I am always looking for art that instantly catches my attention and when you see an art piece by Rone you are immediately taken by the intensity and beauty that many of his creations have to offer. Something as simple as the female face has taken a major role in his art and he has transformed this focal point into a striking and beautifully complex work of art. I was able to interview Rone on his pieces and received some insight into the exhibition he is currently working on. This is his story....
I‘m a fan of the pieces you create with the portraits of women. Who are these women? What do they represent? Which girl is your favorite?
The women are models I am lucky enough to work with to create my images. To me they represent beauty, innocence or sometimes defiance. I can't really pick a favourite girl but I do have favourite artworks or walls.
Do you consider yourself a street artist, a graffiti artist, or do these labels encompass a mixture of the type of artist you consider yourself to be?
I'm fine with street artist. But that would only refer to the work I do on the street. Once it's in a gallery it's just art.
Tell me about Everfresh and your involvement with them. What has the group contributed to the street art scene in
Everfresh is a collection of like minded friends who have been painting together in
On your website I found this quote “We all have moments in our lives that make us who we are”. Was there a moment in your life that sent you down the artistic path?
I remember seeing graffiti for the first time when I would travel to
You have an exhibition opening in September in
Yes, at White Walls Gallery (whitewallssf.com) Opening Sept 8. Most of the works in the show were created in
What mediums do you work with and what is the hardest medium you use to create your pieces?
I work with water based paints so I can get the paint to drip and run, but it dries really fast so I really need to work fast some times. The hardest part might be creating the posters in the background of the canvas works. Each one is designed and screen printed all at Everfresh studio which is a long process for something that gets painted over or ripped apart.
Tell me about your “Can’t Stop”, “Won’t Stop” and “Don’t Stop” series. What do those phrases mean to you as an artist?
The '…Stop' phrases were coined by Wonderlust from Everfresh. I put it to him to use his text with my girls and we had a pretty good reaction from it so we continued the series. To us it is a reference to the nature of graffiti, the addictiveness, the empowerment and the inspiration that we find in it everyday.
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Erika Simmons is an artist who can look at discarded items and see a masterpiece hidden within the pieces. Her fascination with perspective and her ability to create something out of nothing makes her one of the most resourceful artists I’ve come across. Her “Ghost In The Machine” series has to be her most unique and cleverly created pieces of art. Using nothing but cassette tape, video tape pieces and a knife, Erika is able to create an exact and elaborate image. So the next time you think about throwing something away, take a second look because you never know what art lies within it.
Q. What is composite art?
A. Composite art is when you take small objects or items and arrange them, using them as parts of a greater overall image.
Q. What was the first piece of composite art that you ever created?
A. The first piece was a portrait of Shakespeare made out of bits of pages of his sonnets. It’s still one of my favorites, the author revealed through his own words.
Q. When you go to garage sales and thrift stores, what items do you look for to create your pieces?
A. I look for things that I can easily take apart, and that once broken or torn, things that still have some character that you would recognize in the pieces. Playing cards, newspaper, clock parts, baseballs, these kinds of things.
Q. Tell me about your “Ghost In The Machine” series. Where did you draw your inspiration from?
A. My true inspiration is an artist named Ken Knowlton. I had no interest in being an artist until I saw his work. After, I thought I had to try it! The "Ghost in the Machine" series explores the arrangement of data and how we interpret meaning out of it.
Q. Continuing with the last question, your ability to create portraits of people is so close to the actual image. How are you able to do this without adding paints or pigments?
A. Thanks; it takes a long time. Its slow work, but I like to work a little at a time so it doesn't feel so bad. I use xacto knives to get the details looking perfect, but the real beauty comes through when I can leave as much of the tape intact as possible... it’s a compromise.
Q. You recently had a show opening, what type of art are you displaying?
A. I've got all kinds on display, sheet music portraits, experimental collage pieces, several cassette tape and film pieces from the "Ghost in the Machine" series, and four Nintendo pieces.
Q. As an artist, what does it mean to you to be able to display your art for the public to see?
A. Most of the time I create art that I want to look at, ideas I want to explore, but for shows like this its fun to create art for an audience. I enjoy seeing people have fun with it.
Q. Writers get “writer’s block”, do artists get “artistic block”?
A. I get burnt out more than blocked... I can certainly get frustrated with any individual project, but I just move on to something else and come back with a fresh head, that usually helps.
Q. What message are you hoping to convey through your art?
A. I like the idea that inside of an object there is another reality hidden away. I love finding something new and unexpected in something I thought I knew well. That's what I try to share.
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