We are fortunate to have Los Angeles-based photographer Kevin Hayes discuss his contribution to “FREEDOM & REVOLUTION” and his vision of art in the Digital Age.
Which work will you be exhibiting? Why did you select this piece?
I picked this photo because to me it resembles someone who has a plan and its time has come. Kind of like the calm before the storm.
What is your charity or cause? Why did you select this? Where does community work fit in with your ethos as an artist?
The charity and cause I support is American Friends of Kupat Ha'ir. It feeds Hasidic Jewish people in Brooklyn. This fits with my art work because my mom is religious and even though my work might not suggest religion she is just about my biggest influence so any cause she's behind, I’m right there with her.
Please talk about your ideas of Freedom & Revolution. What do these words mean to you? How does your piece illustrate these ideas?
Freedom & Revolution means a lot to me because my father's African American and my mother is Israeli. Not to make this a religious or race thing, but they're both fighters and the concept of freedom & revolution mean so much to them and they fought so much for me to not really have to, but still be aware of. Those two words just mean the world to me.
This photo to me looks like an idea whose time has come. Like she's been thinking of ways to get free and she's about to act.
Edition One Hundred is founded with the idea of providing artists the opportunity to transform new technology into a tool to both produce affordable art while simultaneously connecting to non-traditional art collectors. What are your thoughts on Edition One Hundred? Why did you decide to be involved? How do you see this as a platform to reach a broader audience for your work?
I think Edition One Hundred is just a great project and a friend asked me to be a part of it and after she gave me the low down on what you guys were doing, I was all in. As for affordable art I’m all about it! I mean, I would love for my place to be filled with art work, but I'm just not rich enough to have pieces by all of my heroes so making work that's accessible to everyone is really great. I see this a platform because I think my work or at least people think my work lives in a different world then this one so I'm just glad that new people will be seeing my photos.
What are your thoughts on Art in the Digital Age?
I like art in the Digital Age, but I don't really have anything to do with it, at least in the process in which I make my work. The Digital Age has been great because lots of people have seen my work that wouldn't have, but as for creating I only shoot with film and I do just about everything the old fashioned way.
As an artist, you regularly produce work that is a manifestation of your distinctive vision. Yet at the same time you are influenced by the work of others. Do you collect art? If so, who do you collect? And if you had all the money in the world, who would you buy and why?
I do collect art. I just love stuff so I would just love to have my home filled with artwork. At the same time I really love tacky looking displays so I would love to have my place filled with Alex Pardee's work as well as Dave Choe stuff, William Eggleston photos as well as "that crazy guy from across the streets”’s paintings, Henry Miller paintings, and all those thing along side of simple found photos or really bad pictures my mom has taken that I just think are the best photos in the world. If I had all the money in the world that's what I'd want to fill my house.
Why should people buy art? People should buy art to support the arts and to be inspired by and cause pretty things look pretty.
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