20 Questions with AMY CREHOREJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009
In anticipation of the opening of her solo show, Dreamgirls & Ukes, opening this Friday February 13th at Thinkspace Gallery, we caught up with Portland based artist Amy Crehore to ask her a few questions. 20 Questions, to be exact.
In her first Los Angeles solo show, Crehore will unveil 14 new oil works on linen plus a whopping 13 custom-painted antique ukuleles. On top of that, this muti-faceted artist will be performing at the show opening this Friday at 9PM with her band, The Hokum Scorchers. So many reasons to brave lucky Friday the 13th!
Though the artist has been hard at work on a special mural installation for the front of the gallery space, Amy took the time to answer our burning questions, so take the opportunity to get to know her a bit better- and also sneak a peek at a few preview shots of her new work and in-progress mural, below.
What's the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?
Something about yourself the average person wouldn't guess?
I can’t blow up a balloon to save my life.
If you had one day left on Earth, what’s left to be discovered?
If I can still do a cartwheel.
What is your first art-making memory as a kid?
Posters for the 4th grade book fair.
Do you need long periods of time alone, or are you energized by interaction?
Long periods of time alone.
Is being in the dark with the lights out frightening or comforting?
Comforting- as long as I’m lying down.
What's the most non-art involved activity you continually find yourself enjoying?
Hiking up the magic staircase in the woods.
Have you been to jail? If so, why? If not, why not?
No. Because I got away with it.
What kind of car do you drive?
What’s your biggest non-green inspired indulgence?
What is the single most important thing you did to breakthrough as a career artist?
Trust my own instincts to not follow others.
Best hustle you ever pulled?
Getting ALL of the girl scout badges without really doing a damn thing to earn them.
Are you ever bored?
What excites you?
2023 will look like . . . ?
If you could have a drink with one artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Last passport stamp:
Scammers, phonies, copycats, womanizers, know-it-alls, bullies, parasites, and assholes.
Can't live without:
My cat and the ability to do my art.
Words to live by:
Just be yourself.
More on Amy Crehore at www.amycrehore.com
Amy Crehore's Dreamgirls & Ukes debuts this Friday February 13th, 2009 at Thinkspace Gallery. Anthony Clarkson’s The Silent Treatment will take over the project room, debuting the same night.
Make sure to arrive well before 9PM to catch Crehore's special performance with her band, The Hokum Scorchers, as this evening is sure to fill the house!
Details at www.thinkspacegallery.com