Artist’s Spotlight: Katie Winchester (@vhsgirl)

This week’s artist’s spotlight is on Vhsgirl.

1. Why do you paint tapes?

“Honestly, I just love tapes. I’ve grown up with tapes, and all my child-hood memories are on tapes. I’ve hauled my collection to college, and through various roommates and relationships. I’ve downgraded and upgraded and completely fucking given up on them and then STARTED COLLECTING FEVERISHLY AGAIN the next year. I’ve gone from 50, 100, to now a thousand, randomly curating Rutger Hauer, Arnold Swarzenegger and Whoopie Goldberg sections because they’re not only cheap, but they have the best aesthetic I’ve ever seen. I wondered if anyone else felt the same way. image5        A few years ago I finally searched online for a tape community, and I found a surprising number of rad nerdy folks online interested in trading tapes, beta, laserdisc, sending doodle VHS bootlegs and generally just posting pictures of movies and discussing them.image12

After a while of seeing all this great art from my friends that I couldn’t afford, I decided the only way I could trade with anyone is if I made rad art too. Also I had comissioned 3 VHS paintings from my favorite local artist and he was incredibly encouraging that if I wanted to do it myself, all I had to do was practice. (Also I think he wasn’t into me comissioning 400 of my favorite movies over the years) So now here I am, 3 years later, and I have about 4-600 paintings under my belt. If all of the paintings were lined on a wall by year right now, I could literally track my growth as a painter, which is pretttty cool.

So now I paint tapes while watching tapes about 4 days a week. It’s kind of the best job ever.”image4

2. What is your favorite piece you have made so far and why?

“Oh, definitely the Toxic Avenger that you snagged and the very last one I’ve painted so far! I’ve been learning to paint for 3 years and for someone who used to only doodle stick figures, taking on a magnificent Troma box was scary. The cover art for their movies was sometimes better than the movies, dare I say? Nuke Em High’s cover is also choice!image10

Also pretty proud of the Roadhouse Trilogy I did, though. I can’t believe they forgot to put Sam Elliot and Taxidermy Bear on the cover with Swayze. AND THEY DIDN’T EVEN MENTION THE THROAT RIPS!

image2

3.What top five movies are you really into right now and why?

“I’d have to admit this, but I’ve been watching a lot more TV recently (don’t kill me!)
1. Twin Peaks the Return, though watching it while simultaneously reading Reddit theories is advisable.
2. Cheers! It’s surprisingly more sexist than I could have ever imagined, so I had a hard time easing into it at first (that damn Sam and Diane!) but once I fell in love with Coach, Cliff and Carla, I was in for the long run. I’m only at season 3 right now, but season 4 has Woody Harrelson!
But as for movies….
3. Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3. Angela is such a babe. I wish I could be so witty and thoughtful while serial murdering.
4. Anything with Harry Dean Stanton. I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye. I guess I’ll just keep binging on Red Dawn and Paris Texas til then (also his last movie Lucky was worth a watch!)
5. The Breadwinner. It was on Netflix, I was in the mood for a good cry, and fuuuuuck, I got what I came for.

4. I notice you are doing something on Patreon, can you talk about it?

“After talking to other artists at Miami Basel last year, most of them had Patreons. It’s a low-impact way of your friends and followers who like your art to help in growing an artist’s business. Sure, I make enough money to cover my bills, but most independent businesses have rough months, and they constantly struggle to find ways to promote their products and grow (you can donate even a one time $1 donation).image11

Patreon also makes you list goals, my first one being GET THAT DENTAL. If you’d rather donate to another goal, #2 on my agenda is merch, so I can gamble more easily on that festival booth if I have more things to sell than hand-painted wood blocks. This while also help grow my business!

And hey, if you don’t wanna help an artist financially, you can always just put them in your podcast, or do a write up in your blog, or repost their art or just tell them they’re doing great!”image6

5. Do you have any exciting shows, collections etc you are currently working on?

“Til April 9th, 40 or so paintings are on display at my local theatre in Carbondale, IL. Everything’s super cheap to help raise money for renovations! We have two AMCs in town and nothing else so helping them is rad!

Other than that, I’ve been pumping out the jams that are displayed video-rental style at Red Truck Gallery in New Orleans and am currently working on a show for Moolah Theatre in St. Louis. Also taking commissions 24/7. Seriously. Email me at 3 am and see what happens.”

If you like to know more about Katie and/or request an art piece her contact information is her IG:  @vhsgirl image1

thank you so much for the interview Katie!

Until next time!

