YabYum Seven: Jessica Speer

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All photos courtesy of Jessica Speer
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jessica Speer of J.Speer Fine Art. My past projects included L.B.Paintings and Halcyon Fine Art. I am a Visionary Artist and Spiritual Abstractionist.

As a Visionary Artist I explore all opportunities within the unlimited universe to create art that is profound and innovative. In this effort to create I take spiritual concepts and explain them through abstraction. My goal is not only to reach the curious mind but also communicate through the windows of the soul to the spirit.

My artwork is heavily influenced from my study of God, language, symbolism, numerology, sacred geometry and the esoteric world. Each piece I create is an unfolding of the extensive research I do on Metaphysics, Astrophysics and Esoteric Mathematics.

How did you get your start?

I started working as a self taught artist in 2005. My creativity for the majority of my working career has been in the field of science. This later took a turn into expressing that creativity through visual arts. Combining my two passions art and science.

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ShinKatsu 新生活 | 4″ x 4″ (9 pieces)
What inspires you?

As a seeker of truth, my inspiration as an artist comes from my study of the creator, creation as a whole, multi-universes, dreams, and the spirit realm. I am constantly being inspired by life in all it’s beauty and sorrow.

What do you like about AZ?

I am a native to Arizona by three generations and take pride in that rarity. The gorgeous landscape is an open wonder to all those who live here and visit. It is truly a place to fall in love with, as the sites are breathtaking and unique.

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Origins of Metatron | 30″ x 40″
Where can we see you(r) work?

I do many art exhibitions around the valley and state. As of recently I have become an international artist and will be exhibiting in France in the summer followed by my solo exhibition in Peru at The Museum of Contemporary Art in November. I will also be conducting a lecture and speech at the University of Cusco in Peru regarding my work as an artist. I have plans to show my work in Italy and Japan in 2019.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I have many things I want to accomplish before I move on in this life. The main thing is to fulfill my purpose as an artist. This includes translating truth through art. I plan to travel the world exhibiting in various countries which will only further my esoteric studies and research of the universe. I will complete my invention of the first electromagnetic painting which is only in its first stages. These are just a few things I plan to accomplish before my time is up.

What is your mantra?

My manta is simple….. “Knowledge is power to all those who seek it.”

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For more Jessica Speer, visit her website.

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Shino Hajimari 死の始まり | 48″ x 48″

YabYum Seven: Benjamin “Benjam” Goens

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All photos courtesy of Benjam
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Benjamin Goens aka “Benjam”, and I produce hand-cut stencil artworks with spray paints. I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Art History. My initial plan was to teach art history or pursue a career in an art museum or gallery setting and soon after graduation I ended up in a director position at a Scottsdale Gallery.

The gallery experience afforded me the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the art business/world, as well as learning priceless techniques from world-class artists, which quickly led to the realization that I had an insatiable desire to create.

I dabbled with various mediums and ultimately began experimenting with stencils. I cut my first stencil back in 2008-2009, but it wasn’t until 2014 that I really started investing the time into developing my craft, hand-cutting single layer stencils. During the last three years I dedicated myself to learning to cut intricate stencils to create detailed depictions of my subjects and began production of my own multilayered artwork.

I use anywhere from 4 to 20 layers in one image to create photorealistic tonal gradations in my imagery. Over the past couple years I’ve spent countless hours creating several commissioned works and portraits for private collections.

How did you get your start?

I simply told myself that I needed to paint enough pieces to participate in a show and when I had a body of work I took the next step and decided to submit to a call for art to be part of a RAW Artists group show in November 2014. After the success of that first show, I was approached by a curator to be part of another group show shortly after. I made a personal goal to have my first solo exhibition within a year and accomplished that with the opening of my solo show “Cutting Edge” at the Funk Lab in November 2015.

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“The Journey” – mixed media and spray paint on framed canvas – 2017
What inspires you?

I’m inspired my my life experiences and variety of sources I encounter on a daily basis. My work always starts with a photograph that I gravitate towards. During my university studies I fell in love with the art of classical antiquity and European masters, so that is the foundation of my inspiration, but I’ve always held an obsession for the raw grit of hip-hop culture, graffiti, and street art.

