Skylar Blum

Who are you and what do you do?

 

As an artist I try to solve some of the problems I create for myself. I'm always looking. I also run a small publishing house called Front Yard which I just started this year to share my own work and the work of other artists I want to support. Other than that, I love skateboarding when its not freezing outside.

 

Who/what inspires you?

 

Pretty much anything and everything in the universe will inspire me depending on my mood and what I am aware of at the moment. Also, I'm always inspired by those who are aware of the whole and act without ego. If we were all aware of the ego we could stop identifying ourselves with it and live more consciously with much less suffering.

 

What themes do you pursue?

I usually try to make new work without any themes in mind. Later in the editing process I will notice certain themes present themselves such as abstraction, sculptural objects, virtual reality, minimalism, specific architectural features,
 consciousness, connectivity, ego, identity, searching, seeing, color, or everyday life.

 

Why art?

I've always felt a necessity to express myself and the culture of my understanding in one way or another usually by making things. I used to do more of this through skateboarding, now it's more of my photography and book making, but it's all related.

 

Name some artists you would like to be compared to.

 

There are many artists working with a range of different mediums who have influenced me and activated connections in my own work. I don't know that I would want to be compared to them, but rather seen as working in conversation with them. These are some of those artists: Cezzane, Duchamp, DeKooning, Rothko, Walker Evans, Lewis Baltz, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Jason Fulford, Ed Panar, Mike Slack, Roe Ethridge, Wolfgang Tillmans, Christian Patterson, John Lehr, Spike Jonze, Gino Iannucci, Brain Anderson, Mark Gonzales, Matt Luczak, James DiMauro, J-Dilla, Madlib, Nujabes, and many others (I'm sure I'm forgetting some of my favourites)

http://skylarblum.com

Sarah Faux

Who are you and what do you do?

Sarah Faux. Looks like pho but you say fox. I'm a painter.

Who/what inspires you?

out-of-body experiences, fever dreams, saturated colors, a hot bath

What themes do you pursue?

attraction, alienation, flesh

Why art?

Just trying to stay sane. 

Name some artists you would like to be compared to.

Christina Ramberg, Maria Lassnig, Rebecca Morris, Susan Rothenberg, Carol Rama. These are some artists I'm looking at right now. Also Milton Avery, pretty much all the time.

http://sarahfaux.net

Rachel Malin

who are you and what do you do?

I am a painter based in new york by way of california.  

 

who/what inspires you?

john divola, charles burchfield, jack goldstein, rebecca morris, charline von heyl, amanda ross ho, anni albers, matisse, all of my friends. 

 

what themes do you pursue?

i'm interested in exploring the possibilities of a slower read within a simple image.  i like the hidden humor in objects that are seemingly sophisticated. 

 

why art? 

it's always felt like the right thing to be doing. 

 

Name some artists you would like to be compared to.

haha weird question.  i've been compared to a "hung over bridget riley" before and that felt about right.

http://rachelmalin.com

Johannes Rodenacker

Very proud to present Johannes Rodenacker here on Five-Questions. Johannes recently did the artwork for Phinery Compilation # 1 on Phinery-Tapes.

Who are you and what do you do?
I like to draw and paint so I guess I'm a drainter

Who/what inspires you?
A hot cup of coffee

What themes do you pursue?
Space, brushstrokes, body, structure and the question how to make a painting out of this

Why art?
I like music too but the neighbours always complain

Name some artists you would like to be compared to.
I dont know if I want to be compared to other artists because you know every artist likes to be seen unique and uncomparable. But I'm inspired by a lot of artists like George Gross, Helen Frankenthaler, Piero Della Francesca, Ume Kayo, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Leslie Baum, Deerhoof... to name the first that come to my mind.

http://www.johannes-rodenacker.de

Price Bullington

Who are you and what do you do?

I'm a creator, I create.

Who/what inspires you?

Excellence. Nothing inspires me more than seeing other people doing something succesfully. Right now I'm really into the show True Detective. I think it's a masterpiece. So I try to absorb everything about it. The creator Nic Pizzolatto spend 30 years polishing his craft, evovling his style before he got his breakthrough. Now the world is richer because of his disciplin and dedication.

My inspiration comes from all sources. I spend every day, and have so for many years, devouring movies, looking at art, listening to music, living life, taking risks, learning all the time. It's 24/7. I've dedicated my life to art. I get inspired from every aspect of life, art, science, philosophy. Everything is connected. I don't think there's any magic bullets, only hard work and dedication. The sooner one realizes this on a deep level, the sooner one can start getting down to business, and start getting something meaningful done.

