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

"MODERN LOVE" PREMIER // KOSSISKO x LITTLE BEAST // PART 1

Little Beast is pleased to announce the premier of Kossisko's "Modern Love" from his forthcoming horror short film, entitled "2037." He met with our photographer William Converse-Richter and director Joseph Kenneth in LA this month to take some photos and talk about the film.

We decided to make the release a two part thing considering Mercury is going into retrograde tomorrow and Joseph's interview is still being edited. Find William's shoot with Kossisko below and check back on May 22nd for part two. Mercury will be all love by then.

To view more from Kossisko, visit his website.

Styling: Merav Walklet

CREATIVE BRIEF: Victoria Villasana

Victoria Villasana is a Mexican artist based in London. I came across her work in the usual way, combing Instagram for bits of gold. The colors of the yarn in contrast with the black and white photographs was a nice juxtaposition to me and so I inquired about her work. After a week-long game of tag, back and forth, we finally managed to get a phone call in. Below are a few snippets from our chat.

-Stephan

little beast: How would you describe your work? 

VV: My work is a Symbiosis of cultures. It's also a contradiction, an old fashioned granny's craft combined with digital photography. I'm inspired by native Mexican crafts, also Mexican Kitsch from my childhood memories visiting the 'Fondas' (A type of modest restaurant serving very popular Mexican food) and the eclectic Fashion in London.

The multiculturalism I've experienced while living in London helped me a lot creatively. I really believe multicultural societies are richer.

little beast: Tell us about your process?

VV: My process is terribly unorganized. I'm not one of those artists who seats for hours working on a piece at the time. My artwork process mixes with my everyday life and I work with different pieces at the same time. When I start a piece, I don't really have an idea of how is going to look like. I just let things flow and enjoy the process.

little beast: How'd it start? 

VV: I've been doing photography interventions with yarn and other type of collages for 2 years so I had all these images piling up at home and I wasn't really sure what to do with them. One day I went out to get some milk and I saw a guy placing some miniature paste ups at the end of the streets and I loved how they brought some 'character' to a very boring road. So, a week after I was the one putting paste ups on the streets and I loved the feeling.

little beast: What do you love most about creating street art?

VV: It's not so much the rush of adrenaline, it's more the fact that you sharing something with people, you are placing something on the streets to get a reaction from people. If I place the pieces during the day, I get approach by people and I enjoy that, but I also enjoy placing the pieces at night and leave the natural environment finishes the piece.

You can find more of Victoria's work here.

IG: @villanaart

CREATIVE BRIEF: Mr. Donald Sanger

Donald Sanger is an artist based in the UK. I first came across his work on Instagram while on my usual dig for new and interesting visuals and opinions. I started a conversation with Donald via DM because I wanted to know who he was. His images are hilarious and wrong and right. He makes it very clear that obese people, miniature fatties and giants all have fun, eat and exercise just like the rest of us.  You can find our correspondence below.

little beast: What can you tell us about your work plan for 2016?

DS: I always have itchy feet. I'm never really content with what I am doing or where I am. Not in a depressing way, more of a frustrating but aspirational way. In terms of my drawings I guess just carry on doing what amuses me. Maybe I should try and sell some. I feel like I have a creative disposition and this is the only way it manifests itself. I would actually really like to spend more time doing pottery. Much more wholesome and strangely meditative.

little beast: How would you describe your process?

DS: My process it very simple, the only way it can be really, with a limited skill base. I draw a picture with a pen, scan it in and then colour it in using photoshop. I make these pictures to amuse myself and if it amuses at least one other person then that's a bonus. It is always funny what people think and the assumptions that they make about what inspires me. I had a little exhibition in a coffee shop recently and I overheard a conversation about my pictures. The couple were talking about consumerism, fast food, globalisation etc. I had to laugh to myself. The reality is I once drew a large person, found it enjoyable and drew some more. 

little beast: What you are working on currently?

DS: Something I can show my parents. As it stands, I'm in the artistic closet. 

little beast: I'd love to hear more about this "artistic closet..."

DS: The first pictures I did were usually quite sexual. I've moved away from that now. Sex gets a cheap laugh but I needed to draw something I could show my mum. I want her to be proud of me, after all. I'm still yet to produce a line of work I'd be happy to show my Grandmother though. Actually, I tell a lie....I do like pottery. Is that art? I made my Gran a lovely bowl for Christmas. 

