lunedì 16 febbraio 2009

Interview with Aaron Martin

q)Please introduce yourself.

a)Hello my names Aaron Martin, I go by the artist Angry Woebots or Gruesome Smiles.

q)Where do you live and work?

a)I represent Hawaii but now based out of Los Angeles CA.

q)How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?

a)Vicious and Huggable.

q)How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?

a)I grew up drawing, I was the dude in class that never did his class work I drew all day. My grandfather, mother and father were all artist. So I pretty much rocked art all my life, but I never expected it to become my career.

q)What are your favorite art materials and why?

a)I like working with found materials and building stuff, but I really love painting with acrylic and aerosol paint, I really want to learn how to paint with oils.

q)What/who influences you most?

a)Usually other artist’s works, if I meet them and they are cool as hell they inspire me even more. I guess you can say meeting other artist and seeing how they work.

q)Describe a typical day of art making for you.

a)Getting up around 8am have some breakfast, jump on my mac check my emails, check my lists of commissions and shows make sure deadlines are meant, jump into some paint and music for a few hours, lunch time, jump back in the internet for an hour maybe some xbox360, finish painting. Meet with my girlfriend make some dinner and lax out for the rest of the evening. If I want to work some more I’ll wait til shes asleep then jump back into painting.

q)Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?

a)I just want to travel, and make a solid foundation so I can continue living life through art. I wanna do shows, rock live art possibly everywhere.

q)What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?

a)I dig the works of Craola Simkins, Andy Howell, David Choe, all of The Barnstormers, Ashley Wood to name a few. At one point of my career I actually got to either chill, paint or do a show with them. Good vibes makes for great art. I like that artists have been meshing up with the vinyl toy industry, I love vinyl toys and have been since Futura put out the first point man figure, so the two arts pull me in to continue creating cool art.

q)How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?

a)It takes me about a week to finish a solid piece unless I have to rush since I usually paint re-occuring themes of a Panda bear it can take one night to paint one panda piece.

q)Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?

a)I love my works I also enjoy releasing them out.

q)Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?

a)Music is very important to me, I love old Dusty Breaks, I listen to a lot of 90’s Hiphop and a lot of soul.

I also like Deep House, rock, Jazz. I listen to a bunch of stuff.


a)I collect art books, I love Scrawl 1 & 2. I wish I had more time to read, the last book I read was Rebel Radio diary by Rupert Mould.

q)What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative process?

a)When you feel it rock out. I like creating things during an accident like doodling and something comes up like an idea, also I get a lot more creative when a show is revolving around a specific theme makes me think harder and makes me think about what other artist is going to come up with knowing their style and how sick the other persons piece might look like inspires me to come up with something close as, good or sicker. Not meaning like a competition but if I love someone else’s work I tend to try to paint a piece just as good because I wanna be just as good as the person that inspires me.

q)What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?

a)I love making music with my brother and my homie’s. I also like to emcee.

My other love is film I love creating videos and working on cinematography projects, music videos or being part of a movie production.

q)Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited about?

a)Yes I have a show coming up at “Intoxicated Demons” in Berlin with Morten Anderson, ARO and HYP.

I’ve never been outside the US so it’s exciting for me to rock a show in Europe. A lot of my inspiration comes from European artist I think there are tons of innovations going on there.

q)Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines, galleries do you prefer?

a)I represent Honolulu Hawaii, but have recently based myself out of Los Angeles CA. USA. So a lot of my shows has been on the west coast of the United States I frequent the shows in Gallery 1988, Ronin Gallery, Munky King LA. I’m working on a couple shows in San Francisco I just rocked a Mural at The Honolulu Contemporary Art Museum which was an honor. I’m also part of Andy Howells Artsprojekt network which has tons of artist involved. I was just Published in Contrast Magazine ( , had pass features in Hi-Fructose, and Clutter magazine. You can find me here on the net ( on artsprojekt go into artist and look my name up, you can find products ranging from Skatedecks, t-shirts, pins and coffee mugs, basically a place for people who want to pick up easy to find Woebots products. You can also go here ( here you can find my limited edition art prints and originals, my manager runs the site so if you want to get original art works custom prints go to Silent Stage Gallery. So lastly if you wanna check out what I been up to you can check out my blog here ( my personal blog, I post videos, new artworks and travels can be seen here. I also have a show planned for June in New Zealand more info to come, hopefully I could rock a show in Vienna and Tokyo well anywhere in Europe and Japan.

q)Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.

a)As for movies make a lists of your favorites with no specific number or order?

Baraka, Old boy, Star Wars Trilogy, Chung King Express, Crouching tiger hidden Dragon, City of God, Amelie, Style Wars, Bboy Planet, Bomb it, Goonies, Forest Gump, 40 year old virgin any movies connected to Seth Rogen, LA Haine, Akira, Samurai showdown, Usual Suspects, Lock Stock 2 smoking barrels, Hi fidelity, whoa damn way to many to answer hahah but that was a few of my favourites off the top of my head in 2 minutes.

q)Any advice for aspiring artists?

a)Fuck what people say, keep creating and never think you’re the best out there, there is always someone out there working harder then you so keep rockin. Keep a cool head arrogance makes art ugly no one wants to own art from a asshole.

q)Where can we see more of your work online?


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