The contrast of old-meets-new has always interested me, so I draw inspiration from past designs, ideas, and innovations. I often find beauty that exists in images of the past and attempt to reinvent them by bringing them into a new light on my canvas.

My inspiration truly stems from my family. My wife and my two young daughters are eternal reminders of why I choose to relentlessly chase my dreams.

What do you like about AZ?

I was born and raised in Arizona. I’ve grown to love what this home has to offer. The art community is constantly pushing development and evolving, which I’m thrilled to be a part of. I feel like there is an abundance of creativity and a wide array of sources to collaborate and draw inspiration from with in the Valley of the Sun and I’m looking forward to seeing it shine.

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“Pointe of View” – mixed media and spray paint on canvas
Where can we see you(r) work?

I’m currently showing several new works in “Benjam: What The Cut”, as the first featured guest artist with the collective at {9} The Gallery.

I will be part of an upcoming group show as one of the TLC Community Foundation Artist Grant recipients, opening First Friday, March 2nd at Sisao Gallery during Art Detour.

I have two paintings currently on display at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Center in Australia, as part of the of the 2017 Stencil Art Prize touring exhibition.

You can also view my painting “Play Ball”, acquired for the permanent collection at the Mesa Historical Museum, as part of the AZ Spring Training Experience exhibit.

You can follow my artistic journey on social media on Facebook / Instagram: @benjamzart.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I want to contribute to the betterment of society and, if I’m privileged enough to do that through my art, then I can’t ask for anything else other than leaving a legacy behind for my family to be proud of.

What is your mantra?

Give back more than I take.

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“The Walk” – spray paint on wood panel – 2017
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Sprayed stencil set for “The Walk”
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“Harmony of the Hearts” – mixed media and spray paint on canvas – 2017
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“Quatre Impromptus” – mixed media and spray paint on canvas – 2018

YabYum Seven: Scarlett Decker

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All photos courtesy of Scarlett Decker

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Scarlett Decker (Scarlett Ministero-Decker on Facebook) and I do mixed-media constructions and installation.

How did you get your start?

In Kindergarten, we had clay and I made a basket and snakes and I didn’t want to stop. In second grade, I contact-papered the entire living room as a surprise for my mom (she was surprised!) and I continued throughout school with an uncontrollable urge to make things. Later, it became more acceptable.

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“The Game” | marble chess board, bullets, lipstick

What inspires you?

Artists inspire me. Nature inspires me. Words inspire me. Politics inspire me (not in a good way). Satire inspires me.

What do you like about AZ?

I like absolutely everything about Arizona. When I go elsewhere all I do is complain about the weather. I love the heat! I love the geography. If we had more water here I wouldn’t have to go to California and see the ocean but otherwise Arizona is perfect!

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“Checking” | installation

Where can we see you(r) work?

My website. And currently I’m really doing more in Instagram. I have some small works in Chicago now but more planned for the Phoenix area this year.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I have about 100 things on my bucket list and 10,000 art ideas that I have yet to create. I don’t have time to die! Mostly, I would like the respect of my peers and to continue to make art, those are my goals of success.

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“Domestic Violins” | broken violins, aprons

What is your mantra?

“Push”. I write the word “Push” every day and I try and PUSH myself outside my comfort zone, both in art and in life every day. It always is so worth it.

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“One-Sock Danny” | mateless socks, various clothes and shoes
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“Uncle Albert” | zippers, plaster cast leg, shoe
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“Sighs and Whispers in the Night” | plaster ear, fabric

YabYum Seven: Cody Rex Chamberlain

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All photos courtesy of Cody Rex Chamberlain
Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Cody Rex Chamberlain. I’m a visual artist. I identify as a painter, first and foremost.

How did you get your start?

Some of my earliest memories of are of my parents painting and drawing. They were both creative people, though they didn’t consider it their vocation to be so. I started creating art myself very young. My mother made sure I had the tools to.

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Bull
What inspires you?

My inspiration is, in large part, the desert. Being there is a sort of beautiful reality check. The natural process of life and death are starkly exposed to the desert explorer. You’ll see a weathered skull nestled up against a living tree, or the new bloom of a yucca next to a withered juniper.

What do you like about AZ?

Arizona has been a favorite retreat of artists I admire. I remember seeing photographs of Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning hamming it up in Sedona. Ernst said Paris and Sedona were the only places he wanted to live. Arizona lends itself well to surrealism, and I consider myself a surrealist.

