While spending a few hours updating some old stories from past versions of my website, I ran across an old series of artist interviews that I did in 2006. It was a rather interesting time capsule to see just what these folks were thinking and what has transpired since. I’ve reposted the artist interviews and included links below, and I plan on catching up with each artist and post a new interview for each, to see what has happened, how their thoughts have changed, and what the future looks like for each of them against the radically changing backdrop that is Austin.
So, without further ado, here are the artist interviews:
David Ohlerking, painter, discusses his painting, its various influences and his work processes along with the role of Christianity in art.
Shea Little, artist, collaborator, co-founder of (then) Bolm Studios, EAST, and the Texas Biennial, In the interview, Shea discusses the maturing Austin art scene, the role of artists actively developing the scene, galleries, recognition and his own work, in and outside of collaborations.
Wade Beesley, artist, head of an alternative art space. Wade discussed the role of the artist in politics and as social warrior, as well as the ideals, benefits and realities of running alternative spaces in Austin.
Chris Chappell, painter. Chris discusses the changes his work has undergone over the years, the influence of the internet, storytelling and pranks, and the relationship between art and business, and if art can even be considered a business.
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