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artist profile: ariel erestingcol

Where was your favorite place to live?
There are a few favorites- NY, SF, but there’s no place like home, Los Angeles, because it’s where I grew up plus the weather and energy is amazing.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Technically there aren’t any separate rooms since I live in a studio so I guess…the studio. It’s a place where I can get involved in my own thoughts and express myself.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The French curve, because it’s traditionally used for drafting but you can use it as a drawing tool to produce fluid/smooth curves and varying radii. Plus digitally it’s used for vector based graphics. Aside from my art practice I am a graphic designer, I am always using the pen tool which is based on the French curve.

What are your sources of inspiration?
The urban quotidian. What’s better than to use what’s around you—the everyday is a great source of inspiration, the intricate architecture, the city landscape and the people that make it buzz .

What do you drive?
A gunmetal grey Toyota Tacoma 2010 pick-up truck. Practical for an artist LOL.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A time device that can make TIME still…

What are your interests outside of design?
Spending quality time with Friends/Family and tending to my dog, he’s the best dog ever!!!

Who are you design icons?
Paul Rand who created the (ABC logo). Marc Atlan, charles and Ray Eames, le Corbusier and whoever came up with the ‘Sunny D’ logo.

Form vs. function?
Can’t have one without the other.

What is your signature?
Illusion vs. allusion – it’s a re-occurring theme in most of my pieces – blurring the lines between what you are looking at and what is being presented. My works allude to the fact that the imagery being presented can only be grasped when you take a step back. It’s like when you see a realistic image at a distance but up close it’s just a jumble of noise and stuff.

What is your personal decorating style?
It’s a hybrid of reclaimed vintage materials with a touch of modern, what I like to call “modern vintage”.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My tools! “My tools…I love my tools…”

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Making art.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Use an old painter’s ladder as a bookshelf.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
My painting teacher at art school would scream at me about not using enough color in my paintings. He was always yelling at me, “ the whole world is in reverse!!!- it’s not about what you want, it’s about what it needs!!! It’s not about what you can’t do, it’s about what you can do- alternatives ways-haven’t you heard of that yet?!!!”

Although it was hard at times, those moments stuck with me through the years in my studio practice, not because of the yelling… it was clear to me that if you need to get something done you can’t get all caught up in your inabilities to move forward—to get there sooner or later you have to focus on what the situation needs. I guess it’s another way of being present through action and at the same time separating yourself from your fears and wants.

My advice: everything is a work in progress. See problems as challenges and get absorbed in the present because otherwise you might just miss that one important moment.

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