You can find more from Mr. Donald Sanger here.

IG: @mrdonaldsanger

CREATIVE BRIEF: Victor Solomon of Literally Balling

Let me introduce you to Victor Solomon. He's a SF based artist making big waves with his project "Literally Balling." If you guessed that we met on the internet, you're right. Instagram can be a magical place.

I don't remember how it happened exactly but I do remember receiving an email through the site from Victor about the project. We may have spoken prior to that on IG. I was attracted to his work on sight, but didn't really understand what it was all about. What I loved initially was the stained glass backboards, the crisp photography, the metallics, the wood, the color palette - so I guess everything. I also liked the faint anxiety it gave me when imagining them actually being used for their traditional purpose. 

In this interview, I set out to understand a little bit about him and his work. 

little beast: Where are you from?

VS: Boston    

little beast: Did you study?

VS: I apprenticed with a group of 80 year old stained glass masters for a year before embarking on Literally Balling. They taught me how to approach the craft with historical accuracy and were invaluable to the process. 

little beast: Describe working with these old stained glass masters. Where was this? Tell me more about them.

VS: The studio is a motley crew of old-school, SF craftspeople - retirees with wine in coffee mugs, amazing stories of days gone by and decades of expertise mastering this antiquated craft. 

little beast: What can you tell us about "Literally Balling?" 

VS: I've been really interested in the idea of luxury. What qualifies, the irony and it's own impracticality. 

little beast: Can you tell me more about your thoughts on luxury? About the idea of it, the irony, etc?

VS: There're a few threads running through this work, but this idea of the fragility of luxury feels particularly apropos here. Basketball is basically class-proof - the poorest kids and the richest kids play the same game, the same way - the iconography is evocative because it's vastness is an equalizer. However, an opulent destination in our culture is the adorning of luxury materials (on everything) - here a beautiful piece is created, but it's function is removed - quid pro quo.

little beast: Do you travel much?

VS: As often as I can get away! ⛵️🚀

little beast: Has any one place been more significant or inspirational for your work or lifestyle?

VS: Palm Springs has become an important bi-annual retreat to recharge. 

little beast: Describe your Palm Springs Recharge. Any favorite places to stay, restaurants or chill spots?

VS: Stay at the Sparrow Lodge, dinner at the Parker, dessert at Colony Palms, drinks at Melvyn's, vintage scouring and hikes in Joshua Tree. 

little beast: Where else have you traveled to? In or out of the States.

VS: I spent a summer working on a banana plantation in Australia, toured Germany, France and the UK and criss-crossed the US in varying capacities - looking for an excuse to get to Istanbul, Hong Kong and a long southwestern road trip.

little beast: Can you tell us about any pieces that are working on currently?

VS: I'm preparing now for my first solo show in NY - a collection of new work related to Literally Balling. 

little beast: Tell me more about the exhibition. 

VS: February 25th at Joseph Gross Gallery I'll be exhibiting the new Literally Balling collection - all new backboards, but also a body of work supporting the narrative in a variety of mediums. Honored and excited, looking forward to sharing the evolution of the project with everyone.

little beast: Tell us something that might give you inspiration for a piece or a series of work.

VS: As the medium for this project is rooted in an antiquated practice a lot of inspiration comes from looking back at traditional approaches, anywhere from medieval executions to the bay areas glass resurgence of the 60s/70s.

little beast: How much of this project has been research? Describe to me what the process has been like for you. Do you get sucked into the historical stuff? 

VS: The historical relevance has always been an important part of the project to me. Stained glass has long been a symbol of power and wealth and as I appropriate that conceit, it's made sense to design these pieces inspired by those that preceded. The ornate medieval work is aesthetically something I've gravitated towards, but the wave of glass artists in the 60s/70s introduced a 'naughtiness' to the medium that this can be seen as an evolution from.

little beast: Describe what your creative process might look like, from idea to physical.

VS: My process is very lo-fi. In staying with the processes historical accuracy, my approach is as the medium's always been: long hand sketches, hand cut glass, hand wrought steel rims and painstakingly woven crystal nets. 

little beast: Is there a person that has been most influential to your work over the years? 

