What is more important – Content or technique?
As it relates to my work, I believe the content is enhanced by the execution and construction of the piece. Without the technique it would be a flat illustration and with only technique the piece would be a detailed wood working exercise. It’s the union of the two that complete the aesthetic and bring both to life.
How many hours do your pieces generally take to complete?
It depends on the size, but a 4’x4′ piece takes about 30-40 hours from design to fabrication of materials to assembly.
What are some of the responses you hear in regards to your work?
Most often they want to know how many pegs are in the pieces. A fun way to demonstrate 100 pegs is to have them count out a 10×10 square – they’re always surprised when they realize how small of a section that is. Many people who see my work like to comment on how patient I must be to create it. I also find a lot of people trying to share a cool angle they found with a friend. One thing I love about this medium is that as hard as they may try to share, everyone gets to have their own unique view of the work as its very difficult for two people to see it from the exact same perspective.
What is currently influencing you that might surprise people?
I’m very influenced by architecture and interior design. Every time I see a potential spot for my work, I think about how I can create pieces that will make the best use of the space. When I made my first piece in this style I was trying to solve a problem. I had a huge wall but didn’t want the artwork on it to completely take over the room. I wanted to be able to choose when and how I interacted with the artwork. From the front the pieces have a certain subtlety and as you move around the room the colors and imagery start to pop out. I love spaces that allow for unique vantage points and architecture really plays a role into my work for that reason.
Describe your work environment – Music, TV, Movies, things you drink/smoke, time of day etc
If you couldn’t tell by my work, I’m a bit of a meticulous guy. My studio is very organized down to the bins of pegs and labeled shelves. I don’t have a TV in there, but listen to a ton of music while I work. And there’s always a mini fridge stocked full of beer and few bottles of wine and whiskey laying around.
On average how many pegs does a piece require to compete?
They range from about 700 on the smaller pieces to about 5,500 on the larger ones.
Any plans to work with different materials?
I’m in the experimental stages of a Plexiglas series where the pegs are shorter and embedded into Plexiglas so that the face is smooth. I’ve built some successful smaller prototypes but there have been some fabrication challenges when working full size. Stay tuned.
Your work is a combination of “styles” – Have you coined a term for it?
I’ve always struggled to describe my work in a concise way. I guess a picture is worth a thousand words. Any ideas?
If you could choose only one, would you rather be thought of as a great artist or a nice person?
Nice person any day of the week.