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Reid (Lifetime) and I would like to thank the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of you that came out to the art show on Friday! It was overwhelming! Big thanks to Savoury Chef for providing all of the delicious food, the mini Vietnamese subs were a huge hit! If you’re hosting an event in Vancouver you need to let them handle the catering! Thanks to Phono for the music and Kale Friesen for shooting photos!
The gallery side was packed the whole night and the lounge side (with the music and food) quickly turned into quite a party. If you were there, leave a comment!
ERIKA SOMOGYI INTERVIEW
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.
JENNILEE MARIGOMEN INTERVIEW
Tell me about the last time you wished you had a camera with you, but didn’t.
A man was walking down West Broadway a couple weeks ago, carrying a five foot tall stuffed animal horse on his right side. From far away, it looked like he was riding it!
If you had your camera, would you have stopped the man and asked for a photo? Or would you have tried to capture the image without interfering? Is this something you even think about?
I try not to interfere or make my presence known when taking photos. I think that it’s part of my personality – I like being the observer and listener.
GARRY TRINH INTERVIEW
Is it true that Australians are to blame for “Uggs”?
Is it’s true and proud of them we are.
In your humble opinion, what is the worst movie of all time?
I haven’t kept a list of movies I hate. I tend to see the good in all things. However, I felt physically nauseous while watching Cloverfield on the big screen and really really needed to leave the cinema. Those handycam shots made me feel like I was on a two hour roller coaster. Took a day to recover from the experience.
I was immediately drawn to the humour in your work, especially in your “snaps”. Do people ever laugh out loud when they encounter your work in a gallery setting?
That would be a great reaction if people laughed out loud. The people that look at my work often have a bewildered expression on their face. I don’t think they take the time to really LOOK. I feel the need to explain the photograph to them. I can not decided if my humour is just personal or universal.
KENICHI HOSHINE INTERVIEW
Where are you living these days?
I’m living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
How much of Brooklyn is there in your work?
I moved here in March of this year so I can’t say that there is much of Brooklyn in my work. I don’t think my environment affects my work too much.
You have an interesting way of veiling an image, covering elements with a wash. Can you tell me a bit about your process and the way your style has evolved into what it is now?
Most of my work you have been seeing lately have layers of beeswax over them. I have always found images that are obscured or fragmented to be more interesting than “complete” pictures. I am drawn towards implied images that suggest certain moods and narratives. More often than not, I will draw or paint a “complete” image then delete/erase/sand parts of it until I achieve the desired picture. I probably spend more time editing the image than actually putting it down on the panel or paper.