So Erms’ solo show Evertything Begin With An E opens tomorrow at 6.00pm at Art-el Gallery, and Erms has been in Bristol for a few days now and it’s safe to say he is making the gallery his own.
Their are lots of interesting things taking place and we have also had a chance for a little Q & A session.
Q: NAME AND/OR NOM DE PLUME?
A: Also known as: Erms
Q: TEA OR COFFEE?
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUM TO WORK IN AND WHY?
A: I like black pen on paper to only think about line.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
A: Usually ideas come one into the next. While I’m making art I’m usually listening to music. A lyric will catch my ear and I’ll scribble it down and start making mental pictures until an idea forms. Then I’ll figure out how I’m going to graphically execute it and do more drawing. If I’m sketching graffiti, it just flows from unknown places onto the paper. I also have a very large folder of pictures of stuff that I find cool.
Q: YOU HAVE BEEN LABELLED AS A ‘GRAFFITI ARTIST’, ‘GUERILLA STREET ARTIST’, ‘POP ARTIST’, CRIMINAL AND ‘POP ICONOCLAST’ TO NAME BUT A FEW! WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE NEED TO DEFINE YOU IN THIS WAY AND DOES IT IMPACT ON HOW PEOPLE INTERACT WITH YOUR WORK?
A: Haha. I don’t know who called me a pop iconoclast, but I’m going to un-friend them on Facebook at the very least. Above all I’m an artist, I fell into the graffiti movement a long time ago, but if I hadn’t I think I’d still be making art of some kind. I don’t know how people interact with my work, but if they like it then that’s sweet.
Q: IF NOT ART, WHAT CAREER WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HAD?
A: There’s nothing else I’ve ever wanted to do or for that matter, can do.
Q: IF YOU COULD MEET ANY PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE), WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
A: From a graffiti perspective, I’d have liked to have met Dondi White.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO’WRITERS’ WHO LABEL OTHER WRITERS HAVING GALLERY SHOWS AS BEING SELLOUTS?
A: To be honest sometimes I feel like I’d be happy doing nothing but chrome tracksides until the end. Graffiti is a form of visual art for me, but I’m not putting my graffiti pieces in to galleries, I’m putting in pieces of art that are directly inspired by the graffiti. I’m doing graffiti at the same time out in the world which is separate from my gallery stuff and at the same time, directly inspired and influenced by it. I’m not troubled by the question of selling out, I’m just doing what I think is fun.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?
A: Tough question, but I got a big kick out of producing a fanzine for my crew ‘THIS IS LOCAL GRAFF FOR LOCAL PEOPLE’. It was a limited edition of 50 which sold out, and was sent all over the world. It’s success got me interested in publishing work and made me see possibilities. I have several ideas lined up for bigger and better zines.
Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU ARTISTICALLY?
A: Anyone I meet who’s committed and prolific with their art.
Q: THE CONTENT OF THE LAST PHOTO YOU TOOK?
A: I went for a walk deep into some abandoned railway tunnels not far from my apartment this afternoon and took some photos in there. Amazing and slightly disturbing place that I’m planning to return to soon.
Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU IN LIFE?
A: All the writers who are out there getting up on the street, putting time and effort into getting a name seen. Anyone who aims high with their artwork and isn’t afraid to be bold with it.
Q: 3 WEBSITES YOU VISIT EVERYDAY? (NOT SOCIAL MEDIA AS NO DOUBT YOU ARE ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR BOTH!
A: I have to say Flickr although my addiction is waning of late. Other than that it’s Ebay as I’m a junk addict and also PAL crew’s Service Au Bar which is continually amazing.
Q: WHAT WAS THE LAST ART EXHIBITION YOU VISITED AND WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS?
A: I went to see Crash’s last show in Paris, the first time I’ve been to one of his solo expositions. I’m a big fan and would love to have a piece, there were some nice large format signed photos of his subway cars from the 1970s and a bunch of watercolours.
Q: HOW CLOSE TO FINISHING YOUR CURRENT PAINTING ARE YOU?
A: I haven’t started it yet!
Q: THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
A: I’m about half way through the last Wired magazine.
Q: YOUR FAVOURITE GALLERY IN THE WORLD?
A: Difficult one, I like the Tate Modern for the size of the space in the main hall and the possibilities of that. The Grand Palais in Paris is similar in that it’s an enormous space under a glass roof. The last thing I saw there was ‘Leviathan’ by Anish Kapoor last year, which was a 110 ft tall rubber ball you could go inside, it was like being on a different planet.
Q: THE LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
A: I revisted H-Streets ‘Shackle Me Not’ which is an old skateboarding movie from the late 80’s.
Q: 3 PIECES OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO ANYONE JUST STARTING OFF DOWN THE PATH OF TAKING THEIR ART SERIOUSLY?
A: Keep going. Keep going. Keep going.
Q: IF YOU COULD GET SUPERPOWERS OR BE A SUPER HERO WHAT WHO WOULD IT BE?
A: I’d be Superman so I could do good things for planet earth like throwing nuclear missiles into the sun.
Q: IF YOU WERE TO BE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
A: Water purification tablets, a good knife, and something to start fires with.
Q: YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART?
Probably something from Futura 2000 like the piece on the cover of DJ Krush – Meiso, anything from Haring’s late period or any of Bando’s 80s canvases.