An interview with Timothy Karpinski

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An interview with Timothy Karpinski

Coming up THIS Fri, Nov. 6th we are proud to present ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’, the second solo show at our gallery from Portland based artist Timothy Karpinski. This will be the first solo exhibition with the artist in our main gallery space, following ‘The Place I Call Home’, which took place in our project room in the fall of 2008. ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’ will feature a large installation featuring the artist’s ”Fear Fort” which he has been living in for the past few months as he worked on the show and he plans to be sleeping and living in the fort during the week-long installation of the exhibition itself.

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Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for “My Heart Never Sleeps”? What’s the story with the show’s title?
The title comes from my friend’s band “lovers” – me and cubby the singer/songwriter are alot alike but she makes songs and i make art 🙂 With this show ill be telling a love story – the best one I’ve ever told.

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Tell us a lil’ bit about the idea behind your ‘fear fort’, which will be one of the highlights of your upcoming show with us.
It’s where I can go and everything is okay, no fears in the fear fort.

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If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you look to bring to life?
Hmmmmm…. i have a sweet idea about a traveling artshow via sailboat, a really beautifull and huge old shanty sailboat, kinda like a noah’s ark type thing, but Timothy’s Art Ark is where I’d maybe take one piece from all my favorite artists and friends and sail around the world. You wanna back this idea Andrew?

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Much of your work includes the use of found objects and old books. Do you have a favorite place around Portland that you go hunting for that perfect object? Old books? Do you gather items while traveling?
I’m a dilligent collector. I kinda plan my day around different thrift stores around Portland, I know which ones are near the bank or a gas station or on pretty much any errond, I sail thru a thrift store almost everday, and this summer me and my lady made weekend trips all around Oregon hunting for treasures. I have too much stuff, but I think I’m getting better at thrifting, I can now walk out sometimes empty handed 🙂

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If you could stand by and watch the creation of any piece of artwork from over the years, which would it be and why?
I would have been interested in seeing Henry Darger at work for sure.

What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
I think love for sure, both loving others, myself and the work I make, but I’m also pretty influenced by my friends and my surroundings, NE Portland represent!

Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
I pretty much listen to music around the clock, I wake up and sometimes have my headphones on from the night before still playing, and always all day in the studio, all my roomates also play music and there’s a mini recording studio in my basement, so my house is always shaking! Right now I’m really digging jazz of all sorts, Dizzy, John C. Miles and anything on 89.1 the jazz station. But for the muses, currently in the studio I have Karen O blasting from the yeah yeah yeahs, and for supe late nights like tonight it’s gonna be M83 – they always make the sun come up.

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What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?
I guess the attitude among the community, everyone I know is doing something rad and creative, it seems everyday I see someone who’s workin’ on some new project or is playing a show that night or having an art show, so it’s really inspiring and motivating, and pretty dang affordable, plus my cats like it, NE Portland where I live has a huge cat community, they have friends coming over all the time.

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What makes your cat cooler than everyone else’s cat?
Good question. I have 2 and they are polar opposites, one is the sweet and cuddly type and the other is the hunter, so I get love and protection!

You co-own and operate Together Gallery up in Portland, OR. Tell us a lil’ bit about how that came about and some of the ups and downs you’ve encountered thus far. Best show thus far? Upcoming show you are looking forward to?
Running a gallery is great and a lot of work, but it’s great for the community, I have sooo many people who come in and say wow, this is sooo inspiring, or kids who make zines and prints just to get there stuff on the walls. It’s got me way in tune with the Portland art communty and the community in general, and given me a real good understanding of the art as a “business” and helped me be more professional as a working artist. The downside is the backend of running a business, taxes, rent, managing employees, emails, countless sleepless nights hanging shows. Coming up we have a huge group show and our 2 year anniversary with over 40 artists, then next year a few solo shows by the likes of Doodles, Jay Howell and more!

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What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your solo show with us?
Pretty much right back to work when I get home, I’m in the December group show at Whitewalls in SF, alongside some of my heroes: the Clayton Brothers and Thomas Campbell, I think it was some sorta mistake, but I’m gonna send work anyways 🙂 – j.k. – but really excited about that, then right after that in January I’m in a split show at Gallery Three in SF with the Shooting Gallery / Whitewalls crew with my studio mates Mark and James. Then some sleep 🙂

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Check out a great interview that Juxtapoz just conducted with Timothy Karpinski below:
http://www.juxtapoz.com/Features/back-talk-with-timothy-karpinski

View a ’sneak peek’ of Karpinski’s work for the show via the link below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157622377680535/

Timothy Karpinski
‘My Heart Never Sleeps’

Opening Reception: THIS Fri, Nov. 6th 7-11PM

Timothy will be in attendance from Portland for the opening reception, so please be sure to swing through and say hello.

Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Junction) in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles

An interview with Camilla d’Errico

Camilla at ComiCon this past July
Camilla at ComiCon this past July

An interview with Camilla d’Errico

Camilla d’Errico is a product of her split heritage, Italian and Canadian rolled into one: Italian fiestiness, Canadian politeness, and an early addiction to Saturday morning cartoons and comics. Her first love was and still is comics. Growing up she was more often doodling sexy damsels and dragons on her textbooks than reading them. In 1998, Camilla first attended her first San Diego Comic Con where upon the moment she walked through the doors she realised that a 9-5 day job would kill her and this was what she wanted to do.

