In anticipation of the upcoming collaborative show “Seeing Red” at Thinkspace curated by the creator of BOOOOOOOM Jeff Hamada. Co-Owner and Curator of Thinkspace, Andrew Hosner was interviewed by Jeff for BOOOOOOOM’s “Influential Voices” series. Below are a few highlights of the interview which can be seen in full on BOOOOOOOM.com.
Join us for the opening of “Seeing Red”, Saturday, March 30th from 6 -9 pm.
Jeff Hamada: I’ve read (and listened to) a bunch of interviews you’ve done in the past, what can you tell me about yourself that you’ve never shared in an interview before?
Andrew Hosner: I obsessively drew Winnie the Pooh and his world of friends from the time I was like 4 until 7. My mom still has many of those drawings framed and hanging around my childhood home back in Michigan. From there, I moved on and grew to constantly copy the pages of Capt’n America and Fantastic Four comics… I still have the skills, I can copy just about anything put in front of me, I just never really developed that remarkable skill of being able to create my own world or draw without reference. Perhaps I should have pushed myself harder, but as I entered my teen years the world of heavy metal took over and I didn’t really draw anything past Metallica and Slayer logos and skulls for a long time haha. I’m happy with where I’m at and constantly get to use my creativity in exciting new ways. I feel it helps to be able to relate in some small way to the challenges our family of artists face with having to always come up with that next great image.
JH: What about now? I’d assume a lot more are artists are seeking you out now.
AH: Yes, we are inundated with submissions via email and the ungodly DM submission. A quick DM saying “Check me out” is kind of the “You up?” version of a submission in this digital age I feel haha. Just half assed and barely any info is ever given and I always get a HUGE laugh when I do click on a DM submission and it’s from a private account. I’m not going to friend request you, just to view your work. I mean…
With that said, I will never loose site of the fact that I can’t believe creative types from all around the world hit us up, and show us love and have followed us for years in hopes of one day working with us. The mere fact that they took the time to do so… the fact they even know we exist, I try to never lose site of that simple notion. I’m still blown away that anyone outside of LA is into what we’re rocking and love our creative vision. Keep it humble, and life rewards you.
Keep it humble, and life rewards you. – Andrew Hosner