nameyoucannothate asked: What do you personally love about art? :-) and what kind of music do you like/ prefere other genres?
Well that’s a tough question to answer. I like a lot of things about art. I enjoy the act of making it. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. Even before I was any good at making art (and I’m not completely convinced that I am now any good at making art), I knew I had something to say. Being able to tell a story with my paintings, and have people find it, and (in a continuous surprise to me) actually respond to it, is an amazing thing.
And I listen to a lot of different music. If I had to describe my musical taste succinctly, it would be self consciously aging hipster, with a dash of random crap.” Unsurprisingly, I like new music that sounds like old music which was supposed to sound futuristic but now sounds nostalgic.
savas-garden asked: Watching joyfully your works once again, there is a kind of some sadness, a sort of some post-civilization thing here. Maybe I#m not the first saying this?I Like to listen to Post-Metal/Rock, maybe that's influencing me. Best regards from Germany.
Hey, thanks for your kind words about my paintings. There is definitely some sadness in my work, but I like to temper it with some humor and optimism as well. Ultimately, my work is a lot about growing up into an uncertain future, about becoming an adult in a world that wasn’t what I was expecting. There’s a lot about that which I find sad and disappointing, but contemporary life is also filled with adventure and surprise and totally hilarious shit. I try my best to capture as much of that as I can.
I am a Boston artist. I’ve often thought about leaving, since it might be a lot easier to be an artist elsewhere. But this is my home, and I like it here. I am independent, smart, creative, stubborn, and sometimes a complete dumbass, just like my city. So I stay here (despite the weather). As you probably know, today something terrible happened in my city. As of right now, I have no idea why it happened or who did it. I’m not sure what kind of idiot, madman, or group of shit stains does such a thing. But whatever their motives (which I assume we will never begin to understand), whatever they hoped to achieve, they will fail. Are we scared now? Yes. Congratulations, dickhead(s), you frightened us. But as anybody with even a passing knowledge of what transpired in the American Revolution or the 2004 Red Sox season will tell you, you will not keep Boston down. Sometimes I hate this city, but mostly I love this city. It’s finally spring in Boston and you will not stop us from living our lives.