Check out this beautiful new collage by our artist of the month, Alexis Anne Mackenzie!!
“Rose Ghost II”
8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches
Hand-cut collage on found paper, 2014
Check out this beautiful new collage by our artist of the month, Alexis Anne Mackenzie!!
“Rose Ghost II”
8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches
Hand-cut collage on found paper, 2014
Our first release, Berberis Lologensis by Alexis Anne Mackenzie, a beautiful collage piece by our April Artist of the Month. Collage on found paper, 9 x 6 7/8 inches, signed, 2014. We are excited to have Alexis and share her work with you. Stay tuned…
Here is a brand new piece we just got in by Clark Goolsby….feast your eyes and make them smile.
Acrylic & collage on paper, 10.125 x 10.75 inches, 2014
Our artist of the month has a new piece that we are releasing today, check it out!
Untitled 4 by Brian Willmont
Ball Point Pen on paper
28″ x 22”
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I sat down with Brian Willmont in his studio in Greenpoint last week and we chatted about life and art over donuts and tea. He had the chocolate coconut and I went for the red velvet….
Where are you living? You still in Bed Sty?
Clinton Hill now. I live in a house that friends have had going for 7 or 8 years. I’ve always crashed there and thought of it as an ideal place, so I lucked out to be able to move in.
When did you move to NYC?
4 and a half years ago.
You came from New Mexico, right?
Santa Fe, yeah, I was there for a year and a half. Boston before that.
What were you doing there? Did you need to get away from it all?
I just wanted to get out and figure out my studio practice on my own before coming to a place where all my friends seemed to work to drink for the most part…
Work to drink?
Yeah they weren’t getting anything done….just working a job really hard and getting really tired and then spending their money at the bar. I just wanted to go somewhere quiet to get my work done. And I was definitely chasing boyhood fantasies and dreams about the Southwest. My grandmother is from New Mexico and was the only grandparent I was close with so I grew up with her stories of witches and Cyclops abducting cousins…mountain demons and weird shit like that.
What?? Wait tell me about the Cyclops abduction.
My cousin, who lives like way out in rural New Mexico where there is absolutely nothing, was apparently abducted by a giant Cyclops and taken back to the his lair, tied to a stake and was being prepared to be eaten.
And someone actually witnessed this?
Another family member rescued him but my grandmother told me the story…..with a straight face. When I lived in New Mexico I was regularly warned about witches. If I was talking to someone about going on a little daytrip some place, they would often say, “Oh that sounds really beautiful and fantastic… just don’t stop for anyone along the way at all! Even if it is a beautiful woman, Do not stop for her! She is probably a witch.”
Did you personally have any strange encounters out there?
I saw some weird stuff. There were these shadows that moved around in my studio, they would just be really fast and kind of dart around the space. One night me and my ex were driving our roommates to meet a friend out in the middle of nowhere at this intersection and while I was driving I saw something running next to us. We were driving like 50 miles an hour and there was this big, white, wooly thing running next to us. And we all saw it. It was running parallel to our car and then it just went up this hill.
There are all of these stories about these, I guess they’re witches, they are called Skinwalkers, and they can take the shape of different kinds of animals. There have actually been a lot of sightings of them running alongside cars.
So did that inspire your film, Skinwalker?
Yeah. I knew I was moving to New York so I wanted to take advantage of the space I had out there. I borrowed a warehouse from this art collective called Meow Wolf and I built a 26 foot cardboard World War 2 fighter plane and invited a bunch of friends to come shoot with me. I made a bunch of costumes and thought of some fun places to go shoot.
We camped out for 10 days and we just hung out and shot it all then. It was definitely inspired by the openness to strange and mystical ideas out there. It makes you believe, there is so much nothingness out there and its already such a magical place that you start to think, “Well, why not? Who says there isn’t some guy who turned into a half-beast and is running alongside my car?” It’s a place that really draws creative people and broken people, people who need healing and sometimes want to provide that healing too.
I look around your studio and see lots of sculptures of rifles, rocks, cowboy hats and boots. There are still remnants of the wild desert New Mexico vibe in your work. How do you think living there affected your art?
Well, for one, there was just so much space so I was able to do my work unencumbered. I didn’t know many people, I just lived with my girlfriend at the time and another couple. The boys shared a studio and the girls shared a studio. Haha. To mix things up a little bit. We were all doing work and had our little social network. When I lived in Boston, I was dealing with a lot of ideas that had to do with my family and personal histories, not in an obvious way but that was definitely a springboard for my work then. Being in New Mexico, my work got more layered and hyper visual because it was so under-stimulating there in a certain regard, in a way that I wasn’t used to, so I was making the work a little crazier.