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Bird Of Prey
Where can we see you(r) work?

The quickest fix is my Instagram.  There you can see a visual chronicle of the various shows, collections, and articles I’m featured in at a given time.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I’d like to have created a body of work that bears witness to the beauty of the western landscape as I’ve experienced it. What I hope to accomplish is what I’m actively working towards accomplishing.

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Inside The Mesa
What is your mantra?

The earth is forever.

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Rush Valley
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YabYum Seven: Genevieve Rice

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My name is Genevieve Rice, and I am a stand up comedian and writer. I’m also the founder and executive producer of Bird City Comedy Festival, which is going into its third year in downtown Phoenix March 29-31, 2018.

How did you get your start?

I started doing stand up in 2007 at an open mic in Norman, OK, my college hometown. I thought it was something I would do once, but something told me to keep going. This has been the worst decision of my life.

What inspires you?

I tend to gravitate toward people who consistently find the funny, even in bad situations. I like positive people who like their lives and are committed to making things better for themselves and the people around them. To me, that is always heartening. I also look up to people who know how to fold fitted sheets.

What do you like about AZ?

In regards to the arts, Arizona is still very much the wild, wild west. There’s so much potential here for development, and I feel like it’s anybody’s game. Churros and balmy winter weather don’t hurt, either.

Where can we see you(r) work?

I perform a few times a week at various places throughout the Phoenix metro. I also host Jazz & Jokes, a comedy and music show at The Nash in downtown Phoenix, every third Thursday of the month.

I co-host a podcast on The Golden Girls called Thank You for Being a Podcast, which you can listen to pretty much everywhere. Oh, and Bird City Comedy Festival is taking place March 29-31, 2018. Go to birdcitycomedyfestival.com for a complete lineup & schedule.

What would like to accomplish before you die?

I’d like to write a book. I’d like to look through the eye holes of a painting in a haunted mansion. I’d like to convince at least one neighbor I’m a witch. But mostly I’d just like to have an interesting life.

What is your mantra?

I have a few, I suppose. Laugh early and often. And if you’re looking for a good restaurant nearby, just put “small plates” into Yelp. Also, don’t be the server who sits down at the table to take orders. Sorry, this is mostly just restaurant advice.

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For more Genevieve Rice, check out her webpage and follow her on Twitter.

YabYum Seven: Joe Willie Smith

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All photos courtesy of Joe Willie Smith
Who are you and what do you do?

Joe Willie Smith, multimedia artist. I work in whatever medium is necessary to realize an idea. Presently I build ‘Sonic Sculptures’, basically sculpture that are amplified using piezo microphones, some are passive others require performance interaction. I recently completed a large scale, 32 ft, concrete and steel public art sculpture. The sculpture, commissioned by Harrison Properties, is located on the SW corner of Buckeye and 5th St.

How did you get your start?

I’ve been making art continuously since I was a child. My mother got me started weaving pot holders by the hundreds, painted plates, and toilet paper Carnation flowers. She would sell my creations and give me some of the money.

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I’m inspired by my surroundings. My work is usually created from the context of place.

What do you like about AZ?

I moved to Arizona in December 1987, from Youngstown, Ohio. Leaving Ohio during a major snow storm, I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, 87 degrees. I was sold, no one mentioned the summers. I still love the southwest and Arizona for the fantastic skies, amazing landscapes and the amazing wealth of creative, talented friends. Arizona and the southwest never cease to inspire me.

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My public art can be seen at Matthew Henson Community Gardens, 7th Ave. and Buckeye Rd. and the SW corner of 5th St. and Buckeye Rd. I also perform on my Sonic Sculptures with Datura Ensemble, a improvisational Performance group.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I would like to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

What is your mantra?

My mantra is ‘Where am I’.

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YabYum Seven: Donna Bernstein

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Donna Bernstein pictured with Amadeus
Who are you and what do you do?

Donna Bernstein: I am a contemporary equestrian styled artist, creating both abstract and modern horse paintings. I use mixed mediums, acrylics, inks and archival sprays. I paint on linen, canvas, wood. Whether a textured, complicated painting or a minimalist graphite, pastel or charcoal sketch, my vision is always centered upon the beauty, balance, sensuality and wisdom of the essential, classic equine.

