Who are the artists who have had the most influence on you, past or present?
Recently, two looming figures for different reasons are Gordon Matta-Clark and Charles Birchfield. Birchfield was a local hero back in Cleveland. Gordon Matta-Clark is one of those artists where all of his work is fascinating to me. All of it. In the past I’ve bounced around from Nicolas de Steal and Richard Deibenkorn. As an undergrad it depended on what decade we were following in art history. Now, I find myself going back to some artists I’d forgotten and appreciating them on more of a gut level.
So what are you up to now, and what are you looking forward to?
I am in a group show in my hometown of Cleveland with a pile of admired artists and friends who are up to various things. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody. I will also be represented with three other fantastic artists in Miami this December.
What message or advice do you have for other artists who draw their own inspiration from your work?
I’m flattered if anyone draws inspiration from me. I’m such a bad advice-giver. I guess I would suggest taking risks in your life and your work, whatever that might mean for you.
Finally, If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
Oh, man. I guess chard would keep me alive the longest, but that would be so boring. Whatever, I’ll live on salmon.