Works on LPP
★ MEET N‘ GREET ★
Hi Blake! So I have known you for awhile. I had just moved into the Weiss’s house and I think you were staying there for a bit, maybe that was 4 or 5 years ago? This is before I started Little Paper Planes. You were one of the first 8 artists on the site. I remember your broken heart T-shirt was super popular. It has been fun watching you grow as an artist over the years. Lets start off with where you are from, New Hampshire. How do you think growing up in New England shaped how you are as an artist?
New Hampshire really didn’t have any effect on me as an artist. It was just a really mellow place to live.
When did you first come to the West Coast? Was it to work with Shepard Fairy? How did working for him influence you, (since you started interning with him at a young age).
I arrived to the West Coast in 2002 to work with Shepard. After deciding I wanted to take a year off after graduation from high school I figured it would be a good learning experience to travel alone and work with someone I thought was doing a nice thing. Otherwise he taught me how to work really long hours.
You work with various clients as well as personal work, can you describe your process on how you approach each project and does it differ when you start something for yourself?
I approach personal and client work the same.
I have always been attracting to your patterns and text, do you have a favorite to work on?
I enjoy both.
You also have done a lot of collaborating in the past with other artists, how does this differ when working with someone else vs. your personal practice?
I’ve done a few collaborative projects in the past. I feel like my work mostly ends up complimenting the overall piece and not being the main focus. I like that.
I also am interested in your relationship to scale, for your personal work you tend to go larger when doing your silkscreens but also site specific work where you wheat-paste on walls outside. Do you prefer to have your work beyond the human scale so the viewer can enter an environment? Have you ever done or thought of doing installation and working beyond 2-D?
I’m into scale as well as volume. I’m personally drawn to bigger work so I feel its natural that is what i tend to make.
I’m working on a solo show coming up this summer where there will be a big focus on an installation.
Did each city you live in dictate how you work since you have lived in 3 major cities, currently in New York, (Los Angeles and Boston)? Do you think New York will be home for awhile?
No not really. This is my second time moving to NYC so I think I’m going to be here for awhile.
Is there anyone one artist that you currently have been loving? I saw you at this past Miami Art Basel, what was your overall feeling with the work you saw? Did anything stand out to you where you were just blown away?
My buddy Ted Gahl is doing some great work. http://tedgahl.blogspot.com/
Basel was nice. Grayson Perry, Evren Tekinoktay, Liz Markus were some favorites.
What is a typical day for you?
Wake up, go to this coffee shop around the corner from the studio, then get everything else started. If its not to late I try to make dinner. I’ve been into cooking for the past 2 or 3 years.
Thanks Blake and hopefully I will see you in New York in a couple months.
Yes, see you soon. Thanks!
Blake E. Marquis
Blake E. Marquis is an artist and designer based in the Triangle Below Canal in New York City. Born in New England and went to Pratt Institute of Art. Enjoys pearl diving, shorting and going long.