VS: Aside from my glass mentors, Sterling Bartlett and Brendan Donnelly, great artists in their own right, were really encouraging in the early phases that there was something worth exploring here. 

little beast: What are you listening to most lately in terms of music?

VS: Lots of Scott Walker, Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain, Meek Mill, Young Thug and I'm still hanging on to At Long Last A$AP

little beast: Do you have favorite visual artists?

VS: So many, but lately: Ry Rocklen, Nicole Wermers, Paul Pfeiffer and Ruby Sky Stiler

little beast: If you could collaborate with any creative on a project who would it be? (living or dead)

VS: I would love to get together with James Goldstein on something (and holding out hope that I'll get the opportunity)

You can see more of Victor's work on his website.

Instagram handles: @victorsolomon and @literallyballing

CREATIVE BRIEF: Carlijn Jacobs

I'm a fan of photography. Huge fan of photography. So much a fan of photography that I sometimes forget that not everything is genius. And then I look at a Carlijn Jacobs photograph and I remember why some of us are remembered long after we're gone.

Carlijn Jacobs is a Photographer and Creative Director based in Amsterdam. She studied Lifestyle & Design at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

I don't know Carlijn personally, but I've followed her work for some time. When Little Beast decided on writing a journal last year I reached out to her and she kindly took the time. This interview, like the others, stays very close to the surface. I hope to have a more in-depth talk with her in the future.

little beast: Where are you from?

Carlijn: Amsterdam

littlebeast: Where have you lived?

Carlijn: Amsterdam, Haarlem, Rotterdam, Groeningen, Sambeek

little beast: What is your education? (traditional or otherwise)

Carlijn: Willem de Kooning Academy, Lifestyle & Design (art academy) with a lot of self exploration.

little beast: How would you describe your approach to photography and creative direction? 

Carlijn: I have always been a very visual thinker so it's just something natural I guess. Most of the time I pitch my ideas to clients and try to compromise. But the most fun part is when you work independent and you can totally do what you feel.

little beast: When did you begin taking photographs?

Carlijn: At the age of 13. When I was 15 I bought my first Fujifilm camera and started making pictures of flowers in the garden and I  did dress up parties with my friends and we started our first 'photoshoots.' It was fun back then and it still feels sometimes like back then.

little beast: Do you travel much?

Carlijn: Quite often yes, but I'd love to travel even more. 

little beast: Has any one place been more significant or inspirational for your work or lifestyle?

Carlijn: Not really, the variety makes it inspirational I guess. But I prefer nature trips more than city trips. I'm going to paris in January and to the caribbean island in a couple of months, super excited. I'm also in love with the east-europe countries for example croatia. 

little beast: Can you tell us about any exceptional photo projects that you're working on currently?

Carlijn: I'm working on a very special series, can't say too much but you will see!!!! 

little beast: Tell us something that might give you inspiration for a concept or a body of work.

Carlijn: Art, people, forms, materials, models, everything actually, oh and I can't forget animals! 

little beast: Describe what your creative process might look like, from idea to physical.

Carlijn: This is such a hard question to answer because most of the time it's just a result of listening to my inner visuals/feelings. So the idea is probably already a while in my mind and after all the research I'm trying to visualize it. Most of the time it's just a feeling I need to follow. 

little beast: Is there a person that has been most influential to your work over the years? 

Carlijn: Not really. Sorry folks. 

little beast: What are you listening to most lately in terms of music?

Carlijn: Elvis Presley has always been good to me and my hiphop playlist serves always some spice on the set.

little beast: Do you have favorite visual artist or photographer?

Carlijn: Harley Weir, wow! 

little beast: If you could collaborate with any creative on a project who would it be? (living or dead)

Carlijn: Path McGrath or Johnny Dufort. I adore the Jacquemus campaign from Johnny. Super strong.

little beast: Any shows of yours to look out for in the near future?

Carlijn: No, I did some expositions last year but I decided this year not to expose/show.

little beast: What is your favorite thing to cook?

Carlijn: Nothing, I seriously hate cooking. 

little beast: What is your favorite thing to eat?

Carlijn: All the dinners my friends make me! Thank you guys. 

You can see more of Carlijn's work here.

Find her on Instagram: @carlijnjacobs