FRESH VOLUME 03 LIKE FREE BOOZE
ED’s note Would I say that this issue was worth the wait? Well, I hope so. The issue was originally out by early December, but due to coursework deadlines, I had to delay the launch, just a little bit further. There’s not much too really say, but thank you for all the support from fans around the world, and talented lads who contributed. Issue 04 will be just around the corner. See you all in 2012, and have a very Merry Christmas! Peace, M.
TEAM Creative Director Michael Cheung firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial Assistant Tess Ma Contributors Anthony Thornburg, Kate Barnett, Nicola Lines, Jillian Ricciardi, Regine David, Gregory Aune, Ines Armandon, Mr. Frivolous, and Clark Goolsby. Cover Art Ines Armandon inesamd.com
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< Pulling Faces If, like us, you can’t pass by a home ware store without stopping to fawn over that cute tissue box cover that’s shaped like a strawberry, then take a pause here, because have you had a look at Donna Wilson’s ceramics yet? The designs are plain and whimsical, reminding us of pictures in a children’s storybook. They might be as much of a guilty pleasure as the food that’s on the plate, and are they practical, really? But then they would just look so pretty on your table! donnawilson.com
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Gregory Aune takes an old school approach to photography. Doing what he does best, taking pictures of people in black and whiTe film. Sometimes less is more, and he definitely has hit the balance.
Would you say that you are more than a fashion photographer, as your body of work does not scream commercial at all? This has been a topic that always comes up. My ultimate goal in being a photographer is to create images that are timeless, and that have a little more weight than typical commercial imagery. If you only can choose one, would it be black/white or sepia photography? I never thought of sepia being a predominate part of my work. It’s just the characteristics of a certain type of film that I like to use. I mostly enjoy black and white. Which new face do you have your eye on lately? Tereza Janakova, as of yet. What camera equipment do you normally use for shoots? I tend to use a variety. Each camera has something special about it, and it really depends on what I want out of an image, will determine what camera is appropriate for the shoot. My equipment ranges from an old 4x5, to a few 35mm film cameras, and a couple Polaroid ones. What have you been up to lately, any commissioned works rolling up your way? I recently shot a couple editorials. One being for a new magazine based in New York called Riot of Perfume, which I’m very excited to see. I’ve also recently sold a couple of prints. Overall, I’m going to be diving into some neat projects. Would you agree with this statement, that “Kodak is not the first name in imaging anymore” quoted in a Huffington Post article on its rumoured bankruptcy? Yes, I would agree with it. Kodak hasn’t been the leader for quite some time. When film photography started to die out, it was not able to keep up with technological advances, or keeping it relevant. Giants like Canon, and Nikon are definitely companies that are taking the rain in the photography world. What has drawn you to film photography? Well, I was kind of the last generation of photographer which learnt completely through analogue. Digital was around, but not nearly as widely used as of speaking. In addition, I find film more romantic, hands on and unexpected at times which is always a bonus. Do you have your own dark room? As much as I love to have one, I unfortunately don’t. By living in New York, you had to make some sacrifices, and space is one of them. There are still a few good labs out there which I enjoy. What is the difference between beauty, and pretty? This is an interesting question. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, as far as pretty is concern, it’s a weaker word.
My mother reckons that one is either born to be an artist, or not born as an artist. It cannot be forced. It is merely on luck, and effort. What have you got to say on this statement? I reckon that some are born with talent that others do not possess, and some take chances others would never dare. Do you prefer working in a studio, or in an outdoor environment? I do enjoy both. It’s sometimes quite nice to stay in a studio, but other days I much prefer working outside. It’s exactly like thinking about where to spend your day, in or out of home. There’s nothing about you in terms of background info on your website. When did you actually start taking photographs? I have started taking pictures at the age of fourteen, but only took it seriously until I was around twenty one years old. I grew up in a small town of Murrieta, which is located in southern California. I have studied in a couple schools, but was never happy with it. I had left to travel, and attempted to give it another go, but instead came to New York to visit a friend. While I was in New York, I attended an exhibition, and had the chance to speak with the artist. I later found out that my classmates in uni were discussing about the artist
that I met. It was at the moment did I decided to move on. Are you also interested in other forms of art, such as painting, or drawing? I do enjoy all creative endeavours, as you can see I also do some collage work. I had an attempt on painting when I was younger, did sold a few paintings, but it just wasn’t for me at the end. I do occasionally doodle, and draw, but have not done it nearly as much as I would like to. I think that it’s important to discover about other mediums outside your own speciality, to draw inspiration from. What sort of emotion do you want the audience to get out of through your images? I really have no clue. I crate images means something to me, and am not necessarily always thinking about a certain audience while shooting them. It fascinates me to hear someone’s take on my images, which can be completely opposite to my initial ideas. Has being a photographer given you the opportunity to travel around the world? Yes it has, not quite fully around the world yet but hopefully one day.
