Kevin Caron is this week’s featured artist.
Medium(s) you work in:
How would you describe your art?
Rusty (most of my pieces have a rust patina). Seriously, a combination of contemporary and practical art that is easy on the eye and gentle on the heart. My work is intended to evoke emotional responses from viewers.
What artist(s) living or dead inspire you? Why?
One of my recent pieces, After Escher, was inspired by the work of M.C. Escher. To create my interpretation of his mind-bending work in three dimensions opened a new avenue for me. I also have a quote from Paul Gauguin in my studio: “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.”
What are your thoughts on selling art?
I’m a full-time artist, so I’m all for it. I have to put my creations up for adoption so a) I can make room for new pieces, and b) I can afford materials for new ones. I imagine this is what it’s like giving up one of your own children for adoption every time one finds a home.
I strive to maintain my artistic integrity, but I also often like the collaborative process when doing a public piece or a commission. Fortunately, I also have help on the business front – my wife handles the marketing, proposals, etc., which allows me to better focus on the work.
What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing as an artist?
Being true to my own vision can get tricky sometimes, especially when doing commissions, which are a good part of my work, and when seeing other work I admire. This makes me careful about visiting galleries and museums, and I miss that.
What has been the biggest victory or success in your art career?
I finally overcome the gag reflex when I call myself a sculptor. It took me a long time to feel comfortable with that. Early in my career, I really didn’t believe it. Now I do.
What are your short term artistic goals? And what are your long term goals?
My short-term goals are to continue having fun doing what I’m doing (that’s sort of long-term, too, really). My long-term goals are for me to be successful enough to make and focus on only a few pieces a year and still be able to make a living at it.
Anything else you would like to share?
I encourage people to enjoy my site at kevincaron.com, where you can see images and videos of the way I approach my work as well as hear my sound sculptures (sound is an important part of many of my pieces). You can also sign up for my newsletter, which is short, sweet and comes seldom.
You can also find Kevin on the Art Palaver Modern Day Artist Podcast.