AUSTIN DAZE: WHAT IS YOUR ART?
ADAM COLD SNOW: my medium is primarily glass incorporating sandblasting and fusing into stained glass windows
AD: WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
AS: Nature is a big source. I receive a lot of peace and life slows down to a breathable pace when I’m near an ocean or in the forest. I think in these moments the connection with higher powers within becomes stronger. The people that roll through my studio are also a big source, the everyday issues and struggle to really love people, that interests me.
AD: DO YOU HAVE A JOB OTHER THAN YOUR CREATION AS A MEANS OF SUPPORT?
I do odd jobs such as hard wood floors with Burleson and De Lago (floor maestros) or I do some carpentry gigs when needs be, however, the muse has been blessing me as of late and the ball has been rolling strong so I’ve been fortunate to be able to focus on creation.
AD: IS THE ARTISTS LIFE HARD?
AS: It’s like anything, ups and downs. I had to sleep in my studio and couch surf for the first 8 months, through winter till I could afford rent in a house. it’s a trade off you know. I don’t have to work in a cubicle and work on projects just for money. I know there are certain luxuries i can’t have or afford all the time and I’m fine with that, just being able to ride this wave is reward enough and it’s the only thing that really makes sense to me, it’s really how I can give the most.
AD: WHY DO YOU THINK THERE ARE SO MANY CREATIVE SOULS IN THIS CITY?
AS: Well I’ve heard there are large underground crystal beds all around this city and streams of water constantly in motion underneath. Who knows, however, being nestled in the hill country with the lakes is powerful and uplifts people. I don’t know, Austin , has some sort of magnetic pull with a lot of youth, college town you know, keeps the vibe young and in motion.
AD: WHAT DO YOU FEEL CAN AND SHOULD BE DONE BY THE COMMUNTY AND OTHER ARTISTS TO MAKE THE LIFE OF THE ARTIST BETTER?
AS: I think we can start with our word. I know so many artists, as I’m sure you do to, who simply rattle shit out of their mouths all day long without any action. Too much of this and people start to be untrustworthy. I know many a client who has wanted a window, so I put in hours of design time and then they flake. Just part of the process I guess. However, so much gets down to the word whether your setting up a movie screening, forum, ThursDAZE party, if people start to feel the power of their words in the community, then a community will be tighter with all walks of life in different trades communicating better.
AD: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE BUILDUP OF AUSTIN ?
AS: Hideous. I think if your gonna build you could at least do something worth looking at. The new architecture in Spain or Italy seems to embrace giving the community a building which uplifts instead of simple boxy, get it done as cheaply as possible buildings. People like Schlosser Development are close to destroying 6th and Lamar .
AD: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT SXSW?
AS: I think there are some great films which come through town, however, on the whole I try to stay clear of those tight black pants.
AD: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE AUSTIN DAZE?
AS: great community building publication; grand intention.
AD: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BILL HICKS QUOTE?
AS: The part where he’s talking about Koresh and how the branch Davidians went down “so that means everyone from Janet Reno to Bill Clinton are liars and f****** murderers and try to sell us their lies and horseshit f****** products that we don’t even need, and i am now Koresh and this is my compound” It’s along those lines, he rants and then twists the whole thing into a joke; genius.
AD: WHAT ARE YOU READING?
AS: The God of Small of Things
AD :I HEAR YOU LOVE AND RESPECT GEORGE W. BUSH. CARE TO COMMENT?
AS: Whoa, sounds like a powder keg question. Just watch the movie, ‘the revolution will not be televised’. That’s how i feel.
AD: ANYTHING ELSE?
AS: I guess in closing I’d say that I’m just as much, if not more of a worker than an artist. Some people are amazed how someone can manifest their own reality through their brushes, words, music or my glass for example. I think the most important thing is to really be honest with yourself and look at finding out who you are. For me it’s taken a lot of work just to trust my process and who I am. I’d also like to say thanks for putting out this paper which has served to connect so many people in my life in a grand way.
CONTACT ADAM COLD-SNOW @ (512) 585-6463 TO SET UP A TOUR OF HIS ARTWORK