12.11.09 by Jeff

Erika Somogyi / Interview

Our Tangents art show is only one day away (Friday)! Here’s the final artist interview! Introducing, Erika Somogyi.

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ERIKA SOMOGYI INTERVIEW

erika somogyi artist painter tangents art show

I was surprised to learn that you’re living in Brooklyn! Based on your work I would have guessed you were living in a log cabin somewhere in the pacific northwest! The evergreen tree shapes, the mountains, where is the imagery coming from?

Sometimes I wish I were living in a log cabin in the mountains. I have spent time backpacking and sleeping outside. I love visiting the national parks. The natural imagery I use in my work comes from my travels, photos I have taken, photos I have borrowed, field studies and memories.  One aspect of the work I have been making is the longing for a connection with nature. The lack of expansive wilderness here is a big part of that. In a way I feel transported by the paintings.

I think you’d love it here in British Columbia! We have lots of mountains, lakes, and trails. On the other hand, I like the idea that your work is about this longing, like an intense memory that over time has become more fantasy than reality. Maybe coming here would ruin that?

It would be so cool if I were coming out for the show! I don’t think it would ruin my work at all. It would be a great experience for me to spend some time there. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the art I make doesn’t just come from what I can see out my window. That would be the Manhattan skyline. I have a pretty nice view.

erika somogyi artist painter

What was the last good concert you went to?

I recently saw Bob Dylan in NJ, in the pouring rain. It had to be the coldest day of the entire summer and I was drenched. He played a weird Like a Rolling Stone, but Girl from the North Country was amazing, and All Along the Watch Tower was awesome. I was really happy to be there and Dylan was really into it, dancing at the keyboard in his lavender suit and hat.

The last time Radiohead came to Vancouver it started to pour and as they closed with Paranoid Android the sold out stadium all sang the lyrics “rain down, rain down…” and it was a really spiritual moment. I’ve heard people describe your work as psychedelic, do they ever describe it as spiritual? Is it either of these things to you?

Ha, people do describe it as spiritual. I think both terms apply.

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How do you pronounce your last name? Somogyi? Sah-mog-yee? What nationality is that?

So-moe-gee. So, as in “so what” moe, like “Moe, Larry, and Curly” and gee like “gee whiz” – although a Hungarian speaker may say it a bit different. My father is from a small town in Hungary. He came to New York City when he was 23.

Have you been to Hungary? I worked at a summer camp and the cook was from Hungary. She would tell me over and over how much I needed to see Budapest.

I went to visit family when I was very young and I don’t really remember it. I want to go back though. I still have family there.

erika somogyi artist painter

Do you have more fun making paintings or sculptures?

I enjoy problem solving and making things. Painting and figuring out what I’m going to do are my favorite aspects of art making. The least interesting part to me is making the preliminary drawing on a blank piece of paper. It’s very tiring.

So do you usually start with complete drawings and then paint over them? Works like Major Meltdown seem more spontaneous, how much of that is premeditated?

Sometimes before the drawing I make a collage and then I make a very simple pencil drawing from that. I use it to help compose the painting. Major Meltdown is an unusual one. That painting is collaged from pieces of other works and then painted and drawn over again.

Would you like to end this with a quote?

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard

erika somogyi painter

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On top of being a part of Tangents, Erika is also showing in two other group shows, at Half/Dozen (Portland), and Waiting Room (Tokyo).

PS – It’s also her birthday on November 19th – so you can send her early Happy Birthday wishes in the comments!

See more of Erika’s work here: http://www.throughthetrees.net













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • Erin

    i really love your artwork. it’s very powerful and introspective. oh, and happy birthday! mine’s on the 22nd!

  • Erika’s work is wonderful. The feeling and emotion in represented in each piece in amazing and inspiring. I’m so excited her work is going to be at the show.

    -tys

  • Jaz

    Hey! Great work! Happy birthday! Mine is this month too!

  • I really like this work. Spiritual and psychedelic is exactly how I would have described it also.

  • lapetitefaon

    Her work is really something else. I just love it so much!

  • I’m from Hungary and i was very excited when i saw Erika’s name on the board. I was courious what kind of style does she have and she doesn’t dissapointes. By the way Hungary is a great place for artist.

  • Thank you everyone! Happy November. xxoo

  • Cindy

    Your art is so inspirational and just plain beautiful.
    I love them <3


    Happy birthday :)

  • EmilyChou

    Oh my goodness, I saw these last night at Tangets, it made me so happy! :) Really unique artist.

  • Emily

    I love your work Erica! Happy Birthday :D

  • great!i love it!

  • Talk about transported, Erika’s work grabs your hand and takes you on a trip from the mundane. Like that psychedelic best friend you’ve always suspected was from another world, who makes being earthbound that much more joyous and colorful. I dunno, I just love it all so. And my birthday’s the 20th — happy birthday Scorpios!

  • Vanya

    Happy birthday, Erika Somogyi!

    Your work has its own majesty just as the nature you depict.

    • Vanya

      *It’s the nineteenth here in Oz

  • My birthday is the same day.

    Great stuff





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OURO Collective – photo by Teppei Tanabe

 

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Vancouver producer, Kutcorners – photo by Hana Pesut

 

Jeff Hamada: How would you describe the music you make?

Kutcorners: This is always a hard question, because I actually like to make many different types of music. But ultimately things under “Kutcorners” usually are a derivative of R&B music, old or new, with a twist.

I sometimes say I make “pop” music, but my music isn’t really that popular in the traditional sense. More like “pop art” really.

Jeff Hamada: I like the idea that it’s pop art. Who are some of the artists influencing you right now?

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If you don’t have Spotify you can listen to the tracks here.

 

Jeff Hamada: Had you ever collaborated with dancers prior to this project with OURO?

Kutcorners: No, this is the first time and I hope to do more of it.

Jeff Hamada: That would be cool to see an on-going thing. How would you describe the work that they’re creating?

Kutcorners: I would describe it as a melange of disciplines coming together to form a modern take on traditional dance performance. It’s very refreshing and inspiring work.

Jeff Hamada: Can you talk a little bit about the experience of watching their rehearsals and then turning that into sounds?

Kutcorners: Well, we talked a lot about sounds they like when they rehearse, which gave me inspiration to draw from idea I had started already, and also on some new arrangements.

Getting people to describe sounds they like can be quite hard, because people hear sounds and articulate them differently from person to person. It’s fun to hear how we all describe the sounds we like and how they affect movement.

 

 

Jeff Hamada: Did this experience offer any sort of new perspective on your work?

Kutcorners: Yeah, it showed me that I make movements in music too quick! It’s more effective to use little sounds and build things slowly rather than to cram everything in to a 3-minute song.

Dance is very much related to how music works and why it’s made. In retrospect, I would have benefitted from dancing more in my life. It really helps connect you to the physical side of music, which is so important when creating it.

Jeff Hamada: What things are you working on now?

Kutcorners: I’m working on making more original music for my own releases, which I plan to put out on record and online. Working with singers too, to help bring these instrumentals to life.

 

Kutcorners on Bandcamp

Kutcorners on Soundcloud

Kutcorners on Instagram

OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram

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