How did you feel when you moved to NY?
I felt so overwhelmed. I had a job driving trucks and doing art handling and in just a couple blocks in Midtown I would see more people than I would see in a week in New Mexico.
All of a sudden instead of being able to see for miles and see the mountains all around you, you couldn’t see more than down the canyon of the city’s corridors.
When did you feel the environment of NY started to affect your art?
That took kind of awhile. The first year I was still making very Southwestern inspired work. But then NY started slowly seeping in. The imagery was getting more minimal I think because I was just so overwhelmed. I needed to make quieter, more meditative works. Things I could just sort of sit there and stare at, kind of slump over like a drunk staring into it.
So, now you are all set up in NY with a sweet studio. What’s your working routine like these days?
I come in as soon as I can everyday I can. I have a late schedule so I come in at noon. I usually have a lot of things going at once. Things require drying time so I’ll put it aside and move on. I listen to music, like Townes Van Zandt, Abner Jay, weird electronic music that Cody Defranco gave me from the 70s, that dude from Tangerine Dream.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
My friend’s dad took us to a free show outdoors, They Might Be Giants…. and I think Ministry maybe?
Really? Whoah what a combo.
Hmmm, yeah maybe it wasn’t Ministry. Haha. It was something really weird like that.
The first show I went to on my own was at the Rathskeller in Boston.
Oh yeah THE RAT. Infamous. The Queers sang about goin to the Rat,
Yeah totally. Iconic. I saw Dropkick Murphy’s, Duckie Boys, the Swinging Utters, and the US Bombs in 1996.
Nice. Duane Peters’ band, Hey what do you like to snack on in the studio? I always like to have snacks around when I’m working…
Haha yeah, I like to have chips but I gotta drink em from the bag because otherwise you get your hands all greasy. I like the Kettle Jalapeno or Thai-spiced ones. I got some salami over here.
Are you a breakfast dude?
I love breakfast, I eat it everyday. It doesn’t matter how late I go till my first meal, breakfast will be number one. I pretty much will always eat 3 meals a day even if it is in a 6 hour period.
Noo, tea. I stopped drinking coffee, started to fuck me up pretty good. I love it though.
Car or bike?
I ride my bike pretty much everyday. I have a handmade Panasonic track bike from Japan.
You know I think the first time I met you was through APENEST. How did that get started?
Cody Hoyt and I were in school together. We were printmakers and had a little art collective called Drawing Club where we would make collaborative drawings once a week. We made little artist books too and Cody and I would spend late nights at Kinko’s paying off the midnight shift workers to let us make unlimited copies. It just took off from there, We decided to make something a little more real. First we thought it was gonna be more like an art magazine and find advertisers. Everyone thought it was a cute idea but no one wanted to give us any money. Except for one guy who was willing to pay for the whole project if we gave him a portfolio with a piece from each artist. So that’s how we got that together and it ended up being 2 books, a few exhibitions, and a bunch of prints…
I was really impressed with the quality of the art in those books. Was that the first time you started curating?
Yeah doing that and we put together some art shows in local spots in Boston. I have always liked doing stuff with other artists and have there be a community involved rather than it be such a solo jam. I’ve always been envious of people in bands that get to go on tour and have a gang who motivate each other and get to share their work to people together.
Was that the same type of catalyst that got you started doing Greenpoint Terminal Gallery?
Yeah, I just had space (in my studio). Both projects were built off a solid foundation of naivete, which I think is very important. Haha. Who knows what I wouldn’t have taken on if I’d known how much work it’d be.
How is it running a gallery as an artist?
Its really enlightening with some things. Seeing how difficult artists are to work with and being on the other end of that. Remembering when I thought my difficultness was par for course…
Do you feel like it affects your practice at all?
Makes my time more valuable because I have less of it. When I get in the studio I get straight to it. And I’m working with people that I’m definitely inspired by.
What’s coming up there?
A Matt Leines show, then a show of my own work…which was a strange idea at first but I’m going to do it.
That’s always an interesting feeling – showing yourself. Are you going to tell everyone who walks in that you are the artist or are you going to make up a persona?
I probably won’t build a facetious character.
I used to do that at Cinders, lie about my name.
Really? You’d be like the “gallerist.” “I’m Alfredo Bon Jour.” Haha.
Yeah totally. Or sometimes we had a fake boss named Bruce and when people came in and asked questions I didn’t want to answer, I’d just say, I didn’t know and that I just work here. “My boss Bruce calls the shots but he’s not here.”
