Antler is delighted to present this new interview from Portland artist, Jason Borders. As an artist he is always exploring the boundaries of his concept and medium. Embracing risk and a diverse history of bone carving, which spans numerous cultures and time periods, Jason has developed an unmistakable aesthetic. Enjoy and thanks for watching!
Antler Gallery is thrilled to share with you Intricacies, a collaborative body of work from Christina Mrozik and Zoe Keller.
The pair had only met once in person before deciding to live together while working on this incredible project, which would become their first self-published book and is now being presented as a series of original drawings.
They worked tirelessly over several months to first complete the works which make up the book’s content and then fund it’s production through Kickstarter. The drawings are all done in graphite on paper and feature a range of interpretations of elements from the natural world, some with a surreal edge and others reminiscent of natural history studies.
The show will commence on November 27th at 6pm, and the pair will be releasing a hand embellished, limited edition print of their work "Root and Marrow". Below, alongside photographs of their gold leafing process, Chris and Zoe discuss their creative process, the art of collaboration, and some great advice for aspiring artists!
What inspires each of you to make art? Can you tell us a little bit about the influences and inspirations behind this particular body of work?
feathers, and other bits of farm field flotsam and jetsam. Time was another important influence; living in the country and working only on that body of work for nine months gave us so much space to think, to heal emotionally through art making, and to consider the idea that the beauty of the natural world is valid enough subject matter to stand on its own.
What attracts each of you to collaborative projects? Is this something you hope to do more of in future either together or with other artists?
Can you describe the process of making a collaborative drawing? Were there occasions where you were at odds about whether a piece was finished?
Aside from the process of making the drawings there is a huge amount of background and administrative work involved with self-publishing a book. How did you delegate tasks and how did you find that experience? What were the most challenging tasks?
whiteboard and notecards and calendars, and learned over the months which tasks came easiest to each of us. We’re super lucky because we have really complimentary strengths. For example, Zoe is better at timelines and small task management, and Chris is better at keeping the big picture in focus and scheduling in completely necessary break time. Trust was so important here, because we both have a touch of the overachieving control freak thing, and in order to get everything done we had to let go of the reins at times.
If you could offer one piece of advice to anyone about to embark on a similar project, what would it be?
Z: If a project feels really risky, that probably means that it’s worth doing. I was running away from a lot of stuff when I moved to Michigan. I was just so excited to be away from the east coast that I really hadn’t thought that much about the collaboration Chris proposed. I will always remember the first morning at the farm house, how far my stomach dropped when Chris started talking about this book we were going to make. It was terrifying in that moment and it was terrifying all the way through until the morning nine months later when the project got funded. Now I know to chase that terrified feeling.
C: If the project feels honest, go for it. Don’t make something just because it feels trendy and cool. And then be nice to yourself, because it is hard to put something out there that is truly honest. There will be a lot of uncertain moments throughout the process, and you have to just keep putting one foot in front of the other through those hard moments. Just trust that you and your honest work are valuable enough to share.
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