“I was diagnosed with strabismus at birth. One of my eyes was severely crossed, causing a lot of strain on the eye’s muscles. I did have three corrective surgeries quite young, all before 4 years old, I think. I wasn’t a recluse or outsider, but I tended to move in between different social circles. I really vibe of off people’s energies, so it’s important for me to maintain a heavy rotation of friends.
Deciphering how isolation affected my adolescence is hard, because there are a couple metaphors I can pull from it, and a lot of things I haven’t really processed yet. Physically, I have always had a very literal barrier between others and myself with my glasses, and I think that warped my sense of dependency. I’ve always been violently independent, and that’s been fairly consistent my whole life. I’ve been brought up to believe that the only one you can rely on is yourself, which sounds like a simple enough piece of advice, but is really hard to completely comprehend. It’s something that I should have applied earlier on in life, but I only realized it in hindsight. Everything I’ve done in the last couple years has blossomed from my truest application of self-reliance and my lust to live the unlikely life.”– Pakayla Rae Biehn
“I always felt like I was a different person depending on whom I was around, whether it be friends or family or whomever. It often felt unnatural, like a performance. Gradually, I realized that I had grown really skeptical of images and their supposed content, even images of myself. I just didn’t relate to them on the same level as I think a lot of people might. I was more interested in them for context or absurd moments than as mementos or reminders. And now, with the rise of digital photography, social networking and this blurring of reality, there is a real lack of emotional truth in many of these supposedly candid shots. I’m interested in using that look to create new images that do have emotional truth for me and so it is often necessary to obscure elements in order to make for a different experience from these rather ubiquitous images.” – Jeff Ramirez
Collector Amanda Erlanson recently sat down with sculpture artist Kevin Titzer as he finishes up his last pieces for ‘Ghost Of A Chance’, his debut LA solo show opening next Sat, May 21st at Thinkspace. Her in-depth interview is posted over on her blog Erratic Phenomena. Delve into what makes Titzer tick, from what inspires him to keep creating through to his early beginnings as an artist back in Evansville, IN.
“Over the past few years, sculptor Kevin Titzer has been cultivating his own folk-punk aesthetic, building ramshackle narratives of carnivalesque mayhem, backwoods asceticism and reckless impulses.”– Erratic Phenomena
Hi-Fructose just interviewed Seth Armstrong as he prepares to open up his new solo show this evening at Gallery Heist in San Francisco. Better yet, the interview was conducted by fellow Thinkspace family member Brett Amory (who just showed alongside Seth at Thinkspace this past January).
This week is your last chance to see ‘Lowbrow Love Letter‘, so be sure to swing through. Check out Dave’s interview from earlier this week on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly‘. Came out really sharp – congrats Dave!
David MacDowell‘Lowbrow Love Letter’
On view through this Sat, May 14th in our project room