Interview with Michael Scoggins

Posted by on Dec 16, 2008 in Interviews
Interview questions by Kurt Polkey.

As a proud alum of the New American Paintings book I always make sure to sift through the new one when I’m at a Barnes & Noble. A little while back I saw Michael Scoggins work and I liked it right away. I couldn’t get them out of my mind, so when I decided to do an interview for Globatron he was the first one to come to mind. Michael does large scale drawings on super-big notebook paper using prismacolor marker. Some critics would probably talk about Mr. Scoggins use of childlike naivete to make a socially significant statement. Me? I liked his drawings because they reminded me of what I did for a bulk of my childhood.
I sent Michael these half finished sentences and he graciously returned them finished.
The other day I was wondering – why so many people spit on the sidewalk.
My work is mostly about – myself, and not in an egotistical way, it’s just what I know.  All artists should stick with what they know.
I was born – in Washington D.C. and it still influences me today.  Politics and I have a love/hate relationship.
If I wasn’t living here – I’d be on an island somewhere getting a tan and living local.
I got my start in art by – My mother is an artist.  As a kid I wanted to draw comic books, guess what I do now is cool too.
My favorite artist is – too hard to answer, but if I had to choose one it would be Tom Friedman, he’s a genius and simply awesome.
My most influential artist is – Craig Drennen, an old professor, now friend, of mine and great artist.  Always there with advice when I need it.  A very wise man.
Art fairs are – can’t knock them because they’ve been good to me, but they’re kind of a meat markets and not meant for artists.

Sure I like books, but my favorite t.v. show is – 30 Rock. funny.

When I walk outside – I like to take in the sights.  Living in Brooklyn is ever visually interesting.
Inspiration for me is like – a cup of coffee and a quiet day in the studio.
You don’t have to – be a jerk.  Art is important but you’re not.  (advice to aspiring artists)

Michael Scoggins was born in Washington, DC, and received his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. His work has been exhibited widely, and he has received solo exhibitions at Hilger Contemporary in Vienna, Austria, and Freight + Volume in New York. Scoggins’ work is in numerous public and private collections, most notably in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. He currently works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


1 Comment

  1. Byron King
    December 16, 2008

    I saw some of his work in Miami I believe at Aqua and the the most interesting part about it was the paper. He makes these huge oversized faux notebook pieces of paper for his drawings. I wonder if he didn’t use this type of paper to do his drawings on would the work have the same effect? He must have minions making that paper for him as they look amazingly like notebook paper and must take forever to make. Nice of him to do the interview. Thanks Kurt.


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