Meet Superfine! Artist, Blair Martin Cahill
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Ready to make it all a reality? As we get closer to the upcoming Superfine! Art Fair on February 6th in Los Angeles, we took a few minutes to talk about the process of creating, inspiration and the impact of IRL events on the contemporary creator with exhibiting artist, Blair Martin Cahill. 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 yourself? What type of art do you create?
I attended Cal Arts, which was a perfect place to explore directions and develop my practice. After graduation, I went to work in the film industry as an Art Director. I had diverse and challenging projects in feature films and commercials. This experience really helped me to pair my art practice to the practical world. After starting a family, I decided to concentrate full time on creating my own art and I entered the MA program at Chelsea School of Arts, University of Arts London. That was a big turning point in my practice thus far, as the school had a woodshop, ceramics workshop, metal and foundry shops. This really gave me a chance to be hands-on and learn many new techniques. I started doing a lot of work in bronze. I absolutely love the process and results.
Who and/or what inspires your art?
My peers influence the direction of my work every day. I see their art in galleries, magazines, movies and commercials. Lately, I have been greatly inspired by the lives of Irish travelers. When I arrived for my MA in London, the taxi driver pointed out a traveler encampment beside the freeway. He had many choice words for them, none of which were kind. What I saw from the taxi window made me curious as to the culture of nomadic people. I found that they have a tight-knit community that is full of controversy and contradictions; the common element being family.
When did you first get involved with the Superfine! Art Fair? If this is your first time, what do you expect?
I have done quite a few gallery-represented art fairs in New York, Amsterdam, Miami, and California. They had really worn me out and I had begun to become dispirited about participating in anymore. I decided to do Superfine because it was a different sort of art fair, one in which the artist represents themselves. Since I wasn’t being represented by a
gallery, it allowed me to simplify and put together a more personal presentation. The attitude of the management of Superfine was extremely refreshing. Other fairs were run strictly as business and the administration has very little contact with its artists. Superfine! is run by people who love what they do. They love art and are interested in helping artists. They also offer support and motivation.
How do you imagine the future of IRL art-focused events like Superfine! ?
I strongly feel there is a need for art shows like Superfine. There are so many talented artists that are not represented by galleries. There is a major difference between working on your art and becoming a working artist; participating in an artist-run fair is a crucial step in getting your work out in the public eye. These types of fairs allow artists to connect directly with collectors and sometimes obtain gallery representation. Artists can learn from interacting with collectors, the public’s observations can impact the direction of future work and help the artist see different ways of presentation. The relationship an artist forms with the collector makes the piece far more special than if it were purchased online. Because the prices are kept affordable at Superfine!, the collector is far more excited because the stress of cost is removed.