So, you are still going to be Brian Willmont?
Yeah haha I’ll be Brian Willmont for the show.
Ok moving on to the real important stuff….
If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
To slow down time. That or teleportation.
What’s your sign?
I’m a Libra, thanks for asking.
Are you currently single?
Why do you stay in NYC? Its such a pain in the ass, right?
I was asking myself that when I was in Joshua Tree last week haha. But I think all the old reasons to be here still stand up. As much as everyone else would like to think that NY is dead, there’s just so much happening here on any given day, so many people doing cool things, its inspiring.
You think you’ll be here for awhile?
I don’t think I’ll leave anytime soon. Its nice out today, the weather is starting to turn and it’ll be spring soon.
Do you get a lot of work done in the winter?
Yeah, well I get to the studio and then I don’t want to leave.
Ok, wrapping things up, what would your last meal be before your execution?
I don’t want your pity meal, fuck you and flip the breaker.
Interview by Sto Len
All Images courtesy of the artist
See Brian Willmont’s available work here
Stay Tuned for more new releases by Brian throughout March!!
Today we release a new drawing by our artist of the month, Brian Willmont! Enjoy…
Acrylic on paper, 21 x 13 inches, signed, 2014.
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Come celebrate the official release of Cinders Gallery’s Artist of the Month Interview zine. Some of the artists will also be in attendance to sign copies. The first issue is a collection of interviews with all of the artists featured in their monthly series. The interviews are an interesting and intimate look into the lives, ideas, studio practices and inspirations of some of our favorite artists.
Featuring Morgan Blair, Brian Chippendale,Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Kyle Field, Leif Goldberg, Clark Goolsby, Maya Hayuk, Mel Kadel, Aidan Koch, Nick Kuszyk, Allyson Mellberg, Elisita Punto, Tod Seelie, Eric White and Andrew Jeffrey Wright
55 pages, 8 color risograph, limited edition of 100, Cinders Press
THURSDAY March 6th 6-8pm
195 Tenth Avenue, New York, New York 10011
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We were first introduced to Brian Willmont when we got our hands on his inspiring publication Apenest, which he co-curated with artist Cody Hoyt. It was a hefty book that featured an impressive collection of contemporary underground artists with whom we felt an immediate affinity to. We became fast friends (as well as fans) and in 2010 Brian curated a stellar group exhibition called Plain Air at Cinders that featured work by the Apenest crew. Since then we have featured Brian in various group exhibitions and are super proud to present him as Artist of the Month in March.
Brian Willmont is an artist that works in multiple series at a time, expanding and experimenting his personal language within each body of work. From videos out in the desert featuring 26 foot cardboard airplanes to using fire and snow to draw on paper, Brian is relentlessly pushing the envelope in any given medium.
This month we are featuring his recent works on paper. Fusing abstraction and bold imagery, these pieces continually play with the dichotomy of a tightly controlled hand and a loose, chance-taking process. Obsessive ballpoint pen lines configure shapes that float atop smoky airbrushed backgrounds while taped off grids tear away parts of the lines making the calculated become more human and organic. We are excited to introduce all of Brian’s work to you this month! Enjoy these 2 new drawings…
Untitled (Dark Light 1)
Gouache on paper, 22 x 16 inches, signed, 2013.
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ballpoint pen on paper, 28 x 22 inches, signed, 2014
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See more work by Brian Willmont Here and stay tuned for lots more all month!
Hooray! Its another beautiful drawing by Kevin Hooyman…feast your eyes!
Makes me wanna go on a roadtrip to the redwoods…
Volvo by Kevin Hooyman
11″ x 17″
ink on paper
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Puppetmaster by Kevin Hooyman
11″ x 17″
colored pencil and ink on paper
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We are so excited to have Kevin Hooyman as our Artist of the Month! We hit Kevin up with some questions about his life, his art, and his apocalypse theories….enjoy!
Where do you live and what’s it like?
I’m just moving back to New York after five years up in Providence. New York seems cool these days but I’ve only been here a few weeks so I don’t have a great description for you. A big empty room with boxes in Red Hook. Psyched to be down here again! I started to really like Providence over the last couple of years but it can sometimes seem a little dark. We lived down at the south end of the city by Cranston surrounded by a good dose of mental illness, poverty and violence. I’m a dad now and that kind of thing started to look worse and worse. But, man, I’m going to miss that coast! And so many good people. And having a house and yard! And that sort of beat up stuck in time feel of Rhode Island. Its a place like no other.
What is your art studio and working environment like? When do you typically clock in?
