When did you first become interested in all these forms of art? And how did you start experimenting with different medium?
Merging art numerous art forms was introduced to me during my Intermedia Art studies around 2007-2008 at Metropolitan State University, under Professor David Means. It was clear at that time and even more so now, that there was a way beyond traditional methods-like sculpture or painting-to experiment with several forms simultaneously. And for this work to be completely immersive and liberated from confinements.
The beginning phases of what some would call Intermedia or maybe Interdisciplinary art was rooted in sound experimenting. You see, I’ve been musical since my youth having played in several groups, instruments and collecting music. It’s a form that doesn’t need any grand artistic justification, people get it directly and that’s important in my work. And all the same painting and drawing come naturally. I recall these drawing sleepovers I’d have with my friend Charles in like third and fourth grade, conjuring up monsters, fantasizing about elements like fire, supernatural figures putting down on paper. It’s important to note that my overarching interest in creativity regardless of form, has driven my work and is the catalyst.
Your art is visually very elegant. Could you talk to us about the visual aspect of your work? How important is it to you? And how does it complement the sound work you do?
What is most important to you as a sound/video artist? Is it the hope for certain reaction in the listener/observer? Or is it to accurately create a certain environment?
What is most important is the satisfaction I get from problem solving with materials. There are pieces I’ve created that seem complex and often I don’t have a theory behind the work. Sometimes the theory comes later on after it’s remounted or re-presented in a new way. Testing out ideas with forms is entirely part this process, hence the term experimental art. Like science there are failures and in that case you take new measures, refine. It’s a subtractive process in this way. Though I do consider the emotional responses the viewers may have but this never steers my work! Think of it this way, I’m trying to position the listener within the space I’m trying to create within the piece, yet it’s non-sensical to think that I can actually achieve this feat.
How did you decide to be a resident in Belgrade Art Studio?
I think Belgrade Studio chose me lol.
What will your project in Belgrade be about? What was the inspiration?
How did you find Belgrade, its images/sounds/noise?
Your message to future artists in residence?
Future artists: I’ll tell you-and many many arts advocates will agree and even those who aren’t able to grasp the need for this type of personal output will agree-imagine the world we live in now, both bad and good. Yes, we do have moments of beauty and you can continually find more in the world of art…now take that away, take away Picasso, take away James Joyce, take away Monet, Hemmingway, Lynch, Dali, take away David Bowie-the list goes on. Take away all the the artists, musicians and creators you could ever imagine. Now think about that world...That’s a terrible, depraved, bitter, useless and loathsome world to be in. Now maybe you can better understand your role and how vital it is to the world we live in, good or bad. We need art and it’s up to you to continue the struggle of the artist. It’s perhaps the most difficult job period. But without it we are fucked man, totally fucked!
Any other upcoming exhibition, research or project you could share with us?
Upcoming works oh yes. I’m performing in a contemporary opera in Prague on May 5th, 2019 titled “PERFECT” with a group of US and Czech artists. When I return to Pittsburgh, I’ll be sorting through the collection of things I’ve used here in Belgrade to build upon. I have a series of politically-driven texts that I’d like to exhibit called “Large Words Hurt” related to the ongoing academic/political-correctness and group/identity politics surge that has been damaging free speech and free thought in the academies throughout the US and Canada. I founded the Sources of Light Experimental Music Festival in 2015 so this year will mark number four, presented in Pittsburgh for the first time! Oh, I’m also in the process of starting a cafe with my fiancee, Jessie whose talents as a chef have no limits. And further along, I’ll be supporting her first artist book with illustrations, photos and words of course. Stay tuned.