Jimmy C: The Interview

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Dearest CultureHe(ART)s – we know it has been a long time since we last posted, so we decided to come back with a BANG! SURPRISE! We got to interview the UTTERLY TALENTED Street Artist Jimmy C! Check it out!

You were born in England but grew up in Australia and studied down under, yet we see so much of your work in London… do you have just as much work up in Australia? What is the street art scene like there? I did used to have quite of work in Australia but a lot of it is probably covered over now. I was involved in the graffiti scene in Australia when I was younger, so painted a lot of walls at that time, mainly along the railway lines. I later went on to do commissioned mural works, so some of these walls are probably still up in various locations.

In relation to the street art scene, I was part of the graffiti scene back then, which was an exciting and energetic new art form at that time. It enabled me to find good friends like a family on the street. From what I have seen, the current street art scene is strong with many good artists, and I will aim to go back soon to visit.

How did you come across your infamous technique of drip/pointillist with spray paint? It looks incredibly difficult to master none the less, yet you execute it brilliantly! Does this inspiration come from Impressionism or did you come across it trying to break away from traditional types of street art? Also, do you create works in other techniques with spray paint or are you solely dedicated to your pointillist/drip technique? Thank you for your comments on this, and I first starting working with the dots when I was doing a lot of community arts workshops and mural projects in Australia. In one project I worked with an aboriginal artist who was working with the traditional dot painting technique and he asked me if it would be possible to do this on a wall with spray paint, and I said, I can’t see why not. I showed him how to make dots with the spray can and we went on to paint a wall together, combining our two styles. This led me to start thinking about dots and how to make images in this way. As my background was in figurative realism, my experimentation with the dots came to resemble a form of Impressionism or Pointillism with the spray can. In 2004 I made a series of work which I titled the Aerosol Pointillist series, but I felt that just working in dots was not really enough, which then led me to experiment with drips. That’s when I felt that I had found something more unique and personal, which I came to call the Drip Paintings, which were images made from layers of individual drips of spray paint. I also use a similar technique with lines that I call the scribble paintings. 

The works we have seen of yours are portraits of people – besides the famous people like David Bowie… who are these people? Do you know them or are they random by standards? What does it mean to you to create a portrait? And why do you choose mainly portraiture as your subject over other subjects? The human subject is the main source of inspiration behind my work, and almost all the portraits I have painted are from people I have met or had some kind of interaction with. The human subject in the context of the city is of particular interest to me, and I am trying to convey an essence of the human spirit through my painting with the consideration of hope, resilience, and compassion. I am also part of a tradition trying to seek new approaches to portraiture through painting.

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What is your favourite city to work in? What is your favourite mural you have done? I like painting here in London, and travelling to paint is always a good experience. I have painted in many cities and have great memories, which is so often connected to the people you meet at the time. One of my favourite walls is at 5 Pointz (a) in New York, as it was an honour to have worked in a place that has always celebrated the culture and diversity of styles from the hip hop tradition. Another favourite wall is in Hasselt in Belgium (b), where I got to form some great friendships. 

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How do you define your style? A socio-poetical dripping (he)art.

What galleries represent you/where can your work be purchased?! We would love to know! Also, where can our followers follow YOU on social media? What are your twitter/facebook/instagram accounts for our dear friends to keep up with you on the reg(ular). I work with a gallery in Melbourne, Australia called Lindberg Galleries, and also a gallery in Lille in France called Galerie Raison d’Art. Work can also be purchased directly from my studio in London.

For more information check out Jimmy C’s website, LIKE his Facebook page, and lastly, FOLLOW him on Twitter @akajimmyc and Instagram akajimmyc.

Check out some more of his works below!

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WOW. WOW. WOW. WOWWWWWWWW. THANK YOU JIMMY C for taking time to participate in the interview and for sharing your he(ART) with us!

XX, DP and the CultureHe(ART)s Team

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Richard Avedon: Fusing Fashion and Art

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Richard Avedon, FASHION photographer turned ARTIST shows the DIVERSITY and COMPLEXITY of photography in his newest solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery (Davies Street, London) which is currently on display until October 26th.  Avedon exhibits a collective of fashion photographs from his work between the 1960’s and 1970’s in “Avedon: Women”. These fashion photographs not only depict the BEAUTY of the clothes, but do something greater, or so I think. I think what makes this exhibit so INTERESTING and INNOVATING is his questioning of the role of photography and how it is used. He attempts to differentiate his photographs by breaking all the rules by portraying his models in motion -confident, vivacious, with a joie de vivre. The COUTURE clothing only accentuates these eccentric poses. Although these photographs can seem superficial and more fashion photography-like, Avedon cleverly and slyly evokes deeper meaning. Take Jean Shrimpton, evening dress by Cardin, Paris 1970’s (below).

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Sure it is a beautiful silk gown in motion, but is Avedon bringing more to the table? Is he referencing some sort of art historical reference say…Unique Forms Of Continuity in Space (below) by Umberto Boccioni.

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What Boccioni did for Italian Futurist art sculptur e- attempting to bring the MOVEMENT to the medium of sculpture is what Avedon does for photography. He brings a certain DYNAMISM, which rethinks the medium of photography from being still and motionless to active and forceful. The cloths only highlight this movement as well as create a certain tension to the pieces. In a way he is self -contradictory in his works, intensifying the action through the draping of the clothing but capturing it in the stillness of the camera – makes you think right?

How fittingly appropriate for FASHION WEEK – eh?

