With each exhibition, we will post interviews with the participating artists along with a photo of said artists in their studios along with images of their work. In the future, we will post videos of artist interviews.
“Geometric Abstraction” opens February 21, 2015 and runs through March 28, 2015. The artists included in the exhibition are David Brody, Robert Perlman, Chris Watts.
Artist interview #1: David Brody
1. Are you a full time artist, if not how do you support your art?
Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to get a lot of time in the studio. I’ve also taught painting and drawing for the past twenty-two years and have been a professor at the University of Washington since 1996. In addition, I’m working on a set of 36 lectures on drawing for The Great Courses/The Teaching Company. It’s set to be released in late 2015. And, I’ve worked as a musician – recorded a number of albums and wrote five books on music. All of this contributes to support my work.
2. When did you consider yourself an artist?
After grad school. When I started showing, getting grants, and reviews.
3. What are your influences?
Too many to name. Everything, from great swaths of the western canon, to Safavid miniatures, to Song Dynasty scrolls to contemporary drawing and painting and illustration and animation. And, of course, the visual world around us.
4. How big is your studio, what kind of lighting?
I have two studios. A 500 square foot space at the university and a smaller one at my home. Both spaces have good natural and artificial light. I also have an office where I do a lot of my digital work.
5. What is a typical day in the studio like for you? Do you listen to music, radio or tv in your studio?
It varies. Some days I’m using my iPad, computer and digital tablet in my office. Other days I’m in one of the studios drawing or painting. Today I spent the morning in my office working digitally and the afternoon in the studio drawing at the easel.
6. What is your preferred medium? Do you work on one project at a time or several?
I generally work on several pieces at a time, often in series. I call on a range of methods and materials from drawing and painting to photography to digital approaches and animation.
7. Do you have any special or unique tools, devices or process that you use in your art making?
Probably not “unique”, but I’ve been drawing on my iPad and just purchased a Cintiq 22HD Touch digital tablet. Some of the work in the Geometric Abstraction show was done using these devices.
8. What do you do outside the studio, aside from a job?
I write and perform music. Study foreign languages – been working on Mandarin recently. And, I also cook.