Meet Superfine! Artist Duo, BLECHMEKI
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New year, new process. As we get closer to the upcoming Superfine! Art Fair on February 27th in San Francisco, we continue our series as we dive into the minds of contemporary artist duo, BLECHMEKI (@blechmeki) as they discuss the impact of IRL events in the modern art world. Take a beat, read more and find out how you can show your art IRL with a dope offer for Ello members.
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-Introduction by interviewer Mayah Taylor (@mayah), Ello’s Community Creative Manager. She loves tacos, fashion, Doctor Who, and wears too much black.
Can you tell us a bit about BLECHMEKI?
The artistic duo BLECHMEKI (a portmanteau of their last names, Blechman and Umeki) has taken mass-produced American pottery from the 30’s through the 80’s and has used them to create their photo tableaux. At first glance, individual pieces of pottery – such as vases and figurines – look the same, but each piece is slightly different in shape and color, due to irregularities in their manufacturing process. These pottery pieces were once common in homes all over the U.S., where they shared everyday moments with families and friends. Now many sit unseen, in attics and storerooms, gathering dust. BLECHMEKI has amassed and arranged them to create abstract new photographic images. By applying geometric composition, the resulting photography transcends the commonplace to achieve a rare artistic simplicity.
Max Blechman went to University of Michigan, and Kazu Umeki holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design.
What type of art do you create?
Who and/or what inspires your art? Is there symbolism that can be found in your choice of color, shape or iconography in your work?
Our inspiration often comes from everyday moments and objects — a simple moment like shimmering sunlight hitting a bathtub, or dappled light shining though trees in a park. Our work doesn’t include symbolism, per se. We are trying to leave the interpretation of our art to the viewers' own memory and experience.
What is your creative process like? How has it evolved?
We first create tons of sketches with snapshots of various perspectives and pottery configurations. Then we select the few best compositions and photograph them in our photo studio.
When did you first get involved with the Superfine! Art Fair? If this is your first time, what do you expect?
This is our first time with Superfine! Art Fair. We are expecting a lot of traffic at the site and hopefully online exposure, too. We’re expecting to meet new collectors and inspirational artists.
How do you imagine the future of IRL art-focused events like Superfine! ?
We think events like Superfine! art fair will continue to succeed because art is tangible and personal. And these kinds of art-focused events will enable collectors and artists to have a conversation while seeing the artworks simultaneously.