Read the full article here: Sentrock Turns Walls Into Canvas, Where His Imagination Flies
Thinkspace is excited to present Sentrock ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ which highlights the dichotomy of who he is as an artist and who he is as a person, bringing to light the relatable internal struggle of simultaneously being more than just one thing. The works highlight the times of his introspection, aiming to capture the raw energy or the fleeting moment. Through his creation, Sentrock has become a catalyst for his community. His work presents undertones of hope, freedom and expression, encapsulating his background, history, upbringing, empathy, and compassion for his community.
Our interview with Sentrock discusses his cocktail of choice, mentorship and community, about fatherhood and his ideal dream artist to collaborate with.
What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes were you exploring?
My inspiration for this body of work was to explore my internal reflections what or who I am as an individual, as an artist and as a person outside of that. Just allowing myself to create, based off that notion of who am I like what do I want as a person.
The last time we interviewed you, you were preparing for your museum exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum. How was that experience? You had several sculptural and animated elements in the exhibition, what was the process for making those concepts a reality?
The museum exhibition was amazing, the platform that a museum brings allowed me to vision my work through a different lens but also for the audience, I gave more of a story line with the art. I was able to dive deeper into the narrative and not just 2D but in a overall captivating way for the audience. The process deals with patience and trust, having an idea and working with some many moving parts you have to enjoy the process and trust the end result is worth it. Creating something that has value and impact takes time and understanding of what you want your audience to receive.
The opening of ‘The Boy Who Wanted to Fly’ had a signature, Paloma. Is that your favorite cocktail? If so, how would one make it. If not, what is your favorite drink to order when feeling fancy?
Haha anything with tequila is my favorite. Palomas are my go to when making them, so I figure why not give them out to the attendees. Paloma is my fancy drink but when I want to feel fancy and sophisticated I go for the Old Fashion.
Mentorship is important to you as an artist, not only helping young artist cultivate their voice but an understanding the business behind being a full-time artist. Who were some of the people who helped you learn the ropes early on?
I mean, yeah I wouldn’t have been into art if it wasn’t for a guest artists visiting my school. Mentorship is huge especially in my community, I want to continue to uplift my community and culture. I see a lot of the young latino community as my younger siblings. I was the oldest of 6 siblings, so it came natural.
Your mother helped to foster your creative practice and keep you out of trouble by giving you tools to be creative in your backyard. To other young artists who might not have that kind of support, what advice would you give them to not lose heart?
That’s tough because without some support, it’s like reaching for something you feel out of their grasps, I been there before as well. I would say just start from scratch, find any ways to create, when you have less that’s when the best ideas are cultivated.
Your father has played a notable role in inspiring your creative voice to dig into themes of freedom. And in your last exhibition with us, you were exploring those elements along with grappling with fatherhood yourself now. How has fatherhood influenced your art? What element of fatherhood is most rewarding at the moment and most challenging?
That’s a loaded question, I’ll get back to it after I speak to my therapist haha. The most rewarding part is knowing everything this kid knows or understands at this age is because what I have shown him, the smiles he has is because my playing with him or I showed him something funny. It’s really rewarding to know you can literally show this kid life, and introduce him to a live you want for him. All I can do right now is show up for him and give him love. The most challenging thing, is definitely the energy, learning to balance out the energy. You know the whole work / life balance thing.
What was in your musical rotation during the development of this body of work?
Definitely Drake haha but also a lot Mac Miller. I really listen to anything when in the studio. Mostly chill vibes though, bc I need to be able to chill out.
And do you have a favorite coffee brand? How do you take your coffee?
No real favorite. I take my son to Dunkin every morning on our morning walks so by default. Lol I love a good pour over v60 but dad life calls for a Dunkin, then in the afternoon I get a cappuccino.
If you could collaborate with any artists in any sort of medium (i.e. movies, music, painting), who would you collaborate with, and what would be making?
For sure, Kendrick Lamar. All his music and music videos are super inspirational.
What do you hope viewers take away or experience while viewing your work?
I think I want viewers to take more of a feeling away, like not necessarily my art technique or color palette but the idea of using art as an express tool, almost therapeutic.
How do you like to enjoy your time outside of the studio? Do you celebrate the completion of a body of work?
I would love to celebrate haha! Haven’t given myself a chance to slow down yet but a bottle of red wine, music and some friends is my usual .
Exhibition on view June 3 – June 24, 2023 at:
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016
Thinkspace was pleased to present Sentrock’s ‘Crash Course‘ in Gallery III this past July. The exhibition explored the artist’s life right now as a new father living on the West Side of Chicago.
Sentrock uses this collection to find peace in life while everything around us is a struggle, hoping to pass that message on to the viewers.
Our interview with Sentrock explores his creative process, the places that shaped him, and what’s next for the artist.
For those unfamiliar with your work, can you share a little about your background and what inspired your artistic pursuits?
I was born in West Phoenix in a Mexican neighborhood. My first interaction w/ creating art was really art class in elementary school through a guest artist creating a mural for our school. After that, I got into graffiti, and that’s been the route that more or less led me here in my art. Growing up my pop was in and out of prison which has inspired much of my art and bird characters. The concept of freedom through an alter ego like a bird is very interesting to me.
What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes were you exploring?
My latest body of work was just a reflection of where my life is at the moment, being introduced to fatherhood, dealing with my daddy issues but also figuring shit out –still reflecting my environment in Chicago and my neighborhood.
What was the most challenging piece in this exhibition? How did it help you grow as an artist?
I can’t say which piece was the most challenging; I would say being able to explore other concepts outside of my usual character was a challenge. I feel this body was a conscious flow of my art.
What does a day in the studio look like for you? How do you structure your days?
Wake up, take care of my baby boy for a couple of hours, jump on my bike and get to a local coffee shop. Get in the studio and start sketching free thoughts, respond to emails and just start getting on a painting that is in the works.
Do you have any rituals that help you tap into a creative flow?
Not really, I should but music and coffee.
What is your favorite and least favorite part of the creative process?
My favorite part of the process is getting lost in the sauce. My least favorite part of the process is getting lost in the sauce. Like how far can I go and dive into my art w/o being unsociable, hahaha. Like I like being into my art and losing a sense of reality, but on the other hand, I can lose my sense of responsibility.
Who are some of your creative influences?
My creative influences are Mexican muralists the big 3, and the way they share messages through culture and art. Also Frida, I mean she really opened up the door for Mexicans to be emo. Also, I like cartoons, The regular show, Simpsons — all that. I feel my art is in the middle somehow ha.
You’ve worked with many Chicago sports teams, like the White Sox and Bulls; how did those opportunities arrive at your doorstep? What is your favorite sport to watch and support? Favorite sport to play?
Idk. Chicago loves and I love the city back, so we are all just fans of the city. We are a city of hustlers w/ heart.
Do you have a mural project in the works? Where can people expect to see your next big wall?
I am currently preparing for my first solo museum show. It’s gonna consist of murals, paintings, and installations.
Besides Chicago and San Juan – what cities inspire you the most? Or what cities do you want to visit for inspiration?
The city I grew up in West Phoenix inspired me a lot, it’s the hood my Momma represented when she was younger, so it always has my heart bc of the good and the moments it built me to be someone w heart.
If you could have any skill or topic downloaded into your brain, what would you want to be able to do/ be an expert at?
I want to be a filmmaker. I want to share visual stories. I want to learn to write scripts and create movies, like Scorsese.
Thank you to those who submitted questions for this interview via Instagram