Back Talk: A Conversation with Eric Joyner

Juxtapoz // Friday, 20 Jan 2012
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Tomorrow, January 21, Eric Joyner opens It's A Jungle Out There, a new body of work at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. The exhibition will feature 18 pop-surrealism paintings of robots interacting with jungle animals. We sat down with Joyner to discuss inspirations, salads, and robots and donuts.

1. One reason you make art:
It's interesting to me and it is a challenge.

2. The last good movie you saw:
Robinson Crusoe on Mars & The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

3. Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:
Go motorcycle riding in a vast wasteland.

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4. Favorite country or city visited:
New York, NY

5. A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:
Life is important, time is short, do something you like & have some fun.

6. Something you want the world to know about you:
I actually like humans and salads more than robots and donuts.

7. Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:
When they give in to negative thoughts and actions.

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8. Something that concerns you:
Besides how will I die & the debt crisis? 

9. Artists you admire:
Sylvia Ji, Brandi Milne, Sarah Folkman, Natalia Fabia,  Mia, Lola, Joshua Petker, Luke Chueh, Gary Baseman & Buff Monster, to name a few.

10. Favorite quote(s):
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."  -  Einstein

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11. The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?
'Rock and Roll Animal' by Lou Reed. Last CD: Brian Eno, 'Drums Between the Bells'.

12. Something you do when you’re procrastinating?
Play Words With Friends & Watch TV.

13. What is your most defining characteristic?
I don't really know. I think my head is rather large though...big irises as well, so I'm told.

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14. What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is fear itself. You can talk yourself into being scared of anything.

15. The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:
That would be the 4th grade. I was doing some paintings at the time, two of which got selected for a show. One was of a California Mission & the other a copy of a Picasso painting.

16. Your greatest quality:
Keeping an open mind.

17. Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:
Other than having many physical things corrected, I kind of wish I had more passion about things.

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18. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?
I climbed down a very treacherous cliff once that scared the heck out of me..I  think it was worth it.
Another risk would be  switching from illustration to Gallery artist. I'm very glad I did it!

19. Something you wish you had known five years ago:
I wish I used Microsoft Excel 5 years ago.

20. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?
Have a T-shirt line, a toy, a show or two in Europe and a house in the country.

Eric Joyner
It's A Jungle Out There

 

January 21—February 8, 2012
Corey Helford Gallery
Culver City, California

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