Monday, August 16, 2010
Artist Interview: Shane Tolbert
What is your name: Shane Tolbert
Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: Certainly a formal education that I'm working hard to un-learn.
What is the style of your pieces: To avoid being put in a box I'll have to say something broad based like Abstraction. Styles that I admire and consider important to my work would be Brazilian Concrete, Minimalism, Color Field, Post Painterly, and Hard Edged Abstraction.
What is the medium in which you work: Sodium chlorine solution on commercially dyed fiber
What started you on your path as an artist: Art was the first thing I was able to get attention for from people around me. So naturally I started doing it all the time.
What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: A sense of self and keen observational skills of the world around me.
What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: It has to be a tie between Helio Oiticica/Brazilian Concrete Art and Gee's Bend Quilt Makers
Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: Hopefully great parties. Openings are a good excuse to bring all of your friends together for fun.
Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: t-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and gas mask (when treating fabric)
What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? Where to begin...
What is your favorite sandwich of all time: There's a great sandwich place in Portland called Bunk's. They make a PERFECT fried egg sandwich on kaiser roll.
Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: Numerous changes and always for the best. If one thing stands out the most it would be my new body of work.
Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: My friends. The most important part of any artist's practice is having a core group of friends who make awesome work and respect the work you make.
What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: The Cy Twombly Gallery on the Menil Campus in Houston.
Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: My beautiful golden Abby doesn't care for my work. I'm guessing it's because my paintings aren't edible.
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: Call for Entries Show @ the SB CAF!