Interview with Erik Flores
Erik Flores' original paintings are featured in the February 2015 exhibit "With A Little Help From My Friends" at Daniel Rolnik Gallery. His portraits of artists and ritual objects are as technically stunning as they are mysterious - sucking your eyes into them like a great novel or captivating film. You can follow his blog at http://studiogrindio.blogspot.com/.
What medium(s) did you use to create your piece for "With A Little Help From My Friends" at Daniel Rolnik Gallery?
The paintings are oil on wood and oil on broken art table. The mixed media drawing is charcoal pencil, black artist tape, iced tea, watercolor, and gel medium on paper glued to masonite.
Where are you from & what about that place influences your art?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles (CA). This city [Los Angeles] is a vibrant hub of creative pursuits. I've come to know many inspiring artists that are both from here and elsewhere and these are the people I choose to draw and paint in my work.
What art school did you go to and what was your favorite part about it?
I received my BFA at Laguna College of Art + Design [LCAD] in 2011 where I majored in drawing and painting. Besides learning how to paint with oil, I would say that the friendships I made with classmates were my favorite part of art school. It was the first time I felt like I was in the right community. They were important years of development. Shit, a few of those people are in this show: Trace Mendoza, Megan LeMaster, Jessie Fohrman, Enrique Escobedo, Michael Tammaro.
Would you rather have aliens or monsters be real and why?
Aliens, statistically speaking, are likely out there. We'll probably find them first on a microbial level. There are billions planets and moons that are in habitable zones around other stars. The only real monsters are people that harm and cause suffering.
What's something weird and funny that has happened you?
A sassy, transgendered (male to female) person called me fag one night when I was bent over trying to get my sister's dog to stop eating trash on the sidewalk. I don't take a lot of room, neither did this person, but I was apparently in the middle of the sidewalk and "bent over like a fag". She wanted (not needed) more room to walk by with a bounce in her step in diva mode. I didn't know how to immediately respond. So I just stood there quiet and confused as she walked off.
What was your last adventure & what's your next adventure?
Every art show opening is an adventure that I like referring to as artventures. The last one was the opening of "With A Little Help From Friends" [at Daniel Rolnik Gallery]. It's like a party of interesting minds, attractive people, and great art. Then, you have bars and restaurants around to hit up after the show. There are a lot of art openings to check out, so there's always something around the corner.
Is anyone in your family also artistic? If not, how different are they? If so, what's their art like?
I'm the only visual artist in my family. But, I do have musicians on my mom's side of the family and my nephew that I grew up with owns and operates L.A.B. Records.
What was your childhood room like?
I had a Jeep bed with ninja turtle covers.
How can art make the world a better place?
This video does a great job of explaining the importance of art.
Burgers, Burritos, or Brownies?