After a few years in the comic industry Camilla expanded her style into a variety of other ventures: snowboard decals, magazine covers, toys, clothes and the pop art gallery scene. Thanks to her relentless energy, dedication, and sleep deprivation, she has followed her dream of working creatively for a living. She is part of what may be the first art movement in Western History where women are not second-class citizens, but have an edge in the mind of the public, especially when it comes to capturing the essence of the modern woman.

"Gentle Fawns"
"Gentle Fawns"

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for the ‘Vain Remains’ show with Caia Koopman.
This series is very unique for me because i’ve stepped outside my comfort zone and explored a different visual theme. Vain Remains, is really about nature, cycles of life and death, and normally i play out my themes with living animals, or head gear, but this time i chose to take the literal approach of skeletons. Often times, people will look away from them because its too grim, but its part of life and its important that we don’t loose sight of that. Sometimes you have to look at the scary things to see how beautiful they really are.

"Resurected Bone Collective"
"Resurected Bone Collective"

What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
For these pieces i found a lot of inspiration from my youth. I grew up in a small country town, and often i’d come across a deer skeleton, or cow remains in the pastures and fields i traversed, so i really tried to remember those moments. I picked out the colors from my memories, and put them back into these paintings along with patterns, for me those represent the vanity and beauty of the remains. Decorations to ease our eyes and hearts.

"Nature's Course"
"Nature's Course"

Please describe your perfect day out in Vancouver.
When its sunny here, nothing beats this town. If it were sunny, light breeze, not too hot, I’d go down to the ocean for a walk, then over to Granville Island Market to pick up fresh produce and flowers and enjoy it with my friends at Third Beach, where the sunset is breathtaking, then walk down Robson street in the evening and catch all the street socializing i could…probably couldn’t ask for more.

Camilla at work in her studio in Vancouver
Camilla at work in her studio in Vancouver

If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you love to bring to life?
A fashion show that featured my helmetgirls. I would give anything for that, to have a runway show. I would create dresses and headgear that i’d place on models, paint them black and white and watch my living paintings going down the walkway.

"A Product Of Nowhere"
"A Product Of Nowhere"

Any highlights you’d care to share from your recent onslaught of comic festival appearances? You’ve been around the globe in the past few months promoting your Tanpopo series and everything else you’ve got cookin’.
Comic Con was amazing as always, and the biggest highlight for me there was my panel with Dave Mack and Terry Moore, on Life Drawing Amanda Palmer. It was amazing! My first SDCC panel ever. What a great audience and concept, too cool ^_^. Though i have to say that my Singapore trip was pretty awesome too. I featured my entire booth on Tanpopo, sold out of books, and had an overwhelming response to my art. I was quite moved.

"The Deer God's Coma"
"The Deer God's Coma"

Please tell us a little bit about all the upcoming projects you have planned for the coming year and what lies ahead for Tanpopo?
The next thing coming out is my issue #1 of Sky Pirates of Neo Terra with Image comics. Its coming out at the end of the month, and will be part of a 5 issue series. This comic is based off a Nintendo DS and Wii game that i worked on the art for. It’s very cool. And the game comes out in the spring of 2010, so watch out for that! Also, Tanpopo continues with issue #3 this winter! I’m very excited to work on this, its my passion project that people are really responding to so i’m very thrilled to be able to give another chapter in the series. I also have many other things on the go, but you’ll have to check out my website, or else this answer is going to become epic in length!

"The Fated Binding"
"The Fated Binding"

‘Vain Remains’
Camilla d’Errico and Caia Koopman

THIS FRIDAY @ Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction) in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles

Digital preview of works from ‘Vain Remains’ here.

Look for Camilla’s ‘Back Talk’ set of questions over at Juxtapoz in the coming days.

Camilla and Caia will be present at the opening, so please be sure to swing through.

An interview with Caia Koopman

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An interview with Caia Koopman

"The White Rabbit"
"The White Rabbit"

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for the ‘Vain Remains’ show with Camilla d’Errico.
My newest body of work has a bit of a goddess of the garden de los muertos feel. My girls are tethered to the earth by all its cycles, they are surrounded by and part of life, death and beauty.

"Flora"
"Flora"

What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
My biggest overall influence is the idea of humans being part of nature rather than separate from it.

"Lost"
"Lost"

Please describe your perfect day out in Oceanside.
Hiking with my dog first thing then getting a ton of work done and still having time to catch the sunset.

"Musing"
"Musing"

If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you love to bring to life?
I’ll have to get back to you, that would take some serious thought and after four months of thinking of nothing but this show my brain is mush. Okay, I’ve got one, I could give every parking lot everywhere a rooftop garden so from a birds eye view there are no parking lots.

"Ectothermic Abscence"
"Ectothermic Abscence"

Any highlights from your recent trip to Europe and your shows with Spacejunk in France?
You will have to ask the girls in my paintings, I sent the kids off without me, I hope they all found good new French homes. The show went really well, or so I’ve heard.

Caia's studio
Caia's studio

Upcoming plans following your show with us this September?
Yes, a solo show at La Luz de Jesus 2010, I’ll keep ya all posted. Also, I’ll be working on another collaboration project with Oakley and another Artistic Sin with Rossignol.

"Auspicious Herodias"
"Auspicious Herodias"

‘Vain Remains’
Caia Koopman
and Camilla d’Errico

THIS FRI, Sept. 11th 7-11PM @ Thinkspace

Check out the digital preview of ‘Vain Remains’ here.

Also check out a recent interview with Juxtapoz Caia did here.

Look for an interview with Camilla d’Errico to be posted here tomorrow as well…