A POP OF Clark Goolsby is a multi-disciplinary artist, who splits his time working on either his abstract paintings, or large scale sculptures. We at FRESH still do not understand how he can manage both, so in the meantime let’s just say that he is super talented!
In your previous works, you have touched upon issues like death, and fragility of life. How do you keep optimistic, when within every person, there is an awareness that one day each of us will face death? That’s a tough one, and it’s something I think about a lot. I think by nature I am a worrier, and I’m not very good at living in the moment. My brother is in Iraq right now, and I worry about him all the time. But, even though I am a worrier, I think deep down I tend to always believe things will work out. That’s a really interesting aspect of human nature. Somehow we are able to block out really frightening things and maintain optimistic. Does age necessarily reflect one’s ability? I don’t think so. And if it does, I think getting older probably helps. I think as you get older, you tend to get wiser, and worry a little less about the things you can’t control. An artwork can’t be finished, but can be completed. Would you agree? Yes, I think this is true. I feel that being an artist is really about exploring ideas and questions through your work. I think individual works can be completed, but the dialogue is never really finished. And of course, other people’s interactions with and interpretations of your work will forever give new life to a piece. Online magazines … is it a hit, or a miss? I would definitely say hit. I think we are in a really interesting time right now. I feel that the tools for so many creative industries are so easily available. You can make a legitimate record, or publish a magazine in your own bedroom. There is an interesting similarity between musicians, publishers and artists. In the past musicians and publishers must have money, and corporate support to be able to create something other people could share. So, of course there was always the pressure to create something profitable in order to recoup that initial investment. There is less of that pressure now. People can create music or their own publication without worrying of not being commercial anymore. Have you been featured in an online magazine before? If so, do you think it has help brought more exposure to your work? I have been featured in a few. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly has brought me further exposure, but I can safely say, that many opportunities I’ve had have come through the internet. What kind of jobs have you worked as, before pursuing a career as a full-time multi-disciplinary artist? The only real jobs I have ever worked, and continue to work are in graphic design. It’s interesting work, but ultimately there are a lot of people involved in every process. It’s not like art, where you can decide, and control each step through a single perspective.
Where do you draw inspiration from? I draw inspiration from everywhere. I actually struggle at times because there are so many things I would like to make, or incorporate into my work. It’s hard to narrow down what to focus on, and then not get distracted by something else until it’s finished. For those fellows out there who are trying to get into an art course in university, what advice would you give them, in terms of preparing a portfolio? That’s a good question. I majored in art, at a traditional four year structured university. Therefore, I didn’t have to show a portfolio to get accepted. But, if I had to give advice, I’d say it’s always good to know what’s happening in the art world right now, and also a bit of art history. But the most important things are to stay committed, and to be very critical of your own work. How do you price your artworks? I’m really bad at this actually. I never know what they should cost, so I usually leave it up to the gallery that’s showing the work to price the pieces. How do you get involved with exhibitions outside the country? So far, all of the exhibits I’ve been involved with outside the U.S. have been through people finding me on the internet. Have you ever thought of pursuing something else while growing up, or was being an artist always your dream? I always knew I wanted to be creative when I grew up. I actually feel like I was really late coming to the idea that I being an artist could be a realistic occupation. It’s kind of weird, I knew there were museums and galleries, and logically people had to be making these works, but I didn’t really make the connection that it was something I could do until I was in college. Even after I graduated, it took me a while to really think it was something possible. Have you ever turned down a commissioned assignment? I really am always flattered, and surprised to find out people outside of my small circle know about my work. So, I always take every commission opportunity very seriously. But, sometimes there isn’t enough time, or the project just isn’t right for what I’m trying to do with my work. Ultimately I like doing commissions for people and projects that share common goals and interests with me and the aesthetic of my work.
