Interview with Brynna Kate Tucker

Posted by on Nov 26, 2008 in Uncategorized
Below is a ten minute chat via facebook with artist Brynna Kate Tucker who is showing at the Fountain Art Fair for Art Basel.  Thanks for the idea James.  This was much easier via a chat.  Hope some of you can make it down there.  It starts December 4th through the 7th.

Red, Orange, Yellow and Blue

11:46amByron

what up.

when do you want to do the chat interview?

i have to go in a bit. thanks for being into it. maybe later tonight is good for me.

11:47amBrynna

I have a few minutes now, will that work?

11:47amByron

how many minutes?

ten minutes.

let’s make an art project out of it.

ten minute chat.

i have to leave at nooon.

let’s do it 🙂:)

11:48amBrynna

ok.

sounds good to me!

11:48amByron

alright. i’ll post the entire chat. so no worries about typos.

what’s your web site?

do you have one?

11:49amBrynna

http://sugarpillprojects.blogspot.com

11:49amByron

sweet.

11:49amBrynna

it’s kinda new and I have a lot of stuff i haven’t uploaded yet, but it’s what I’ve got for now.

11:49amByron

you’re showing with Open Ground at the Fountain Art Fair, Art Basel. How did you get involved with Open Ground

11:50amBrynna

I actually used to work with jenny walty (one of the founders) at Art in General, and she invited me to be involved.

11:50amByron

sweet. She’s great. I knew her years ago and Patrick. interesting web of friends they have woven.

your work is of walls, and such. patterns, textures you take off the street is that correct?

11:51amBrynna

sort of.

I started doing street photography only recently.

11:51amByron

I saw on your web site you started doing street photography after grad school. Yes, please explain the work if you feel up to it.

what were you doing before. installations?

What program were you in for grad school?

11:52amBrynna

the work started because when I finished grad school, I had this huge body of work – but no job. It was right after 9/11 – so it was hard to find work.

11:52amByron

twenty questions right 🙂:)

yeah. I remember.

11:53amBrynna

I ended up having to give up my apartment, and eventually my storage space. No space = No art objects.

11:53amByron

I went in the Army after 9/11. Not sure I would have if I could have found work. I mean I wanted to be a patriot but finding work was ridiculous.

Patriot?

What type of art objects were you making back then?

11:54amBrynna

I eventually got a bit more settled, but had this strange sense of insecurity that lead me to stop making objects that had to be stored.

11:54amByron

Do they have any bearing on your current work.

Gotcha. So you store them digitally now though correct?

11:54amBrynna

I was making small objects in large quantities, then waiting for a space to install them.

11:54amByron

What type of small objects?

11:55amBrynna

The work I’m doing now has the same type of accumulation, but they accumulate as part of a project or series, rather than as one larger work of art.

I used a lot of fibers – raw papers, flax, cotton, silk… etc.

11:55amByron

What are the subjects?

Any specific topic?

11:56amBrynna

Urban Decay.

11:56amByron

Theme, etc.

11:56amBrynna

I think it’s so beautiful.

11:56amByron

Gotcha.

Why do you feel it’s beautiful?

When did you begin to feel that way?

11:56amBrynna

It makes the city seem more human.

11:57amByron

Like the city is alive maybe?

Growing old?

11:57amBrynna

That, and that the city is imperfect like we all are.

11:57amByron

Speak for yourself Brynna 🙂:)

Just kidding. I hear you.

11:58amBrynna

right, imperfect like we all are, except of course you. 😉;)

11:58amByron

Interesting. So it’s sort of an inner reflection.

right on.

So what are you showing at Open Ground in Basel?

Will you be there the whole four days?

Oh, what did you go to grad school for?

11:59amBrynna

yes, but an inner reflection using superficial means materials and concepts.

11:59amByron

Are you living in the city or close by?

11:59amBrynna

I am showing 12 photos at Fountain – a series I’m calling Color Fields, City Blocks.

I’ll be there from the 3rd-8th

11:59amByron

Interesting. Like you are looking outward and thinking how that outward environment is similar to us all. A symbiosis of sorts.

Connectivity maybe?

12:00pmBrynna

I went to grad school for a dual degree – MS in Art History and MFA in New Forms: Non-Traditional Art Investigations

12:00pmByron

Amazing. I can only be there Saturday and Sunday. You’re so lucky.

12:00pmBrynna

Connectivity – yes, but also it’s intended to have a sense of humor.

12:00pmByron

Well that’s sort of like being a neurologist or something isn’t it. I feel honored to be chatting with you.

Where did you go to school?

12:01pmBrynna

At Pratt.

12:01pmByron

Wow. Again. very honored. So. Listen our ten minute chat project is up. Do you feel good about it?

Anything else to add?

Hopefully I’ll see you in Miami soon. Looking forward to meeting you.

12:02pmBrynna

My previous series of work was called Cracks in the Concrete Jungle and it was unsolicited repairs done throughout the city with soap – so it wouldn’t actually fix anything, but would look better.

Sounds great.

Thanks!

See you on the beach 🙂:)

12:02pmByron

Interesting project. Thanks for doing this. See you soon. Cheers.

Happy Turkey day.

12:02pmBrynna

you too!

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