Wednesday, December 26, 2007

HAPpy neW YEar!!!FELiz+++2008!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Interview with Aleksander Balos

q)Introduce yourself first please?

a)I am infinite consciousness that was incarnated into a human body on November 22 1970. The name that I’ve chosen this time is Aleksander Balos

q)How did you get into art?

a)Art has chosen me.

q)Who has been the biggest influence on you?

a)All that is

q)Do you rule by any tendency in your creative work, or you only follow
what comes in your mind?

a)All comes from the flow.

q)Do you have a preferred medium to work on? Why?

a)Oil, Oil chosen me

q)How much does your environment have an effect on your pictures?


q)Tell us about your studio space. Where do you work? Do you listen to
certain types of music while working?

a)Work at home no music

q)Who are your favorite artists?

a)All and none

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)About 4 years ago it makes people aware how related we all are.

q)What books are on your nightstand?


q)What's playing on your stereo?


q)Any interesting "rituals" before you start creating?

a)Just being in the moment

q)What is your favourite colour?

a)All and none

q)What is the best time in the day for you to work on a project? Is there
one, or is it more about the environment -- maybe the right mood?

a)Any time any place

q)What projects mean a lot to you at the moment?

a)Everyone and none at all

q)Your contacts.


Thank you!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Interview with Daniel Anthony St. George 2nd

q) Introduce yourself first please?

a) My name is Daniel Anthony St. George 2nd, I livein New York City working as an artist. I grew up in an air force family and had to move every few years. My father was married over three times and I have an array of siblings ranging from a sister, to step siblings and halves. I was the black sheep of the family - bad at school, bad at life, just utterly bad- the only thing I had was my art. My art issemi-autobiographical, somewhat of an abstract narrative about how I feel, what I think and the life that I am living and have lived. I love life, even when it throws me lemons.
q) How did you get into art?
a) Through my father, Daniel Anthony St. George Sr. I guess you could say genetics? His mother tried to get him to become an illustrator when he was young,however he got my mother Donna Keller pregnant at 20-- so he joined the air force to support his new family and gave up his natural talent for art but it was passed along to me, along with his name. Maybe it was fated to happen?
q) Who has been the biggest influence on you?

a) I wish I could give you a name -- but my art isn't really influenced by one person but people. My work is about relationships and my daily life and people have a great effect on that. My father has helped a lot in making me the man I am today but not sure if that is necessarily a good thing. Also, all the women I have dated and all the artists I've been lucky to have met and befriended. The world is always expanding and meeting new people is a constant influence.

q) Do you rule by any tendency in your creative work,or you only follow what comes in your mind?

a) I think we all are ruled by things. I think the sun controls our life so much. Our relation to it in the universe to me is an amazing thing - I'm ruled by this as well as other things. I think a lot about art before and after but not while doing it. I think it is similar to how men think about sex all day but not while doing it. I like to have all my tools at arm's reach so I can just paint away, sometimes it feels so good and other times bad - making art, mind you, notsex.

q) Do you have a preferred medium to work on? Why?

a) I like ink and paper -- I like the way it goes onto the paper with brush or with pen, smooth and soft.And it makes me smile. Sometimes I do use enamel because of how thick it is, like condensed milk, makes me want to eat it but that would lead to death or horrible sickness.

q) How much does your environment have an effect on your pictures?

a) I'm a "moody" painter, I can only paint if I'm in the mood and my environment definitely changes how things are done, even if I'm painting in bed, at my desk or against the wall. My work even changes in nature, as it gets larger everything affects it.

q) Tell us about your studio space. Where do you work? Do you listen to certain types of music while working?

a) My studio is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, currently.The walls are covered in stapled pieces of papers,scraps and things I find in the streets. The color scheme is mostly yellow, pink and tans. A shelf sits high above it all with little pears that I drew faces on back in 2003. The work desk is a long folding table covered in art supplies and paper. I listen to all kinds of music from jazz, indie rock or dance music,all depending on my mood that day.

q) Who are your favorite artists?

a) All the artists I like, I've been lucky enough to call my friends - like Brent Wadden, Evah Fan, Grant Barnhart, and Jeremiah Maddock just to name a few.They all challenge what art is and what being an artist is everyday. To me, these people are better than any Picasso or Warhol.

