Today we’d like to introduce you to Chad Attie.
Chad, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was a sensitive kid and began making art at an early age to cope and to escape. These many years later I find myself in a similar, familiar scenario. The work I am producing comes from a deeply emotional and autobiographical place – perhaps more than I would like it to be.
Many of the artists I know don’t particularly like to work from that place. They often try to disconnect deeply personal content from their work, but that just doesn’t work for me. It has become an essential way for me to process how I experience life.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am mildly obsessive and compulsive in my relationship to things (a lot of things). My process producing work tends to reflect this both in subject matter and materials. The themes in the work constellate around love, loss, desire, memory, and mortality. Often the work references cinema, literature, history and mythology to tell the narrative.
The work is told through varied media including video, photography, painting, drawing, story-telling, sculpture and music. Often the evolution of a series of work will take years as I explore a subject matter from many different perspectives and mediums.
While my work is very personal, I do try to make it universal as well so that the work can be meaningful to others. I intend for the viewer to have his or her own experience and connect through the work to what is both universal and intimate.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
How would I define success? A Great Question. I believe that it involves several things for an artist. When one feels satisfied and achieves some momentary peace by doing the work, even if that sense of satisfaction and peace is only fleeting, this is part of being successful. Actually, I believe that success is best if fleeting and that one should never look back and admire past work for very long.
Hopefully, this transitory sense of accomplishment creates a ripe condition to make something new and equally surprising. A state of desiring reinvention is part of being successful as an artist. Invention and originality are key to an artist’s success. Lastly, connection with the viewer is an aspect of successful art.
Does work connect and help the viewer see or feel something in a new way? The connection part is important, and without that, the artist is just making work for himself. This can be self-serving, narcissistic and not very helpful to others.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The work can be seen at The Lodge on Western Avenue. My next solo show there is entitled “Eulogies”; it opens on October 27, 2018. A selection of my photographs can be seen on curatorialhub.com. This fall a video I made called The Story of V will be displayed on two screens along Sunset Blvd., in association with the Innovation Foundation. A comprehensive documentation of the last four years of work is coming out this fall, The Islands Book.
Past solo exhibitions in Los Angeles have been at The Lodge, Klowden Mann, Carl Berg Projects, AndrewShire, Carl Berg Projects, and Newspace, The work has shown in New York, Dallas, and Chicago, and been included in shows at MoCA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Zimmer Museum, the University of LaVerne, and ACE Gallery in Beverly Hills.
The work has been used in many different and diverse projects over the years, from an album for Prince, The Kamasutra album, to a children’s book The Adventures of Fifi and Noni, to ad campaigns and films for the Mini Cooper, to the walls of Franka Sozzani’s Moroccan Palace in Marrakech.
- Address: http://www.thelodge.la/chad-attie/
- Website: www.chadattie.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chad_attie/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chad.attie
- Other: https://www.curatorialhub.com/chad-attie
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