What themes do you pursue?

Expressionism. I try to fill myself up with emotion and knowledge, and then I try to infuse that emotion and knowledge into my work. I enjoy extremes the most. I think the juxtaposition of both ends of the pendulum is very interresting. That's why I sometimes create very complex works, and sometimes create very simple works. Theres really not a lot of middle ground in my life. Either I'm rocking on top of the world, or so deep in quicksand I can barely breathe. My art is a reflection of my life and philosophy. 

I also like to balance between the abstract and figurative. Dreams and reality.

Why art?

I believe there's two types of people. Critics and creators. We all start out creators, children create art instinctually. Then as life goes on, it tears us down, and we slowly but surely become more jaded and cynical. Every day the media is shoving the seven deadly sins down our throats. It's impossible not to be affected. I got tired of being a couch critic, and decided to try to peel the layers of my exsistence and ego. I wanted to get back to the essence. The joy of life. That childish playfulness we all start out with.

Art transcends language, it's a way of communicating on another level. It's vital to our exsistence. Art is the language of feelings. It's a way out of the existential rut. Art have the ability to turn dreams into reality. If we manage to avoid some egomaniac pressing the red-button, art will be the center of human existence in the next step of evolution. At least that's what I hope. Who the fuck knows anything about the future? It's a guessing game.

What can we expect of you in the future?

As I said earlier I've dedicated my life to creation. I spend 2012 starting my first company, I put all my money into it, and then I ended up shutting it down in order to focus on my art. Because of that I haven't made any money in 2 years, and due to my financial situation I've only had my mind and computer to work with. When I get into better shape financially, you'll start seeing me excute some of the more expensive ideas I have. Sculptures, paintings etc. I got a lot of ideas. What you see in my portfolio now is only the beginning.

Why gold?

Throughout history all the way back to ancient Rome's takeover of Las Médulas, their most important gold source in ancient spain, and most recently the goldrush in California, gold have caused sepration and alienation of the native cultures. 

Today I use technology to create gold, because I feel technology is gold. It helps connect the world, not seprate us, but bring us closer. Technology have blessed us all with the midas touch.

What I'm doing is using it to create my own mythology, a reflection of our times, through my eyes. I try to create an idealistic narrative in opposition to the very negativity bias exploitive 24 hour page-view journalism news cycle, that I feel is poisioning our young minds. It's my own hero's journey, I'm fighting dragons, demons, dodging temptations and all that jazz while documenting the process in my art.

Name some artists you would like to be compared to.

I'm not interested in comparing myself to anyone, I know I stand on the back of giants, but I'm still trying to create my own legacy.

http://pricebullington.com

Jennifer Mehigan

Who are you?

I'm an artist, designer, and student (again). I am mostly a painter but more often than not I end up making other stuff.

What kind of music do you listen to when you work?

If I listen to music it ends up being Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, or top 40 hits from when I was 12 like LFO, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson. When there's not too much noise I usually just stick with silence.

What inspires you?

Birds, machines, fabric shops, candy, construction sites, pole dancers, @gangculture's instagram account, reasonably cheesy cyberpunk novels, weaponry, carparks, the RGB colour model, fearlessness.

What themes do you pursue?

What desire feels like, car accidents, the technological invasion of the body, obsolescence, first crushes, the screen. I feel like I didn't really name themes.

Name some of your favorite artists. 

 Isa Genzken, Tony Cragg, Lauren Cook, Louise Zhang, Rachel Harrison,  Aaron Curry, there's too many.

http://www.jennifermehigan.com

Turmeric Magnitudes

What inspired you to make a record label?

I have been co-running a label called Donkey Disk for half a dozen years and found myself in a position where I wasn't quite able to do the things I wanted to such as getting music out very rapidly and having an eclectic roster unified by a lo-fi/organic aesthetic.  I had to surmount the obstacle of having never done visual art/packaging before (the other guy involved in Donkey Disk did almost all of the packaging for that label and set the bar pretty high).  Integrating the logistics of running a label has provided me with something productive and (frequently) inspiring to do when I'm not making the music; it seems almost essential to my working methodology at this stage, like the jelly to my peanut butter, you know?

How do you find/chose your artists?


