Derek Gores – Art Feels Like Sex


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

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


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

Nathan DeYoung – WWFPD?


Name: Nathan DeYoung
Nickname: Diddles
Sign: Aquarius

Cookie: Chocolate Chip!
Number: 13…no foolin
Organ: liver
Q1. What do you consider the most daring thing you have done thus far in your life?
A1. Attempt to make a career with my art.

Q2. If you knew that time would stop for 5 min’s on a certain day, what would you plan to do during those few minutes?
A2. I would drive like a maniac for two minutes and five seconds, than lay down in the middle of the freeway and stare at the sky for two minutes and thirty seconds and than safely return to my car with the remaining time.

Q3. Best song of all time? Or at least in the top ten?
A3. Gaaawwwddd…most impossible question ever! Hmm, well a couple (because its impossible to narrow down) of my fav. tracks are The National- Racing Like A Pro…. The Mars Volta- Miranda That Ghost Isn’t Holy Anymore: C. Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma)….Norma Jean- A Small Spark vs. A Great Forest….Interpol- Untitled….Radiohead- Where I End And You Begin ( The Sky Is Falling In)….and on and on and on and on!

Q4. Who is the most annoying film or tv character?
A4. Any soap opera character that has ever lived…who watches those things really????

Q5. Do you clap at the end of a movie?
A5. Ohhhh you betcha! Only for the good ones though…

Q6. Childhood Ambition?
A6. I really wanted to be a professional baseball player.

Q7. Best first day of school memory?
A7. Well, it was the first day of middle school and I remember being pretty nervous and my dad actually walked with me to school that day and when it was time for me to go to class he gave me a much needed hug, smiled and while he handed me my favorite snack ( a pb&j) we caught eyes while he was still smiling and it was as if we had an entire conversation about the day and all my jitters went away for a few seconds…it was almost magical.

Q8. What animal would you transform into on a dime?
A8. A hippo…no joke!

Q9. Favorite cartoon while growing up?
A9. Total tie between “Doug” and “The Simpsons” I was hooked like an open mouth bass on those shows!

Q10. What was your first kiss like?
A10. Pretty short actually, haha. She was my first girlfriend, I thought she was so beautiful. We were in 6th grade and I was so nervous about the whole thing that it ended up being this short little peck on the lips…haha i tried to play it off really cool though..i thought to myself what would the fresh prince do??? Oh yeah, he would play this cool!

Nathan DeYoung integrates the freedom of abstract color and broad strokes with the tight delicate refinement of his breathtakingly rendered women. Creating a dream world of sense and confusion. At his show with Thinkspace gallery he better explained their existence with an attached poem to the piece. Nathan’s self taught ability is baffling yet a statement in itself to his passion and dedication. One has to put their hands in their pocket to keep from touching the canvas. With the maturity of an old master taking hundreds of hours to perfect one piece, it’s good to see he is still twenty-something at heart.