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February 19, 2016

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Join us in our DC Store: Meet the artist behind the hand-painted canvases on our walls

Events
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February 19, 2016

Our D.C. store's walls got a little brighter than they were before thanks to local artist Jeremy Flick. Read all about the inspiration behind this art installation he created just for us in the interview with Jeremy below.

Join us at our in-store event in Logan Square with Jeremy Flick for sips, snacks and a short talk from the artist on Feb. 24 from 7-9 p.m. No RSVP is needed.

Read his interview, below.

Jeremy Flick's art installation was made with colors directly from Shinola's color guide.

How long have you been a contemporary artist? Please describe your work’s aesthetic.

Art has always been an aspect of my life, even as a child. When I was 8 years old, I would constantly doodle and sketch during class. My parents knew that I had to do well in school and not upset my teachers, but that I also loved art. As a compromise, my parents said that I could study painting if I promised to not draw during class. I am really grateful for having such a supportive family.

My work has evolved over the years as I became more confident in finding my artistic voice. My work has moved towards adapting a very controlled, minimalist aesthetic. Most recently, I have been interested in investigating "color systems" derived from the imitation and representation of blown-up pixels of digital images. 

What inspires you to create? Where do you feel most inspired? 

I make paintings out of the necessity to make them, to reflect how I see and experience the world. I am drawn to visual patterns, textures, and colors. I see the world around me in the context of painting. I have always been drawn to imagine how these elements can be manipulated or re-represented in a different way. 

Uptight (everything's alright).

Describe the art installation on display in our D.C. Store. What is it called and how did you create it?

The art installation, "Uptight (everything’s alright)", is composed of 64 “pixels” of 11 isolated colors, which are repeated across six unique, hand-painted canvases to produce a singular installation. I wanted to use colors that both reflected and complimented the Shinola brand. My girlfriend had a great suggestion to use colors directly from Shinola's color guide. 

While the immediate and overall effect of the work is graphic in nature, I am most interested in the subtle interaction of the colors, and how the elements of repetition and difference gesture towards the distinction between the mass-produced and the handmade. 

The title of the work references the 1966 Stevie Wonder song of the same name. The lyrics depict a "a poor man's son('s)" appreciation for a rich girl's seeing his true worth - it’s not about being famous or wealthy, but about being authentic. The title is a nod to Shinola, to Detroit and to Motown. It is also a nice play off the painting, which can be characterized as controlled and "uptight," but that too is "alright."

How does it feel to have your work featured in Shinola’s D.C. store? 

It is great to be aligned with a company that places so much value on artists, artisans, and on the quality of hand-made products. Thank you to Shinola and Washington Project for the Arts for making this opportunity possible to local Washington, D.C. artists, like myself.

Find us in D.C. at our Logan Circle Store: 1631 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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