Interview with koogz – Artist

For years I have worked freelance, and as a production artist for graphics, and photography. I rediscovered the art within me while taking care of my parents after moving to Florida. During the past three years, while taking my father to the VA Hospital in St. Petersburg, I found something magical was happening.

Things I could not and still cannot explain. I see hearts everywhere, and it is not just pattern recognition in place, it is something more. These things have inspired my art. The spaces of time in between are the most important to me because then we are to be paying more attention than ever.

My art is photography based has a metaphysical and I use classical and traditional techniques to produce.

koogz
koogz

http://www.koogz.net

When did you first become interested in art?

I was about 7 years old and it started with just doodling with a paper and pencil, and it was more about escaping than creating. By my early teen years I had built my own dark room and was experimenting with film, developing and manipulating images before, during, and post processing.

What style of art do you use most?

My style can be best described by others, but I will attempt to. To me it is a kind of digital abstract expressionism with form. In reality it is a style I have developed throughout a three year journey.

Has your style changed from when you first began as an artist?

My current style of art is recent, and I never felt compelled to mimic other styles. I would prefer abstract art over any genre, but have a deep love of all art that truly represents the artist, no matter what style.

What medium do you use?

The medium is photographic and digital sculpting. I am a binary sculptor.

Wings of Lucifer  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Wings of Lucifer ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What made you choose that medium?

I prefer to think of it as the medium choosing me. I am like a fish, swimming in the ocean and I see no limits to the possibilities.

Do your ideas come from life or imagination?

Both, and I can even add they come from another place beyond life and imagination.

When I look at my art, I sometimes find it staring back at me.

How do you choose your images and colors?

In my current series “Of Hearts & Wings” the final outcome is a form of a heart or wings.

Do you work in a studio?

At the moment I do not work in a studio, but when I take my work to it’s next logical level, it will require one.

Scissor Wings  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Scissor Wings ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite artist is Picasso. It is what is behind his work that is more important to me than the work itself.

What is your favorite piece of work by yourself? (try and include it in the images above)

How well do you take criticism?

Openness to others thoughts on my art, give me greater insight as to how it is received. I love it when people see it for the first time. I hope it makes them consider it something they have never seen before, and want to look investigate more.

What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?

I don’t worry about having blocks, what is more worrisome to me is having enough time in the day. I am inspired constantly by everything around me, and focusing on art alone is not what gives one inspiration, it is what is in between we need to pay attention to.

How do you know something is ‘finished’? Is it easy to walk away?

It will let me know when it is done or not, and then it is easy to walk away. Each one of my pieces has a very special time and place that has it’s own story, nobody would know about unless they spoke with me about it. I don’t think it hinders the meaning to an individual. I think it enriches the experience. Like a great song, we can still apply our own meanings making it more special to us.

Pink Heart  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Pink Heart ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Have you had exhibits in galleries?

This is where there simply must be a single word answer. No, but I will elaborate. I haven’t approached any galleries or venues about showing my art. My book and creating has been consuming most of my time, and it is not without great weight on my mind, I consider where my art would best show.

Have you any exhibits in galleries planned for the future?

At the moment I have no plans, except to find the best venue to show my art. It is fairly specific and am open to potential venues.

What are you currently working on?

My series “Of Hearts & Wings” is still an ongoing process, and my book. “Of Hearts & Wings – The Art of Creation”

What are your plans for the future?

I plan on taking my art to the next level technologically, as well traditionally. I have epiphanies all the time, and have made extensive notes and plans to bring them to life, again.

Devil's Heart  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Devil’s Heart ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Listen to yourself. What is it about your art that inspires you? Do not let other influence you, unless

What advice would you give new artists?

I would never give advice to anyone unless they asked me first, and am careful with my words. I would rather listen and reinforce the positive they are doing, and seek out originality above all. Never copy someone, or suffer losing yourself.

Have you done any courses to help you?

Every course I have ever taken has helped me, and some of them had to do with art. Some of my favorite courses of study have to do with the foundations of society, and how people interact with each other and the unknown.

Ascension  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Ascension ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What do you do to market your work?

My art is not for sale yet, but I am putting the word out about it and web site through various social media.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/koogz
http://instagram.com/koogz_
https://facebook.com/artofkoogz

Are you interested in Commission work?

I do not do commission work, but I might consider it for photography, in very specific cases and needs.

Alien Wings Vertical ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Alien Wings Vertical ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Have you got hobbies?

I love movies, and music. Every genre has captivated and captured my imagination. There is so much beauty in life to be embraced, I feel music and how we represent life and it’s challenges stimulate us the most to be positive and become our dreams.

I have some friends that are professionals in Hollywood, and in Music. Knowing these special people and having an insight into their lives gives me a health respect for what ‘celebrities’ have to deal with. To me, they are just people, with special gifts which are appreciated.

Where are you based?

I am based in Sarasota, Florida (Lakewood Ranch) A small community. Rich in the arts.

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