AltDaily: You’re a person who sort of burst onto the local art scene almost a year ago. I’d never seen you before and then suddenly you were everywhere with your crazy mustache, pet squirrel and fun art houses. When I hear the name of this show it makes me think of how quickly you’ve woven yourself into the artistic community here and to the city in general. Any relation?
I’d like to hear more about this concept of planning and breaking free, and how it relates to your artistic process. How much do you pre-plan what’s going to happen on your canvases? Do you find freedom in structure? (So many linnnnnes in your work.)
I do find freedom in structure so’s long as its your scene that you the maker want to make for yourself be within. Pre-planning is about 3/4 of my process with the rest to be improved upon design. The lines In my work are that which can be or not be. I make a conscious decision on each stroke. I like to fill in voids with as much imagery as possible.
Tell us about Caddy. Where did you meet? Was it love? Is there hope for reconciliation? What was it like being the guy with the pet squirrel?
Ah yes the Young Wompus. Well the story would have to start with my dear friend Sean Perryman, of which without his aid non of this” Squirrely Business” could have happened. The month was March and the scene was a downed tree in Sean’s apartment complex that he worked at as a maintenance official. I, at work with him on that day to help out and earn some cash under the table. A tree down, only one survivor. Caddy then at the time a young pup the size of a thumb.
Oh Lord. How did you get from there to Caddy thinking it’s people?
When making a piece and story telling you must know that not everyone will see the same direction. Whether it’s fish, whales or beetles you see in my works shown it is important to know that the notion of what you want to see is ultimately correct. Subjective is the direction of these pieces; the beetles relate to the troubles of owning the ever popular VW and the whale is a memory from childhood in San Diego from the same muralist whom did a mural downtown, The fish for lack of a better answer could be my love for salmon, sushi and swimming through life.
There are certainly endless ways to interpret your work. To that end, when people come to the show and stare at what you’ve created, what mindset would you like them to have going into it? Or what sort of questions can the viewer be asking his or herself to use the art to explore their own thought processes or preconceptions or anything else you hope your art taps into?
Endless is correct. Mindset is hard to determine and questions I hope to not get would be that of “how many lines are in this one, that one, oh and that other bird looking one.” Hmm. I drank a lot of coffee during the past 8 months creating these works and did so mostly in Stella and other various “public spaces.” Furthermore I wanted to just make a series of works that I was unaware I could do. I started with Skeeter Town and my right elbow was broken.
How did your elbow being broken affect your process?
What is need is momentum and a lot of it. Ideas are great and starts are amazing but getting let down should never be a deterrent. We must go out on a limb and continue to MAKE decisions regarding art in public spaces. What the city has done in my short time of being here which is 343 days to the date of this post HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING AMAZING! I actually for once had too many things to do but did not let it run me thin. My only advice is to KEEP up the course of direction we are taking. I remember when we all used to get out side on nice days wether cold or hot and see what it is the city/ area I lived in gave back. Art is appreciation, art is congregating, art is an answer and thus serves people well.