Category Archives: Interviews

Ron English Talks Starving Artist

At the end of the day — and I don’t think people are ever going to understand this — I make less money than a plumber does. But nobody can have a plumber come to their house for two and a half months to work on their pipes, and then get a bill at the end. They just don’t know how much work actually goes into the art. Jackson Pollock didn’t get 80 million dollars for his paintings. He barely survived. Sometimes it becomes a cultural artifact. At that point, it’s not really art anyway. It’s just a marker for wealthy peoples’ money. -Ron English

Read the full interview at Flavorwire and click below to sample the film Abraham Obama, screening tomorrow at the 92Y Tribeca in New York.

Exclusive Interview: Isabel Samaras

Isabel Samaras is a devious lady. She entices viewers with cuddly, dookie chain bearing woodland creatures or classical portraits of pop culture monsters. One might chuckle at the immediate irony presented, but upon deeper contemplation, Isabel poses heavy questions. Why is Goldylocks in the woods and not with her wealthy prince? How is it possible that Frankenstein and his bride are living happily ever after?

The satire penetrates to the bone, dissecting American folklore and Disney traditions to address their unforgivable flaws. This witty artist knows what a spoonful of sugar can do, and we are eating it up. Isabel expands on monsterized art dealers, the varnish high, and the insidious side of Bambi. –Shooting Gallery staff Continue reading

Slave Monkeys n Ukeleles: Isabel Samaras

Juxtapoz senses a change in atmosphere as the opening for “Into the Woodz” approaches. They popped the 20 questions with Miss Isabel– lo and behold, the woman can write!

What’s your biggest non-green inspired indulgence?

I consume mass quantities of ultra-dark chocolate made from cacao pods collected by slave monkeys. And it’s gooooood.

What is the single most important thing you did to breakthrough as a career artist?

Painted the stuff I’d been thinking about my whole life.

Can’t stand:

Hate mongering Fox “News.”  I wont even dignify them with names (you know who you are you lily liver’d pack of lying weasels).

Read 20 questions with Isabel Samaras at Juxtapoz

Deja Vu: 5 Year Anny

Anniversary parties can be stuffy, nauseating, or fun depending on the host. We think The Shooting Gallery‘s 5 Year Anniversary was noteworthy, as did our friends at Vimby. The celebration (March 2008) included Joshua Petker‘s solo exhibition, Neon Black, and festivities ensued. We think Justin did a great job describing the gallery mission that we continue to uphold.

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NYC Updates: Erik Otto

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For me, when I am feeling down, my therapy is to paint, and the more intense that feeling is, the larger I need to work. There is nothing like that deep satisfying feeling when you conquer a piece that originally felt impossible to complete. –Erik Otto

Read his latest interview at the Charmingwall blog. (FYI, we still have a few prints of “The Voyage”!)

Minivans and Pollack: Ron on Jux.com

The ever-attentive bloggers over at Juxtapoz.com are at it again: 20 questions with a paramount figure in contemporary art. No biggie. See what Juxtapoz has to say about Ron English, and what he says back:

“Ron English is a living legend. From his eye catching pop-infused paintings to collaborative mural projects; illegal billboard stunts to the tour of his iconographic Abraham Obama image, Ron English has mastered the art of popaganda, and that’s just the way he likes it. Hear from this truly inspiring creator in our 20 Questions with Ron English here.”

Sleepy Silkscreens at 4am: Ron English

Shooting Gallery artist, Ron English, boasts a slew of new works now on show at Elms Lester Painting Rooms in London. This is his first solo show in the UK, and he knows how to represent.  Art & Design Films chatted with the big man for 20 minutes about the hard life of an outlaw and his obsession with silkscreen.