My own projects and collaborations constitute 95% of the label roster at present, for better or worse.  The remainder is split between friends' music that I like or total strangers that crossed paths with me somehow.  The two strangers I've released (dusa and Riotmeadows) since I started the label in June have done quite well; their sounds have expanded and influenced the label's palette considerably.  This year, my goals are to release more non-music such as very bizarre field recordings/found sounds/spoken word/conceptual/very quiet recordings; add a few psych folk artists to the roster; add more brutal, earsplitting harsh noise to the roster; and curate a compilation or two, probably of field/wtf type stuff.


Who is in charge of your artwork?
 

i've done the artwork so far, although a few releases have been collaborative efforts such as the split with Fslux and the Hey Exit insert.  I really enjoy doing the visuals having warmed up to it after finding a process that suited me.


Would you ever consider repressing sold out releases?
 

Sure.  The label works roughly as a print on demand label, so I put things out as they are finished without stating a quantity.  I may do 1-50 copies of any particular tape.  Strict quantity limitations and numbered releases are not appealing to me--I'm not trying to create products or collector's items, just offer tapes cheaply for people who prefer to listen on a ghettoblaster or walkman rather than on their computer or device.  Some releases I do are more popular than others, so this enables me to produce only as is desired but still have everything start out on equal footing and find exposure via downloads and streams.  This label happens to be a bit weird and cryptic, not much artist/release info, so bringing things in and out of print seems fitting, although it probably won't make it the next Hanson or RRR any time soon.


Name some other labels you find inspiring.

Tusco/Embassy

A Soundesign

Hanson

Diatom Bath

Windham Hill
...and countless others

http://turmericmagnitudes.bandcamp.com

Angelo Harmsworth

Who are you and what do you do?

Angelo Harmsworth from the southwest of the United States - I keep going and will continue to keep going

How would you describe your sound?

The glory of a low-watt light bulb

How did you get into making music?

I got an electric guitar when I was 4 years old & my parents would dance naked while I played the bongos.

What inspires you?

There’s brilliance everywhere, it depends where I am looking. The wild beast of the Internet helps keep a constant stream of ideas and images coming. It also helps having a few close friends for recognition and camaraderie. I owe a lot to a lot of different people, but in an Art way, Christian Filardo and Brian Walker have been of huge help and inspiration - some things the Internet can’t teach. 

Name some bands/artists you would like to be compared to.

I’d like to be compared to people who are good. Judgement is natural, but I’d rather be associated than compared. 

 

Fluxus Rainbow is out now via Patient sounds - buy the cassette here.

Daniel Everett

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Daniel Everett. I'm an artist and professor. I make images, objects, and videos - all with varying degrees of success. 

 

What inspires you?

Urgency. Fluorescent lighting. The inclination to write manifestoes. Nondescript architecture. Street Fighter.

 

What themes do you pursue?

I feel like my work is a break up letter with modernism, although a part of me hopes modernism will take me back and start keeping its promises.

I attempt to court an office supply store aesthetic.

 

Why art?

My sister always told me that one day she would go and live deliberately. I've been looking to get a head start.

 

Name some of your favourite artists.

Anne Truitt, Fra Angelico, Albert Ringer-Patzsch, Lynne Cohen, Bechers, Robert Ryman

www.daniel-everett.com

danieleverett.tumblr.com

Patient Sounds

What inspired you to make a record label?

Growing up aspiring to make and release mine and my friends music lead directly to me realizing I aspired to run a record label. It was a pretty immediate connection, realizing people run small labels as a teenager and suddenly having my aspirations appear before me.

How do you find/chose your artists?

Generally the artists are friends, or friends of friends. We have released several titles from demo submissions. Sometimes I scour bandcamp late and night and email artists whose work I find. It all really depends. We try to keep it organic, and personable.

Who is in charge of your artwork?

I generally do all the layout and graphic design, but we leave many options open to the artists or ask them to supply an image or design element for their release. My fiance runs a design studio, Bonnie & Caprice, so she overseas my layout, but generally I have my hand in the design process.

Would you ever consider repressing should out releases?

NO! We don't discourage other labels repressing their releases, but we personally feel a limited edition object created in a small batch is more along the lines of what we want to accomplish. Represses are great, because more people can own the tape, but we aren't out to facilitate everyone owning a release, we want devoted fans and collectors to have our releases.

Name some other labels you find inspiring.

