ueled by the whim of a synapse
effortless strokes of genius stream
...i first noticed the artistry of thh70 on get underground in february 2002...i spent several hours enraptured by the art exhibited in his extensive online gallery...awestruck by his thought provoking art i wondered if i would ever know the mystery of this gifted and talented man.
several months later as the one year anniversary celebration of get underground came near i learned that thh70 kindly agreed to exhibit some of his art at bridging the gap...extremely excited i hoped for the chance opportunity to meet him during my visit to los angeles
my luck prevailed...the night before the party get underground chief editor shlomo sher invited me along to pick up the art from thh70...i felt excited...i felt nervous...i felt like an intruder...i was about to meet an artist whose images i admired immensely...i was about to meet a man i thought i would never be able to attach a human face and name...the haunting words in his biography...in my art or in my music you will never see my face or see my real name...haunt me no longer and his secret is mine to cherish and respect...
a decade ago thh70 worked as a gallery salesperson...it was all pretty bad...run of the mill stuff...lots of serigraphs of flowers and landscapes...though their collection of keith haring and andy warhol piqued his interest...then i started to get into graffiti and other artists like basquiat and i got so sick of looking at all this other stuff i ended up quitting...i could not sell art that i did not believe in
thh70 is a self taught artist whose art music and life perspective was influenced and insipired by the work of jeanmichel basquiat immensely his work made me see that something so raw...so crude...so basic...so simple...could be so powerful in its emotion...in its story...in its conveying life...the works of cy twombly and william s burroughs inspired him in this fashion also...back in 1994 he read a lot of burroughs and was loving every word he wrote...i decided to write him a letter that told him what an influence he had on my art music writing style and thought processes
he received a handwritten note from burroughs that was extremely cryptic...probably the coolest letter i have ever read...from there i wrote another few letters with some cool responses from william and from his best friend james grauerholz
to thh70 being an artist means that you live your life as a vessel...allow things to flow through you in order to affect a response or to touch a person in ways that conventional forms of communication just can not seem to do very easily...being a vessel comes easily to him and his key is stream of consciousness...he does not labor over his work...i just know when it is time to paint...his objective is to just get it all out...anything in my head whether it makes sense or not because the bottom line is it may not make sense to me when i paint it but it will to someone
formerly he believed he needed to think hard before he painted until he realized that it is much more honest if i just start painting the instant the little alarm in me goes off with a certain saying in my head or an image or even a color...art is anything that is honest...anything that is conceived out of a pure notion so that the viewer can take that purity and interpret it into something that touches them in their life
many of his pieces rely heavily on words rather than imagery though he goes through phases and creates propaganda images or pictures from the 70s and 80s...his text based pieces or text above a raw distraught background are most popular with collectors...i just have this feeling that someone has been searching for someone to say what i have put on a piece...looking at his work the words draw you in and speak profoundly
although thh70 has no particular favorite pieces he feels strongly connected to all his work...my art or music are my children...you conceive them...nurture them...give birth to them and then let them out into the world...they are all equally important to me in different ways...music and art are exactly the same to him and they influence each other...i do listen to music while i paint and it can be anything from jazz to rock to electronic to bad 80s music...it depends on what he is feeling about the piece...he also enjoys painting or writing music while a porn flick plays in the background with the sound off...sounds disgusting and maybe a tad freakish but it actually brings out some twisted stuff...some of my coolest work was done like that
music and art give thh70 equal amounts of pleasure and he feels honored and privileged to be an artist as well as a musician...there is a long line of musicians in his family so music came naturally to him...his main instrument is keyboards but he plays all sorts of instruments ranging from percussion to woodwinds to didgeridoo...in 1994 he and his music partner david james formed elemental and had a five album record deal...before the release of their first album they left the record label over creative differences
thh70 still plays music and is in the midst of setting up a home digital studio...i am trying to start a project that is based more on indie rock...i also was just asked to be a part of a los angeles based band that has more of a britpop space rock vibe...however he has not decided whether he wants to pursue that avenue yet...i have so many interests sometimes i do not have the energy or the time
one of his proudest accomplishments and time investments includes alternative online artists... creating aoa is definitely one of the best things i have ever done in my life...in august 2001 thh70 established aoa to provide an online collective for alternative artists...there are plenty of online art collectives and i used to belong to one of them that was made up of hundreds of artists but most of them painted really cheesy windmills or puppies...he felt there were many talented alternative artists out there that were not getting the support system they needed because they were on the fringe
aoa now includes thirty artists in various genres of contemporary pop graffiti outsider brut lowbrow urban modern dada fluxus and folk art...it has grown quite large in terms of attention and website hits...it makes me very proud that people really appreciate what aoa stands for and what we do...being able to help other artists makes me feel really good and i am so proud of all the artists in aoa
thh70 has a college degree in business and currently works in the financial field for a quirky guy that lets me be me and who appreciates my art...at one point he took a couple years off from working a normal job and was able to support himself solely from his art
it was so wonderful to know that people actually were understanding the madness that was in my head enough to cover their walls with my work...however he became antsy and really wanted to get back to work so that i could be more patient about my art and allow it to happen instead of thinking...ok i need to sell this to pay my rent...one day he may resume painting full time but he says right now i have the best of both worlds for me
...the raw artistry of thh70 is very design correct balanced and exhibits master control of design element and media...his awareness and emotion is strong satirical and sometimes irreverently jabs society...after meeting thh70 and discovering the depth of his personality intelligence and art i was still curious about his disconnection and distance between his personal and artistic life
thh70 created his persona because of his frustration and disillusion while involved in the music industry...he felt the emphasis was based more on the personality than the art itself...thh70 is not a person but more so a vehicle rooted in art music and technology and the sentiment has not changed
creating thh70 was and still is a way for people to not judge me by the clothes i wear or the way i comb my hair but whether you think my painting or my music rocks or just plain sucks...i wanted to separate myself from all that madness and also...because i am quite shy a lot of the time...to just hide behind my work and just let them speak for themselves...will that change one day...maybe...maybe not...i like the fact that i can live two different lifestyles that intertwine and i can associate or disassociate myself from them when the desire or need comes about...maybe i am just schizophrenic...
check out the ramblings of a madman that would die before he painted a fluffy kitten at www.facebook.com/thh70art.