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Phillip Klais on The Experience of History

by Paddy Johnson on February 25, 2013
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What is the avant garde? Each person asked will probably answer differently; our profession and experience inform our opinions. For that reason, it’s not too much of a surprise to hear organ builder Phillip Klais reference his family business as he attempts to answer the question. His great grandfather established a workshop over a 130 years ago, and it’s been passed down from generation to generation.

“The avant garde goes beyond invention” Klais tells us assuredly in the latest edition of Avant Garde Diares. “[It’s] using the experience of history to develop visions for the future.”

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Scott Campbell & Chances With Wolves: Keeping Current with the Past

by Paddy Johnson on October 12, 2012
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I relate to Scott Campbell. He started tattooing because he wanted to avoid getting a job at all costs. I started Art Fag City, because I’d been fired from so many gallery jobs I couldn’t bear the thought of taking another. I didn’t want to do anything but blog all day, Campbell didn’t want to do anything but draw pictures all day.

And so, that’s what Campbell does. In the latest issue of Avant Garde Diaries, we see him making reliefs out of printed dollar bills and incredibly detailed tattoos as he discusses what makes his studio run. In his case, music informs the mood and energy of his work, so he talks about Chances with Wolves, a well known New York based DJ duo.

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