CS Coates & Scarry

The amazing wood creations of AJ Fossik

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your childhood? I was a lot shorter and I was convinced that adults were actually smart. Boy was I wrong.

Q: Where do you live? Philadelphia PA...for now.

Q: Did you go to art school? Yes, a couple of times, until it stuck.

Q: How long does it take to create one of your large pieces? Generally two weeks to a month, it's a fairly labour intensive process.

Q: Can you tell us briefly about your working method? 2x4s and framing nails for the skeleton. CDX and finishing nails for the sinew and muscle. Birch faced luan and pin nails make the skin and hair

Q: What materials do you use in your work? Wood, Paint, Nails.

Q: Where do you source your materials? Lumber yard, Art Supply Store, Hardware Store

Q: What are your main influences and inspirations? My main influences are anything that celebrates the innate goodness and unlimited potential of the human monkey.  We are the universe trying to figure itself out.

Q: Did you always want to be an artist? I always wanted to create. I really became an artist by default; I just couldn't do anything else.

Q: 3 things that make you smile? Trans Humanism, Vintage Motorcycles, The Paradox of the Absurd.

Q: 3 things that don’t? Anti-intellectualism, Religion, Hot Pockets.

Q: I hear you have a piece in the ‘Art from the New World’ show in Bristol, can we get a sneak peak at your submission for the show? Sure. (see below)

Q: What do you do to take time out? Drink to excess.

Q: Can you name a few of your favourite artists, dead or alive? Basil Wolverton, Jon Carpenter, Ron van der Ende.

Q: If you weren’t an artist what would you do? Walk up to mountains and chop em down with the edge of my hand.

Q: Most important political issue for you? Corporate personhood.

Q: Do you collect art? No, it's very expensive.

Q: Do you have any hidden talents we don’t know about? I'm really good at woodworking.

Q: 3 things you couldn’t be without? Mindfulness, Table Saw, T-n-T.. & K.

Q: Any plans for the future in work or life? Fulfillment through saw dust. Thanks AJ, Richard and Chippy

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