I was working in our home up in Providence and really loved it. I had a room up front to myself and it was really easy to duck in and out, mixing studio life and childcare. And I finally put together a sort of ‘professional’ drawing set-up with a drafting table and an adjustable stool. I was messing up my left shoulder leaning on my arm all day over these flat desks and kitchen tables. I can still draw on a couch or wherever for short periods but now I’m hooked on my set-up. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out.
Time-wise I grab whatever I can when I’m not taking care of my son. (1.5 years old) That’s a change. I used to work nights. I love the late night. My favorite drawing hours were always 12-4am. Kind of a magic time that seems like its yours alone. It’s perfect for getting lost in your work. I also like staying up until I am so tired that I wanted to collapse. I like drawing in that state, fading away into exhaustion. Its like a trance. Its liberating.
When did you start making art? Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
I did. Always know I mean. I was drawing from the start. My parents were pretty supportive. Everyone was. I won a contest at the department store when I was maybe five. I couldn’t believe it. I got free markers.
Most of your drawings are set in the forest. Why is this setting the right one for your work?
I almost want to say that I draw all that nature simply because it’s the thing that’s easiest for me to draw. It’s the thing that I’m most practiced at and that comes most naturally. I can really whip out a forest. And I really enjoy drawing them. Its not unlike the joy shown by the late Bob Ross. I used to watch him as a kid getting all psyched about inventing plants and spots for trees or rocks or streams. That kind of thing is really fun. I wonder how he first got into it. Why wasn’t Bob painting people and buildings?
I’m just guessing at what turned me that way, but maybe it was growing up out in Washington (state) with a lot of nature around me. Maybe it sort of seeped into me and now its coming out. We used to hike and camp all the time. We were always in the woods. In high school the woods were the place to be. To drink or smoke pot or just fuck around. We used to do this thing we called “darkwalk” where we would go out on old logging roads and drink beers walking in the pitch black. True black. Those forests out there are so dense above you and there are always clouds to block star/moon light so people would tumble into ditches and walk into bushes and that was the fun of it. Sometimes I think I am drawing that. Some version of me and my high-school buddies walking in the night. That feels like life to me.
Some of those nature themes really started to get into my drawings when I was living in upstate New York around 2005. When I first moved there, I genuinely believed there was something very powerful about nature and I felt very moved by it. You could say I had an awakening, in a way, to nature appreciation. I was amazed by watching it around me. It really affected me and some of my drawings were very directly talking about that experience. Nature was like God to me. I still believe that to some degree. But I think my work is a little less of a nature tribute than it used to be. What else is there to say really. Its amazing.
We first encountered your art through your comics. Do you work differently when making stuff for a book versus making a drawing? Do they feed each other?
Yeah, I’m deep in a comics phase these days. I’ve really only drawn comics for about a year now. I’ve been doing a monthly 32 page book that started last May. Its cool. I feel like I’ve always sort of wanted something like that. Some deadline that requires me to produce! There’s not much time to edit or second guess. I just draw and print and draw again. Its great.
I still draw a lot of ‘sketchbook’ kind of work that I never print. Just free-drawing on a blank page or messing around with watercolors. Whatever feels like the most fun. I suppose that’s the fine art end of things for now. I started putting those up on Tumbler so they get a chance to live a little.
They definitely feeds the comics. A lot of the characters and writing come out of those free-draw pages.
What is inspiring you these days?
Comics and comic artists. I pulled out my old Marvel collection and even started collecting a little again. I love these artists who clocked in every day and kicked this stuff out, page after page, book after book. There is incredible skill in what they were doing. Really inspiring.
Last good film you saw?
HER is the only film I’ve seen since my son was born. I saw it over the holidays. Its tough to find that movie time with the little one. I’d rather draw. For a while I had cable TV where I was working and I listened to TCM. I like those classics. You can follow everything without ever looking up. HER was good too. I completely liked it.
Can you describe your artistic process a little?
Its taken a while to really figure this out but, in the end, its pretty simple. When I get time I just sit down and draw. I just try to get the pen moving and keep my head down. If I have a comic I’m working on its nice cause I can jump right in where I left off or, if I’m starting fresh I have a folder called ‘just ideas’. Sometimes I try to warm up a bit sketchbook-style. Or mess around with paints. Whatever feels right. I just try not to get stuck. Keep it moving and see what happens.
Do you have any favorite quotes or mottos?