You have showcased a couple sculptures from time to time in your exhibitions. What is the thought process like, from the idea, through assembling it for a show? Well, this may seem like a cliche answer, but it’s different for every piece. For the sake of this question I’ll talk about “Dead Man”, which is the most ambitious sculpture I’ve done to date. At the time I started the piece, I had a studio space in the basement of a gallery I showed in L.A, and I really wanted to make something that was much larger in scale than anything I had done before. I knew it would be easy to move and install, because all I would have to do is take it upstairs. Long story short, I ended up moving to New York while I was almost done with the piece. So, the logistics of showing that piece got a lot trickier. Overall, I worked on “Dead Man” for a solid year. When I began making the piece I had been thinking a lot about bringing some of what I was doing with my paintings and translate it to a sculptural form. I had played around with abstract ideas, but ultimately decided on the large human form, as it really anchored many of the things I wanted to incorporate in my upcoming show. The more I thought about, and worked on “Dead Man”, the more everything else came into focus for the show. Could you name a few young artists that you’ve got an eye on, or inspired by in some way? I don’t think these guys are particularly young, but I recently got a book on Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, and their work really blew me away. I like the work of Guyton/Walker too, but they aren’t really under the radar either. I think my friend Derek Albeck’s work is really cool. I used to share studio space with him in L.A, and I extremely enjoyed working around him, because he works totally differently. His works mainly consist of very meticulous photo-real drawings that are in grayscale. clarkgoolsby.com
viajero Ines Armandon who hails from Ibiza fancies the countryside more so than all cities put together. She takes her camera wherever she goes, capturing moments that are quite mesmerising. Have you ever been to Hong Kong, or in another way to put it, would this city be in your wish list of places to travel to? Iâ€™ve never been to Hong Kong, and this city does not happen to be on my wish list. I am a girl who prefers to dwell in villages, or places on the countryside, rather in well developed cities. Which negative film scanner would you recommend to those analogue fanatics who just started to delve into this photography medium? I wouldnâ€™t buy the most expensive scanner. My advice would be to purchase a second hand medium priced scanner on Ebay. That is definitely what I did. What do you see that others donâ€™t necessarily pay attention to? Light.
Since that you always bounce to one place to another, where do you call home? I used to say that I don’t have a place to call ‘Home’. Wherever I’ve stayed for more than 6 months seems to be home. But during last summer when I went back to Ibiza, where I was born and lived until I was thirteen, it felt like a place I could call ‘Home’. What is your favourite season of the year, and why? It really depends on the place I travel to. In Spain it would be springtime, in Norway summer, or winter, and amazing colours during autumn. I enjoy warm weather, but I also love snowy landscapes. Do you get severe jetlags while travelling? I mainly travel around Europe, and only went out overseas twice; therefore I don’t get jetlagged. In 3 weeks, I have a fourteen hour flight, I’ll tell you then. Have you made friends through a long flight? I haven’t made friends on a flight yet, but I did during a trip alone in Europe. I met a girl in a hostel I was staying in Prague. We went together to Vienna, and we still write to each other. She currently resides in Tokyo. Does it get lonely travelling solely, or would you say that it makes the experience even more fascinating? I think it makes the experience more fascination. Like, when I visited New York for the first time, I was lone for five days, I had a blast. I ventured through the city all day long, stopping by for quick bite, state at paintings in museums as long as I wanted … there are less limitations when you are on your own. It was a different story, while I was in Prague, which is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. I wished someone was there to share that beauty with me. I’m planning a trip to Atacama for Christmas, and wondering how that will be, going to another amazing place with nobody to share the moment with! Which street in Paris do you always see yourself chilling at? I adore the parks in Paris! My favourite spots would be Jardin des Plates, the garden in Musee Rodin, and Serres d’Auteuil. Are you a good cook? What is your best dish? I’m not at all. I seldom cook for myself; if I do it will always be pasta or something fast. If my friends come over for dinner, I’ll cook them fish with roasted vegetables, and basmati rice. I also enjoy making quiches too. What book have you been reading lately? “The Iceberg is Melting” by John Kotter.
Do you think that youâ€™ve grown to be a better photographer, compared to when you started of taking pictures? I would say that, I have evolved more than improved. I started taking pictures with a Canon 400D. Itâ€™s been a year since I had my own analogue camera, where I sold my EOS 40D. Iâ€™m not better nor worsening. I simply have a different outlook on the medium, where I much more enjoy taking pictures now. Would you say that travelling is the greatest thing you cherish in life? I absolutely love travelling. I definitely still have a long list of places I would like to visit, e.g. Atacama, New Zealand, South of Chile, Canada, and numerous others.
What makes a person free? Love what you do.
rmanent It’s easy to say that Mr. Frivolous is unique. We’ve seen artists who work amazingly well with biro, but never before with markers. What he brings to the table is something fresh, hip, and original.
What has drawn you to use markers? Obviously you like it enough to make it as your main tool to draw. I’ve been used to drawing with markers; have been for a long time. Working with markers has already become part of my nature as an artist. The medium has so much potential, and I get a bit of a kick from it, especially when I attempt to mix, and blend colours. At the same time, there are thing that can’t be achieved in the same way as using a pencil or painting, which can be annoying. Either way, markers will still be a part of me, as it’s a bit of a challenge to master. What makes markers different from let’s say paint, and colour pencils in terms of precision? I find it handy, and it’s less hassle to put away. Some of my slightly thicker markers resemble a paint brush, but aren’t as flexible when touched against the paper. Who are these people in your drawings? I mean we all know who Kate Moss is, but what kind of role do these personalities play in your life? To be honest, the people tend to be found images. If I stare at an image for more than thirty seconds, then I have to draw it. Sometimes I can forget where I am, as I concentrate looking at people on the bus. Their faces are immensely fascinating, and I would always try to work out how I would draw them. It does freak people out. Kinda weird I know.
