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.

12th November 2009


MINUS SOUND RESEARCH 4 Artist Spotlight: Drew Robertson “Phon”

The MINUS SOUND RESEARCH 4 show is still showing in Wootini Gallery. This show won’t be around for long, so come out and see some of the incredible artwork from INCREDIBLE artists (and musicians!)

Artist Name: Drew Robertson
Band: Phon

Tell me about your background. Where you’re from, where you grew up, what interested you as a kid.
I grew up in Charlotte, NC. My parents both worked so I spent a lot of time with my grandparents who would pick me up from school or take care of me during the summer. My grandmother was a crafts painter and my grandfather was a high school teacher who taught among other things drafting and wood-shop. I was always encouraged to create and make things. If I had an idea my grandfather would help me make it come to life. 

How long have you been performing music and how long have you been with your band?

I have been performing music since I was fourteen years old. The first band I was in was a Germs cover band. I was fourteen and the other kids were all sixteen or seventeen. I was in various punk bands throughout highschool and discovered noise at about the same time.

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 thought my whole life i was going to be an artist. I loved art as far back as I can remember, I went to college for it, I recieved praise for it and some money and then I hit a wall. I got burnt out. I felt like I had been doing nothing but painting for fifteen years. This is when i decided to introduce sound as an inspiration or a medium for my art. 

When did you find yourself getting into visual art?

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?
My biggest influence in the art world comes from the fluxus and conceptualist camps and derivations there of. My idols are John Baldessari, Tony Oursler, Mike Kelly, and sound artists like Stephen Vitiello, Nicolas Collins, and Rolf Julius. My music influences are from all over the place. Where do you find inspiration for both your music and your visual art? I find inspiration in comedy. I find inspiration in technology, and of course in other artists’ work. Most often I am inspired while commuting home and listening to a good album in the car.

What mediums do you prefer to work in?
I like to come up with ideas. After the idea has formed I choose what media to use.

Do you have a routine or process that you like to work through?

Is there a particular piece of art that you are most proud of? (In other words, do you have a favorite?)
Right now I am quite proud of the sound installation that Phon recorded for The Team Lump Show: DIY Rapture at Cell Space in London.

How did you get involved with the Minus Sound Research show?
I have know Maria for a while since we both used to work at Schoolkids Records. She asked me and I was honored to be a part of the show.

Have you shown your art in any shows or galleries previously?
Yes, I have but its has been quite a long time since my personal solo artwork has been presented. This show is the first I’ve participated in for maybe five or six years.

What would you say to someone who is new to this show?
Thanks for looking.

What would you say to someone who saw this show last year?
Thanks for coming back.

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?
For me they are tied very closely.

Anything else you want to share about this upcoming Minus Sound Research Show?
I am very proud to be a part of this show.

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