Back for his second RUN we again welcome artist Ryan McCann. For his first RUN he caused an immediate stir with his Death To Banksy. This time around for You Don’t Get To Free The Slaves he’s picked up his favorite artistic weapon of choice: the blowtorch. Check out the video below and read on for our Exclusive 1xRUN Thru Interview with Ryan McCann about his latest RUN.
1xRUN Thru Interview
You Don’t Get To Free The Slaves by Ryan McCann
1xRUN: When was the piece drawn/created?
Ryan McCann: The original was created in 2011.
1xRUN: Is there anything immediate you would like us to highlight ?
Ryan McCann: The original is from a limited series where I did not use any paint, just fire and wood.
1xRUN: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for “You Don’t Get To Free The Slaves” ?
Ryan McCann: This piece was inspired from the Social Network movie poster that had a similar saying regarding getting to 1 million friends. That is why the original piece is 40×27 inches, the standard movie poster size.
Ryan McCann: A week.
1xRUN: What is unique about this piece?
Ryan McCann: I guess my blowtorch process is unique to me and makes my work unique, but this print is special because I developed a new process where I can make multiples with the blowtorch and this is the first series done with this process.
1xRUN: Why should people buy this RUN?
Ryan McCann: Because it will be worth a lot of money one day.
1xRUN: Describe this RUN in one gut reaction word.
1xRUN: When did you first start making art?
Ryan McCann: As a child.
1xRUN: What was your first piece?
Ryan McCann: A performance piece when I shit on my dad as an infant.
1xRUN: What artists inspired you early on?
Ryan McCann: Jeff Koons, Ed Rucha, Basquiat, Jasper Johns, and any of the 80’s pop artists were big influences early on. Banksy really helped me look at the world in a different way, so that’s probably why I shot him in my last RUN.
1xRUN: What artists inspire you now?
Ryan McCann: Kaz Oshiro is doing some amazing work right now
1xRUN: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Ryan McCann: I love Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW/NPR. Then after that it is a free for all but Pandora is usually the DJ.
1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Ryan McCann: It would be fun to paint the inside of a Goodyear blimp with Jeff Koons.
Ryan McCann: I would love to work with Basquiat. His raw connection to making art was something I have always admired.
1xRUN: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Ryan McCann: The first and last piece of art that I bought was a surrealist print from an unknown artist I found in a Hollywood thrift store in 2005. It hangs in my living room.
1xRUN: What else do you have currently in the works?
Ryan McCann: My Jane’s Addiction commemorative guitar for Gibson is now up on Sunset Blvd. as part of the Gibson Guitar Town Project. I am stoked to be alongside Shepard Fairey and Ron English who have also done guitars for the project. I have a solo show scheduled for 2013 at LA Art Core, as well as a few group show scattered through the rest of this year. Also, I was invited to speak about my work at the TEDx Conference this fall in Orange County, so I’m getting ready to get my speak on.
1xRUN: Where can people find you on the internette?