Posted by: Cleo on the 22nd of February, 2012, 2 comments
Posted in: Erin Forsyth, Artist Interview, New Zealand Artist

How has your experience as an artist been in Auckland compared to other cities you have visited?
I stay in my room a lot more. This is good because I drink less often and am more productive. New Zealanders are a pretty talented bunch and although Auckland may seem slow when your stuck in it there is a lot happening and room for more. In other city centres all the lowbrow/outsider galleries, social media etc seems fairly established and it can seem suffocating if you want to try to get into those networks. It seems easier to set up your own thing here but alot more likely that no one will ever know if you do.

You're definitely one of the faces I associate with K Road, a neighborhood in Auckland like no other. What's your favourite thing about being a K road local?
The people, the people, the people! The history of debauchery and the quiet acceptance of outsiders. The scumbags and alkies, the young hipsters who don't know what their up to, the eccentric jaded artists and performers and the grumpy dairy owners. All together they keep K'Happy interesting.

What is Method and Manners?
Method and Manners is a shared studio space on Upper Queen St in Auckland (Queen St is the main rd in Auckland CBD). We set it up two years ago because it was too hard to join other peoples studios and each of us involved needed a space to work. There are thirteen artists working there now. It's not a collective; each person that works there has their own professional creative practice and we just provide the space. The building itself is a gem and belongs to the neatest father and son team I know. They've been running an electrical repairs shop downstairs for more than 30 years. Our space up top used to be the call out centre for electricians back in the day. We're the first people they've ever rented it to and they like us and we like them.

Method of Manners just had celebrated its second birthday, big congrats! What are your future plans for the space?
Me and my business partner just signed another two-year lease on the space which is excellent. We have been talking about hosting exhibitions in the kitchen area (which backs onto our own private
carpark which backs onto a cemetery which backs on to 'K'Rd) for the past two years so hopefully we get round to it in the next two!

What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I am working on an illustrated series for reproduction in lurid coloured acrylics and heavy Indian ink outlines. They look like eighties stickers outta chewing gum packets. Film is good too but my camera died when I went down to paint at the graffiato festival in Taupo.

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Upcoming projects your looking forward to in 2012?
I'm working on EYESORE a series of paintings that look like bubble gum sticker art. I'm going to put them in as many places as possible. It gets a little sad when your work only gets viewed for two weeks at an exhibition or two hours/minutes at an opening so I'm experimenting with different ways of presenting my work. We're making a yearbook for K'Rd this year and my work has decided they want me to help them open a museum. I could always do more!

And on an end note, last question. Do you have a Dream Project?
A massive installation somewhere like the Gagosian or Collette would be nice now wouldn't it? Well it would definitely be useful. What I'd really like to do though is buy up a couple of dirty cheap
old properties in obscure parts of New Zealand and establish a trust to donate them to as artists retreats... I'd love to make a few books...A comic book would be rad. And paint some more, draw some more.

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Sticker 1
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