HE LIVES IN LOS ANGELES AND HAS A WISCONSIN ACCENT. DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THIS SPECIAL ARTIST.
When did you decide to dedicate yourself to art?
Very early as a child and then again after I quit art school.
Do you work alone or with someone?
I work alone 90 percent oh the time but I usually have a remote intern working for school credit and when I can afford it I have a studio assistant. I also work with my girlfriend, Kate Durbin, on one another’s projects and on our animation marketing business.
Why did you open your IG account?
Just thought it would be an ok way to document my process. I’m not very good at maintaining it. I don’t think social media is very healthy for an artist if they’re making things for it. I think social media should be an afterthought. If you’re making artistic decisions because of likes, your work is going to get fucking boring very fast. On the other hand if you’re building a brand then it’s very useful. My commercial work is all about maximizing likes and views and clicks.
You have been in Italy one month ago: what did you impress most?
I hiked up the mountains around lake Como and was surprised to find farms at the top with livestock and very beautiful houses. On the way up I passed through bramble and forest and an old army tunnel. I walked until my feet hurt and drank four liters of water. I really get the sense of how long your civilization has been around too. Buildings and the path up seemed to merge — the structures made from the rocks around and felt as old. In America we just flatten the landscape and throw away our history as fast as we can afford to.
What job did you want to do as a child?
Where do you usually get inspiration from?
Train rides where I’m forced to sit and think and learning about natural sciences on Wikipedia. Hammocks are a critical part of my process as well.
What do you do after this interview?
Actually I’m writing to you from an Uber on my way to the printer that’s making my camo fabric which I edited while eating your delicious Bufala and tomatoes which inexplicably taste better than ours.
What makes you happy?
Food, finishing projects, and talking to Kate.
Your next goal?
I want to make it to 100 flat faces and make that a solo show.
The most beautiful memory until now.
Learning to float in the ocean in Maine and then spending all summer doing that.