An Interview with the Artist Himself
I've looked at your website, and at your little corner of Gawker. Your chalk art fascinates me. You use a temporary medium to capture a temporary state – the shadows that fall in the evening and at night. What made you think of starting this project, and what was the first thing you decided to capture that way?
I don't really remember. I don't have one of those creation myths all photographers seem to have where their grandfather gave them a camera for their birthday that he had used to document WWII from the front lines. My dad and grandfather both worked in the photo industry so it was always around but I didn't take photography seriously until my dad left his job and my grandfather died. I remember first taking artsy pictures near the end of high school. They were terrible!
Your website says that you dream of living on the west coast. Are you interested in returning to the Pacific Northwest, where you were born, or are you more interested in California? What are your reasons for wanting to make that move?
What does 2011 have in store for you?
What type of equipment do you use?
Do you have an uncharted territory that you plan to conquer? A certain type of photography you've always wanted to do?
Do you have plans to do more chalk art?
You're so creative, do you have other ideas for other mediums of art similar or completely different from your chalk art? You like to play with perspective, so it would be neat to hear about what you're thinking about.
Photographs of Other Work
Post No Bills Photographs
The After Party
You're a serious artist, and This Blog Rules isn't always a serious blog. What made you agree to have us interview you?
I'm happy to share my work with a broader audience. Sharing is a major part of the work itself. And of course, Andy Warhol said, “Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” Also, I like that you called me serious. (laughs)
Similarly, since the internet is such a huge thing in all of our lives, what are some websites that inspire you, make you laugh, and what websites do you hate? What do you like about the state of media today (meaning how easy it is to communicate, social networking, etc) and what do you dislike? Do you have music that you listen to while you work? If so, what is it?
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?