Five Alive- Andrea Sherrill Evans and Kirk Amaral Snow

We thought it would be fun to ask people we admire 5 questions to get a glimpse into what they're currently into.

Kirk Amaral Snow and Andrea Sherrill Evans

Kirk Amaral Snow and Andrea Sherrill Evans

Andrea Sherrill Evans and Kirk Amaral Snow are two Boston-based artists who recently launched Temporary Land Bridge, a blog whose mission is to encounter art practice at its various stages: creation, contextualization, and exhibition. Through interviews, artist writing, and exhibition photo essays, they look to be a platform where artists and their work can be brought to a larger audience.  We are really excited about this fantastic new platform for artists to share their work, so we were excited to have Andrea and Kirk  answer some questions!

ANDREA:

What is your favorite art making tool?

For the past 6 or so years, it’s been silverpoint, as a drawing tool. It’s a technique that dates back to the early Renaissance; you can see examples of its use by Dürer and da Vinci.  I use a piece of jeweler’s silver in a lead holder, and have a little file so that I can keep the point to my liking.  You have to work on paper (or another surface) that is prepared with a ground to give a little tooth so that the silver will actually make a mark.

Silverpoint allows for an incredible amount of detail; it has an appearance similar to graphite, but it doesn’t smudge (and it also doesn’t erase all that well).  One of the really interesting things about it is that it tarnishes over time.  So the drawings shift a little, they get a little warmer in color.  I like the idea that the drawings themselves are embedded with this sense of time. 

Marker #4, Silverpoint on prepared paper

Marker #4, Silverpoint on prepared paper

What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?‪ ‬

I often listen to the same things over and over again; I’m not very good at seeking out new things.  Often Kirk is the one to introduce me to new music.  One of my main standards is Bonnie Prince Billy/Palace Music/Palace Brothers—whatever name Will Oldham is using at the time.  I love it all.

But most of the time, and especially in the studio, I’m addicted to podcasts: Radiolab, This American Life, the Moth, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Transom, Love + Radio, 99% Invisible, the Memory Palace.  This is the primary way that new information enters my brain these days, for better or worse.

‪Where do you go for peace and quiet?

Jamaica Pond, just down the street from our apartment.  There’s a tree-lined loop around the pond where I go jogging a few times a week.  I really look forward to going there and having some quiet time, seeing the ducks and geese wandering about, the regulars walking their dogs or jogging as well, and witnessing the subtle changes in the season. It's right in the middle of the neighborhood, so it's no wilderness, but it's a lovely bit of outdoor space. In the winter, there's also a great hill nearby for sledding.

Where is your next dream travel destination? 

Everywhere and anywhere.  But if I really have to narrow it down, I’d say Spain and Portugal, Norway, and Scotland.  We have family in a few of those places, so hopefully we can actually make it happen soon.  I would also love to go back to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where Kirk and I spent our “honeymoon”.

Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to? 

It's often changing and it depends on the context. I always love bright orange as an accent color to something neutral. My first car was an orange 1973 International Scout II, so that probably had a major influence. Fall is one of my favorite times of year and color palettes, for my wardrobe especially,–lots of oranges, reds, ochre, browns, with some green still in there, too. 

KIRK:

What is your favorite art making tool?

My hands. I can be a frustrated "maker". While power tools are a big part of executing my ideas and projects, using them does not always come naturally to me. Often I find myself throwing on (or sometimes off) a pair of gloves and forcing materials to do what I want. I find it to be really satisfying, like it has worked out through pure will.

Palisade, 2012, Quickcrete and Reflective Driveway Markers

Palisade, 2012, Quickcrete and Reflective Driveway Markers

What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?

True Widow has been on repeat in our car a lot. Though it's a little bit older, the Low and Dirty Three collaborative album is seeing a good amount of time on our record player. Honestly, when I'm alone, I listen to mostly hardcore and thrash. Centuries, Left for Dead, and deafheaven make a lot of appearances.

Where do you go for peace and quiet?

Bed? I’m not always a peace and quiet kind of guy. I like walking different neighborhoods (Jamaica Plain, Back Bay, South End) to think. Growing up in New England I always loved the beach off-season. My day job is just north of Boston, about four blocks from the water. I sneak away in the winter sometimes to see the snow and ice on the sand being melted by the waves.

Where is your next dream travel destination?

I’ve wanted to travel to a Lusophone country with Andrea for a while. I went when I was younger to the Açores and Brasil to see where some of my family is from, and it would be wonderful to share that with her. We’ve also talked about Norway to visit some family that has settled there.

In a few weeks we are heading to Salt Lake City for a trip. Weather permitting; we’re going to trek out to Spiral Jetty while we are there.

Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to?

In my work, I’m drawn to the neutral color palettes you find in suburban homes and “institutions”. Also, informational color systems like what OSHA has developed are really interesting. It’s funny though, for living spaces, I would never consider either of them as “livable” options.


 

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