Monday, May 12, 2008
After Marcus Oakley stopped by TrustYourStyle last year, his interview became a bit of a cult hit. With solo shows in London, Edinburgh, Milan, New York, and Tokyo, it's easy to see why his cheery paintings have garnered quite an international following. I love his charming work, so I'm really happy that Marcus has stopped by today to chat a bit about his new show, "Pictoral Aural", opening at gallery hanahou on May 22.
mj: As you know, I'm a fan of your work, and am so glad you have a new show opening. How long have you been working on Pictoral Aural?
marcus: I haven't been working on Pictoral Aural as long as I have wanted to. For the exhibition I decided to show only new artworks specifically made for for the exhibition, so that has been a challenge of sorts, but it also meant that hopefully by making all the work at the same time then all the artworks will relate to each other.
mj: How did you go about working on these new pieces? Can you describe your process or a typical day making art?
marcus: Most of the work is about a piece of music or inspired about how music makes me feel. So everything started with me sitting down with a cup of tea and listening to lots music that I like. I would drink tea and daydream and visualize the music in my mind, and then draw and write down notes and ideas to use later to base my artwork on.
mj: How do you think this new show fits into the overall body of your work? Do you see it as a progression or as something totally new?
marcus: I like to think that every time I make a new piece of new work that I am progressing forward. The artworks I have made for the exhibition do fit into what I have been doing previously, I originally started to investigate the concept of visually interpreting music 12 years ago. This the first time I have only exhibited artworks related just to music.
mj: Do you have a favorite piece (or pieces) in the show and why?
marcus: I have many pieces that I am happy with, but at the moment I like the cat collage, it's a simple interpretation for the song 'cool for cats' by the band Squeeze. The cat just seems to be very relaxed wearing sun glasses and a pink bow tie.
mj: What's next? Are you working on new pieces or do you have plans for a new grouping of work after this show?
marcus: So far I have had a rather busy year working and exhibiting my artwork. So I need to take it easy just for a little, and so I am looking forward to riding my bicycle and drinking tea.
Thanks Marcus for stopping by!