he finds something he’s actually talented at, he’ll be amazing.

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?

A10. People who litter two feet in front of a trash can. It’s amazing how often I see that.

Steve Tabbutt use of lines create a fluid surreal world. There is no beginning or an end, just one continuous motion through out his pieces. Playing with the idea of reality and manipulating it into his own unique world.

Please take a look at more of Steve’s work on his website.

Charmaine Olivia – Dandelion Wine

Name: Charmaine Olivia
Nickname: Charmy, Charms, Mimi, but I’m most commonly known to my friends as “Meems”
Sign: Pisces

Favorite:
Ice Cream: Brown Butter. crazy, i know. omgsogood.
Book: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Color: changes daily, usually greens or blues

Q1. Are you superstitious?
A1. No, but I have a lot little rituals that I do for good luck, or for very specific results. For example, if I stare at something green and blink 33 times, the light should change from red to green, but sometimes it takes more than 33. Or if I’m trying to shoot a basketball I first have to bounce it X amount of times and use a specific part of my hand to bounce the ball with. I do this until I find the right combination that awards me my basket.

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?
A2. The first Animal Collective show I went to, I think it was back in 2004. They played much smaller venues then, which is always nice.

Q3. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A3. Wearing high waisted skinny jeans. Those were always deemed “mom pants” when I was younger. My 13-year old self would be horrified to see what I wear now.

Q4. Bathroom read?
A4. Read? no. Words With Friends on my iPhone. I’m hopelessly addicted.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5. Weird language barriers while backpacking through europe. Too many to count.

Q6. If you were a Transformer, what car/truck would you transform into?
A6. some sexy italian car

Q7. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A7. Tom & Jerry, or those old Tex Avery cartoons. Gosh, they don’t make ’em like they used to.

Q8. What’s your vice?
A8. All things crunchy and salty. I am especially fond of cheese puffs and doritos. And really sweet white wines. but not paired with doritos. ew.

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A9. Midday to evening. Morning is strictly reserved for tea-drinking and kitten-cuddling.

Q10. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
A10. Alex Mack!! Omg I haven’t thought about that show in years! I always wanted to be able to do what she does. What, turn in to a silvery liquid and creep around? Move things with her mind? Yeah. Bingo. That or maybe the ability to change the weather. I’m always cold, it’d be nice to have a few extra degrees here and there.

Charmaine Olivia blends realism and illustration together in a way that her figures and subject are filled with a sophisticated whimsy.  Beautiful and mysterious one wants to have a conversation with the women Charmaine paints rather than sleep with them. Inspired by nature, woodlen critters can be spotted through out her work along with a a distinct feminine charm.

Please see more of Charmaine’s work on her website.

Kevin Peterson – Artful Chunky Monkey

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Name: Kevin Peterson
Nickname: K. Peterman, Kelvin, Uptown, K. Pumpernickle, Roger Pudactor, Kpeezy
Sign: Taurus

Favorite:
Breakfast food– Donuts!
Scent– Donuts!
Flower– Donuts! I mean Lilies.

Q1. How many times have you been pulled over? And why?
A1.Like ever?? I dont know -several. Expired registration, inspection, driving without headlights, tail light out. Littering (i know thats bad but i was just a stupid kid). Curfew violation (also a stupid kid). Im not a speeder though!

Q2. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2.Liger

Q3. What’s your vice?
A3.Peanut butter cups. Donuts! Oh and nicorette.

Q4.If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
A4.The Departed. I’d be Marky- Mark, I think hes the only one who makes it out alive.

Q5.If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
A5.Chunky Monkey – cuz I like things that rhyme.

Q6.Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
A6.I dont think so.

Q7. Personal Quote?
A7.”Be the change you want to see in the world” I dont usually get the credit for it – but yeah- that was all me.

Q8.Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
A8.Maybe- but I dont pay much attention. I had to look up how to spell Taurus.

Q9.Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A9.For sure- 3 or 4

Q10. Best show you have ever been too?
A10.I really loved Will Cotton’s show at Mary Boone last year with the big gingerbread houses.