How did you get your start?

I started doing artwork as a child. Always in awe of the horse, this passion for them seemed to be born with me – I was not brought up around them, and no one in my family was connected to them. We could not afford one, so my only way to connect with or obtain a horse – was to draw it myself.
I spent all my youth studying everything about them – their anatomy, their breeds, their illnesses and cures. When the time came that a neighbor got a horse I taught myself to ride. Through reading books, and watching others do it.

I would also watch the horse incessantly – what a pest! But I never drew while I was watching – I was afraid I would miss something… and I think I was right. By drawing and painting afterwards, out of my memory and imagination, my horses have come to be defined by a signature style all my own.

My art was born of a boundless love for this animal. As I have come to understand, because of this, I was painting the horses I never had. I was painting the horses of my imagination and my dreams.

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“Lover’s Rock”
What inspires you?

What inspires me is the nature of horses. They express the ideals I most value – an honesty, a purity of emotion, courage, beauty, balance, sensuality, a willingness to serve, companionship, and compassion. The most fiery, brilliant, and powerful stallion, will do as you ask when he trusts you.

They are herd animals… family animals, and exhibit tenderness and loyalty, with a sensitivity that has been honored through the ages. From the first cave wall renditions of the magnificent horse, he has been both companion and teacher to man, in every endeavor.

Everything about the horse inspires me. His great vulnerability; his great contradiction. He is such a symbol of freedom; an icon in this regard. Yet his entire history is wrapped in ours, as he has not been at liberty, but has done our bidding, whether in war or at play.

Truly a debt of gratitude is owed.

What do you like about AZ?

Arizona has a wonderful energy, weather that evokes a positive point of view, and a truly growing and expanding business and culture base that is energizing to be around. I started doing art shows in the area a few years back, and my husband and I bought a home not long after, we loved it so much.

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White Horse Grazing
Where can we see you(r) work?

In Arizona my work is currently shown and represented at a beautiful gallery, Desert Mountain Fine Art, located in the elegant Keirland Commons in North Scottsdale. The business of an amazing young couple, it is just completing its first year in Scottsdale, and I am honored to be included in its roster of artists.

What would like to accomplish before you die?

That is a difficult question! I think living a life I am proud of, and allowing my art and brand to be a demonstrative and, if possible, collaborative expression of that vision. I’m developing my artistic energies into an equestrian lifestyle brand, with products that include jewelry, scarves, handbags, etc., and fashion accessories for the modern equestrian. I see my art as expansive into these areas in a way that allows others, who have dreams of horses, to experience the equine’s wonderful and playful energy through Donna B.

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Cowpoke II
What is your mantra?

My mantra – Actually, I have two… one that defines my personal commitment to my work, which I learned about myself through the process of making art:

“It is not horse that I paint; I paint the way they make me feel.”

The other – as it defines the Donna B Brand:

“Love Your Horse – Live Your Horse Style.”

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Check out more Donna B on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Hi Ho Silver
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Two Horses
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Field Horse Watching // Field Horse Grazing

YabYum Seven: Nigel Clouse

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All photos courtesy of Nigel Clouse
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Nigel Clouse and I am a multidisciplinary artist who has lived in the valley for 13 years. I was born and raised in Winchester, Indiana; a rural community located in the Rust Belt. I completed my undergraduate degree in digital design at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and worked in the graphic design industry for over a decade. I am best known for my pop surrealist work incorporating femme fatales, pop culture references, and dystopian themes.

How did you get your start?

I spent many childhood summers enrolled in community art and computer courses intended for adults. These programs constructed a foundation in both traditional art and computer programming—fields which eventually merged within my work. I pursued art through high school, completed all available courses during my junior year, and began taking college courses at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I was one of the first students to graduate with a degree in digital design from the Art Academy of Cincinnati—a fledgling program introduced as computers began to replace traditional media in the design industry.

Relocating to Phoenix to launch my graphic design career, while simultaneously developing a successful website showcasing my performance and street art, I never felt comfortable mixing my artistic persona with my corporate identity—I ended the project after five years.

A career in the design industry provided me with an opportunity to refine my technical skills, but the Great Recession forced me to change tactics. I moved to California to pursue my doctorate degree in psychology, worked for the University of California: San Diego, and spent time examining my identity and purpose.

