In the Studio: Mario Emes

I get up, I lay down and then I get up again… (ES) Describe your work for us.(ME) Painting, objects, installations. Tell us a bit about your background. Where did you grow up?Born in Austria; grew up in my studio in the South Bronx (149 St. & 3rd Ave) NYC (Ft. Apache). You moved to … Read more

In the Studio: Seany Andrews

Taking a break from preparing for his upcoming solo show at Shit Art Club, Seany Andrews, aka The Mac, sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about Dr. Seuss, universal interconnectivity, gardening, and his new paintings that are no longer paintings. I love my reflection time. (ES) Describe your work for us.(SA)My work is a … Read more

In the Studio: David Hanes

Fresh off his solo exhibition Still Alive, David Hanes sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about acceptance, repetition, the significance of being in-between, and the pleasure of mixing paint from scratch. Art is my constant, and it remains my mode of engaging with a world I often misunderstand and feel disconnected from. (ES) Describe … Read more

In the Studio: Nils Jendri

Nils Jendri sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about hostels, using spray paint as a brush, earning a PhD in philosophy, and dreaming colors. “Painting is to enjoy the pure moment.” (ES) Describe your work for us.(NJ) I usually paint with spray paint. The one brush I have I use sometimes for the first … Read more

In the Gallery: Shit Art Club

Shit Art Club’s Loser Angeles and the Mac sit down with Erik Sommer to talk about authenticity, Google street view, creating an experience, and enjoying life. Life is never boring here. (ES) Tell us about Shit Art Club. How did it get started?(SAC) Well, we suppose the premature birth of Shit Art Club was way … Read more

In the Studio: Cindy Phenix

Cindy Phenix sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about conceptual and phenomenal tension, being more experimental with her materials, the ambiguity of narrative, and beginning each painting with her favorite brush. I like to suggest the process my paintings go through, without revealing it completely. (ES) Describe your work for us.(CP) My work is … Read more

In the Studio: Bram Braam

Bram Braam sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about the anarchistic character of Berlin, paying attention to specific details, reflecting on built environments, and thinking about how to physically occupy a space. A rough old surface can look very classy if you put it in the right order. (ES) First, describe your work for … Read more

In the Studio: Anna Pietrzak

Anna Pietrzak sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about her background in architecture, how she discovered gold leaf, the importance of trial and error, and the positive side effects of cleaning her studio. I only explore in larger finished pieces those that awaken excitement. (ES) First, describe your work for us.(AP) I try to … Read more