a)My name is
Christopher Charles Curtis, aka C3, and I currently live and work in San Francisco, CA.
q) Can you
describe your path to being an artist? When did you really get into it?
drawing ever since I could pick up a crayon. I really saw it as a possible
career choice when I got to high school and a couple teachers started implying
that I had talent.
q) Describe your
ideals and how they manifest in your work.
a)I value my
friendships to a great degree so my friends tend to show up in my work. They
often appear as comrades in a war against aristocratic peoples. I really
question government and the idea that just a handful of people can control most
everything. That tends to show up in my work although I don’t think it’s very
q) Describe your
process for creating new work.
a)I tend to think
of a body of work as a story or a portion of a larger whole. I try to invision
parts of that story that would make for an interesting and/or mysterious
image. When working from found images
it’s a some what different approach. I let the image I’m working from inspire
the route I eventually take.
q) What advice do you have for artists looking
to show their work?
working on your art! As much fun as you think it is to be an artist it is still
work and the more you work the better you’ll become. Getting a gallery can be
tricky and I hate to say this but it’s who you know that matters. Not to say
the work doesn’t count but to get a gallery owner to pay attention to you it
helps if they know you first. Go to shows, meet people, and eventually start
showing them your work.
q) What are you
really excited about right now?
a)I’m excited to
be showing in a moleskin show in Dec. at Spoke Art here in the city. There are
about 50 artists in the show and I’m friends with a lot of them so that’s
exciting. They’re all great artist as well!
q) What do you
love most about where you live?
a)I love living by
the water and having access to good food and great shows. I’ve been able to see
so many bands that I otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to see.
q) Best way to
spend a day off?
a)I usually stay
indoors since I’m a major hermit which helps when doing the kind of art I like
to do. However I do enjoy long walks and beers in the park.
q) Upcoming shows/
a)Like I said
earlier, I’m in a moleskin show soon. Next year I’ll be in a show at Shooting
Gallery here in the city sometime in May. I might also be showing with another
artist and friend, Christopher Burch, in Oakland
next year. Haven’t figured that one out as of yet.
q) Is music a part
of your studio time? What do you listen to?
a)Music is a huge
thing for me. I tend to listen to very dark and ritualistic sounding music when
I work. I can’t stop listening to Chelsea Wolfe lately. Besides her I listen to
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud, Death in June, Coil, Swans, Iggy Pop,
Sonic Youth, and Nocturnal Emissions to name a few. The list goes on and on . .
q) How would you
describe your work to someone?
a)It’s a fairytale
western/horror film that has a lot to do with the real world. In some ways it’s
a personal journal that depicts my own struggles with the world however shown
on a grander scale.
influenced by music and film. David Lynch has always inspired me to think
outside the box and to really explore my own mind, as scary as that can be
sometimes. Life itself is an influence and an inspiration. My relationships
with people often manifest themselves in my work which can get a little
personal at times. My on going fear and understanding of death has and will
continue to take my work in a particular direction.
q) Where can people see more of your work on the
a)My work is kind of hard to locate since I have yet
to get a proper website. However I am on facebook and I have an artist page
there. Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/C3artist?ref=hl . My
website at the moment is under C3artist.com and you can find me on the Shooting
Gallery website under artist.