In a bit of shameless self-promotion, Swide, Dolce&Gabbana’s fun new blog, asked me to do an interview with them, and of course I said yes. How could I pass up the opportunity? They asked me a lot about being blogger, my ideas and opinions on blogs in general, and overall it was interesting for me to share my thoughts on the topics. It’s weird to even be asked these sorts of things by anyone, I’ve only been doing this for a couple years.
I’ve pasted the questions under the cut, but there’s some photos of my apartment and workspace on the interview page, so if you’re curious click here. Big thanks to Kerry Olsen over at Swide for thinking of me!
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A couple of weeks ago I visited Poketo headquarters for a little art show featuring a bunch of great artists, but one in particular that I was really glad to meet was Mel Kadel. I talked to her and her hubby Travis Millard for a good chunk of the night, and they’re very excellent people. So it was rad to see that Poketo released a wallet with Mel’s artwork on it, which I’m kind of in love with.
Look at all of those amazing patterns! The detail put into all of those patterns are so rad, and when I look at all the different positions of the feet below the blankets I kinda laugh. You can buy Mel’s wallet here for $20.
Update: Poketo just posted a great little interview with Mel, which you can read here.
This one’s been floating around for a while, but I fall in love with it every time I watch. The concept is simple, Fifty People, One Question. It’s an extremely human video that really shows how unique people are and how interesting anyone can be. The way it’s shot is rather dreamy, and the music does a great job of intensifying the mood of the video. There are two more videos, but the one above shot in London is my absolute favorite.
One of the very first things I ever posted about here on Kitsune Noir were the paintings of Dan Witz. I didn’t know much about him or what the hell I was doing for that matter, but his paintings totally stood out to me and proved in my mind that if I shared what I felt passionate about, this silly blog thing might work out. Well a year later I’ve posted over 1000 times and had way over a million page views, so things worked out by me just doing what I enjoyed.
So I started reading this interview that Sarah from Wooster Collective did with Dan was really enjoyable, especially because he’s been making art for so damn long that he definitely knows a thing or two. The interview is actually an excerpt from his upcoming book, but don’t be fooled by the word excerpt. The portion of the interview you get to read should take you at least 20-30 minutes I would guess. I got about halfway and was already thoroughly enjoying myself. The way Dan tells stories is great, and a lot of the wisdom he gives I personally found to be pretty smart. I’ve pasted three of my favorites, so if you enjoy those I highly suggest checking out the rest, definitely insightful.
I used to say that art should be an agent for change. I wanted my work to wake people up, but as time went by I realized that it’s useless trying to anticipate how people will think. Now I’m content to let doing my stuff help keep me awake-to be an agent for my own inner change. Which is, admittedly, a lot to ask, but a healthy thing to aspire to.
What good is art that makes people feel unworthy and left out? I still don’t know. This was the beginning of a life-long aversion to anything exclusionary. Or boring. Especially boring. For me, that was the worst thing art could be. If you couldn’t dance to it (metaphorically, I mean) then fuck it.
People I’ve met who are really good at what they do often seem to posess an encyclopedic knowledge of everything about their medium, they see themselves as the logical continuum of that time line, they know and are constantly gathering more information about every aspect of their field of choice. The canon, the anti-canon, trivia, anecdotes, etc.
I try and read The New York Times Magazine every week, it’s consistently fresh and up to date and it has some of the best stories out there. While reading about young, gay marriage I noticed the top image of George Clooney from The New York Times Style Magazine.
The article is called The Muckraker which is written by Lynne Hirschberg and photos by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. The article is a quick read and covers several topics, but the photos were what really excited me. I love the stark black and white-ness of the photos, as well as the textures of them. Some really beautiful images for a beautiful Sunday.