THE DAVID C INTERVIEW
Ryan-Hello Sir, how are you?
Dave- Hello there young child. Right now I’m full to the brim, have been eating my arse off this evening, started off with a plate of steamed vegies with grilled mushrooms and tofu then mikey fried up some hash browns and fries. Quite the appetite it seems mwuaha..
Ryan-We know that you’re one hell of a shredder on a bike, but what a lot of people mightn’t know is that you’re also one talented artist, so as the world demands, what is David all about?
Dave- you are too kind, I think I'm more of a chiller then a shredder, on both the bike and the art. I guess that is what I would like to be about, chilling and relaxing. Riding my bike around to have fun and painting and drawing to keep myself occupied otherwise. Having Fun, that’s what it's all about!
Ryan- Could you give us a description of the work that you do?
Dave- I make lots of work and it is all kind of different but still has a few similar characteristics. I like to get the mix media thing going, some ink or watercolour, spray paint, pen and pencil amongst other things all going on the canvas. I was studying Graphic Design last year but I had to have a break from the computer, I should go back and finish my diploma soon, but I still design stuff here and there. I also like taking photos and having an odd dabble with the video camera.
Ryan-At what point did you realize that art was a big part of your life? -Was there anything or anyone who influenced the decision the most?
Dave-I think it has always had a significant role in my life. I grew up with my mum and her friends were all artists or musicians. I must have realised the bizarre people my mum surrounded us with as children were on to something, they made their livings from things they had passion for, like art and music. In particular, an art teacher/artist/musician we lived with for several years had a lasting impression on me. Having all this around me at a young age, I think gave art a lot more importance.
Ryan- Does your work have any conceptual or narrative ideas hidden deep beneath the surface?
Dave- I wouldn’t say I delve that deep into the conceptual side of things. Having to do all that in the HSC last year has made me want to just make art, purely for the sake of making art, no background agendas or hidden meanings. In years to come I may be able to answer this question better.
Ryan-Are there any particular artists that influence or inspire you to do the work that you do?
Dave- So many!
Ryan-Do you follow the same influences today as you did when you first started out drawing and painting?
Dave- Not really, I guess my influences back then were quite limited compared to the range of stuff I can draw inspiration from now, just from gathering ideas over time. I think I still have the same desires I had when I first started making art, which I suppose is to make nice looking images. You could say that my idea of what a nice looking image is has varied greatly over time, and I’m still not totally sure what one is.
Ryan-You’ve spent some time here in Melbourne in recent years, how does the Melbourne art scene compare to what Sydney has to offer?
Dave- Melbourne has it going on! The city is beautiful, the people are great, the culture is rich and living is easy! Apart from the weather you guys have it made!
Ryan-What do you think about Ma. Gallery?
Dave-Two dedicated ladies doing their own thing.
Ryan-Do you have any plans in the near future to partake in any shows with Ma. Or any other galleries? If so, where?
Dave- Not currently. I’m coming up with a bunch of new work so hopefully something will happen again soon.
Ryan- Would you like to say some final words?
MA. GALLERY, 27 DICK ST, CHIPPENDALE