My father passed away from cancer in 2012 and I moved back from California to help him for the last month of his life. I witnessed a man slowly wasting away after sacrificing everything for his family while working at a job he hated for over 30 years. The disorienting dilemma I confronted after his passing allowed me to envision the future I wanted for my family. I conceived my Dystopian Delights series shortly after his death and have been working on the project for five years.

Never have I considered myself an artist until recently; I believe the title of artist is earned through the melding of skill and aesthetic, which combine to form a personal style—continually honed through experience. The series has allowed me to define my style, acknowledge myself as an artist, and develop an understanding of the world and my place within it.

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“Yesteryear’s Inn”, dye sublimation on aluminum, 20″ x 16″, 2017
What inspires you?

A variety of subjects, including art, history, music, literature, and technology; but my favorite is film. I was introverted as a child and spent much of my time with my maternal grandmother; a bootlegger from the time of prohibition with ties stretching back to the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud. My grandfather passed away when I was young, which allowed us to spend copious amounts of time together.

She loved to watch the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and other silver screen classics; introducing me to film noir, Citizen Kane, and Psycho. She sparked my interest in cinema and I find this love of film continues to inspire and influence my work.

I believe the life and work of Andy Warhol to be highly inspirational. Discovering Warhol through a chance encounter at the library early in life immediately changed how I experienced art. Warhol is the “American Dream” personified; a socially awkward child coming from a destitute immigrant family who was able to achieve his goals despite the limitations of his background. Not only was he able to achieve his dream, but he did so with such conviction it forever altered the course of art history.

What do you like about AZ?

I enjoy the tenacity of Arizona as a state, both in historical terms and the ability of communities to adapt to change. This is a state where the Hohokam thrived as a culture, the Spanish sought cities of gold, desperados roamed the Wild West, and miners eked out an existence underground. I especially adore the old mining towns, which have reimagined themselves as artist communities and continue to thrive.

The Arizona sky at dusk is one of the most beautiful sights I have seen—vivid colors contrasted against desolate and foreboding landscapes. The Sonoran Desert has always reminded me of a Salvador Dali painting with warm hues and expansive vistas. Who doesn’t want to wake-up in a Dali painting on a daily basis?

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“Derealization”, dye sublimation on aluminum, 16″ x 20″, 2016
Where can we see you(r) work?

My website is the best place to see pieces as I keep it updated with current work; available in my online store. I keep my Instagram account active by sharing work and tidbits of my life—social media has been an interesting experiment for a self-proclaimed recluse. I haven’t shown my work in a gallery since I graduated college, but I am actively seeking space in the valley if any curators are interested in an emerging artist.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Immortality. I believe art affords the artist the possibility to defy death; creating works which outlive the physical being, while continuing to communicate complex concepts, experiences, and visions beyond the grave. This is how we intimately understand the sorrow of Van Gogh, the madness of Munch, and the whimsy of Warhol. Artwork can readily survive the passage of time and provide a glimpse into an artist’s understanding of the world.

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“Cataclysm”, digital media, 2017
What is your mantra?

“The night time is the right time.” I have been a night owl since I was born; the early morning hours are when my creativity and productivity are at their peak. I am the primary caretaker of my son, which means nap times, nights, and weekends are when I am able to devout my full attention to art.

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“Sentimental Journey”, digital media, 2017
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“Deluded by Dilaudid”, dye sublimation on aluminum, 20″ x 16″, 2016
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“Industrial Resolution”, digital media, 2017

YabYum Seven: Jeff Schaer-Moses

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All photos courtesy of Jeff Schaer-Moses
Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Jeff Schaer-Moses and I consider myself to be an all-around music person. I am most well known for being a music writer and photographer, as well as a promoter. But I have also worked in public relations and managed bands, produced records, slung merch, tour managed, and everything in between for the bands, artists, and projects I believe in. I’ve also been known to step on stage and perform as my poetry/comedy alter ego Untouchable Jay and even DJ once in a blue moon as The World Famous DJ Fresh Hoffa.

How did you get your start?

That is a question with many answers for me. As a concert promoter and organizer, I can trace my beginnings back to watching my late mother Anita Schaer organize PTA events when I was just a jit in grade school. She left me with a lot of the necessary skills to organize some of my biggest events like It Get’s Weirdfest and Sharefire Music Festival.

