“No One Is Going To Do This For You:” A TDQ Q&A With Artist Stephen Hutchison

Stephen Hutchison - Tomorrow Is Going To Be Bizarre

An image from Stephen Hutchison's project "Tomorrow Is Going To Be Bizarre". Only if you count 16 pairs of pecs bizarre.

This week, The Daily Quarterly broadens its horizons (and yours) with a Q&A with artist Stephen Hutchison. The Los Angeles-based sculptor and photographer talks to us about his influences, his upcoming projects and how the internet is helping people experience art more and enjoy it more. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with artist Stephen Hutchison:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

Stephen Hutchison: How does anybody hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

TDQ: How excited are you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?

Hutchison: I am “fairly” excited. 

TDQ: Would you say that the writing on The Daily Quarterly is mesmerizing or stupefying?

Hutchison: It’s as good as the writing in a fortune cookie, but less believable.

TDQ: Who was your favorite sculptor growing up?

Hutchison: How about site-specific artist, that would be Gordon Matta-Clark. 

TDQ: Who was your favorite photographer growing up?

Hutchison: I hope that l am always growing up, but in prior years I have been interested in the work of Thomas Demand, Carter Mull, Slater Bradley and many others.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Hutchison: Either, “what are you worried about?” or “no one is going to do this for you.”

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten? 

Hutchison: Either, “what are you worried about?” or “no one is going to do this for you.”

TDQ: Who are your influences?

Hutchison: I am influenced by several artists like James Welling and Joel Otterson, as well as my family and friends.

TDQ: You got your bachelor’s degree in art at UCLA. How is the art program there?

Hutchison: I had a great experience at UCLA. I was encouraged and I worked very hard. Also, many of my professors were incredible artists.

TDQ: Is Los Angeles the place to be now as an artist? 

Hutchison: I hope that I can be an artist anywhere and everywhere someday, but for now Los Angeles works for me.

TDQ: Regarding your “request a postcard” tab on your site, did you expect to get so many requests so quickly? And do the rest of us just have to be patient now for another postcard?

Hutchison: I always hope to generate an audience but I never expected to receive this kind of response. As for your second question, I am currently fulfilling the first 500 requests for postcards in this first project. I have received additional interest for future projects from over 2,500 people. I will be announcing a second opportunity to request postcards in the next few months. Also, I have opened a P.O. Box so that I can begin receiving artwork from people who have expressed interest in doing so, and I will be opening two new online exhibitions this year.

A proposal for the continuation of this project has been accepted by kickstarter.com. A profile, including a video, is now available for view and there are several new ways to participate. Details are on the site www.thepavementspace.org

Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Stephen Hutchison will run next Friday

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