Sunday, May 31, 2009

Artist Interview: Pat Conlon

My poor, neglected blog needed some art love, so I have a short and sweet interview with mister Pat Conlon, a New York City artist who is having an art exhibition at Alphabet City Soup on June 8th. Get to know him a little here, and come see his work in person there.

Q: When did you know you were going to become an artist?

A: When I was a kid, I would disappear underneath coffee tables, dinner tables or basically end up on the floor drawing to escape the chaos of big family Christmas dinners.

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?

A: I'd like to think of myself as an out of work comedian. I'll hear a good joke or have a funny experience and think about how it would make for a great drawing or painting.

Q: Who have been some influences in your art and in your life?

A: My father is one of my biggest creative inspirations. He inspires me anywhere from what he can make with his hands, to his spirited personality, which deems him the life of any party.

Q: Tell me about your connection to the Antagonist Art Movement.

A: I got involved in the late nineties when they would do potluck or Chris Cringle type art exchange between the collective. I was lucky enough to get Arturo Vega and we've become friends, as well as collectors of each other's work. Ethan Minsker and the crew have established a great thing and I'm proud to be involved.

Q: What is your thought process while making a piece?

A: Various streams of consciousness.

Q: What is your physical process when making a piece?

A: Material to material, pencil to paper, paint on canvas, etc. I don't have a ritual that I go through if that's what you're asking.

Q: What do you hope to bring across in your art?

A: To give people a taste of the assorted box of chocolates that God in his infinite wisdom has given us.

Q: Do you have a dream piece that you have yet to attempt?

A: I get flashes of my dream piece, but my dream piece is the one that I haven't made yet.

Q: What are your hopes for the future?

A: To enjoy myself as much as possible.

Q: You are given $1Million in funding for anything you want to do. What do you create?

A: I'd create myself a trip around the world.

Alphabet City Soup is part of the Antagonist Art Movement, and occurs every Monday night. There is live music, sometimes art, sometimes comedy, sometimes dance, but there is always, ALWAYS, fun.

Niagara Bar
112 Ave A (@ 7th ST.)

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