But in a more practical and tangible sense, it was my collaborations with Alan Beveridge on Mesa Legendfest at Mesa Community College and my work with Joe “Dagger Pan” Sawinski on For Us Presents, The Firehouse of Punk Rock, and Weirdfest that really got me going in the Phoenix music scene as a promoter.

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Small Leaks Sink Ships

My passion for music journalism got started by working for the Mesa Community College school paper, The Mesa Legend. When I first started with them I was a sports writer and later Sports Editor. While working for them I realized I could use my newspaper credential to cover big concerts that I was interested in. So that March, I decided to cover the annual Flogging Molly show at Tempe Beach Park. I really enjoyed covering the concert, so much so that I decided to ask my editor-in-chief, Phoenix music photographer Ben Garcia, if he would move me to Features Editor in the fall semester so I could try out writing some news from a different perspective than sports. Later that summer, I went to the 10-year anniversary of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and my fate was sealed. I knew from the first band I saw, Sleigh Bells, that I wanted to be involved in the music industry for the rest of my life.

As a “performance artist,” (and I use quotations because I feel a little silly calling myself that), I can thank the great Phoenix artists Joanna and Michael 23 and a large chunk of The Firehouse family for helping me gain the confidence to get on stage and get a little silly.

From all the different platforms for performance that were offered at The Firehouse, like Organic Poetry, Firestage, Comedy on Fire, First Friday Night Live and the rest of them, to the wildly encouraging atmosphere that that little orange spaceship bred, I feel confident in saying I would never have gotten on stage to perform if it hadn’t been for the best damn DIY production crew in the history of mankind, The Firehouse Crew.

I’d also be remiss if I didn’t throw in shout outs to Jennifer Michalson, Ting Ting Phx, Aaron Johnson, The Hourglass Cats, Jack Mullins, Ben Leatherman, John Guzzon, and Matt Spastic. They are certainly not the only people who helped me along the way or even just to get started but without any one of them this whole thing could have easily been over before it began.

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Andy Warpigs
What inspires you?

My own musical network inspires me daily. Whether it’s my favorite band in the world, Small Leaks Sink Ships, signing to Lefse Records and touring nationally, or the homie Mega Ran playing bigger and better shows every time I see him in New York City, having the privilege of knowing and watching these fabulous artists get closer to fulfilling their true potential is awe-inspiring to me.

Groups that I wrote on back in Phoenix during their house show days like Injury Reserve and Spafford are now coming to New York City to play premier venues and it’s really one of the most life-affirming things that has ever happened to me. It speaks to me and inspires me to continue finding acts that I think are great and giving them all the exposure I possibly can in hope that one day I will get to sit back and say “I knew them when … ”

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Jeff with Mega Ran
What do you like about AZ?

I’ve always loved the way Arizona lets its artists experiment. Some of the weirdest music and art projects I have ever encountered in my life I found in Arizona. Whether it was Ryan Avery and Fathers Day, satanic pop band B4Skin, Ashley Naftule and his off the wall theater productions at Space 55, or First Friday Night Live at The Firehouse, Arizona always seemed very welcoming to good ideas even if they are being executed by complete amateurs.

One of the biggest and most fun projects I ever got to be a part of was Rocky Horror at The Firehouse. The reason it was so much fun was that a bunch of misfits and outcasts got together to sing karaoke onstage with DIY set pieces, costumes, and props, and we got to feel like the biggest thing going in the arts district for a week, popping up in the Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, right here at YabYum, and a handful of other blogs and publications. It was the kind of thing that could really only happen in Phoenix because anywhere else would have wanted more nuance, more theater, and more production value. But what Phoenix was able to see in that production that other cities might have overlooked was that production’s heart and soul and its true message: you don’t got to be classically trained or critically acclaimed to be a real artist.

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Wolvves
Where can we see you(r) work?

First and foremost you can see me at my best on Oct. 19, show-running at Yucca Tap Room for DJ Scapegoat and Mazel Toast Presents The Big Fant. We’ve got Scorpion Vs. Tarantula, Skull Drug, B4Skin, Black One, The Redemptions, Andy Warpigs, Shining Soul, and Scapegoat all under one roof starting at 6:00 PM.

