Wootini est. in 2003 is an art gallery showcasing works in the Pop Pluralism movement and art items derived from works such as Designer Vinyl Figures. We also occasionally create our own limited 3D vinyl figures. Come visit our brick-and-mortar store.

6th December 2009

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30th November 2009

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WOOTINI HOLIDAY SHOW ARTIST INTERVIEW: David Lanham

Artist Name: David Lanham

Tell me about your background. Where you’re from, where you grew up, what interested you as a kid.I’m originally from Orange Park, Florida where I was born. Growing up, I was really fortunate to have some amazing art teachers both in my family and around town. I lived in Orange Park until I headed to college to study drawing and design at the University of Central Florida, and graduated in 2004. After graduating I was offered a job in Greensboro with the Iconfactory and since then I’ve been making all sorts of icons for all sorts of software while keeping up with my personal work in the off time.

How long have you been an artist? I’ve been drawing my whole life, but I first started selling artwork about 4 years ago when I began offering prints on my website. So my professional history is just getting starting.

Was there one defining moment that made you choose art as a profession and life style, or did it happen over time as the sum of many smaller moments – or in a completely different way? When I was younger I was very interested in natural science and also computers, but art has always stood at the forefront of what I really find satisfying. My other interests have always stayed there though and continue to influence what I draw.

What has been your biggest influence in the art world (ANY type of art)? Where do you find inspiration for both your work?Classical artwork anywhere from the 1500s through the 1700s has always been really inspiring to me. I grew up staring at tiny prints in the encyclopedias at home or checking out any books I could find from the local library. Aside from other people’s artwork, just going out into nature is always inspirational, there’s always something new to find, even on a path you’ve been on many times before. 

What mediums do you prefer to work in?I really enjoy pen and ink for drawing and gouache for painting. Lately I’ve been combining the two and I’m quite enjoying the results of experimenting with them together.

Do you have a routine or process that you like to work through?My process is fairly standard, I normally start out with sketches and roughs and then redraw larger once the composition is worked out. Although sometimes I just freehand draw on large canvas or paper and see what happens as well. I always enjoy it when things are a bit unexpected. 

Is there a particular piece of art that you are most proud of? (In other words, do you have a favorite?)I have a few drawings and paintings around my office at home that I’ll be hard pressed to be separated from, but it’s hard not to fall in love a little bit with everything you create.

When you are not working on your art, what are you doing?If I’m not drawing or painting, you could find me out hiking with my wife, doing a bit of video gaming or just hanging out.

Have you shown your art in any shows or galleries previously?Not unless the local fair growing up counts, this will be my first physical gallery showing. I’ve had all my digital and traditional artwork on display at my website for many years, but it’s always more satisfying to see art in person so I’m really looking forward to the show.

What would you say to someone who is new to your art? What would you say to someone who is familiar with your art?I’d say about the same thing, “Just have fun and enjoy it”. I’ve put my thoughts and memories into creating it, but I enjoy leaving things a bit open-ended so the viewer can give it a story of their own and make it partially their work as well.

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25th October 2009

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MINUS SOUND RESEARCH 4 Artist Spotlight: Maria Albani “Organos”

Artist Name: Maria Albani
Band: Organos


Tell me about your background. Where you’re from, where you grew up, what interested you as a kid.
Born in Long Island, New York. Grew up in Florida (Orlando,St. Petersburg, Tampa). Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC resident since 1995. As a kid my interests were music, art, animals, rollerskating, dirtbomb fights, and hanging out with the grown ups.

How long have you been performing music and how long have you been with your band?I started playing bass in 1996 with a band called Pleasant. I began playing bass in other bands as well: Un Deux Trois, Gerty, & Tennis & the Mennonites. I currently play bass in the band Schooner. My musical project Organos (the one I am representing for MSR) is 2 years old, and is a solo recording project in which all instruments & vocals are done myself. 

Was there one defining moment that made you choose music (and/or art) as a profession and life style, or did it happen over time as the sum of many smaller moments - or in a completely different way?
Music & art are things I have always been involved in. I have never made a solid decision of choosing both as a life style or a profession. They are elements that exist in my life, no matter where I am or what else may be going on. I see both music and art as outlets and ways to communicate things I do not have words for. No defining moments…

When did you find yourself getting into visual art?
When I was very young. I remember when I was a toddler, I would often sit for hours and draw. I didn’t have siblings growing up, so it kept me very entertained. I use to tell my mom all of the time, that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I’m not sure where that came from or that I really understood what that meant. I just remember drawing as being something I always wanted or felt like doing from a very young age.