 I fell in love with Kevin Peterson’s work the moment I saw the juxtaposition of innocent children in a graffiti filled playground. They are as at home as they would be running across lush green fields. He captures their expressions with his talent for realism. From the texture of the walls that colorful writing is drawn to the strands of hair that fall down the child’s face; Kevin draws you in and dares you to see if it’s a painting or photograph.

check out his website and add him on facebook

Eric Joyner – Cup of Joe and Doughnut Art

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Name: Eric Joyner
Nickname: E shizzle
Sign: Aries

Favorite:
Drink. Makers Mark (straight) Grade. 12 Cleaning product. Armour All

Q1. What animal trait do you wish to possess?
A1.To swim like a dolphin.

Q2. What superhero would be your sidekick?
A2. Bat Girl

Q3. Bathroom read?
A3. SFgate.com on my Iphone

Q4. Where and When in time would you go?
A4.San Francisco in the 1930’s

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5. Right now, totally blanking on this question! Forgive me…

Q6. Best compliment ever received?
A6. A fan told me he bought a copy of my book a year ago, & said it was the best thing he ever did.

Q7. What do you admire in a person?
A7. A good listening ability and a sense of humor.

Q8. When do you feel most creative?
A8. Ideas come best at 4 am & painting is best when I desperately want to do something else or just feeling very antsy.

Q9. What 80’s movie would you live in for a day?
A9. Who would you be? Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10. Hang overs.

Eric Joyner creates this amazing world consisting of collected vintage robots and a favorite breakfast treat donuts. But he doesn’t ignore other colorful sweet delights as cupcakes and other frosted goods are also depicted in this Iron Giants meets Corner Bakery land of carefree whimsy. Step away from this world and let your imagination run rampit staring into one of Eric’s timeless pieces.

 

 

His show “Donut Logic” opens this Saturday August, 14 at Corey Helford Gallery.

Derek Gores – Art Feels Like Sex

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Name: Derek Gores
Nickname: a few people call me Dodge
Sign: whatever is January 19

Favorite:
Food. : today i vote shepherd’s pie with black and tan.
Book. gonna pick a few…:
Picasso at Lapine Agile by Steve Martin
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Une semaine de bonté by Max Ernst
Season. All

Questions:

1Q. How many times have you been pulled over? And why?
1A. ehhhh speeding a few times in my 20’s…. but lamest was as a late teen i was pulled over driving dad’s old lincoln and guess my bright lights were on but the car was ‘upposed to take care of that whole thing for me but alas it. did. not. mr police didn’t care. but i’ve moved on.

2Q. What animal is your spirit guide?
2A. a tortoise i sometimes see when i go on pensive runs through trails at the local park. (extra points for saying pensive?)

3Q. What’s your vice?
3A. maybe that making art feels like sex. i stopped using brushes much because i want to feel the canvas, feel the paper, feel the slippppery glue under my fingertips. and searching for the imagery, is like creating my own longings…. things i did/will/want to find… i create my own psychedelics in the art apparently.

oops i meant to just say “peanut m&m’s”

4Q. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
4A. i might choose john dunbar from dances with wolves… doubt and disappointment and what should i do about it. or Willy Wonka with his nonsense now and then or maybe someone in the Duran Duran ‘Chauffeur’ video.

5Q. If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
5A. chocolate chip maybe. is there Kiwis and Rain flavor?

6Q. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
6A. nah other than stuff I drew but I don’t think they were aware of me.

7Q. Personal Quote?
7A. if it looks good, it is good.

8Q. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
8A.Not really, but I like the idea of analyzing the mystery… I’m glad they exist but I prefer a more self-made approach.

9Q. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
9A. i’ve “recently started liking” coffee again. i have 3/4 of a cup. not because i have self control, and not because i drink slowly and it gets cold. its because i have a child-sized coffee maker.

10Q. Best show you have ever been too?
10A. Robot Love, in Melbourne, Florida 2009. I caught a glimpse of how far we can push this thing and activate a moment, a room, a crowd, a town

Derek Gores is the lastest “OMG did you see what he made” artist to come to my attention. His beautiful collaged materpieces are far from the elmers glue and seventeen magazine art projects of my High School days. If you ever doubted the strength of collage in the fine art world, one only needs to stand in front of Dereks work for a few minutes to realize, YOU ARE A FOOL!!

Please check out more of Derek’s work at his website

and of course don’t forget to add him to your Facebook