Sunday, June 30, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Standing there, observing quietly, praying with all her might that the dreaded shy-bug didn't kick in, the 2095'er waited til said class was finished, took a deep breath and walked in. "Hi! We are fb friends". A somewhat bemused (or confused even) expression greeted me.
Once my photography ID name was used there was an immediate relaxation between artist and photographer. After a bit of a chat about life the universe and everything, the 2095 continued on her way and the artist went on his.
Through the magic of social media and the occasional bumping in to one another doing the rounds of the Inner West, a good relationship has been forged and I now introduce you to Konsumterra
From stencils to paste ups to paint. Do you have a preference or does it simply present itself and you take it from there.
I have other interests too, but I do different styles: some nameless or different names to exaggerate variety. I've worked with comics, pinup art, photography, collage, poster art, 6 magazines: so lots of methods.
Some little pasteups made from misprint zines. Drawing is just fast and easy. Every method has its own benefits. I guess I'm from a culture where everyone did everything.
When did Konsumterra first emerge and are you able to share a little bit of background as to the genesis of you the artist vs you the individual
My brother and friends used to trash ads in the Adelaide Hills and paint them white back in the 1980's. My friends were mostly 8 years older anarchists, punks, hakers, gamers, comic nerds and uni students as a kid. I was in to Jenny Holzer, UK hoax art and punk poster.
In the late 1990's stickers went mad and around 2000'ish stencils were a way to make stickers. I was in a studio of paste artists using collage: it was a good gender balance in this scene.
I started teaching, doing tours and lobbying government and councils, doing art gigs 2-3 times a week as well as DJ'ing. Because I was starting to get ill, I decided to move to Sydney for something new as I felt Adelaide was in the doldrums with most of my generation gone.
I didn't intend to be an art pro but somehow it happened. I worked at MAY's, Casula Powerhouse, on councils and more.
At the moment my health issues make it difficult to keep up my art but I don't feel the need to lobby or advise on government policy anymore.
I'm trying to build more non-art interests and friends at the moment because I have really missed hanging with scientists and carny folk.
Some of your works at time can be perceived as quite political (which for some may be slightly confrontational) and thought provoking. What are the triggers behind some of your pieces.
My work is when at its best, even if not obviously so, the methodology and references often are.
It's better to be funny if you are preaching as it tends to work better.
The world was already confrontational before I was here. I think artists fight monsters and try to make monsters lives harder.
Looking pretty is ok too, but pretending it makes you clever and faking that you have "something to say" is a bit silly. Faking it badly is more harmful than not bothering.
I have a degree in Philosophy so art is my chosen weapon. I don't need to put names on all my work. Different names I used have different subjects and styles and materials. Some are bigger sellouts, others only for street and I don't talk about.
I make nice things for kids too: only mildly subversive.
Age differences vary accordingly. The younger are willing to try different stuff, where adult students tend to have a better understanding/idea of what they want and therefore plan bigger and more ambitious works.
I still teach stencilling because I think it is good to educate people about street-art and its increasing normalisation.
The more who learn about it, less fear it. Probably acceptance of stencils over more secret society of tagging contributed also.
Sydney isn't a very stencilry kind of place. Since "Cockortwo" Island fests, I've been teaching drawing and paper/cardboard craft far more.
I've had lots of students win art prizes, even in categories I would not put stencils in, which is pleasing.
I usually use HaHa as a benchmark for new stencillers.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Granted, it took a teeny bit amount of time to find more given that it's not the 2095'ers "hood" and after a hell of a lot of patience and frustration she was richly rewarded (as an aside: had the 2095'er elected to simply turn her head right the self-imposed angst could have very well been avoided, but she didn't and it didn't...what do ya do)
Here are my 5 questions with SWERFK
SWERFK: only cause I can, what does SWERFK stand for (or would you have to kill me before answering)
Swerfk means "sweet with things" in lazy talk. It kind of developed as a little saying between some friends, then one night the opportunity was there...the marker was in hand....and so it began
Can you give a bit of background as to the development of your style. What is it about "positions, shapes, shades things and adjusts lines regularly...." that keeps you doing what you do
Every artist makes compositional choices "position shapes" and likes to add colour or tone "shade things" and we all know about adjusting lines...
It's hard to say why it is that I keep doing what I do and have always had and probably will. I think it's for the same reason I am a cartoon addict: because it amuses me and sustains my brain.
I look at a lot of art all the time from fine art to Ren & Stimpy imagery and I suppose it subconsciously melts in to my thought process. I take what I like and what I can picture in that moment and let it spontaneously flow onto paper, a wall etc
Do you prefer the freedom of street or are there times where working within boundaries/constraints (eg: commission works) that can be somewhat of a relief
I always prefer working on the street in my own style pretty much for myself. Doing it for yourself and not taking in any advice or input is best.
I absolutely HATE it when people ask you to do a commission cause they say they like your work and then ask you to paint a 7 foot single colour yellow tree inside their new building...WTF
The only reason I do commissions most of the time is I need to get paid and then pay to get stuff somehow!
How do you perceive yourself both as an artist and an individual, or are the two simply entwined and unable to be separated
I don't really give it too much thought really to be honest...but I am pretty much a slave to the paint.
While street-art is a "movement" of sorts, where do you see it heading and will there ever be an end point
I think 'street-art' is a stupid name really...characters were running on trains as far back as when graffiti started to gain momentum in the late 70's. Street art is just a development of graffiti and I see it all just as a type of art marking.
I agree street-art almost seems like a popular fad the moment, but time will show who keeps it alive
Friday, June 21, 2013
A short bus trip later the 2095 let out an audible "oooooh!", thus causing other passengers to swivel their heads in order to see the subject but to no avail it would appear, as the 2095 alighted and at record speed shot across Broadway to a wall totally covered in stencils.
When you see images being posted online by photographers like myself, how does that gel with you as an artists or is it merely a case of "job done...NEXT"
Not quite sure if I qualify as an artist. I have a backlog of about 30 stencils and another 10 sites to hit, so yes 'NEXT' would be an apt description.
Do you find our two worlds collide (ie: personal family man vs street-artist)
Vary rarely, although it can be a pain when I've been out til late and my son decides to wake at 7:00am every morning, but I usually forgive him since he's so goddamn cute!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
There is also a 1.5m squared painting I did, which I am yet to frame which was really kind of fun to work with.
As much as size plays a part, I get a bigger kick out of subject matter.
What does the future hold for Terhor
Research, study, sketch, paint, study, reassess
More group shows, some secret projects, a rise to fame, a descent from glory, a celebrity marriage followed by a quick succession of celebrity mistresses and finally a Christmas album! Perhaps a cameo in "Neighbours" if I have the time.
With thanks to Terhor and his not so Terrible Horrible world!