Bio~ My name is Nate Vincent Szklarski. I am a 24 year young artist will a taste for greater things. I co founded the infamous MPLS DETH CREW upon my arrival to Minneapolis in 2006. Since then I have made a name for myself by being a curator at the Cult Status Gallery, an artist of fine work, and even projecting the scrawls of the alias Hellmouth lurking around every corner. I am a constant. Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects? My work is definitely a complete reflection of my personal interests. I watch a lot of cult film and take an interest in magic and history. Also, my interest in the traditional tattoo style is very apparent. I am currently working on a project with my best friend, co-DETH mate, and fellow tattoo enthusiast, Chris Krapohl. (http://totaldepravity.blogspot.com/) It's a very dark and mystifying art showcase at Cult Status Gallery on September 23rd called 'Sons of Northern Darkness'. It will feature work from the two of us that we have been collecting since this spring. From our standard water color and India ink paintings to an 8 foot tall red illuminated black cross. We also will have some wonderful music provided by DJ Bitsbits and the band Nomia. Possible appearance by the video masters Wonderhaus. This project is going to be the first showing that Chris and I have done exclusively together. We have always had similar interests and ideas when it comes to how to present art, so when the idea for SoND came up it was in instant yes and ran 100% smoothly. And it feels great to work next to your best friend. God Is Love and Love Is A Savage Tyranny "What is Art?" is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make? The art that I make is pretty straight forward for the most part. I try and paint images and ideas that are timeless and universal. One thing about my work is definitely that the devil is in the details. Anyone from any walk of life can see a painting I have done and think that it is a beautiful piece of art, but then when they truly start to focus in on what is exactly happening or where the idea came from they can shudder a bit in discomfort. There is no real statement I am trying to make with these sort of pieces. I am very uninterested in most of the world around me and most everything I am interested in is long since passed or some people think truly doesn't exist at all. What was the best advice given to you as an artist? All advice is great in some form. I get advice subconsciously from my surroundings everyday. Most of this is from myself. I will look at an image of something that I have drawn before a few time and see a new line or perspective that I can add to make my art better. As for advice from others.. people have suggestions about materials I should try out or practices that I can do to sharpen my abilities. I try and keep an open mind to all of this. God Is Love and Love Is A Savage Tyranny
Tell me about your work space and your creative process. I work from home mostly, unless it is something on location. My home is my sanctuary, truly. I recently made a studio of the front four season porch in my house that I am very excited about. My creative process is very basic. I will sit down with a sketch book and draw away very roughly. Most of these sketches and ideas never see the light of day only because there are not as many hours in a day as I would like. What I draw comes from my interests and imagination.. a crow adorned in jewels building a nest inside of a human skull or a vampire mermaid creature lady waiting patiently for some passing seaman to enchant and devour. Once I fall in love with a sketch or idea, I transfer it onto my canvas and paint away. Very basic. It's the imagination that counts. Witch Trials (1692-1693) Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? I love so many! My home is cluttered with works from some of these folks. My good friend, 27, (http://www.flickr.com/groups/422469@N20/) is an amazing street artist that I have seen fortunate enough to paint beside and own some work. The legend, Alex Kuno. (http://alexkuno.blogspot.com/) He tells such wonderful stories with his work. Don't own anything yet but would love to. Alex, if you reading this lets do a swap! ;) All the Uptown tattoo artists. (http://uptowntattoo.com/) Matt Kolling, Jon Sweet, Nic Skrade, Zack Kinsey! There are so many more. If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see? We would go to the MIA, which has such a wonderful collection of everything. I can spend hours in there looking at the entire collection. We would go to the rail yards in Northeast and watch some of the most bright and crazy graffiti work you have ever seen roll by right in front of you. The library and the book store at The Walker are always fun. The Ink Lab tattoo shop to look at what my friends are up to there. They always have art that they are working on that blows my mind. And to Cult Status and Rogue Buddha. The best galleries for my taste. Snake, Heart, Dagger Where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? I spend a lot of time rummaging through Tumblr. I can follow all of my favorite artists from around to world and others who just post interesting photos that can get me brainstorming. Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future? Sons of Northern Darkness at
Cult Status Gallery 2913 Harriet Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408 on Friday September 23rd, 2011 with Chris Krapohl.