16 Feb “Collab at the Lab” with Diane Azrak and Arlette Tebele
Artists Diane Azrak and Arlette Tebele give us some insight on their upcoming show this month
Interview with Jenny Morris
JM: Is this your first exhibition?
DA: I’ve exhibited pieces in local community shows here and there, but this would be my first big show exhibiting over 3 pieces of work.
AT: I’ve been featured in a couple of different exhibitions. My favorite one was actually aired on Million Dollar Listings! However, this is the first time where the exhibit is featuring just me and one other artist, which is pretty exciting!
JM: Cool! So, what brought you to GPL? What are you most hoping to gain from the community?
DA: Arlette actually brought me to GPL. We’ve been wanting to collaborate for a while and had hopes of working on a show together. So, when she was presented with the opportunity to work in the space, she introduced me to the lab.
AT: A friend of mine had seen my art and thought i’d be perfect for the space, which naturally led to this exhibition. I’m hoping to become more familiar with the process of exhibiting, and and all the work that it involves. I’m also excited to meet cool and new people within the art industry and hopefully get inspired by their visions and creations!
JM: Great, so let’s delve more into your own work and process! What kind of mediums do you like to work in, what inspires you, and what brought you to the point of wanting to publicly show your work?
DA: I’ve always had a close relationship to photography. My uncle, who is a photographer, bought me my first camera for my 9th birthday and has been my mentor ever since. I’ve grown up documenting my life with my point and shoot digital cameras long before iPhones and Snapchat. Over time, I’ve noticed my sensitivity for light and detail have been a consistent thread through my work. I’m very inspired by memory and moments and the role photography plays within capturing that, as well as using images to convey a visual language. Being so inspired by light, i’ve begun to experiment with colored and neon lights, looking for ways to bridge the relationship of light and sculpture to photography. Photography has taken such a digital route as social media and technology have taken over, and i’d like to bring materiality back into the medium by making more sculptural works.
AT: My work is mainly a collection of playful and nostalgic pieces. The overall theme for the work tends to focus on the idea of not taking life too seriously. I love having fun, and honestly never want to grow up! All the art I do is experimental. I try as I go, and if I mess something up – that’s art too. I use a wide range of mediums from spray paint to digital illustration. I use stickers, comic books, skateboards, anything that catches my eye, really! I’ve always wanted to do my own show, but never felt like I had the guts to actually do it. But when I got this opportunity, I immediately accepted, and I couldn’t be more excited!
JM: We are so psyched to have you both! Can you tell us a little bit about how collaborative work has shaped you as artists?
DA: Collaboration has always been a big part of my work and process. Whether it be with other artists like Arlette, or collaborating on ideas with mentors and peers I find there is always something to be learned and seen through the eyes of others. In this case, I think collaborating with Arlette and seeing the way she works with color and illustration, as opposed to my more monochromatic and raw style has led me to see my work in an entirely new way.
AT: In my opinion, collaborative work is one of the highlights of being an artist. Two people share their ideas and turn them into creation. It’s a lot of fun to unite perspectives and watch them come to life. I definitely feel like I benefit personally every time I work with another artist, whether it be through learning new techniques, gaining new ideas, or even sharing a bond.
JM: Amazing. Do you see yourselves using screen printing as a medium in future works?
DA: I definitely think screen printing screen printing will be a part of my process later on. I already have begun thinking of a project that it would be useful for and love the idea that the process is so mechanical and exact.
AT: One hundred percent! I’ve been looking into screen printing for a while. Andy Warhol, the master screen printer, is an artist who deeply inspires me. I love the way screen printing captures an element of art that can’t be done otherwise. I would love to get involved with screen printing.
JM: Where do you see your projects going after this?
DA: I’ve been working on a large self titled book for Memoir Noir, which will incorporate most of the work in this show, along with many other images I’ve been taking like them over the years. As well as continuing to work and experiment with light and sculpture in relation to photography, creating that relationship, allowing the work to live in a physical space, as well as creating something truly unique that the art world has not yet seen.
AT: Hmmm…this is a tough one. Honestly, wherever the wind takes me! I don’t really tend to think too hard about the future, because I enjoy fully being immersed in the moment. I do however always see art in my future. Being involved with art is a part of who I am.
JM: Sounds so exciting, and see you at the show!
Opening night: Wednesday, February 22nd. 5pm-11:30pm. Get your tickets here!
Check out Diane Azrak’s Instagram here.
Check out interviewer Jenny Morris’ work here.