Friday, May 2, 2014

Planet of the Frank Ape: Q-and-A with artist Brandon Sines

Tomorrow night at Specials on C (the former corner deli on Avenue C and East 12th Street), Brandon Sines will have his work featured in a new exhibit titled "Dealing With Things Is Tricky."

You may recognize his favorite subject — Frank Ape, which Sines has wheat-pasted or painted around various spaces in the neighborhood.

Here's more about the show via the EVG inbox:

"Dealing With Things Is Tricky" is Sines' second solo show and his most ambitious work to date. The main subject of "Dealing With Things Is Tricky" will be Sines' hairy, unkempt street denizen character known as Frank Ape ... [the show] is a total immersion into the world of Frank Ape. Drawings, paintings, and mixed-media pieces [take] inspiration from contemporary pop culture, celebrity, and iconic movie and music imagery.

We're Frank Ape fans, so we thought we'd ask Sines a few quick questions on the eve of the show.

You were never interested in pursuing art, let along attending art school. So how did all this come about?

I guess I had my own ideas of what I wanted to do, which never involved "art," but always involved being my own boss... I tried a bunch of different things, which everyone has to do to figure out what they like. During that period I started playing around again with drawing and painting like I did when I was a kid, and everyone just responded to it so positively. It got to a point where I couldn't ignore it, and I had to acknowledge where my natural skill sets were and how to nurture them. It's really motivating to have an audience that responds to what you're doing.

How did the creation of Frank Ape evolve?

Just an idea I had for a painting in 2011...putting this person, who is like us, but who isn't so intellectually evolved — more emotionally, in a traumatic situation. I kept wanting to repeat the character and it organically turned into it's own thing. I don't really put Frank in many traumatic situations anymore. Now it's more about having fun and pushing the limits of how we can make Frank come to life.

There's a 1980s influence/inspiration in your work. Do you ever wish that you could have been creating art/living in that time period instead of now?

Haha, yeah part of me used to feel that way... but I think we'll be looking back at this time in 25 years and feeling the same romantic, nostalgic feeling that we do now about the 80s. So I totally embrace where I'm at.


"Dealing With Things Is Tricky" opens tomorrow from 7-10 p.m. ... and will be on view daily, by appointment, through May 6 at 195 Ave. C at East 12th Street. Find more of Sines' work here.

[Photo from October by Stacie Joy]


Anonymous said...

Can I just show up there tonight or do I need an appointment?

Scuba Diva said...

This is great; I've seen Frank around the neighborhood, and as far down as Walker Street, but never knew anything about him.

Anonymous said...

I know this will not be a popular view here and keep in mind that I moved into the EV 33 years ago but there is something about using other people's property to promote one's career that bothers me. I respect those artists that show their work at street fairs more than these 80's style attention seekers.

Anonymous said...

The show is open to all tomorrow night, 7-10!

Unknown said...

I love seeing his art on the street. Not as pervasive as seeing Cost everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Wait, open-to-all tonight or tomorrow?

EV Grieve said...

The exhibit opens tomorrow night, and is open to all...

Anonymous said...

I love Frank Ape!