Artist’s Spotlight: James Monk

This week’s artist’s spotlight is on James (IG: @rasterms37)

1. Describe your art atheistic.                                                                                                       “My art is an extension of my experiences and what I am, have been, and will be. I don’t limit the powers of creativity.  Voices in me speaking out in an artistic way. My voices of experience of communication and life.”image15.JPGimage2

2.  You recently went to Colombia: Can you discuss a bit about your trip? Why did you go? What did you do?                                                                                                                       ” To be honest the Colombia trip was two things. First, I found love far away so I had to reach it. Second my mothers side of my family is Colombian and I had never gone. Really it has completely changed me. The world is so big. I am a nobody if I don’t see it. If I don’t feel it. If I don’t create in it. I met ancestors. I created art. I fell in love, I painted walls and dove deep into the ways of the people there. My roots. I learned that I need to keep traveling further into myself, into love, And the world. To stay creative at all times till my last breath.image5image8

3.Where do you find inspiration when creating a piece and who/what are your influences?:                                                                                                                                           “I find creativity in traveling, in music, in other artist. Who influences me changes as I grow. At my stage now I can say Jean Dubbufett, Malevich, Depoe, Miro, of course Haring, so many. Life inspires me, sci-fi inspires me, emotions inspire me…shit everything at different moments in life.”image10

4.  I have noticed that you post a lot of robots: Who are your top three robots and why? “Lol all the robots from the blackhole, all the robots from shogun warriors, all the robots from Star Wars, robots from thx 1138, I can keep going. I love robots, the robot figure forms from the group kraftwerk, transformer, Tron, I can keep going. Lol, Voltron, robotek, Rom, I can keep going lol!!!!!!”

5. Do you have any future shows, collaborations, projects you would like to share?            “I have a solo show in Chicago that I will be announcing soon. I’m hyped about that show. It’s gonna be my launching pad to shoot me back out to the world outside of the United States. I wanna live outside of the U.S. for a long time.” image17image14

If you like to contact James his contact information is :

IG @rasterms37

Email: Terockatron@yahoo.com

 

image9

 

Until Next time!

Welcome to the Insta-hood!: Bobby Keller

This week’s Welcome to the Insta-hood is on Bobby Keller (IG: spookykeller)

  1.  Tell me a little about yourself.                                                                                                 ” I’m 33 years old. I’m from Scranton PA. I guess I’m a filmmaker, because I directed a shot-on-video tribute to 90’s home made/SOV horror movies called Deatherman in 2012. I also did a short film called Mini-Golf Massacre. I used to do stand up comedy. but it’s very rare for me to ever get on stage to perform these days. But if I do, I either go by the name Melvin or am wearing a giant frog costume. Currently I’m focusing on NEPA Horror Film Festival. This will be my 4th year running that. And I’m also the front man in a doom/sludge metal band called Dour. We currently have a 4 song demo cassette and are going on tour at the end of April. And when I’m not doing any of those things, I am either working at a bar or am in Long Island visiting my girlfriend.”
  2.  I noticed you have a collection of great movie t-shirts! how did this interested come about? What are you top five t-shirts you own and why? ”
    I like the way shirts from the 80’s and 90’s look, feel, and smell. There’s just something about them that can’t be replicated. The best promo shirts are the ones that were sent to video stores, and either have the store logo or the VHS distribution company logo on the shirt. And of course, I’m an idiot and wear all of them instead of preserving them. But whatever, I’m gonna die anyway, I might as well wear a Dawn Of The Dead t-shirt to wing night.
    My top five shirts would probably be 1.) Dead Alive (I look like a “90’s scumbag” wearing it because of how big it is, but it somehow works).

    Interview1
    Dead Alive

    2.) A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge yellow night gown (I love that movie so much and there was no way I wasn’t going to own that. I sadly, do not cook eggs and bacon dancing in my kitchen every morning wearing it.

    interview2
    A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge yellow night gown 

    3.) George Romero’s Day Of The Dead promo shirt from 1985. That’s one of the many shirts that slowly just made it’s way into my girlfriend’s closet. I’m not complaining, it looks so much better on her, haha.

    interview3
    George Romero’s Day Of The Dead promo shirt (1985)
    4.) Army Of Darkness sweatshirt. There was no question in my mind, I had to own that. It looks great with my Doritos shorts.interview5          5. I was going to pick the Twilight Zone shirt my girlfriend recently got for me, but I haven’t taken a photo of that yet, so my last one will be Stephen King’s Cycle Of The Werewolf promotional baseball tee. interview4           I believe it was purchased at a booking signing or at least a book store in 1982. That is probably the rarest thing I own, and I’ll never part with it.
  3. You also run the NEPA Horror Film Festival. Can you talk about it? How did it start? What is it about?                                                                                                                        “As I said earlier, I’ve made some movies in the past. I used to do local screenings, and someone approached me about screening Deatherman around Halloween at their venue. I thought, why don’t we do something bigger and showcase the talents of other filmmakers and not just make it about me. With it being in October, I thought we could get away with having a film festival that was exclusively horror films. The following year, I expanded it into sort of a mini horror convention/film festival. I had Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp and Lisa Gaye from Toxic Avenger 2 there, as well as one of my childhood heroes, Joe Bob Briggs there. I grew up watching Monster Vision on TNT and he introduced me to so many great films, and to not only have him as a guest at my film festival, he actually offered and suggested that he host it! So that was a childhood dream come true without a doubt. One of the most stresssful, but best days of my life. And then last year, we actually sold out a movie theatre in downtown Scranton. So it’s constantly been growing and getting better, and I love running it.”                                                                                             NEPA Horror Film Fest – 10/08/16
  4.  Can you list some favorite memories/highlights about the film festival?                   “My name being mentioned in Joe Bob Briggs’ drive-in totals. HahaImage-1 (1).pngAlso last year my girlfriend and her sisters coming from New York to Scranton. It was just a really great few days and  the film festival was a success, so I was very happy. “
  5.  What is one thing that not a lot of people know about you?                                            “I had a crush on Neve Campbell in 6th grade and sent her a letter telling her how great she was in Scream. She sent back an autographed photo that I kept under my bed (not in a weird way) but I think my mom threw it away, because I have no idea where it is now.”

