January 2019

JASON LIVINGSTON


PELA: Jason, where are you from?

JL: I am originally from Upstate New York, and came here through Iowa, of which I lived for 7 years.

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PELA: How do you spell your name?

JL: Jason Livingston, Like the Livingston seagull.

PELA: What are you working on during your time at elsewhere?

JL: I am working with video film I've shot for the last three years here in mountain west and southwest. Mainly material based on coal mining, fracking, or other mining things.

PELA: Would you consider that geological, almost?

JL: In a way it is… so far its a way of thinking about fossil fuels as what some people call ancient sunshine. So the power of the sun baked in or embedded into these resources.

JL: What lead you to ask that question?

PELA: You described mining and coal. I thought of the mines mainly in Somerset.

JL: Have you all been up there? Or do you have any family that work up there?

PELA: I don’t personally have any family that have or do work up there.

JL: What about you?

PELA: I have seen it but I have no family members in the mines either.

PELA: Are you basically just recording what goes on?

JL: That's also a great question. I am very interested in documenting sites and communities where there’s mining work or fracking work but, I hope that it's not just a document. I really want to transform that material into more questions. Like what is our connection to other life forms. What is our relationship to other animals, or plants, or even what our relationship to carbon is. These questions are fundamental to life. And so what I hope to do and it may sound a little weird, is to combine some of this footage of a little documentary in nature with footage of animals; like the stuff I’ve shot on my iPhone. It’ll include friend’s cats and dogs, or visiting farms and goats. I don’t know yet where this will go, Come back here at the end of the month to our show uhhh… I’ll share my results.

PELA: What inspires your art?

JL: That’s a hard question… other filmmakers, other artists, musicians, and human beings who I find thoughtful or proven in the world. I think when I see film or read books or hear music that it expands my view of what’s possible.

PELA: So would you say you like observing stuff?

JL: Yeah I’d say so, yeah I like observing stuff.

PELA: Have you read “How to Steal Like an Artist”?

JL: No.

PELA: Is this your first artists residency?

JL: This is my third arts residency, but it’s also the longest with the most people I’ve ever shared a space with and it’s the furthest away from home.

PELA: Why did you choose Elsewhere?

JL: I chose Elsewhere because of its location, here in the west, considering the material that i’m working with and I might want to shoot as much as possible while i’m here.

PELA: How do you get people interested in your art?

JL: My work is primarily seen at festivals, micro cinemas, and art spaces, art centers and media centers. Increasingly the internet is also a big part of how I get my work out there.

PELA: What do you think of Paonia so far?

JL: I love it!

PELA: If you could live here would you choose to do so?

JL: Well I have chosen to live here for a period of time, based on seeing how I have lived here for a week I could see myself living here for 3-6 months. Then take it from there.

CB BRYAN


PELA: Where are you from?

CB: I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico. That’s where I went to school, work, and where I am currently living.

PELA: What are you working on during your time at elsewhere?

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CB: So a lot of my work is based around an idea I was working on a couple of years ago and it is based on documenting vehicles I see on the road piled with interesting things. I call the project “Dat Rig”.Rigging is a word used for boats and cars to just describe securing something and so i'm interested in how this becomes a sculptural phenomenon. I'm on the road a lot, so it's something I notice and take interest in. I'm exploring how I can “rig” my own work. I am using the characteristics of “Dat Rig” and the things that I notice in my art practice.

PELA: What inspires your art?

CB: Albuquerque. New Mexico is an amazing place, I'm a little biased because I'm from there. It has such an old history. New Mexico is also one of the most poor states. People there learn to make the most out of what they have. It’s human ingenuity, how you take something small and expand it so it's really how people get from point A to point B that inspired me, the way humans  live and can make life enjoyable and interesting.

PELA: Have you been to Colorado before?

CB: Yes, My mom actually grew up right outside of Denver she moved there when she was 14. She grew up around Golden. I also have a lot of friends that live in Colorado, but I’ve never been to this part.

PELA: What do you think of Paonia?

CB: I really love Paonia. I love how tight knit the community is. It seems like everyone does something creative. My favorite so far has been the fact that I’m able to walk everywhere. I haven’t used my car since I got here, a week ago, and that’s really refreshing. The part of town I live in in Albuquerque I have to drive everywhere. I feel more at peace here.

PELA: Is this your first artist residency?

CB: No, I did a residency in 2016 with a friend of mine, we did a collaboration thing, but we didn’t get much done. It was difficult but a great experience. So this is technically my second residency.

PELA: What made you choose Elsewhere?

CB: There's a website called “artist communities” and they post residencies all the time and I kept seeing Elsewhere pop up over and over again. I’ve wanted to do a real residency for, at least the last three years. It's funny, I met Carolina in Albuquerque in the summer of 2017 so it made Elsewhere stick out more. I also love the southwest and I wanted to have a residency that was around here.

PELA: How do you get people interested in your art?

CB: Social media is a huge part. I share my work on instagram and facebook and also have my own website. The way that I connect with people in my own city is just participating in community events.

PELA: What motivates your art?

CB: That’s a hard question. It’s hard to explain It’s just a feeling, it’s just a desire I have. It’s the way I interpret the world.

Leah Aegerter


PELA: Where are you from?

LA: I grew up in Seattle, Washington but I'm currently living in the Roaring Fork Valley, Snowmass village.

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PELA: What are you working on during your time at Elsewhere?

LA: I am doing some carving, I usually work in wood but I am carving in blue foam because it is a lot faster

PELA: What inspires your artwork?

LA: I look a lot at architecture and furniture, take from the world around me and distill elements of forms that I see in the world to create my own. I am really trying to make objects that I have never seen before.

PELA: Is this your first art residency?

PELA: Why did you choose Elsewhere?

LA: Yes, it is my first residency.

LA: I chose it because it is close to where I live and I can just drive here which is nice. It looked like a cool place to come to. I had never been to Paonia and had heard that it is a great art community, and it is a cool town in general.