Nothing that I go around saying or write on my wall or anything. My old studio mate used to have RELAX painted on the wall. That was more for him than me but it’s pretty good advice. In high school my favorite piece of wisdom was ‘what Peter says about Paul says a lot more about Peter than it does about Paul.’ I like that too. Always good to remember. Makes you smarter if you can keep that in mind.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Heal like wolverine. I’m sick of my damn aging body with all its little aches and pains.
What is your favorite spot in the world right now?
Man. I would love to get into some sun about now. Maybe I gotta get down to Florida. I can’t think of a favorite spot. I usually really love my home and feel pretty rattled to be in a temp living setup since August. I’m a nester I think.
Where do you feel at home?
Maybe six winters ago I lived in a renovated chicken coop that was 8′x8′. I hung thick wool blankets over the windows to keep in the heat and there were times I imagined I was on a small space capsule. There were only those 64 feet of space for me to exist in. But I had a stereo and a desk and really was as happy as ever. Just got lost in my world of drawing. I loved disappearing into that place.
What are you currently working on?
Well, moving. But as soon as I can draw again I’ll try to whip out that Feb issue of my comic (Conditions on the Ground) and then maybe take a break at 10 issues. I’ve got a small publisher who wants to do a book anthology of those which I’m super excited about. I’m going to do a full color book with another small press this spring but I don’t really have it plotted out beyond having ordered some of the same paper the marvel guys draw on (with the blue lines for layout). I almost can’t wait!
Do you envision a positive future or do you think we are all fucked? apocalypse theories?
Well, I mean, I guess we’re kinda fucked. Endless growth just isn’t possible in a finite space and it doesn’t really look like we’re headed for some utopian future where we can work it all out. But I guess we still gotta try. And it usually makes sense to be positive. There are certainly many positive things that will come with the future. I’m sure of it. If only because it makes it easier to live in the present, I think we should hold out hope. Who knows, maybe it will all be great!
What is your spirit animal?
Klaus, my dog. We’re spirit buddies. He’s been my best bud through some tough times and I his.
What astrological sign are you? do you relate to it? if yes, how?
Libra. I feel like I hardly care. But who knows? Maybe I should pay more attention.
Who are some of your favorite artists currently?
I’m excited about some of the new alternative comic artists too. I went to CAB in the fall and maybe my two favorites there were Lisa Hanawalt and Simon Hanselmann. So much humor in both of their work and I am always grateful for someone making an effort to make me laugh. Its generous. Thanks guys!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Shit, I don’t know about 10 years but I have goals I’m moving towards. I want to not be doing my own distribution anymore. Or printing really. So, yeah, have a publisher who wants to put out the stuff I’m making. It would be cool to make a little money with it but almost no one does in comics. (and there’s something I appreciate about that too. Its such a cool scene.) If, in ten years I am still doing what I’m doing now, I’ll be happy. My son will be 12 and I can draw all day while he’s at school! That sounds great to me right now!
What would be your last meal before execution?
Potato chips. Chocolate chip cookies. Glass of milk. Maybe some beer. I love coffee but who wants to be all charged up for an execution. Fog myself up a bit with a little beer I think!
Watch Kevin Hooyman’s amazing video for the amazing band USAISAMONSTER. One of our faves.
Check out this new drawing by our Artist of the Month, Kevin Hooyman!
Wouldn’t you like to live there? Just wanna hide out today….
9″ x 12″
Watercolor and ink on paper
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New drawing by Kevin Hooyman is birthed unto this planet for your viewing pleasure…
Forest Pair by Kevin Hooyman
11″ x 17″
ink and colored pencil on paper
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2 beautiful new prints now in stock by our Artist of the Month, Kevin Hooyman!
Change Your Relationship to Nature
A collaborative print with Becky Stark and Peter Glantz
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We Are the Universe
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We love stepping into the strange and fantastical world of Kevin Hooyman’s drawings and this month we invite you to join us for the adventure. It is a mystical place that is deep in the forest, where animals and people can converse freely with each other and seek refuge to ponder those timeless big questions about life, love, and the universe. Often every available inch of the page is obsessively covered in dense, exquisite line work that sets the stage for the smart and humorous dialogue of his endearing characters. We first encountered Kevin’s work through his incredible books, Themes of the Day and The First Sign Of Anything and have featured him in numerous exhibitions over the years.
We are super stoked to share his latest work with you all this month. Enjoy!
Blake, 17″ x 24″, ink on paper, 2014
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River Touch, 11″ x 17″, ink and colored pencil on paper, 2014
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ALOT More to come so stay tuned….
Check out these beautiful new handmade books by Kelie Bowman!
Limitless Range Series
Silkscreen and sewn, accordion binding, 6 x 6 inches, 2014
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