Back Talk: A Conversation with Eric Joyner

January 20, 2012

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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