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Meet Adam Stacey and Makenzie Goodman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Stacey and Makenzie Goodman.

Adam and Makenzie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Makenzie and I met two years ago as artists new to LA. Our partnership evolved from conversations that we were having about imagery, mythology, and space. We were both interested in the allegorical implications of traveling West, trying to “make it” in California and the consequences of such a quest based on blind faith and fool’s luck.

Our shared experiences and interests led us to begin collaborating on projects, although we both worked in very different mediums. I work primarily in sculpture, focusing on ceramic arts, while Makenzie works with time-based mediums, focusing on photography.

Despite differences in our individual practices and approaches to art making, our collaboration over the last year and a half has proven to be enriching and highly productive.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
With any sort of collaboration, there must be some compromises. In our case, it sometimes feels like that is all we do. There can be a lot of friction when it comes time to make a decision, but this has been fruitful for us. We challenge each-other consistently to explain our concepts to one another through conversations and questions that may not arise as regularly in solo art practice.

We have regular critical dialogue taking place when we work with one another. This is certainly not always easy. But ultimately we have learned to respect each other’s opinions while defending our own ideas. It is also a healthy (i.e., humbling), a way for us to keep our egos in check.

Aside from the challenges that come with collaborating, there are all the normal difficulties that most artists face: where and how to generate money to fund projects and how to cultivate time to work on said projects. However, this is not a problem unique to us and working together we try to support each other when one of us is feeling defeated, uninspired or dejected.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Because we work in different mediums, our collaboration pushes towards a post-medium conversation where ideas are the genesis of the work we make. Lately, we have been interested in the cross-overs between the reproductive act of both print-making and mold-casting, how they both produce a positive and a negative and how the duplicate values or devalues the original where the’ real thing” and the image or reproduction of it line up.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Thus far we are very proud of the most recent six months we’ve been working together, which have been very busy and challenging both professionally and artistically. We have supported each other through several stressful and rewarding shows and are more fired up than ever to keep making new developments through collaboration.

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