Charlie Immer is an artist who has exhibited in galleries around the world. The artist’s distinctive pastel color palette, technique, and themes resonate with an expanding audience. Inspired by horror films, cartoons, nature, candy, and video games, his striking, surreal work is both humorous and unsettling. We are excited to welcome Charlie back for his third RUN, many of you may remember Charlie’s SOLD Out RUNs, Jellyface and Slippery Removal. This time around Charlie has brought us Guts Gust, those of you trying to say that three times fast may have more luck than we did. Read on below as we caught up with Charlie about his latest RUN and much more in the 1xRUN Thru Interview below..
1xRUN Thru Interview
Guts Gust by Charlie Immer
1xRUN: Tell us about the original piece, when was it created and with what materials?
Charlie Immer: The original was painted with oils on panel and it is sold. I drew out the image with pencil and then glazed oils over it. The piece was finished in September of 2010.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about? How long did the piece take?
Charlie Immer: I wanted to show that there is an appropriate time for self examination. This painting being an example of a bad time. I would say it took about 2 weeks from sketch to finish.
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Charlie Immer: The sense of motion created by the guts blowing in the wind.
1xRun: Why should people buy this piece?
Charlie Immer: Buy this piece if you enjoy silly scenes of violence.
1xRun: Describe the print in one gut reaction word.
Charlie Immer: Boisterous.
1xRun: When did you first start making art?
Charlie Immer: I don’t know about art making but I first started drawing in preschool. A teacher showed me how to draw a simple skeleton.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Charlie Immer: Disney’s Silly Symphonies Skeleton Dance:
1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Charlie Immer: I’m inspired by artists who I perceive are having a lot fun with their work. Im always excited to see what Dave Cooper, Femke Hiemstra, and Wayne White are up to.
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Charlie Immer: I do listen to music while I’m working. I like The Animal Collective, Salem, Castlevania 3 OST, atmospheric instrumentals, Roy Orbison, and Goblin just to name a few. I also watch a lot of Seinfeld, Tim and Eric, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Charlie Immer: I would collaborate Dave Cooper. I love the way he draws and the way he lights his subjects. I know I would have fun painting naked women and skeletons undulating together.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Charlie Immer: Hieronymus Bosch. Though I would more than likely just sit and watch. It would be amazing to see a piece go from sketch to finish.
1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Charlie Immer: I traded with Travis Lampe, another one of my favorite artists. The painting is of a sweaty sad unicorn wrestling a lumberjack.
1xRun: What else do you have in the works?
Charlie Immer: I have a piece in the Santa La Muerte show at the Sacred Machine which opens on Sept 7th. I will also be a part of the Bewitching 2 show at the Stranger Factory in October.