LAST ISSUE WE BIRTHED A NEW PART OF THE AUSTIN DAZE, THE ARTIST INTERVIEW. THIS WAS JUST MEANT TO BE. SINCE, A LARGE PART OF OUR READERSHIP IS THE ARTIST COMMUNITY. THIS IS OUR WAZE OF GIVING BACK. THIS IS OUR SXSW EDITION, SO I FIGURED THIS IS A PERFECT TIME TO INTRODUCE YOU TO TWO LOCAL ARTISTS. JLAW AND ADAM COLD-SNOW ARE TWO OF THE MOST CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS THAT I KNOW. THEY BOTH CREATE WORKS OF ART THAT WILL AMAZE YOU. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU TAKE THE TIME TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE GUYS. FIRST WE TALK WITH JLAW AND THEN MR. COLD-SNOW:
INTERVIEW WITH JLAW
AD: What is your art?
JL: I would say it is a calculated topography with linear justification. You can check it out at my web site www.jlaw-art.com or come by theywhosearch studios on the corner of 3rd @ Chicon.
AD: What is your favorite color?
JL: I think all colors have their own days. There is not just one color that I am fixed on, although I do work with black paint and inks a lot of the time.
AD: What do you prefer to depict in your works and where do you find inspiration?
JL: There is not one subject matter, in which I totally pin point or work on. I do paint and draw a lot of women though. I also seem to work with faces such as masks and clowns a lot also. I have been doing a lot of custom work lately for stores, CD covers and musical instruments for musicians. So I stay pretty balanced….
As far as finding inspiration, I find it in items, which people have thrown away. Lots of things people have given up on or time has forgotten. I take these items and painting on them or changing them to work with my ideas.. Most of the time giving them new life once again…
AD: Do you have another job to support your artistic endeavors?
JL: I do various things to survive. I have not had a punch in punch out job since I was 16 or 17. I have been very fortunate to learn to work with my hands as a painter and do odd jobs to support my travels and my art…
AD: What do you think of the build up of our city?
JL: IT SUCKS>>> though doors open and close all the time. You cannot fight change though. I welcome the ever-changing parts of my life. Opportunity can exist with it or with out it. These things just happen and all we can do is control where our dollars go and who it goes to. Always support your local business and local level operations. It is your duty as a member of this community to do so…
AD: There are so many artistic people in this town. Is there a greater acceptance of creativity here?
JL: I would not say there is a greater or lesser acceptance here or there. I think there are a lot of talented people everywhere doing their thing and producing. I would say Austin has a good level of creativity, but it is a very unstable environment for capitalization of talent.
JL: The only real connection I have with other artist or have seen is a project I started in 98 called theywhosearch. I started the zine to help give an outlet of expression. Over time it has grown and now I have a studio on the East Side, where I have started putting together showings with music to help support people who are creating and producing. Theywhosearch has never made much money. I pay for the zines to be printed and hand them out and if someone sales a piece at the shows; they receive all the cash. It is not about the money, I feel it provides an outlet to the community of what is being created around them in the city….
AD: Tell me about the East Side art scene and about the East Austin Studio Tour?
JL: Art on the East Side is blowing up and will continue to gain power. It is the home of so many very talented people in various aspects of life. It is the only part of the city left that is still unchanged. Though I see the future and more sky garbage coming our way…
The East Austin Studio Tour is a tour, which was started by the folks at Bolm Studio. It is an artist based coalition and 100% totally funded and ran by folks that create on the East Side in Austin. The tour in Oct. was a huge success and the upcoming tour in May should have more and more involvement. Basically all the studios on the East Side open their doors to the public to come in and see new work or current works and what goes on in the studios. I encourage you to visit the website to learn and become involved in the project… www.eastaustinstudiotour.com
AD: What solutions can you see that will make life better on the struggling artist in our town? What do you feel the community can do?
JL: Solutions Hum…. Signs on the corners “Food for Art” No, Seriously I am not sure but all I can say is, if you put your soul and drive into what you are doing whether it be art or whatever. Time has a way of finding you and it. The community does a lot I feel already. I feel if you are an artist or whatever must hold your ground and continue to produce whether or not you are struggling or the community aids you. I personally think it is up to you, on how far or much time you place on your road or path.
AD: What do you think about the Austin daze?
JL: The Austin Daze is making moves and gaining ground. They are a very dependable and community based publication by the people, for the people…. Their drive will soon be rewarded….
AD: Any jokes?
JL: What is broker than a musician in Austin?
JL: An artist.