What has been your biggest influence in the art world (both music & visual)? Where do you find inspiration for both your music and your visual art?
In the art world, I am influenced by Modigliani, bright colors, spirits, women, and animals. My musical influences are too many to name. I find inspiration for art in fantasy. In things that I wish were real or around me that I could touch or talk to. In music, I am inspired by the challenge of piecing instruments and words together. 

What mediums do you prefer to work in?
Pastel chalks, acrylic paints, acetone transfers, & collographs.

Do you have a routine or process that you like to work through?
A routine for maybe how I work on art? Coffee, loud music, & animal interruptions. A routine to write and record songs? One instrument at a time, words written and placed last, & more animal interruptions.

Is there a particular piece of art that you are most proud of? (In other words, do you have a favorite?)
No favorites. I am proud, in that I do not get hung up on torturing myself with whether or not I think something is good. I love the process of making something, and sharing it with others. I am proud to not have fear about that.

How did you get involved with the Minus Sound Research show?
I am the co-creator/co-curator of Minus Sound Research. John Harrison of North Elementary is the other 1/2 of MSR. About 5 years ago, our bands were on tour together, and we were talking about our art, and how many other musician friends we knew who also made art. We were discussing how some of these artists were making really interesting work, but weren’t showing it. We came up with the idea to put a show together featuring visual art from artists who were maybe more known for their musical endeavors. It kept growing from there, as this is our 4th year.

Have you shown your art in any shows or galleries previously?
I have shown in the Carrboro Arts Center, Wootini, had some traveling university print shows, and curated a few art shows in nontraditional places around Carrboro, NC.

What would you say to someone who is new to this show?
Minus Sound Research is a rotating artist collective, with new artists/musicians every year. Each artist will show 5-7 new (never been seen before) work. At the opening, there will be a CD given out for free that features 1 song per artist’s band/musical project. We believe this may add some further insight to visual art being presented. 

What would you say to someone who saw this show last year?
More great work by different musicians, in a lovely gallery that supports new ideas and helps bring them to the community!

Do you get something different out of visual art than you do from music? Or do you see a direct correlation between the two art forms?
I’m driven by the same forces to create art & music. The art is a more frantic/fast-paced mission for me. Making music is more calming to me. I generally swap back and forth between the two, but I’m almost always doing one of them. 

Anything else you want to share about this upcoming Minus Sound Research Show?
Support Local Art & Music! 

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The MINUS SOUND RESEARCH 4 is ON DISPLAY NOW at Wootini Gallery in Carr Mill Mall until December. Come by and see it!

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15th October 2009

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MINUS SOUND RESEARCH 4 Artist Spotlight: Mas Sato “The Sames”

Mas Sato - The Sames

Artist Name: Mas Sato
Band: The Sames


Tell me about your background. Where you’re from, where you grew up, what interested you as a kid.
I was born in Flushing, Queens NY and spent the majority of my childhood in the quiet suburb of Port Washington on Long Island. Growing up I enjoyed riding my bike, pretending to be a ninja, playing with G.I. Joe’s, reading manga from Japan, and drawing. My dad was an architect working in NYC so from early on, he exposed me to a lot of design and architecture. At the time, I wasn’t terribly interested in it but I must have absorbed it because I find myself returning to those things for inspiration. My mother was a stay-at-home mom, who until recently practiced piano daily. Both my dad and mom were musical and really encouraged and supported all of my musical endeavors. 

How long have you been performing music and how long have you been with your band?I started taking piano lessons when I was about five. I struggled to improve because I hated practicing. In fourth grade, I picked up the alto saxophone and around middle school I got pretty serious on that instrument. I played in all the performing groups (jazz band, concert band) all through high school. I even went to the Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl Parade with our H.S. marching band. Sometime during my sophomore year in H.S. I picked up the guitar and that was it… the beginning of the end:) I played in a heavy metal/thrash cover band in H.S. and played in a heavy blues outfit Cody Cods with my buds from Duke until 2003. During the recording of a Cods album, I met Zeno Gill, and played bass with the Sames from 2001 to 2006. I have since played with North Elementary and participated in the recording of Berandals. I currently play bass with Nathan Oliver.