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) 1996 or 1997, I had my own website on Geocities when I was still in high school. I look at the internet as a good and bad thing - like TV.

q) What books are on your nightstand?

a)I'm right by my nightstand right now and I'm seeing Donny Miller's Beautiful People with Beautiful Feelings, PS1's Great New York and Think Like Amano.

q) What's playing on your stereo?

a) Right now, Azure Ray. Lately, it has been Final Fantasy (the band).

q) Any interesting "rituals" before you start creating?

a) A Cup of tea then paint, nap, tea, paint, nap and repeat until tired or watch some TV.

q) What is your favorite colour?

a) As a child, it was red. In my art, I'd say it isyellow and in my clothing it is black.

q) What is the best time in the day for you to work on a project?Is there one, or is it more about the environment --maybe the right mood?
a) I'd say mostly in the mornings after getting up.

q) What projects mean a lot to you at the moment?

a) Just painting, nothing else. I don't make toys or anything else. Maybe I'll start a new zine book next year but for right now it is just painting. Winter seems like hibernating period.

q) Your contacts.

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Daniel Anthony St. George 2nd

p: +1-212-203-1412

Merry Xmas!!!Happy Hanukah!!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Interview with Raea Zani

q)Tell me something about yourself..What's your background.?

a)I was born and raised in Manchester, NH, though some of you may know it by it’s more commonly-known and glamorous alias Manchvegas. I started various art classes at age five.
By age ten or so, I was in a private program called Studio Elysia; a more intensive and yet liberal program for aspiring artists. We didn’t return home with the exact same macaroni necklace, if you know what I mean. Real materials were offered to tiny artists-to-be.
At sixteen, I was recruited into an organization involving five other young girls, created by three established artists. The purpose was for us as young women to begin developing our voices through art and under the supervision of experienced women artists. That was when the light really went off for me and I began creating from a more intuitive and expressive place.
By the time I graduated high school, I knew I wanted to go to an art school. I took a year off to save up some money, and then was off to Maine of Art, where I graduated with a BFA in ceramics.

q)When growing what was the greatest force pushing you towards art?

a)I have always had an affinity towards the arts. I started with ballet and jazz/tap when I was three years old, but quit that by five. My mother told me I had to be involved in something so I took and an art class and it snowballed from there. My first teacher, Dorothy Abram, was truly inspiring to me.
q)Were you inspired/encouraged by any one person to pursue your craft?
a)I definitely accredit Dorothy Abram with much of my early artistic development. She was one of my earliest art instructors and mentors. She taught me for many years of my life, and her technique allowed the comfort and freedom to become very emotionally connected to the material at a young age.

q)How would you describe your art to someone who could not see it?

a)Oh, I probably wouldn’t. Art is all about interpretation. If I verbally lay the groundwork, one will have a preconceived notion about the work. When backed into that corner I usually say “I sculpt. You’ll just have to see it.”

q)Are certain colours, shapes that you're drawn to?
a)Absolutely. I can only speak of the pieces I am currently working on (tastes certainly change over time). Recently I have been using an organic cone shape as the base of my pieces. It has to do with elevation. My hands tend to want to work with very tactile, organic forms. As for colors, neutrals and earth-tones have always struck my fancy, in my own work that is. I just adore juicy bold colors in other artists’ work, but it’s not part of my repertoire.
q)What other talent would you like most to have?

a)I’d love to be able to do incorporate more metal work into my art. However I have awful tendonitis in both wrists, so the forge just wreaks havoc on me. Maybe I’ll commission a blacksmith somewhere along the way…

q)What's your favourite mediums to work in/on?
a)Clay. It’s in my blood. I have never responded so quickly and so deeply to a material.

q)What artists influence or have influenced you(these need not be visual artists)and how have they done so?

