Creative Brief: Cole Bryant

Cole Bryant is a bit of a nomad. I met him through mutual friends in Portland, who became close with him during an 8 month stint he had in the North West. He was born in Huntsville, Alabama and currently drifts between Alabama and Georgia. I saw his work and asked him to contribute some pieces to the journal. You can find bits of our conversation below.

-Stephan

 

littlebeast: How do the South and Pacific Northwest differ creatively?

CB: I think it’s hard for me to speak for Portland generally, let alone the Pacific Northwest, but art and music is definitely welcomed and appreciated more so there than the South. I think the South has a much more approachable scene though. Portland has had such a longer history in different subcultures that it takes more effort to get injected into something. I think that the South is not quite as appreciative of the arts and music. Not yet. It’s not completely against it, but it’s harder to find. It’s more concentrated into a handful of cities and demographics. Relatively speaking, there’s a lot more variety in the arts in Portland. There’s much more contemporary art that deals with a wider variety of new media, and there’s a lot more galleries to visit.

little beast: What mediums do you work in?

CB: I mostly work with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. When I’m not on my laptop, I do a lot of ink drawings and I do some film photography. I often try to incorporate these tools together. But right now I primarily focus on digital media. 

little beast: What are "digital experiments?"

CB: I call my digital work my “digital experiments” because that’s what I feel towards them. I see them as visual experiments utilizing digital tools. My work right now is very experimental, because these tools seem to beg to be experimented with. The works are explorations of visual elements that push me, and push the technology in a direction that is often kind of uncomfortable and unorthodox.

You can find more of Cole's work here on his site and on Instagram (@butchankles).

Creative Brief: Nikki Pecasso

Nikki Pecasso is an artist based in Vancouver B.C. She illustrates a cast of characters and scenes that reflect her interest in contemporary society. 

Nikki originally submitted some of her work via email and it seemed appropriate to ask her a few questions about sex, feminism and Western culture. I love her work and am amazed that she still has an active Instagram account. You should follow her, it's linked after the interview.

-Stephan


little beast: When did you begin this current body of work?

NP: I began this body of work around a year or so ago.

little beast: How is our sexuality changing with technology?

NP: I think sexuality will always fuel advancement in technology....Especially porn.   

little beast: Why is nudity and sexuality so repressed in Western culture?

NP: Because of the foundations of what the West was built upon.  White Puritanism.  Which is why the new movie "The Witch" is so fucking good.  

little beast: Do you feel that this creates problems? If so, what?

NP: YES it creates so many issues and problems...For example- women who celebrate their sexuality get slut shamed, verbally harassed, assaulted or frowned upon.  These are the "double standards that Western Culture society sets for women.... I feel like there needs to be more sex-pos spaces created for those subverted and subjugated by patriarchy can feel safe to explore and celebrate their sexuality :) That's why open Queer spaces are so fucking important.  In these spaces we need to be more like " YES I AM A WOMAN AND YES YOUR ARE A WOMAN LETS FUCKING CELEBRATE OUR WOMANHOOD" ( Aka the last scene in the new movie "The Witch") 
 

You can see more of Nikki's work by visiting the links below.

Tumblr: nikkipecasso.tumblr.com

Instagram: @bonercandy69