Orange Milk
Bathetic Records
Noumenal Loom
Scissor Tail Editions
Orchid Tapes
Takoma Records
Obscure Records

http://patientsounds.bandcamp.com

Nicolás Lamas

Artist statement

My work derives from the interest and mistrust in constructed perceptions, which are considered to belong to a “natural order” and constantly build our notion of truth through a systematized knowledge. Most of my questioning focuses on examining the models associated with scientific research and the constant pursuit of order, measure, and control of the laws that govern the perceptible world. Through different guidelines, I analyze the relationship established between knowledge and power, and how that bond ideologically determines the way we perceive, interpret, and interact with our environment. I am interested in the search for the gaps and cracks generated in specific relations between representation systems and the notion of an objective and indisputable reality. In order to exemplify the perceived inconsistencies, I carefully manipulate images, texts, sounds and other elements that are associated with capturing,  interpreting and transmitting information. Through this, I attempt to somehow put into evidence relativity, malleability, and the level of indetermination in all of which we attempt to comprehend by trying to search for an objective and definite truth.  

http://lamasnicolas.blogspot.com

Tsembla

Who are you?

I am Marja Johansson. I was born in a town called Luleå in northern Sweden, up in armpit or the Gulf of Bothnia that separates Sweden and Finland. My home these days is Turku on the Finnish west coast, where I live and make music, mainly as Tsembla.

How would you describe your sound?

I search for sounds that tickle my imagination and use them as building blocks for composing pieces that are as much about sound as melodic themes and rhythm. The song elements build up of and around these sounds, depending on what the particular sounds seem to call for. I mostly use samples, synthesizers and smaller acoustic instruments. I especially like wind instruments, maybe because they go so deep back in the pre-history of music, and somehow still sound so eternal. And they're good companions to electronic sounds, like yin to the yang or vice versa. Imagination is the key for me. When trusting your imagination, I think and hope, there's a good chance you will tickle that same spot in other human beings.

How did you get into making music?

I've been playing instruments since I was a kid, and playing in bands as a teenager. I was always a keen listener, but as for creating a musical space of my own, I felt like I just kept hitting at it from the wrong angles. About six years ago, after an almost ten year break from playing, I suddenly felt I could start from a fresh angle and do whatever I felt like. It's still often like an adventure of discoveries.

What inspires you?

A lot of things, often literature. Reading about history, paleontology. mythology, astronomy and other subjects that opens up a ray of eternity in your brain, bits and pieces of the ever-humane, and beyond that the humbling scope of the planet and the universe. I like going to the old castle in Turku, for the same reasons, the feeling that all times are simultaneously present. Maybe it's like going to high places, mountaineering or hang-gliding, or going to church. I'm also, of course, inspired by great art in general, as well as meeting people and seeing places.

Name some musicians/bands you would like to be compared to.

I don't particularly long to be compared. Comparison is usually more important on the listener's part.

www.tsembla.com

https://soundcloud.com/tsembla

Maurice van Es

Who are you?

Maurice van Es.

What kind of music do you listen to when you work?

Lately into Ernst Reijsegers beautiful compositions after watching Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten dreams.

Earl Sweatshirt - Earl. Tyler the Creator - Bastard. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcyppxLchFA)

What inspires you?

The differences between different material. Thinking of the difference between a certain animal and human. (They are so different.) All the relationships I have with the people and objects around me. This moment! The here! The now!

What themes do you pursue?

Celebration of everything around me because I live now.

Name some of your favorite artists.

Wislawa Szymborska! I fell in love with her work one year ago and still am fascinated by her poems. Szymborska (1923-2012) is a Polish poet who wrote about the most insignificant simple subjects we all take for granted but with her words you can look at these things again in a different way. 

She can make the most complex things very simple. And the most simple things very complex.

Makers of Seinfeld. This show ended 15 years ago but I still experience Seinfeld moments from now and then.

Others: Werner Herzog, Nigel Shafran, Ernst Reijseger, Tyler the Creator, Larry David, Louis CK, Hans Peter Feldmann, Morrissey.

http://www.mauricevanes.nl

Andrew Is Tired

who are you?

I am Andrew Kendall. I'm a high school student in Phoenix who likes to be musically involved.

How would you describe your sound?

I guess I would describe my sound as melodic drone. Everything I do is based around theory and movement.

How did you get into making music?

