2017 is set to be an interesting year, if for nothing else (which there is actually plenty else happening in the world), impending leadership of the United States. This is why artists and makers and doers are creating some of the best work of their careers, now, in this time of uncertainty and disillusion.
Making and looking at art is one of the greatest ways to gain perspective and take a look at the bigger picture. Making artwork can give you a "voice" where maybe you didn't think you had one to begin with. It can help to pose questions, open up conversation, engage communities at large, and bring about awareness and change.
That's why I have decided to devote a good portion of my blogging in 2017 to interviews with fellow artists.
The goal now is to get this work shown, either in galleries or alternative spaces. Seeing all of his work together, as one collection, is truly striking and would wow even the most reserved viewer. This past weekend, he brought me close to 30 pieces (wood, paper, and walking sticks) to show around to a variety of galleries in the Southeastern region of the United States. I'm thinking of starting with Asheville, Savannah, St. Petersburg, and Nashville. And of course, a website is coming soon! Please contact me with any suggestions, though. Brian is excited and eager to make things happen!
While I was in Atlanta, I took a few snapshots of the work presented to me. And over the last few weeks, I sent him a list of questions via email. Here are his responses. Enjoy!
My metal materials are upholstery tacks and foils. I use leather strapping for grips. My paper works are done with pencil and ink.
I have been enjoying your work and do see that color is a large part of your style. I am impressed how you use it along with motion. It makes your work feel alive and full.