an interview with
Scott Vogel Hello Scott and a warm welcome to Peripheral ARTeries. I would start this interview with my usual ice breaker question: what in your opinion defines a work of Art? And moreover, what could be the features that mark the contemporariness of an artwork?
Thank you very much for having me and for having my art featured in your striking and eloquent publication. In my opinion, art is any creative work that elicits an emotional or intellectual response and hopefully both in the best cases. And in this regard, art is highly personal, as what moves one person may not necessarily move another. It’s hard to define what’s contemporary. Through the ages art has changed according to tastes, what’s ‘acceptable’, and so on. It gets to a point where anything new is not necessarily revolutionary because it’s been done before in some form or other. To me, contemporary art derives from whatever it chooses as long as it’s honest. Would you like to tell us something about your background? Are there particular experiences that have impacted on the way you currently produce your artworks? By the way, I would like to ask your point about formal training... I sometimes happen to wonder if a certain kind of training could even stifle a young artist's creativity...
Scott Vogel would have been great if Hendrix would have been formally trained or if Van Halen hadn’t? It’s very difficult to say and I guess just comes down to the individual.
Well, I personally have no formal artistic training. I started drawing at a young age and through the years I picked up a lot of knowledge from books and observation. I’m sure formal training can be very helpful in building a solid foundation and, as long as it doesn’t impede on one’s creativity, it is a good thing. However, at the point where it stifles one’s ability to “think outside the box”, or their inspiration or point of view, then it’s done more harm than good.
Before starting to elaborate about your production, would you like to tell to our readers something about your process and set up for making your works? In particular, what technical aspects do you mainly focus on your work? And how much preparation and time do you put in before and during the process of creating a piece?
I almost always start with the background: skies, terrain, etc. Sometimes this background is very whimsical; I get an idea and 30 seconds later I’m throwing some paint down. Other times it’s very methodical and thought out. Once the background Cassandra Hanks
For instance, Eddie Van Halen is a classically trained musician and it obviously didn’t suppress his creativity, whereas Jimi Hendrix was entirely selftaught yet equally visionary. Who knows if either 76
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