martedì 20 aprile 2010

Interview with Tony Perez

q)What is your earliest art-related memory?

a) being in art class in kindergarten and being fascinated by the the deep red crayon I was using at the time and just going to town with it on the picture I was doing, have no idea what it was. Just remember that it was like the first time I noticed what colour was and how beautiful the deep red was.

q) Who has had the greatest influence on your work?

a) The internet, You can see amazing art from all over the world not just your home town or gallery. You can see that there are others interested in creating art and that have the same view from all around the world.

q) What are the main tools of your craft?

a) Right now it is an x-acto knife and as many different colour spray cans I can get hold off

q) Is a formal education important?

a) for every day life and for understanding that there is more to life than TV a diffident YES as far as art, or your enjoyment to create something artistic.... no sometimes it is better to discover the creation of art by yourself.

q) What is the biggest misconception about art?

a) that you have to make something that the majority of sheep ( people ) like. the first and only person that should like your work should be yourself,

q) Which is more important in art - concept or execution?

a) One without the other is pointless. One is only important if in the company of the other. hu... kind of like a wedding, you can make all preparations you want but till you say I do its kind of fruitless. In the other hand if all you do is say I do than all you are really doing is looking like a fool.

q) What theme or aesthetic are you most drawn too?

a) Right now it is people, how different we, but the more different we are the more we are the same, showing that every one is son, a daughter, a wife a husband ...... that hate or prejudice against each other has to be the most stupid thing we can do as humans.

q) What is your favorite piece of art in your home?

a) I would have say my kitchen window that looks on to the world.

q) If you could collaborate with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

a) 5 min with Picasso or Andy Warhol, more so for their concept of what art should or could be, that it did not have to conform to the established norms. Living artists, there are so many amazing talented artists right now that just one would be heartbreaking

q) Which emerging artist do you think more people should know about?

a) Me! lol the word emerging is a fine line, if you are looking for a broad range of artist, many that are not currently displaying their work in galleries and some that are but have not had the due attention they should, than an hour around would give you a list longer than your arm. I am amazed every time I get on flickr.

q) What has been your greatest achievement to date?

a) Discovering art again after a few years of forgetting how important it was to me.

q) What has been your biggest roadblock?

a) Having to make a living to pay the mortgage and electric bill.

q) How do you define success?

a) finding and developing a style that is your own and not an imitation of someone else. if you create a body of work that is recognizable as your own then all else fulls in place.

q) What will be the name of your autobiography?

a) No idea, I would have to leave that up to some else.

q)What is the best piece of (art-related) advice you’ve ever been given?

a) action speaks loader than words

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