a)It’s funny, visual fine artists like painters and sculptures don’t inspire me as much as musicians and directors. They have their place in my heart, don’t get me wrong. Maybe it’s a case of being too close to the trees to see the forest. While I can admire other fine artists to the ends of the earth, I find myself turning to other things for inspiration. Sometimes I’ll watch a movie and the color palette will influence my next piece. Sometimes I’ll be sitting in my studio staring off into space while listening to music, and the lyrics or the tone of an instrumental piece will resonate inside me, and off I go. It’s a peculiar occurrence, how inspiration strikes. Often it is like lightening; I become almost feverish with an idea and work until the sculpture is complete, no matter how long that may be.

q)What non-visual art interest you and does this have an impact on your art?

a)Music, as I said before, is a huge influence. I think we can all relate to that. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t enjoy some form of music.
Aside from that, my interest in people greatly impacts my work. I’m a people watcher. I adore people, and learn from everyone I meet (even if it’s learning how not to live my life!). People are the most curious creatures, so loaded and complex, wanting and primal. I’ll never stop analyzing people, and learning.

q)What do you think about artists using the Internet as a forum for sharing their work?

a)Why not? It’s good advertising! The internet allows us to connect with other artists and lovers of art around the world. Do I fear that the internet will replace a great gallery or museum? No. This is nothing like seeing art “in the flesh”. The contours, the texture, the scale of an affective sculpture cannot be experienced in it’s entirety by looking at an image on the computer. Same goes for painting, mixed media, etc.
q)What is your favourite toy,game or other artefact from your youth(and do you still own it)?
a)I’m a silly sentimental artist----I keep everything! I especially love my old children’s books. I reference them from time to time.
What stands out to me most it a box of trinkets I have from my grandmother. She passed when I was quite young and we were extremely close. She used to make ornaments for the tree every Christmas. They consisted of a hollowed eggshell with a hole cut on one side. You could look inside the egg and see plastic deer amongst tiny evergreens, a baby angel sleeping on a cloud…those sorts of things. I suppose they are a bit cheesy, but they were always a wondrous site to me. It was as if my grandmother had captured a moment in time, a piece of a narrative, and placed it in the tiny egg to be strung on the tree. So I keep all those trinkets she’d put inside the eggs. They allow my mind to wander and make up stories.

q)Got any new projects planned?
a)Actually I do. I’m working on an entirely new series and I am very excited. They’re bigger clay pieces with mixed media. I’m in the process of having them photographed, so check back soon!

q)What advice can you give to other artists to help them improve their chances of survival in this global village we call our home?

a)Define survival. If that means financial survival as an artist, good luck. Art isn’t a field you go into for money. Most of my professional artist friends create simply because they know no other way to be.
My advice to “surviving” as an artist in a more general sense: Don’t waste your time trying to fit into whatever is mainstream at the moment. Do what you do in you heart of hearts. Create like your life depends on it, because ultimately, it does. Don’t read too many articles about yourself, and don’t take any of them too seriously, even the good ones. Create for the sheer enjoyment of it. If your art ever becomes real work and you stop enjoying yourself, then stop creating, at least for a little while. It’s easy to try and push production and get burnt out. Your work and your psyche with suffer if you do this. Try to remember that being and artist is a gift, as corny and clichéd as that may sound. Stay humble. Enjoy the journey.

q)Favourite books/authors?

a)Oh gosh, where do I begin? Some of my favorite authors are Kahlil Gibran, Sharon Olds, J.D. Salinger, Daniel Quinn, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Shel Silverstein, David Sedaris, Tim O’Brien… to name a few.

q)Favourite music?

a)I love all types of music. I’m quite and extremist with my moods as well. I can go from something very hard and raw to a quiet instrumental. I rather not use music genre titles as I find them limiting. Also they tend to have certain connotations attached to them. Suffice it to say, I will listen to nearly anything and love almost everything.

q)What do you fear most?

a)Ever heard that saying “A coward dies a thousand deaths, when a hero dies but one.” It’s true; if you live in fear all the time, you’re missing out, and a little part of you is dying. That’s what I fear. I try to go with the flow and not let fear consume me. However, I have a completely irrational fear of cicada, and being sprayed by a skunk. Ha!