Quick Draw Artist Interviews area series of interviews conducted by Otino Corsano using Facebook's IM Chat feature. Spontaneous conversations with international artists are recorded and documented specifically for publication on this blog.
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Brad Tinmouth is an artist working and living from Toronto, Canada. He is works with new media.
I've looked at so much of your work for the first time
and now I feel a bit overwhelmed at the quanity.
"BTCS" 2010, 100 Graphite Drawings & 50 Acrylic Paintings, @ 7.5" x 6"
I hope that’s good.
Is attempting to be prolific a tactic?
I wish I could shout my name out like rappers do in songs -
so you know it’s them on a verse.
It seems so much of your work is both critical of contemporary culture…
"Shortwave (After Snow)" 2009, Video, 0:05
I guess it is.
I mostly like funny things.
I enjoy jokes
and I enjoy art that makes me laugh.
Being critical often pulls a comic reaction.
…and your other half employs those same popular devices to promote you as an art brand.
"Brad Tinmouth Dot Com" 2011, Video, 3:57
I think self-promotion is a very interesting tactic/shtick.
I try to promote myself as blatantly as possible.
everyone is doing it;
yet most try to be subtle or cloak it.
It amazes me how you both mock art subcultures and then perform them so precisely.
You are a born entertainer: performance artist - no?
I am obsessed with the monetization of art.
The term “performance” has been coming up lately in reference to my work.
Still, I would never call myself a “performance artist”.
I use the term "performance" in a very general way.
Maybe “producer” is better.
I like the idea of art being stocks and bonds:
you buy and trade.
Yeah, I think producer is a good term;
yet, I am still performing in a way.
Your work displays blatant commercialization in the direction you describe.
ya, I want a cottage.
"Me At My Cottage IRL" 2011, Watercolour on Paper, 30" x 15"
"View From My Cottage" 2011, Oil on Canvas, 16" x 20"
"Cabin (the best painting i will ever do)" 2010, Oil and Graphite on Canvas, 9.5" x 9.5"
Do you think you can become wealthy via your art production?
yes I hope so.
Are you Canada's Mark Kostabi?
I just Googled him.
You’ve never heard of Mark Kostabi?!
No, I haven’t.
I don’t have a traditional art background.
I went to film school so I missed out on all the forced-fed art history.
How about: Do you want to be Canada's Jeff Koons?
Do you know the domain jeffkoonsart.ca is available?
Who are your other art references/sources?
I am obsessed with graffiti.
I get really involved and when I find something interesting I try to learn as much as I can about it – or get as good as I can at it - with varying results.
I see an acute focus on commodity in your work,
critiques of connoisseurship
and a bold presentation of the art market as object focussed.
It seems to me
you are doing an excellent job of making a strong link between
psychological motivations and the urge to collect in the commercial art realm.
It is very similar.
everyone wants something.
I want to give someone something.
Let's talk about
I imagine it was never published.
you didn’t see it?
Just as "Post, It" remains unpublished as well.
“Video Sculptures” 5:30, 2010
It was featured on April 9th @ Jackman Hall AGO aspart of 2011 Images Festival.
"Eflouressence" 2009, Video, 1:59
What apps do you generally use for your video work?
I just use Final Cut Pro.
I sometimes use After Effects
but everything is mostly fcp.
"Salem - Hound" 2010, Video, 4:37
I can swear you are a trying your best
to do a young Colin Campbell in some of your vids...
I can see that connection -
mostly in the hair.
Finally, your paintings and drawings are decadent.
It seems obvious you greatly enjoy making them.
Significant effects achieved with as little effort invested aspossible.
"Grey 004" 2010, Oil and Spray Paint on Paper, 16" x 20"
"BTCS - dr.10" 2010, Graphite on Paper, 7.5" x 6"
What does "I Couldn't Afford To Buy Negs Like Ruff 001"mean?
He didn’t want to shoot original photos of the night sky
because of all the equipment needed and expense.
So he simply bought negatives from an observatory and justcropped them a bit.
His jpegs are now some of the best photos.
It seems you've set up a diametric practice:
People are either admiringly charmed or enviously judgmental.
Maybe I'm mistaken –
yet, it seems you have raised the stakes to this level of contrast.
Winning some people over
the black and white of it is true.
At least a lot of breadth
In between for the work
is all I can ask for.
We need a new Art Star.
I’ll drag myself all over the place.
"Through The Night Softly" 1973, Chris Burden, TV Ad
What about Jeremy Bailey!
And Jon Rafman!
"Jon Rafman 9 Eyes" 2011, Directed by Noemi Pérez
my work is available at Vtape