Meet artist and master printer Kevin Falco – 20 Questions

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As we prepare for the unveiling of our next exhibit here at madelife, we like to take time to introduce our artists and give a window onto their motivations, thoughts, habits and origins. We’re thrilled to be able to highlight the work of Kevin Falco. Our opening with him and SMiLE here at madelife on November 11th is close at hand.

Don’t miss the opening party from 7pm to 10pm, with live music by Sun Jr and Ancient Giant, live print-making and coloring with Flatiron Press and crystal elixirs by Boulder’s Pure Planets.

Name: Kevin Falco

Current Residence:  Boulder, CO (by way of NY)

Describe yourself and your work: 

BOTH: soft-spoken, transformational, and direct…

How did you get started in your career as an artist?

I began drawing at a very young age, 1st or 2nd grade… my teachers would allow me to work on my own which was huge for me in that it taught me both freedom and confidence…

What piece of work best represents you and why (image too please if possible):

‘Artaud,’ ‘And Then Some’ and ‘Exuent’ – all of which are in the show as recent works…

How do your materials influence your work?

They weld the idea of essence, presence and vibration in the works I seek to create… 

Falcostudio1                                                                                                                              Where do you go to get inspired (can be physical or digital; can be more than one answer):

NYC… and catalogues of shows I would have liked to have witnessed, as well as catalogues of what I would call inspirational and / or challenging…

What have you learned through creating that has surprised you?

Creativity, without concession and compromise, is a waste of both one’s mind and time… The work knows what it wants to be, it takes patience to work towards its goal and ultimate completion…

Describe your work routine for your artistic practice (i.e. morning person / night person; how many hours at a stretch, organized or spontaneous – you get the idea):

I’m much more of an evening person, although daytime activity is not rare… I try not to pay attention to time… the work is either presenting itself as coming of age or it isn’t… organized and chaotic spontaneity would best define my mindset when I work…

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What is it like when you collaborate with other artists?

Having been a fine art master printer for close to 40 years, collaboration has become (and always has been) second nature to me… I revere a great number of the artists I have been fortunate to have collaborated with including: Francesco Clemente, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, James Rosenquist, Robert Motherwell et alia… But I never allowed my reverence to interfere with the ‘work’ we were involved in… My work and order as collaborator has been to support as well as challenge an artist’s concept…

How do you balance being an artist and making a living?

When I’m working and deep into it, it’s as though I’m not even there, which is the finest goal I might have for what creativity is… I want the creativity to be about working harder with less effort.

What is your process for coming up with new work?

Walks, reading and looking, and imagining through speculation what is possible in form…

Why do you believe art has value?

Without it in any form, I am less than I am capable of being and giving.

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What is playing on your stereo these days?

Copeland, Pink Floyd, Barber, Zappa, Poco, Richard Thompson, Mozart, Respighi

What are you reading right now?

Duchamp’s biography, De Kooning, as well as any number of artist catalogues and books…

 

Where is your favorite place to visit (here or abroad, visited or wanting to visit):

S-Chanf and Paris

Which artist is currently inspiring you the most?

Mondrian, Gorky, Magritte…

What’s the best thing about your studio/ workspace/ workshop?

It’s in my home…

What do you do to stay motivated to create?

I constantly and consistently think of, and imagine, new ways to draw my ideas towards an end, be it drawing, painting, sculpture, writing and music.

What’s the best part about being an artist?

Never letting go of my mind’s eye sense of creativity, balance, vibration and essence… Time is not infinite… Making its expenditure more meaningful and fruitful is what allows our completeness…

 

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