Interview Jonathan Crow, Artist, Bay Area

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Where are you living? In the middle of scenic Silicon Valley, California. Everyone here is connected to tech. It’s an odd place to be an artist. 

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering) 40s. The actual number seems improbably high.

What inspires you? That’s a hard question to answer. 
I have an MFA in filmmaking and I currently teach film history at a nearby university. Watching classics by some of my favorite directors (Yasujiro Ozu, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog) always inspires me.  And I love going to art museums and galleries. I especially like the works of Bay Area realists from the 50s and 60s like Wayne Thiebaud, Gregory Kondos, and Richard Diebenkorn.

Tell me about what you do?
As an artist, I paint. Oil paintings mostly these days.  

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
What are some of your favourite sources for information?

In terms of information about art, I look at Instagram a lot. I’ve discovered a lot of great artists from that site.

How does social media influence your life? I spent much of 2017 starting into the abyss of Twitter. Trump gave (and continues to give) me anxiety fits. I now think of twitter and social media as akin to smoking. Twitter (and Trump) is terrible for my mental health. It enriches terrible people (like Zuckerberg, that pile of garbage). And it’s polluting public discourse. I’m now making an effort to cut down on the stuff and read books instead.

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