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AS IS | Patrick Meagher


From Manhattan

Based Lexington, NY and NoHo NYC

We are delighted to interview remarkable Patrick Meagher about his art journey, views on the creative industry, some tips for those who are just starting their path and many more

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

P: (What didn’t!) As I look back over the years I realize that from childhood on I was always naturally making art, building clubhouses, and writing some kind of words or poetry. Bringing this together has been my life's work and it seems to merge more over time and make more sense as a creative practice in toto. This past year, partnering on new space upstate with Mary Kaplan and Alex Rodriguez has been the latest exciting expansion of this combination for me and long-term potential with collaborative spaces and an art park project for my Lineland series which I began at age 17. At the same time also expanding digitally with NFT shows on our Walter’s Cube app and Onlineviewingroom digital twin site.

A: What inspires you the most?

P: As primarily a visual person, I end up taking pictures of space, people, and screencaps of internet posts throughout the day, which forms a visual diary that I celebrate, learn from, and grow with, in, and as part of my work. But in the end, I think most of my art is also a kind of portrait of people I love and care about.

A: Do you have any specific rituals while working(creating)?

P: My practice is varied in media from sculpture to painting to digital works of many varieties - but there are some specifics to each media. For instance: the poetry collages usually arrive with words waking me up in the morning and photos later in the day that somehow pair up expressively. It’s intuitive, so I meditate and nap a lot so I can work with my dream space and sleep-process my thoughts. Getting away from the world’s obsession with time helps me access meaning and depth, flow states, and new paths for explorations of higher dimensions, as well as through meditation and breathwork.

A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (rather artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

P: Begin with love - what you love about yourself and your life and your loving family and friends — and build around those instincts, traditions, and specifics, while referencing and honoring ideas and traditions and people you love to celebrate, expand and enrich all of that.

A: Your top 3 adjectives related to the art?

Consciousness, intuition, communication

A: The best angle to look at art is from …?

P: All-around anytime pinching in and zooming out around on your phone in 5D apps like Walter’s Cube!

A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ..?

P: A long pondering silence followed by a contemplative noise and gesture that opens up a flowing observation.

A: Must-read books to talk about art (or do we even need them)?

P: Books books books—read voraciously and discuss often and work thoroughly with the genius of others who pave a way in print as a cultural foundation, for contributing your ideas into the conversation. The Ever-Present Origin by Jean Gebser., Think Tank Aesthetics by Pamela M. Lee. Third Space by Edward Soja.

A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

P: Publishing more shows online for reaching wider audiences. Have a better system for curatorial hashtags to help connect artists and art ideas to curators and collectors and colleagues across basic business boundaries, and get a little deeper than volume and distribution as value indicators. (But maybe I just need to get better at connecting and self-promotion on social media.) Also, we can think of NFT sets perhaps more kindly as a kind of 5D art, social, networked, a-spatial and addressed… immaterial yet so material to, and the new primary media of, the twenty-first century.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)?

P: This would be too difficult to decide definitely but I often thumb through The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, and as a parting note, from Hannah Arendt: “Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.” ...

A: Thank you!

P: Thank you too!

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