Was there one defining moment that made you choose music (and/or art) as a profession and life style, or did it happen over time as the sum of many smaller moments - or in a completely different way?
After graduating from college, I made a conscious decision to pursue a lifestyle that would be allow me to continue playing music. I of course had aspirations of making it big with a band but I was pretty content with having some 9-to-5 job and playing music in some capacity. However, I was selective with my 9-to-5 and chose jobs that were related to design. I bounced around jobs in t-shirt screen printing, graphic design, and architectural drafting. Around 2004, this girl Jeannine who I was dating (she’s my wife now :) made me do this writing exercise where I visualized myself in my dream job, with dream co-workers, utilizing all of my skill sets. That helped me realize that where my passion and professional aspirations intersected was in furniture design/production. So I found where I wanted to work, went after a position, and I work there now. I was extremely lucky to have found the job, and I am forever indebted to Jeannine for helping me through that. 

When did you find yourself getting into visual art?
Around 2004, I started experimenting with stencil / aerosol paint art. I’ve been a fan of poster makers (Ron Liberti) and graffiti artists (Futura 2000, Banksy, Logan Hicks) and I was really interested in mimicking the screen printing process with the use of stencils. I liked that there was a mixture of controlled and uncontrolled elements to stencil art. There was the predictability of the stenciled image but the unpredictability of how the aerosol paint was going to land: no two images were the same. I also liked that there was this painstaking disciplined part of cutting out the stencil but in the end the application of the paint was fast, immediate and free. 

What has been your biggest influence in the art world (both music & visual)? Where do you find inspiration for both your music and your visual art?
I would say that my peers who are busting their asses to get their music or art out there — out of their mind and into the world — are my biggest influences. Additionally, in no particular order, here are the people and things that I look to for inspiration: modern architecture, sculptor Isamu Noguchi, Japanese carpentry and joinery, hip-hop/soul/funk, NYC, geometry, Chopin, Zen Buddhism, origami, Raleigh designer Holly Aiken, the way things were back then, and playing with my daughter. 

What mediums do you prefer to work in?
I prefer to work with wood. For the MSR4 show I used Baltic birch plywood for most of my pieces. Baltic birch is the material I also use for my line of kid’s furniture (www.inaiinaiba.com). While there is nothing special about it like most wood (i.e. lack of interesting grain, and color), the material is very durable, stable and consistent. The generic quality of Baltic birch makes it challenging to do something interesting with it. My next creative endeavor will be sculptural furniture pieces with intricate veneer patterns. 

Do you have a routine or process that you like to work through?
Every piece of mine starts off as a kernel of an idea, or a gesture of some sort. Then I mull over how the piece would look while thinking about how it would function in some utilitarian way. In the process of balancing form and function, I’ve usually added things and taken away things. And, in the end my hope is that I’ve peeled away all the layers so that what I have left is a succinct expression of that original idea. Then I obsess over the details in its construction. By the time I actually get around to building, I’ve built the piece in my mind a half of a dozen times. I also make a point of drawing my pieces in CAD; it helps me flesh out details that I may have overlooked. 

Is there a particular piece of art that you are most proud of? (In other words, do you have a favorite?)
My favorite piece is always going to be the one that I’m about to make. I’m the most excited about a project when it’s still incubating in my head and is on the verge of materializing. 

How did you get involved with the Minus Sound Research show?
One day at North Elementary practice (probably in 2006), I showed John (Harrison) a stencil piece that I had done. I guess he kept me in his mental Rolodex of musician/artists and he asked me to participate in this year’s MSR. To which I said “hell yes.” 

Have you shown your art in any shows or galleries previously?
Nope, this is my first time. 

What would you say to someone who is new to this show?
This is an eclectic show of artwork created by local musicians who also express themselves through visual art. 

What would you say to someone who saw this show last year?
Please come check out this year’s show. The featured artists are different from past years and there’s a variety of media represented in MSR4. 

Do you get something different out of visual art than you do from music? Or do you see a direct correlation between the two art forms?
In visual art — well, at least for me — I have an opportunity to be consumed by the whole process of creating (or should I say discovery), from it’s inception to the delivery of the piece. There’s something very gratifying about being on that ride. The tendency for me, however, is to be a bit more self-conscious creating in this isolated bubble but I usually manage to push through that. That in itself is another gratifying accomplishment. With playing in bands, I really enjoy the collaborative nature of creating. The “fabric” that’s woven amongst musicians in a band is constantly mutating but following an arc, a sound if you will, that somehow everyone agrees on (most of the time). Every player brings something unique so it’s really hard to have an idea what the end result might be whether it’s a song or an album. There’s something very electric and exciting about collaborating with others. 

Anything else you want to share about this upcoming Minus Sound Research Show?It’s awesome, you need to check it out.

