Saturday, October 25, 2008
Portland PDX Presents interview with DIF, Darryl I. Feldman
Good afternoon, and I hope this finds you well.
Thanks again for the opportunity to chat with you and your blog - I'm excited to see the interview up.
FYI, I've been invited to submit a political painting for Utrecht Art Gallery's political show for November's First Thursday.
And, I'll be prepping and distributing a bunch of original art pieces (non-celebrity, but still in the pop/comic genre in the coming months).
just a few questions for PDX Art
Who were your heroes when you grew up?
+ I am a Jersey Boy of the 80s, which means my heroes either wore a baseball jersey, were on the big screen or were in the pages of comic books.
First, Gary Carter - the catcher for my hometown New York Mets - is the reason why I love baseball. Then, like most kids, Harrison Ford was (and still is the man) - how cool do you have to be to be Han Solo and Indiana Jones?!
Lastly, Superman is the ultimate pop/comic hero.
Your portraits are very humorous
are you trying to entertain or is their are more cynical site to it?+
I think it's an oleo of both; but, at the heart it's to entertain.
My work is meant to either (1) accentuate a celebrity's persona (e.g. Bill Clinton), (2) illustrate a famous saying (e.g. Ali), (3) make cynical political stances or statements (e.g. Ronald) or (4) just put folks into positions that are at their core antithesis (e.g. Rambo).
But, it's always supposed to be fun.
And, I think they are.
Do you think there is hope for this world?+
Totally...don't we all live in PDX?
Seriously, this place and our fellow people give me a great deal of hope.
Our proverbial glases are always half full here.
I think there's hope for this work, definitely.
It's glaringly apparent in the streets of this town - I find PDX so accepting, tolerant and genuinely interested in the celebration of people.
Really. I love the fact I can walk along the street, sit down at a coffee shop and just strike up a conversation with a new friend.
People are just happy here...fulfilled...and they're OK with bringing new folks along for the ride.
Also, I think "hope" has a rock-solid shot with the upcoming election - the country is engaged, all ages are galvanized to make a stance.
One way or another.
How can we fill the other half of the glass?+
First and foremost, have fun. Be accepting. Be genuine. Be willing to try new things.
Sure, life's tough - but you've got to remember that no matter how bad things may seem, our morning news will be corny, the sun's going to look breathtaking over hood, Powell's will always have that esoteric book you're seeking and Mother's will have the best brunch. Period.
You pick lots of your Subjects/objects from the media, how do you decide which one you pick and what trades are you trying to excavate?
+ Don't really have a plan - just a feeling.
Depends on what I'm feeling that day - what's in the news, what's irking me or what's making me smile.
People inspire me in all genres - politics (especially now), sports, movies/TV, music, business, etc. Nothing's out of bounds. We're a media-consumption-driven society of all things...why should my work be any different?
Do you plan to do more Stars and which ones?+
Aaahh, yes. I do plan to do more...and I've got a running arsenal of new ones.
I have about another half dozen or so in different stages right now, works in progress.
Definifely want to keep things fresh. I won't tell you who...but I just came up with a great Sarah Palin one clicking away at this interview. It's coming out regardless of her winning (not) or not. Also, I'm always open to doing custom work for anyone who wants something unique.
What are your plans with your Art?+
Just keep going, you know.
I've been really fortunate the past couple of months with my art - and it's a wonderful way to express.
I'm definitely going to keep churning more of these out - I have a couple more shows slated around town.
Next one will be a political painting at Utrecht Art Store in The Pearl for November's First Thursday.
My big goal is to have a show at Powell's, be on the cover of either Willamette Weekly or Portland Monthly here locally. Someday.
Also, I've been doing a lot of comic commissions as of late for private clients - believe it or not, two separate Wonder Woman paintings.
I'd love to do a mural for a local business as well. And, I've gotten representation from a close friend in Las Vegas to do a series of original pieces - aiming for national distriution.
So, that's very exciting.
I have a pretty wicked idea for an original Transformers painting I'd like to do as well.
I do this for fun, and want to keep sharing that with people.
Do you see yourself working freelance for a magazine or doing illustration for like The New Yorker?+
Definitely - you got any connections?