Charlie Immer is a fine artist and an illustrator. His work has been shown across the nation and has been featured in HiFructose and Juxtapoz magazines. We are proud to offer our second RUN from Charlie, Slipper Removal. Check out Charlie’s first run here. We recently had a chance to talk with Charlie about his latest RUN, what artists inspire him and what he has on the horizon. Read after the jump for the interview and see the latest print Slippery Removal by clicking the image below or over on 1xRUN.
1xRUN: Tell us a bit about Slippery Removal, when was this piece created? How long did it take to make?
Charlie Immer: This print is of a painting that was a part of my show, “Bone Jiggle”, at Roq La Rue this past October. I tend to work on a bunch of pieces at a time so it’s a bit difficult to pinpoint exactly how long it took. If I had to guess, I would say 3 weeks from sketch to finish.
Sometimes I like to think that this painting involves a surrogate for me who gets to touch gross juicy stuff without throwing up or dealing with any bizarre smells. I also have this fear that under my skin my organic processes are just a mess and I would like a more direct way of sorting things out.
1xRUN: What is especially unique about this print?
Charlie Immer: Where else will you see sherbet slimed skulls getting optically fondled by a psychedelic maraca?
1xRUN: Describe this print in one gut reaction word for us.
Charlie Immer: Eye-popping.
1xRUN: What artists inspired you early on?
Charlie Immer: Leonardo’s anatomical studies were a huge inspiration to me when I first started drawing in elementary school. Mark Ryden was the first contemporary artist who made me want to be a professional artist. It made me confident that there is an audience for more strange and mysterious work.
1xRUN: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Charlie Immer: I listen to a lot of music while I work. Right now I’ve been listening to the Tim and Eric CD, along with the instrumentals from the Fantastic Mr. Fox OST. Ratatat is also a staple on my playlists and has been for about 5 years.
1xRUN: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Charlie Immer: I recently got my first real painting from Travis Lampe. It’s really boss. I have it hung prominently in my studio/bedroom.
1xRUN: What else do you have in the works currently?
Charlie Immer: I have a piece in the upcoming “About Face” show at the WWA gallery in Los Angeles on Friday, January 13th and a painting at the Oceanic Awareness Collaboration show at the White Walls gallery on February 18th. I’ve also got a painting I’m playing with right now which has a bunch of new elements in it. When it’s done it should be really neat.