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11th October 2009

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Wootini Gallery Feature: LIZ.

This is Liz. She works at Wootini. Hear her talk about, you know, well, working at Wootini.

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11th October 2009

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MINUS SOUND RESEARCH 4 Artist Spotlight: Mas Sato

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8th October 2009

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MINUS SOUND RESEARCH 4 Artist Spotlight: John Harrison “North Elementary”

John Harrison of NORTH ELEMENTARY

Artist: John Harrison

Band: North Elementary


Tell me about your background. Where you’re from, where you grew up, what interested you as a kid?
Born and raised in Matthews NC. As a kid I was interested in radios, drawing, books, TV and sports.

How long have you been performing music and how long have you been with your band?
I’ve been performing music since 6th grade where I started playing trombone. In high school I laid down the trombone for drums and continue playing in rock bands and picking up guitar and songwriting in college. I’ve played in many bands over the years, most notably The Comas (1998-2002) and my current band North Elementary (2000something - present day).

Was there one defining moment that made you choose music (and/or art) as a profession and life style, or did it happen over time as the sum of many smaller moments - or in a completely different way?
I suppose I always knew it would be in my life. The role it has played has differed over time in my life as opportunities and perspectives have changed. It is immensely important to my well being. It’s a way in which I find relation to the world around me that makes sense to me. Creating is addictive to me - from thoughts and ideas to the process of creating the work until there is tangible evidence of ideas. The original thoughts and motivations that initiate the process are the parts I am addicted to - the final product is evidence of that addiction, not the end goal. At various points in my life I’ve been able to support aspects of my life via my music/art but most of the time it is not the biggest wage earner in my life. I do remember the first time I was able to pay my rent from an art showing….it was a very cool feeling. Most of the money my music/art makes for me goes back into those endeavors. It is certainly a lifestyle vs. profession if a label is needed.

When did you find yourself getting into visual art?
As a kid I loved to draw - so I guess at a young age. In my mid twenties I started painting again and had showings. Over the last 6 or so years I’ve mainly been interested in screen printing, photography, film, painting on canvas and wood.

What has been your biggest influence in the art world (both music & visual)? Where do you find inspiration for both your music and your visual art?
I’m influenced by other musicians and artists and their works (books, songs, paintings, films) - girls - being outside/nature - friends - good and bad times - being humbled - being excited and overwhelmed - boredom - personal insights/observations - daydreams - things that happen in my head as I sleep. Laid Dixon - Ron Liberti - Sara Bell.

What mediums do you prefer to work in?
Spray paint, house paint, screen printing, stickers, wood, canvas, acrylics, photos, film 

Do you have a routine or process that you like to work through?
Not really - I just dive in really - I dont measure or perfectly center things (I eyeball everything) - as pieces feel like they are being done I place them around my house anywhere I can find a spot and usually determine if they are done when they don’t bother me. This can take a while often times and many finished pieces are sometimes the 3rd or 4th versions of a similar work painted on top of each other. It seems to be more of a process in which I find the parts of things I don’t like, not creating things I like - a bit like carving out a finished piece not building one.

Is there a particular piece of art that you are most proud of? (In other words, do you have a favorite?)
Most of the time the last piece I do is my favorite as it was closest to the process which is what I enjoy. There was a painting I sold at the first MSR show call “Lazynaut” I really liked. As far as the pieces in this years MSR show I’m pretty fond of “The Owls of New York” as it wasn’t really intended or created as a show piece (it was a scrap/test print for another screen print project) and was my workspace floor for a while that turned out to be really cool looking to me. 

How did you get involved with the Minus Sound Research show?
I curate the show with Maria Albani - we created the idea in a van while touring 5 years ago.

Have you shown your art in any shows or galleries previously?
Yes - mainly coffee shops and even the Carrboro Town Hall

What would you say to someone who is new to this show?
Thanks for coming - check out all this cool stuff! 

What would you say to someone who saw this show last year?
Thanks for coming back - check out all this cool stuff! 

Do you get something different out of visual art than you do from music? Or do you see a direct correlation between the two art forms?
Well both really. To me both add perspective on the motivations that initiate both mediums. More insight and options to create and relate to the world around me. Music can be very visual to me. The visual art is not really musical for me but there is often times more going on in my head than just staring at a piece as you look at it. 

Anything else you want to share about this upcoming Minus Sound Research Show?
Come on out and enjoy yourself……start a band and make some visual art and you could one day be an artist in MSR!

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