To evolve and adapt. In the world of street art, those factors are as important for success as the development of a unique aesthetic and consistent output. You gotta stay up. As street art hits the galleries, the same is true. When the idea of a joint showcase first hit artists EYESORE and give up earlier this year, the venue of choice was the now shuttered Domy Books.
Now that the duo has found a new gallery for their latest works (Cardoza Fine Art,1320 Nance), we spoke to EYESORE in anticipation of this weekend's opening for a preview of the show:
Art Attack: What lead to this collaboration between yourself and give up?
EYESORE: Besides being friends, we hold the same interest in the dark, ugly, and misunderstood subject matter, whether it be animals or people. We are the same in that respect, always riding around and seeing inspiration for our works hidden in the dark.
AA: However, the delivery is much different, is that correct?
ES: The delivery is mostly posters, silk-screen prints, and stickers, but the way we piece together our work is vastly different. give up mostly uses photographs and collages of images to develop the amazing work he displays. I stick to pen and paper drawings that sprout direct from my brain to create a vision of the dark and evil figures that I've been drawing since childhood.
AA: How do you choose those figures that end up in your artwork?
EE: The faces are people that I've seen and individuals I've met, as well as the characters that I see in my mind. As far as the animals, most of them are dark creatures with something perceived as bad about them. Whether it's a goat or bat, or wolf or black cat, each have a perception of evil that accompanies them. Birds as well.
AA: What else inspires your art?
EE: I'm always looking and observing for inspiration. On a broader sense though, I find that I'm inspired by mythology, death metal, Halloween masks, monster movies, that sort of stuff. Everything that is dark, evil, mysterious, and misunderstood.
AA: How would you describe your style?
EE: Completely original and constantly evolving. I respectfully reject comparisons to other artists. Some of these faces I've been drawing since I was a kid. Everything you see is direct from my brain.
AA: You have many fans here in Houston and beyond. Do you interact with them online or in person?
EE: Although I do provide a view of my art on social media, I'm not in a position to be in constant interaction with my fans. The work should speak for itself. I create and hope to inspire others to do the same. In that same respect, I don't have to tell you what to think about my art. I allow observers to formulate their own opinion about the art, and hopefully they enjoy it. I make art and draw my creations and hope it inspires others to become artistic as well.
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AA: Thanks for your time.
The opening reception for the EYESORE and give up show will be held at Cardoza Gallery, 1320 Nance, Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The show will run until the end of October, by appointment only. Limited edition prints and zines will also be available for purchase at the event.