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BSDA Artist Interview: Alex Waggoner

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Alex Waggoner is the newest addition to Buy Some Damn Art. Read her interview below or check out her brand new show.

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How do you compose the scenes in your paintings?  Are they based on landscapes you come across in real life?

Alex: A lot of the imagery is based in real life, usually scenes I see daily.  Sometimes, when faced with the same surroundings day after day, certain things can become invisible.  I enjoy focusing on these forgotten spaces.

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Why chose fences as a theme, one that in many cases blocks a more interesting view?

Alex: When I was a little kid, I remember peering through the knotholes in the fence to see if my neighbor Andrew was home. I would shimmy through one of the broken slats to play.  To get to and from each others houses Andrew and I always cut through another neighbor’s yard. Eventually, that neighbor put up an impenetrable fence.  I think that was the first time I saw a fence as a clear symbol of “mine and yours”.  I usually find the concept of barriers just as interesting as what may be behind them.

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You studied printmaking as well as painting. Does one practice affect the other?

Alex: I love the tedious process of printmaking.  I think my love of layering in printmaking does cross over into the layering I use in my paintings.

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In earlier work you incorporated a lot of found materials – including a light switch and carpentry nails. Have you considering bringing found objects into your current painting practice?

Alex: In my “Relics” the found objects represent things once forgotten.  I wanted to try and give them the status of an ancient historical relic.  I have considered incorporating veneer into these paintings both as a symbol referencing the home and a medium.

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You’ve spent time in Charleston and Savannah. Do you have a favorite city, neighborhood or site for inspiration?

Alex: I have been lucky to live in cities with so much southern charm and curb appeal.  Different areas of these cities can feel like polar opposites.  There are two specific types of places where I find inspiration.  One being the pleasantville-like, planned communities where landscape architecture is a sort of art form between gigantic houses on tiny lots.  The other are turning neighborhoods where some houses have a hodgepodge of privacy barriers right next to new construction with immaculate eight foot fences on all sides.

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Artist Crush: Ken Weathersby

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

So called “paintings” by Ken Weathersby who is based in the New York area. In his artist statement Weathersby admits “I’m often left not so much painting my paintings but gluing or nailing them together.”

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via New American Paintings.

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BSDA Artist Interview: Masuko Jo

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Masuko Jo is a talented young illustrator based in NYC. She has a show of beautiful, delicate work on Art Hound’s sister site, Buy Some Damn Art. Here is my interview with Masuko and some of the exquisite work in her show!
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As an illustrator your work is very playful but distinctly your own. What are some of your favorite inspirations?
Masuko: Most of my inspiration comes from my surroundings; people I meet, animals I see, and plants that I want. Among those, my favorite is ALL OF THEM AT THE SAME TIME. It’s that moment I see between the people and their interactions with their pets or an animal, and all the plants that surrounds them creating this moment in time that seems so separated from the city.
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You make adorable little GIFs. How do they fit in with the rest of your work?
Masuko: I always enjoyed illustrating strangely cute characters, but seeing them move is so much more fun. There’s definitely a feeling of accomplishment when you see a character you’ve been drawing so still actually take action. It’s a new form of my illustrations and the movement gives some of them more of a BAM!
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What’s a day in the life of Masuko Jo?
Masuko: Not much. I spend most of my day deciding what to eat, and rest of the day eating. I enjoy taking ceramics with my friends in Brooklyn, and painting at home with my crazy cat “parkour-ing” around the apartment.
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What would you say is the undercurrent which runs through all your work?
Masuko: I just always want to have a good time and I’m always hoping that everyone around me is too. That’s what I try to showcase in my work. I enjoy illustrating pieces that create a fun or tender atmosphere; a place where you want to be.
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You sometimes collaborate with another BSDA artist, Rachel Levit. Do you guys have any new work coming out?
Masuko: Yes. We are always working on something. ALWAYS.
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What are your goals or wishes for 2014?
Masuko: I usually just go with the flow of things, and I enjoy every moment of it, so I’ll wish for good things to come by way, and I’ve set goals to keep them coming. #realtalk

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Artist Crush: Sara Falli

Monday, March 24, 2014

Such beautiful, lush, emersive work by Sara Falli. It’s striking that there are so many women artists making exquisite work in watercolor, Falli included. It seems like a renaissance for the medium.

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Artist Crush: Matt Wedel

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Large-scale ceramic sculpture by Matt Wedel feel psychically buoyant despite their material weight.

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via Artsy Forager.

Images via artist’s site and LA Louver.

 

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