PEACE OUT, K

Francis Bacon’s Muse – Isabel Rawsthrone

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You may think something is wrong with this person’s face… but it is Francis Bacon’s way of creating a portrait – which can be found in the TATE (Modern). It is a portrait of Isabel Rawsthrone. Bacon and Rawsthrone were close friends and after Rawsthorne’s death in 1992 Bacon admitted they had an AFFAIR (even though he was gay – apparently – who knows, who cares, but tres scandalous). In a statement to Paris Match confessed, “You know I also made love to Isabel Rawsthrone, a very beautiful woman who was Derain’s model and Georges Bataille’s girlfriend.” As such, unlike any of his other female sitters of which could only be counted on one hand, Rawsthorne became his MUSE.

Bacon had no FORMAL training. Bacon’s earlier portraits were created by means of having his subject present. His portraits beginning in the 1960s were developed based off of photographs and focused in on facial features. Bacon only painted those who he knew intimately – Lucian FREUD, George Dyer, Henrietta Moreas, Muriel Belcher, and Isabel Rawsthrone to name a few.

While his brilliant portraits evolved from photographs taken by John Deakin, the final result was one that which could be described as phenomenological – the idea that his paintings go beyond the physical attributes of the exterior and exemplify inner truths.

Bacon’s portraits could further be understood as influenced from Surrealism and Abstraction, where a duality exists within each painting: between thought and form, life and death. Nevertheless, Bacon captures Rawsthrone’s physicality such as her arched brows, high forehead, and accentuated cheek bones; however, he has done so in an intriguing way that navigates the cusp of abstraction and figuration in relinquishing the human form through his distorted yet incredibly powerful techniques of portrayal. Bacon elaborates in his discussion with Sylvester, “What I want to do is distort the thing far beyond the appearance, but in the distortion to bring it back to a recording of the appearance.”

The artist’s ENERGETIC brush strokes are contrasted with smudged contours and blurred boundaries as if he is trying to reveal an open form that is trapped within its own subsistence. Bacon removes screens and veils to uncover truths about existence through fusing the notions of paint and the idea against a stark background, which brings the portrait to appear to have a floating appearance. The artist’s work of his dear friends in the 1960s exhibit and suggest a psychological rendering.

Check out this work at our FAVOURITE museum in London – Tate Modern. Embrace those around you. Find your muse. Go with the flow.

XX, DP

Bridge – Creature of Habit: The Interview

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So here we are on this lovely Saturday, the 20th of April. And boy do I have a GREAT read for you. We once praised our FAB friend LP for her great taste in music, bringing us the FRESH video from Bridge entitled “Do Ya Right” (Above) and now she has once again pulled through to set up this interview. So shout out to LP for being totally AMAZE, and shout out to Bridge (and his team) for taking the time to answer ze questions.

Here are the 6 questions we asked him, followed by his responses! Enjoyyy kids. Get INSPIRED.

1. How did you get started, at what age did you know you wanted to be in the music industry? I got really passionate with my music around 15 or 16. My friends and I would freestyle as a joke and eventually I realized that I was good at it. By the time I was 18, I would tell my parents that I was going to school but instead I would drive my car to a parking lot and write to instrumentals. Once I finished writing a song I would record it into my Photo Booth on my computer.

2. Who are your musical influences? What are your top 3 go to songs? My musical influences come from all over. I would say that I get inspired by not just music but by all art in general including fashion, production and writing. Hedi Slimane really inspires me, he’s the creative director for Saint Laurent. He’s currently doing a collaboration with Daft Punk and anytime you combine fashion and music on that scale I can respect it. I have a deep appreciation for writing. Most of my musical influences actually come from singing ballads. I would say that my 3 “go to” songs change all the time. Recently i would have to say that I listen to James Blake – Retrograde, Frank Ocean – Pink Matter and when I need that hip-hop influence I constantly go back to the Chronic 2001 album.

3. How would you describe your sound and style… We think it’s fresh yet powerful not only in terms of your sound but your lyrics as well. I think my sound and style is all based on the vibe I’m in. I tend to gravitate towards very ambient beats. I can always vibe to a mellow record. Lyrically I tend to freestyle my melodies first and input lyrics to compliment the sound. Usually I don’t have a direction until I am midway through the song.

4. What is Creature of Habit all about? I see there is a Part 1, what can we expect in the following parts… COH PART 1 is all about the process and steps that it took me to become Bridge and to develop this brand FINGERS CROSSED. Constantly doing the same routine over and over again until it’s implemented into my brain. Whether it’s waking up at the same time everyday or following the same routine for writing records. I literally am a creature of habit when it comes to music. Part 2 and Part 3 will be all about the GROWTH of Bridge as an artist. There will differently be a bigger sound in Part 2. You might even hear me singing a little bit more. Singing is still something I work on every day.

5. How do you feel to be compared to Drake? I would take it as a MAJOR compliment, but I could see where one would not want that association to stand out on his own – what are your thoughts? People will compare anyone to anything that is already out. I don’t mind it though, Drake is one of the best in the game so I take it as a compliment. I look forward to people realizing that I have my own sound and style – unlike anything that’s out right now.

6. When are you coming to the UK? We need to be “Done Right.” I will be in the UK as soon as the UK wants me. It’s always been a dream of mine to be there. I’ve only heard great things about it. I’ve actually never been to Europe before so I can’t wait until all those dreams become reality.

Well Bridge,THANK YOU for your time. Totally rad. Totally fresh. Totally dope.

And in traditional CultureHe(ARTS) fashion we shall end on this note: follow your dreams, and listen to your He(ART) – in this case, He(ART)beat. 

XX, DP

p.s. don’t forget to follow BRIDGE @xxbridge, LP @leanneperice, and yours truly @cultureheARTs / @dpayt