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what brought you to new york? curiosity i guess.
what is your favorite time of day? dawn.
two artists you are lately inspired by? lotte jacobi (specifically photogenics). gunta stolzl.
favorite texture? crushed silk velvet.
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where are you from? i'm from st. louis missouri.
what brought you to new york? i came to new york because it seemed like the best place to be for an aspiring artist.
what is your favorite time of day? dusk. the way the light comes into my kitchen is so nice.
two artists you are lately inspired by? saul steinberg's drawings and richard diebenkorn's abstract paintings. his colors were so perfect.
what are your favorite colors? my favorite colors to paint with are red and blue, but as far as clothing i almost always wear black.
where is your favorite place? my favorite place is my aunt's summer house in michigan. The beach is a 5 minute walk away and it's private and so beautiful and peaceful. sleeping on the screened-in porch during a thunderstorm is the most incredible thing.
the dream you cannot shake? i've always wanted to be in a silent film. my friends mike and claire make amazing little shorts and they promised me that I could be in one, so we'll see.
...we'd love to hear a little bit about it, including the inspiration behind the 'juke' song you played for us... this new one is gonna be different than the last record blue rider, it's bigger, more of a wall of sound, there's also more musicians involved. i keep thinking of it as a western, they're all story songs and most of them are in a minor key. there's a processional quality to them, circular and hypnotic, but iconic melodically, sorta like how church hymns are. that 'juke' song is called "bend my mind (salt & lime)" and is probably the closest i've ever come to writing a honky tonk classic. must have been listening to a lot of gary stewart at the time.
where are you from? i'm from a small town in st. tammany parish louisiana called enon. it's barely a town actually, everything in it is situated on one street, corner store, high school, baptist church and a grave yard.
two artists you are lately inspired by? mark e. smith of the fall. i just read a great book that he wrote called renegade. the fall are one of my favorite bands, the guy is a genuine artist. he's been releasing a record a year since '77, talk about some serious work ethic. he's a great writer, cryptic, but brilliant, he's an innovator and one that's always done things his own way.
where are you from? taipei, taiwan
what brought you to new york? what brought me to new york is the endless possibilities
what is your favorite time of day? when i have my first cup of coffee in the morning, with or without a cigarette in my hand
what inspired you today? my dream this morning, i was lucid dreaming; in which i was breast stroke swimming in the sky. it was sort of scary, but i knew it was a dream, so i enjoyed it
last record you played? patsy cline, crazy
two artists you are lately inspired by? collage works by tom moglu, also lately i'm obsessed with matthew carter's typography; my favorite font at the moment is elephant
describe one photo you can't forget? my mother's baby photo, it's black and white. she was wearing a white crew neck top with lace around the neckline, her lips looked exactly the same as her lips now. my grandfather dated the photo on the back of the picture. people in my grandpa's generation have such nice hand writing
the dream you cannot shake? a dream i lost my family. i woke up crying
family trip that made an early impression? we went to this mountain called ah-li mountain in taiwan. i was in kindergarten, I fell and scraped my knees. my mean uncle called me stupid, i never liked him after that, now i tell myself everyday to be nice to people
what are your favorite colors? i don't have a favorite color... i like every color
where is your favorite place? i don't have a favorite place... it depends on where my friends and family are i think!