Do you have a day job to financially support your craft? I juggle between being the fifth Ninja Turtle on Monday and Tuesday, and the stripy beige Power Ranger on Fridays. What is your real name? It will mostly be Mr. Frivolous. Sometimes Friv, Dickhead, Hot Chocolate Muffin, Sweetie Pie, or Mother Fucker, depending on the person is in. Which colour makes you want to puke? I don’t think there is one out there that makes me feel nauseous. I love colours, not as much as chocolate biscuit, but still I have nothing against them, it. What don’t you like about the art scene in London? Not that’s a question. Nothing really seems to spring to mind. I do sometimes wonder if the Brits like me, or my work. I get more attention from across the Atlantic, not that I’m complaining. It would be great if they took ore of a chance on younger talent from home. Apart from that I have nothing. If someone gave you a free plane ticket, where would you go? That would be nice. The past year, my friends and I have been briefly planning to visit either New York, or L.A. Quite curious on how they party down there, and also to check out the art scene … of course. If I have to choose, I would use the ticket to New York. Leading to my next question, would you reside to another country anytime soon? Man, I’ve been thinking about this for years. All of a sudden I have, “English Man in New York” by Sting playing on loop in my heard. Maybe it’s a sign … hmmm. Are you looking forward to this Christmas? I don’t really celebrate this festive holiday, but if there’s free mince pies, or any Christmas food involved, then I’ll be there like Tupperware. Any house, any time. Do you have a favourite model? I don’t think I do. But, I have fancied Natalie Portman and Lisa Bonet for a while. I also have a huge crush on Zoe Saldana, and Shannyn Sossamon. Although saying that, I do fancy most women out there.
“A life lived in fear is like a life half lived”, what are your views on this quote? It’s the first time I’ve heard that saying. I do agree with it. Fear can stop from potentially doing something extraordinary. I’ve known numerous talents who have million excuses for not striving to do what they truly want. You should never attempt to over analyse, otherwise you’ll end up thinking yourself out of it. There are no shortcuts to anything beautiful. Give fear the middle finger! Does it mean a lot to you, being exhibited in art galleries? It’s nice to get invited to exhibit my work. It’s definitely cool, knowing that someone spotted you online, and has sparked great interest in your art. I have been thinking of curating a show for a couple of years, but never had the balls to organise it yet … maybe it’s the “fear”. You have done quite a few group shows in L.A, what was it like? I wish I could tell you what the experience was like, but I’ve never been to any of them. Even without attending them, I still get a bit of a thrill while thinking about them. I would most certainly be willing to travel to my next invited show, if only someone offered me a free flight … hint hint. Which is your favourite museum, and why so? Don’t have one. I do often find myself going to East London once in a while, whenever there’s an exhibition going on. What’s that quote that you always somehow comeback to? “After hardship, comes ease.” What’s your notion of beauty? Just be yourself. Forget how the society perceives beauty,. You are a unique creature, and there will never be anyone like you. mrfrivolous.com
Trench Coat and Jeans by Diesel, Tank and Knit Jumper by H&M.
Tony Thornburg @ Fusion Models
Cardigan by DKNY, Shirt by H&M, Jeans Modelâ€™s own, and Boots by Diesel.
Above: Denim Jacket by DKNY, Shirt and Boots by Diesel, and Jeans Model’s own. Opposite: Cardigan by Diesel, Shirt by Cheap Monday, Jeans Model’s own, and Shoes by H&M.
Above: Blazer, Jeans and Boots by Diesel, and Turtle Neck Sweater by H&M. Opposite: Jacket and Denim Shirt by Diesel, Jeans by Replay, and Belt by H&M.
Above: Choker by H&M, Dress by Versace for H&M, and Suede Heels by Guiseppe Zanotti. Opposite: Dress by Versace for H&M.
Ellen Opposite: Dress, and Bracelet by Versace for H&M. Below: Jacket by Versace for H&M, and Pants by H&M Conscious Collection.
Above: Jacket by Versace for H&M. Opposite: Jacket and Skirt by Versace for H&M, Top by H&M, and Heels by Guiseppe Zanotti.
Dress by Versace for H&M, and Purse by H&M.
Photographer Regine David Stylist Michael Cheung Assistant Jillian Ricciardi Makeup Peggy Tsui Models Ellen Ryan, Helena Chan @ Elite HK, and Jacq Frank.
Published on Dec 23, 2011
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