I began making music after beginning private jazz studies. In my spare time when practicing, I would like to see how different tones would layer, and what made me feel most at peace.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by a lack of sleep and artists such as Christian Filardo, Jared Nicodemus, and Angelo Harmsworth. Christian introduced me to the Phoenix music scene, and really opened up my interest in solo work.

Name some musicians/bands you would like to be compared to.

I don't necessarily want to be compared to other musicians, but I would like to end up in the same category as performers such as Dean Moore, fthia, Baseball Cap, Lovebrrd, and Good Amount.

http://holypagerecords.bandcamp.com/album/drift-shore

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-is-Tired/276785812425380

Kristina Lee

Who are you?

I'm Kristina Lee. 

What kind of music do you listen to when you work?

I can't stop listening to Julia Holter's new album, "Loud City Song."

What inspires you?

Right now, Cezanne and my students. 

What themes do you pursue?

Forests and figures have been a recent theme but I'm not interested in constraining myself to that. My paintings are going to bust open real soon, I can feel it! 

Name some of your favourite artists. 

Christina Ramberg, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Elizabeth Murray, Betty Woodman, Picasso, Picabia, Cezanne, Rousseau, Kirchner, Bob Thompson, Giotto, Kai Althoff, Ida Ekblad, Charline von Heyl, Dana Schutz, Allison Katz, Keith Mayerson...

http://www.kristinaleestudio.com

Jane Kim

The floor of my studio is covered with piles of miscellaneous objects, including: found scraps of colored paper, piñatas, bouquets of fake flowers, birthday party decorations, crayons, beads, foam peanuts, Barbie doll legs, colorful pieces of plastic, tubes of acrylic paint, and trash. 

I'll typically begin a piece by squirting a glob of paint onto a surface and then moving it around with either a brush or my fingertips. Once I get to a point where the paint alone doesn't feel like it's "enough", I'll dig through these piles of miscellaneous items until I find something that speaks to me or that I think could work with the painting I have started. 

In my painting titled "Karma", the tag which reads "KARMA" is actually a tag from a new pair of underwear I had purchased from Target earlier that day. 

http://janethats.me

Adam Bergeron

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Adam Bergeron. I live in Québec City, Canada. I make paintings, performances and I also play music. 

Who/what inspires you?

The paint itself as a physical matter inspires me a lot: pouring, daubing, sticking stuff over it, staining,etc. For me the abc’s of painting are still the most attractive things about it as an activity. Also everything I see, sarting from my friends artworks, stains and dirt on the street, children and teenage awful graffittis, art history,etc. In short every image I understand even just partially are all nourishing my practice in a way. 

What themes do you pursue?

I follow different themes formally speaking, but the underlying direction is a wish for a juvenile experimentation, almost aggressive or even regressive in a way. I like the idea that a really bad painting, litterally a crusty one can sometimes be, on the other hand, a good artwork despite its flaws.

Why art?

I feel better with the freedom to do all I want, it is all very simple for me. I like to paint, to play music, to construct things for the sake of doing it. 

I also like to work within a network of very different artists. We co-organise performance events, we start small cooperative projects. For me it is a form of dissidence althought I know for sure Art won’t save the world… Having fun and creating stuff and situations is the essential motivation. 

Name some artists you would like to be compared to.

I think my work could ressemble very different artists, ranging from Martin Kippenberger to Jean-Philippe Harvey. When I dream my paintings are all Fernand Léger’s…

http://adambergeron.tumblr.com

Wendy White

Who are you?

I'm an artist living in NYC.

What kind of music do you listen to when you work?

Usually nothing, but sometimes disco or funk.

What inspires you?

The city and sports.

What themes do you pursue?

Sports psychology, sports gear, NYC gang culture, team sports dynamics, and local history.

Name some of your favorite artists.

Isa Genzken, Kathryn Andrews, Paul DeMuro, Rita Ackermann, Nicole Eisenman, Katharina Grosse, Erik Parker, Marilyn Minter, Greg Bogin, Sue Williams, Andrew Brischler, Devin Troy Strother, Rob Pruitt, Inna Babaeva, Jessica Stockholder, Kika Karadi, Eric Mistretta, Robert Rauschenberg, Kara Walker, Jeff Elrod, Matt Jones, Elizabeth Murray, Austin Lee, Bjarne Melgaard, Kadar Brock, Rosson Crow, Henning Strassburger, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Jacolby Satterwhite, Kerstin Bratsch, Cosima von Bonin, Rashid Johnson, Andy Warhol

http://www.wendywhite.net