 

 

If you like to contact Bobby Keller, his contact information is below:

IG: @spookykeller

Email:

batchildfoundincave@gmail.com

Facebook:

Bobby Keller

 

Until next time!

Oompa Loompa Diva

 

I remember  watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory a lot as a kid. I watched it so many times that I had memorize lines from the scene where Willy Wonka takes all of the contest winners on a boat through a weird tunnel.

wonka

Little did I know at my age to much older viewers this scene probably looked much more like a bad acid trip. But to me it seemed like a pleasurable boat ride full of visual flavor and Willy Wonka was decided to sing them a little diddly down the chocolate river stream….

giphy (1)

I didn’t revisit that movie until I started college and for some reason it became a movie I would start watching out of habit. Around the same time I found out about a website called IMDb It was a goldmine for me to find out trivia on movies so of course one of the first movies I looked up was this one. And I looked up all of the actors that played Oompa Loompas and well my curiosity got the best of me so I decided to look up the actors on facebook and found one of them!

9757

….and without a doubt in my mind I decided to facebook one of them!

9b42ad632f74bb6bae1c3a274daea87d

A couple of days later he accepted my friend request!I was so excited that he accepted! I thought to myself Wow this is so cool I am now facebook pals with one of the original actors that played one of the Oompa Loompas!

 

Then it was a month later I get a message from him: ” I am going to have you remove you as a friend your facebook content is too weird and you do not like any of my posts!”

giphy

I was shocked  and I was not prepare for the diva attitudes of an actor! Oh well at least I can always remember  fond memories of the movie and the book. But I still feel a little uneasy when I see a group shot of the oompa loompas….

willy-wonka-and-the-chocolate-factory-gene-wilder-oompa-loompas-1971

 

Until next time!

Artist’s Spotlight: Sarah Crosley

This week’s artist’s spotlight is on Sarah Crosley:

1. What are you currently working on?                                                                                   “Currently, I am working on a stop motion animation short and a children’s book about collective nouns. I am always working on tattoos for clients and new paintings! “IMG_20170419_192340_343

2. Do you keep to one kind of art form or many?

“I choose many art forms. I tattoo, paint, animate and enjoy the differences between them all.”IMG_20160120_183323IMG_20150727_190321
3. What is your favorite art piece that you created so far?
” I have several favorites! This video I made with Justin Brown:
And my favorite painting is the first of the images: IMG_20170123_112051_633The painting was found at a vintage shop and I painted in the giant whale to match. I really enjoy challenges like this!”
4. Where do you find inspiration in order to create your art?                                                            ” I am inspired by extinct animals, movies, nature, art history and music!”IMG_20170117_143551_892IMG_20170804_204905_3935.Is there anything you are currently working on?
 “I recently created my website:  Sarah Crosley Art
and will show art at The Slingshot (Portland, OR.) in June. I also hope to finish the newest stop motion short in the coming months! I will post a link on my website to the short when it is finished. “
If you like to know more or contact Sarah, here contact information is:
IG: @Sarahcrosley
Websites:

A quiet Reflection

Usually around the spring time I tend to start going through a bunch of memories in my head. It is my mental version of spring cleaning. You know what to keep, what to toss out and what to look into and study a bit further.

My memories most of the time then to involve people. People that I  have kept in contact with, people that I talked to once months ago and popped in my head or people that I had a disconnect with.

In regards to the memories that involved the people that I had a disconnect with I tend to work on first.

A couple of things I think of:

How did I react in the situation?

How did I respond in the situation?

Then  I give myself two options on how to answer those questions:

Did I respond like a child?

Or like an adult?

If I responded like a child I rethink the situation. Kinda of like walking backwards. Would I take the same pace if I redid it? Usually I come up with a no.

 

But then I realize that life sometime comes with erasers, and I am not the kind of person who holds on to grudges.

So in that aspect I reached out to some people who I acted like a child to:

Some reply and some did not. But feel like in doing this I have been able to grow as a person in owning up to my childlike behavior. I did this for my and my clarity, I am not the kind of person who is much of a fighter because I feel like there are too many fighters in this world.

Now I really feel like spring is here!

Until next time!