PACIFIC DISSENT INTERVIEWS ARTIST ERIC YEVAK by Pacific Dissent

Composition 488, (work on paper). 44x72"

Composition 488, (work on paper). 44x72"

Composition 630, (work on paper). 17x24"

Composition 630, (work on paper). 17x24"

Composition 614, (work on paper). 44x72cm

Composition 614, (work on paper). 44x72cm

1. How do you know when a piece is finished?

There is a balance I am looking for, and a feeling of wholeness.

2. When did you begin painting? What inspired you to start?

I was young, early teens. It was the closest I could come to controlling a spiritual experience.

3. What artistic style influences you.

Early on it was the abstract expressionist, but minimalism and post structuralism also affected me. Punk and hardcore. But now it’s a mixture of all isms. I’m really influenced by the flattening of Art history, which is being driven by the Internet.

4. What is it about your chosen medium that draws you to it?

It has both meditative and violent parts. It allows for unlimited combinations.

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Composition 576, (work on wood). 23x33"

Composition 576, (work on wood). 23x33"

Composition 579, (work on wood). 36x48"

Composition 579, (work on wood). 36x48"

5. Are you motivated more by the creation of a piece or the finished product?

Wow that’s a good question. It has to be the idea of a finished piece. The process is very important to me, I am always changing my process, refining and experimenting, but at the end of the day if I don’t like the finished piece. Well that’s not a good day. I also like and enjoy when a piece fails, as long as it’s a big failure. I really enjoy being surprised in the work.

6. Do you feel as though your art is a representation of you, or the world as it appears around you?

Yes, in a sense it is a representation of me. All art is both personal and political. If an artist says her work is not political, well i feel that’s because that artist has political privilege affording her the ability to indulge her personal whims. Which is still political. My work is definitely more of an internal journey than a reflection of the out side world. 

You can check out more of Eric's work here on his website. 

Instagram: @EricYevak

PACIFIC DISSENT INTERVIEWS PHOTOGRAPHER MIKE GUGLIADA by Pacific Dissent

Brandon Gironda, Fakie Lipslide

Brandon Gironda, Fakie Lipslide

Chris Pierre-Jaques, Kickflip Noseslide

Chris Pierre-Jaques, Kickflip Noseslide

Marcus Eagel, Tre Flip

Marcus Eagel, Tre Flip

Mike Sass, No Comply

Mike Sass, No Comply

 

What Camera Do you use the most?  

Now a days I mainly just use two cameras, for skateboarding my canon 7D, and for everything else my Canon A1. I’ve actually only been shooting digital for maybe 2 years, before that 100% film.

Do you have a preferred speed of film for shooting skating?  

I almost always shoot 400 just cause it's so versatile. Sometimes in the summer I'll have a roll of 200 in there but usually nothing else.

Any favorite subjects to shoot?    

My friends, we go out with a crew and see where the day takes us. The days can be super unpredictable, which is great.

What are your sources of creative inspiration?                     

I grew up reading skateboarder magazine and Jonathan Mehring was their staff photographer at the time, I’ve always admired his work be it skateboarding or not.

Jonathan's work puts heavy emphasis on the skater and their location, giving you the feeling that the entire world can be a skate spot. Which aspect in your photography has the highest priority: the subject, the action, or the location?

I try to focus on the location, some spots just don't translate well into photos. I always aim to do the spot justice, like the back tail image of Brandon Gironda into the bank, that spot has zero run up, is super crusty and has so much room for error. I composed it with the broken cement to the right to show how rough that spot really is.

Going to photograph, do you ever have a preconceived idea behind the aesthetic the pictures will take?

To do the spot and trick justice. These guys are out there for hours at a time before they finally land the trick. I just want to be able to have evidence that they did something noteworthy.

Have you ever missed the shot after hours of failed attempts at the trick?

I have definitely missed the shot, I rarely shoot multiple frames per attempt so timing is everything. Even after a few hours I might not have something worth keeping, but my friends are super talented and will give it a few more tried just for the photo even after they landed it.

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Dustin Younie, kickflip

Dustin Younie, kickflip

Paul Hintz, Switch Varial Heelflip

Paul Hintz, Switch Varial Heelflip

How did you start taking pictures?

Growing up my Mom was always giving me cameras. From little point and shoot 35mm Kodak’s to mini 110’s. Learning to shoot on film really helped me develop whatever skill I might have today for sure.

Do you have any future projects in the works?   

Right now just to keep shooting. My friends just wrapped up their fourth skate video titled “duzzed.” this past winter and are already onto the next, so there will me much more to come.

Favorite skate spot?

Any spot that my buddies can kill it at really.

Film or digital?

Such a touchy subject. For me when it comes down to it digital for skateboarding just because of the cost of film, and film for everything else.

RAW or in-camera processing?

I always shoot raw, it gives me so much room to work with in post. Skate spots can have terrible lighting, but you have to work with it cause they're not moving for you.

You can check out more of Mike's work here on his website. 

Instagram: @MikeGugz