My most up-to-date stories are available online at rBeatz.com and DyingScene.com, as well as in the hardcopy issues of Pages Per Content. My writing can also be found in the archives of the Phoenix New Times Music Section, ModernTimesMagazine.com, and Flowersinagun.com, as well as one byline in AZCentral which I am particularly proud of.

My photographs can be found in all of those publications as well as on my Facebook photo gallery Jeff Schaer-Moses Photography and my personal Instagram account @TnecksJeffMoses.

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Injury Reserve
What would like to accomplish before you die?

Before I can check out for good, one of the things I would really like to accomplish is a byline or photo credit in Rolling Stone. I’d like to book the so-far-elusive-to-me Playboy Manbaby for a concert, I’d like to write a memoir of my life and career in the music industry, and of course to see Small Leaks Sink Ships headline every major festival in the country.

What is your mantra?

“Just because you are one man and they are many doesn’t mean they are right.” -Jeff Schaer-Moses

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KONGOS
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Noelle Scaggs
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Run the Jewels
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Hotrock SupaJoint
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Mazel Toast

YabYum Seven: Holly Anderson

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Photo by Angela Adams. Images below courtesy of Holly Anderson.
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Holly Anderson. I have been creating my entire life but it wasn’t until seven years ago that I became a full time, world-collected artist creating large scale, heavily textured mixed media paintings. Painting with acrylics, watercolor, ink, and prefering to use nontraditional tools, I have been fortunate to work with architects, designers, hotels and resorts on large projects as well as creating art for movie sets via Paramount Pictures.

I run my business Anderson Modern online and through my studio in downtown Phoenix. I am a collaborator and have a few side projects, one being Halcyon Fine Art which involves spirit, science & energy. All of the art revolves around water, the universe, and electro-magnetic media with co-creator Jessica Speer.

I also have a side project called Green Girls Life which is a line of eco-art created with all recycled materials or items that would have ended up in a landfill. Each eco piece carries an important message and is my way of educating others through art how to better take care of our environment and how our waste affects domestic and marine life.

When I am not creating art I focus on eco-activism, animal rescue and volunteer with multiple organizations that work with the homeless. You can find me in the most random places picking up trash, beautifying neighborhoods, distributing water and goods to those who live on the streets or bottle feeding kittens in the ICU at the Arizona Humane Society.

I also enjoy playing hand drums, the ukulele, didgeridoo and singing. I love the outdoors, traveling, and archery.

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Autumn Sky
How did you get your start?

I could not work because I was on narcotics and I kept making too many mistakes. For the last 17 years I’ve battled a very debilitating muscular skeletal disease and just had back to back surgeries including a spinal fusion. I did not know what to do, I’d always had a desk job and I could no longer sit at a desk anymore.

Everyone told me I would have to be on narcotics the rest of my life but one day I decided to stop taking them because they don’t fix anything, they changed my personality so much I didn’t even know who I was anymore so I quit cold turkey and wasn’t sure how to deal with the pain.

I had inherited a bunch of art supplies from my grandmother who was a professional artist and art teacher. Plus, I didn’t have any capital to start a business and wasn’t reliable or stable enough to get a “real job” so I started experimenting with paint. Painting helped me get through the pain and was a great distraction. I had no idea what art rules were, what I was doing, what complimentary colors were but I painted and I loved what I had created.

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Eon
What inspires you?

Water, nature & the opportunity to educate others about environmental issues through my art.

What do you like about AZ?

I moved to Arizona from Portland, Oregon hoping for a better life with more mobility and less humidity and I love waking up to a beautiful blue sky and seeing the tops of palm trees. I’ve really enjoy all the places I’ve hiked, I never imagined Arizona could be so beautiful.

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By appointment at my studio, 701 N 15th Ave in downtown Phoenix or my work can be seen at the Vali Homes in Central Phoenix which is a modern eco villa. It is one of the most sustainable homes in North America.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Oh gosh, there are so many things I would like to do. I honestly don’t have an answer as each day I focus on the present, the right here, right now. I strive to be the best human I can be every day and no matter what, always practice compassion.

What is your mantra?

I have two: JUST BE and PUSH THROUGH

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Tidewater Glaciers
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Tango
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Water and Light