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November 18, 2016

Sculptor by Day, Game Master by Night: InLiquid Artist Jeremy Sims Shares the Secrets Behind his Illustrative Works

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Kim Minutella

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InLiquid Artist Jeremy Sims is a sculptor who pushes the boundaries with his work by exploring unconventional methods and ideas of ceramics; he questions the purpose and definition of the objects that we both overlook and interact with on a daily basis. Drawing inspiration from design and fashion, Jeremy’s ceramic work creates its own niche where it blends contemporary and traditional art culture together.
Jeremy is a versatile and experienced artist; he has dabbled in metals and other forms of sculpture, and a lot of his work consists of research as well as trial and error methods of exploration.
On Saturday, November 19th at Blick Art Materials, you can meet Jeremy for a live demonstration from 1 to 3pm.
Contrary to the opening of this blog post, he will not, however, be presenting his ceramic work. (Yes, that’s right, readers. You’ve all been bamboozled.) Instead, his demonstration, Epic Adventures, will be taking a giant leap away from the world of ceramics, and will dive into the playful realm of nerd-culture through his illustrative series.
From graphic novels to video games, to movies and books, nerd-culture is an ever-expanding, multi-faceted universe of endless imagination. It is a creative movement that stretches beyond the preconceived limits of pop-culture, and lies somewhere in between entertainment and innovation.
For Jeremy, he takes his influences from nerd-culture and weaves them into zany, tongue-in-cheek illustrations.
Being a nerd herself, Site Editor Kim Minutella was excited to sit with Jeremy and have a chat with him about his debut in illustration, where they discussed the ideas behind his new work and what’s in store for the live demo at Blick Art Materials this Saturday:
Kim: For the demo on Saturday, will it be an interactive experience?
Jeremy: “Honestly, I am going to play a lot of the interaction by ear. The work I am going to be presenting is very different from the work that I typically do or present. It’s honestly a lot of the stuff I keep close to me because I don’t really showcase a lot of my drawings or my two-dimensional work, but that does not necessarily mean that I don’t do it. The times when they are particularly showcased is when I am doing some kind of poster for an art organization that I am working with, and that’s where a lot of these originally came from.”
Kim: Can you give us a sneak preview of some of your ideas?”
Jeremy: “…I am a huge nerd. A lot of my drawings kind of entail a mixture of illustration and contemporary art, and using a kind of gentle humor to do a very similar thing in a totally different vein from my sculpture work by trying to imagine a positive future, or at least a more conscious or aware future…What’s important to the pieces is that they’re using illustration to communicate concepts that I think the art world, using some of the language that it currently has, may have a harder time describing for a larger populous.”
“A large part of what I am doing are going to be illustrations based on millennial art-making…a lot of the stuff I am going to be drawing are things that are going to poke fun at current issues…What I am really trying to do is not make light of something, but to be empowering to the people I am addressing in these scenarios…or taking this idea that nerdiness is a form of empowerment.”
Kim: In the art world, there is a sort of stigma against illustration, with the argument of whether or not it can be considered a real form of art. What do you think of the struggle between fine art and illustration?
Jeremy: “I should say too…that my typical line of work that I chose to show (ceramics), I think a lot of people at first would be confused that my drawings go in a completely opposite direction. One of the things that really kind of blew my mind whenever I started thinking about it, was that with some of the separations in the art world and the high art world, a lot of it is kind of based on the idea that art isn’t meant to serve a purpose…and something artistic that serves a purpose is now secondary to something that doesn’t.”
Kim: On Saturday, you are going to be debuting your illustrations. On your website, you have your ceramics works on display. Do you have a separate website for your illustrative work?
Jeremy: “No…Honestly, the only time those illustrations see the light of day is in my Dungeons and Dragons games.”
This Saturday, November 19th, at Blick Art Materials, brandish your pens and join Jeremy Sims as he presents his illustrative work to the public for the first time.
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