Artist Profile: Jeremy Shantz

Name/Age:

Jeremy Shantz / 23

Website:

http://jeremyshantz.blogspot.com for now until I get a site running.

Background/Education:

UBC-O / UBC-VAN / EMILY CARR – fine arts.

Why/How Did you get into design:

My brother Mike had been doing it for a while and preached to me daily that I should give it a go. I had a chance to do some work for some big names and I just haven’t looked back.

Favorite Project(s) that you have done:

I have been working on a mixed-media/sculpture series called “When Things Used to be Good.” Consisting of rewired cell phone screens, looped clips from childhood events and relationships with surrounding fabrics originating from personal relics. Soon to be shown in Montreal in Early October.

Influences/Inspirations:

Michael Shantz, Jay Johnston, Ujino Monuteru, Barry Magee, Early Basquiett, Late Picasso.

How would you describe your Style:

Design wise its pretty diverse but still sporadic, I don’t think that will ever change, I pull from different inspirations daily, making it impossible to settle on one style.

Is this your full-time gig?

When I started it was an opportunity to work little hours and make enough to live, whilst having as many hours left over to do what I wanted. The few hours left from this balance was dedicated to monthly Artists Helping Artists events hosted at my gallery in Montreal called “The Shanty.” Thusly creating a three way full-time gig.

One Piece of Advice:

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.

Favorite Medium:

Video/Film/Fabric

Favorite Website:

“Free” page on Craigslist.com, ffffound.com

Favorite Band at the Moment:

It’s a tossup between a brilliant new musician, Thomas Gill (SELFHELP) from Toronto, and an equally under-rated musician, Leif Vollebekk (INLAND) from Montreal. Both albums are out and available. Go get them both, you’ll thank me.