Stanley Casselman

May 6, 2017 by Laura Gomez


 

Artist Intervew:

Name: Stanley Casselman

Birthday: 54, born Jan 1963, Phx AZ
College: Pitzer College, 1985

How would you define yourself as an artist? I’m driven by process and the desire to manipulate color, line and form into something that moves, affects and change consciousness.

Why art? How did you get involved with art? Painting is my mode of communication. Painting for me is a mixture of desire and compulsion. Ceramics in high school at Phoenix Country Day School.

What art do you most identify with? Abstract expressionism.

What does “being creative” mean to you? Doing something no one has ever done before.

What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative? Just dive in

What are you trying to communicate with your art? A journey. This is best explained by the experience I had while at moma in 1985. It was my first time there and I had never previously seen a Jackson Pollock painting in person. I turned a corner in the Ab-Ex wing and there it was, Pollock’s One: Number 31. I didn’t move for twenty minutes. I stood transfixed by Pollock’s use of color, line and form. Not only at that moment was my desire to be an artist cemented, but the journey; I’d experienced is still front and center in my mind. Furthermore, that encounter and the emotional tornado that ensued has become the conceptual bar by which I judge all that I produce.

What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually When a work is strong it has the gravity to suck the viewer in and make one reconsider all (visually and possibly otherwise) that came before.

What themes do you pursue? Stylistic ones, but I’m so guided by and influenced process that I generously allow things to go in un-considered or un-intended directions.

What inspires you to work? The desire to create things that blow my fucking mind. I fail often, actually far more than I ever succeed, but when those rapturous, larger than life spectacular pieces occur it’s my heroin, there is nothing better.


 

…some short questions now….

Color: purple

Book: Think and grow rich

Movie: et

Food: all the shit I can’t eat due to lactose intolerance

Quote: Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.Pablo Picasso

Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before? Any new series might be a subset of what I was previously making or a new direction entirely. What’s typical is that at any given moment I have thoughts about several different directions I can take whatever it is that I’m working upon. I’m always trying to extrapolate into the future. “Innovate or die” is a constantly ringing in my head.

What Role does the artist have in society? I can only speak for myself and say that mine is to awaken consciousness and challenge the visual status quo.

Do you suffer for your art? If you can’t take the heat then get out of the fucking kitchen. I live by a simple daily mantra,no excuses.

What do you think about the art community and market? The art community is a good balancing force to the noodnicks who. I’d like to drill for oil every two feet. The art market is another story. It functions under the same basic market forces as any other (stocks, commodities, ect) of supply and demand, but gets rather foggy and opaque somewhat quickly. The side of the art market that’s massaged and manipulated is unfortunate, but it’s an inescapable fact of any not fully transparent market.

Should art be funded? Why? Organizations such as the NEA should absolutely be funded. New York and the big cities wouldn’t miss a beat without it, but small town USA- museums,theaters, workshops, schools and so on would be decimated. The idea of abolishing it is small minded and very short term thinking. The creation, dissemination and consumption of art enriches lives and builds community. Something needed more than ever in our ever expanding plugged in society.

What famous artists have influenced you, and how? Pollock, Rothko, DeKooning, Kline, Steir, Richter, Kiefer, Koons, Kapoor, Reyle. I could write a book here, but suffice it to say their use of color, line and form.

What other interests do you have outside of art? Astrophysics

You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art performances today? All valid forms of expression, but I rarely engage with any of them.

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? FOURRRRRRRR…

some short questions now…

Colours: All, as long as I can mix them.

Textures: One texture gives another it’s beauty.

Describe your style:Define yourself; I manipulate color, line and form to engage with myself and my audience.

Define your art: Acrylic on polyester screen. See above.

Art Fairs: Art Basel (Switzerland and Miami), Frieze and Untitled are the only ones that matter.

Museums: Moma, Tate, The Broad, The Whitney, Guggenheim, LACMA, Museum of Natural History-NYC,

Cities: London, Vienna, San Francisco, LA and NYC

Travels: A bazillion times to Austria (lived there twice), London, Paris, Madrid, Moscow, St Petersburg, lake Powell

Artists: currently following and collecting where I can, John Newsom, Enoc Perez, Alexander Yulish, Kai and Adrian Schachter and Ray Smith

Music: The short list- Dvorak, Jay Z, Michael Jackson

Cars: Range Rover with massage seats

Drones: For military applications bravo, in civilian life, OY!

Mobile App: Instagram

Who are the artist’s you admire the most? Glenn Brown, Anselm Kiefer and Mark Tansey

What are your next projects? I’ll know when they start…

Define KLASSIK MAGAZINE for the audience? Brilliant!

www.stanleycasselman.com