Thursday, November 19, 2015

Artist Profile: Kristin Pavlick Paints the Domino Sugar Factory

Recently I discovered the enjoyable pop-art work of Philly born, Delray Beach, FL artist Kristin Pavlick and her inspirations of the Domino Sugar Factory. This is also a popular site in Brooklyn, NY where many artists have painting the walk scales of the borders surrounding the old factory.  Pavlick's other huge influence, (as mine) is Andy Warhol and the historical references of "pop art."  
Take a look at her Domino's inspired paintings and learn more about the artist....
When did you first begin perusing art?
As soon as I developed the dexterity in my hands! Some of my first works were done in chocolate pudding. I knew I needed to paint before I knew not to eat the paint.

Who were your favorite or most influential artists?
Roy Lichtenstein + Andy Warhol.   I’m flashing back to a 7th grade report I had to do on Roy (even though I have been known for scribbling outside of the lines)— it was his graphic lines that unnerved me to the point of a lasting impression. To this day, I am constantly looking to balance the straight line with the scribble.

Who is your favorite or most influential artist(s) of all time?
Andy Warhol

Did you study art is school or college, what is your training, or self-taught?
Graduated with an Art Education Degree from Penn State University

From where do you draw inspiration?
Visual Culture—we are swimming in its imagery how can we not study its meaning?

When did you begin the Domino’s Sugar works ?
What do you want people to understand or take away form your art?
I attack a canvas from a larger point of view: that it is our responsibility to examine visual culture, instead of just consuming it. In re-contextualizing our culture’s imagery/icons, I want people consider the effects that our everyday imagery influences our behavior.

What is / was your most favorite piece completed so far?
You are only as good as your last painting!

What recent  gallery shows have you participated in?
I just recently had the privileged of participating in the opening of Electrica Gallery Fort Lauderdale, FL.

If you could collaborate with any artist in the world for a painting, who would it be and why?
Jenny Saville. The action her color creates juxtaposed the accuracy of her details is awe-inspiring.

What type of music do u listen to while creating?
Oh man, I’d have to say I’m a little all over the map with music-- you are just as likely to find me rocking out to some oldies tunes as you would reliving my youth with some 90’s music, but lately I have been kind of obsessed with Typhoon.

Your other inspirations?
Books! I love to read. From fact to fiction, if it creeps me out or teaches me about human behavior --I am totally into it.

If you could have dinner with one or two people, dead or alive who would they be and why?
I’d have to go with Andy Warhol-- to pick his brain on Art and Business. And I’d love to sit down with Oprah to soak up her ideas on Success and Impacting Humanity.

“Because The Domino Sugar Building has so graciously greeted my many trips to Baltimore-- I jumped at the thought to create a series around this iconic staple. Not only has it endured years in a skyline, but also stands tall in today’s marketplace. Curious about the power of advertising, I began to look at how Domino Sugar has created a universal following for this white powdery substance. Past ad campaigns spoke to woman’s roles, body ideals, even naming sugar as a healthy source of energy, all of which made for compelling advertising, but at what cost? Time has shown the absurdity of their claims, but it is startling to consider the initial impact. 
My series is a visual narrative, deconstructing vintage Domino Sugar imagery. I have rearranged, re-imagined, and synthesized images in order to explore how perceived truths influence our behavior and ultimately color how we see the world. This series satisfies my larger point of view: that it is our responsibility to examine visual culture, instead of just consuming 'it'.”

To keep up with Kristin look here: @KristinPavlick &