1xRun Thru Interview
Super Saver! by Denial
1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, when was the original created? Is it still for sale?
Denial: The original was created with spray paint on wood through multiple stencils along with several aspects that are hand painted as well. Yes, it is for sale here on 1xrun for $2000. This piece was painted for a show I did in Toronto, Canada in 2012 at Don’t Tell Mama Gallery. The show was called “This Is Not The Art You Are Looking For. ”
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about? How long did this piece take?
Denial: A lot of my work for that particular show was exploring the state of the economy. Almost as if the economy was this tangible thing. I love comics and super heroes so I thought this to be a beautiful dichotomy. A “hard on his luck” super hero has no work, so he must go to work at Walmart. The initial drawing and design took about a week. To paint it took another week.1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Denial: I feel it is a beautiful reflection on the state of the North American economy.
1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Denial: Because I will love you forever and ever.
1xRun: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.
Denial: SAVE!1xRun: You and Ben Frost have been working a lot together lately, what have you both been up to?
Denial: Ben and I recently began working on a few more collaborative pieces for 1xRUN. Ben is currently in Australia and I have been buzzing around Los Angeles lately. We will also have a 2 man show in October 2013 in Detroit so we will be starting to work on those work in the summer.
1xRun: You two recently took a cross country trip to Los Angeles, give us the rundown on that?
Denial: Yeah that was rad, we drove out of Detroit across the US to Los Angeles. Like any road trip there were some really amazing moments and a few near disasters. All in all it was really really great. Got to do a few really great installations along the way. Broke an axle on the trailer, Ghetto J went to jail in the dessert, got stuck in Colorado on a mountain, all the normal things haha.Once we got there I did this commissioned mural inside this rad event space which was actually a massive greenhouse on the top floor of this building. It had a few walls that weren’t glass and I did a collage pasteup which I also painted over. We did a lot of pasteup collages around the arts district in LA too. I linked up with this dude Jaime who grew up in Los Angeles and he took me around East LA and showed me the “real “LA. It was a really awesome trip and I am now considering moving down there for a while. I am going back in April to paint a massive mural downtown 80ft x 30ft that Jaime found for me.1xRun: How has it been working together, do you find you push each other creatively?
Denial: I think we met at a perfect time and we are definitely inspiring each other. You see, I tend to kind of plow through my creation process and Ben more or less spends a long time on creating his works. I feel that I am showing him some techniques that he can accomplish the same effects he is going for much quicker and he is showing me how to spend more time on the little details of a piece. It has been awesome working with Ben all together. Who the fuck do you think you are?! 1xRun: What plans do you two have coming up for collaborative work?
Denial: Tentatively our next 1xRUN collab is called “Denylenol” to be released when Ben comes back to Canada in a month or so.
1xRun: Exciting, we are definitely looking forward to that, what else do you have going on?
Denial: I am currently curating a mural project in my home town of Windsor this summer. I got a huge grant from this foundation to commission 10-15 large scale murals. So stoked to start that, I just confirmed NYCHOS and BASK! So fucking epic! Some others tentatively participating are HIGH 5, XRAY, POSER, OMEN514, AYO, BEN FROST and myself. Any names out there who would like to participate hit me up though my website.
Also, I am finally allowed back in the USA!!! I am currently looking for galleries in the states to work with. I got to attend Basel for the first time which was fucking amazing!