How long have you been involved with B-Side?
Since 2007, but we officially started in '08.
How long have you exhibited work at CityArts?
How do you prepare for a show each year?
That's another interview! Short version- you just make it happen. A slur of caffeine, watching documentaries, collaborating with people to get work done, and sharpening up on your skills. There's a number of things. This particular show coming up, the progression of everyone's skill level has just exploded.
How do you feel about the space being donated at CityArts?
Definitely thankful. CityArts has been like the mother and father to a lot of us for a very long time.
What makes the experience of exhibiting your art so great for you?
Just that- the experience. Dealing with people; young, new, corporate, graffiti, whatever. It's benefiting. It can make you so much more diverse.
Alright, this is a big question- what inspires you to create art?
The connection between relationships. Maybe love, maybe business, maybe defeat. Black, white, student, non-student, homeless- all of it, and how that all plays a role in your life weather you want to face it or not. Finding connections within it all. It's a beautiful thing.
How can the general public help?
Buying work! Even just showing up physically. Just presence is enough. That's the biggest support.
What are some words of encouragement you have to tell people to support art exhibits?
If you don't support local anything, than be prepared to submit to b*******. For the child that is inspired to open up their own business or do whatever their passion is- not necessarily art, but if they don't see others doing that, then they will just give up on their dreams.
Do you think a city can flourish without art?
No. Every single thing you think of, from a street being paved to interior designing, somebody had to sit down and design that. Somebody was inspired first by somebody else. It has to be considered, it has to be fought for, and it has to be recognized.