Tuesday, November 24, 2009

new status message - HANDSOME

This is Team NERD.
Prolific print maker, installation artist and showboat!
PowFox scored this interview w/Nerd
as he is about to give Seattle his final word
in Dec 3rd through Installation in Art Lofts @619 bldg.
Seattle before beginning an internship w/

Powfox got on top of this interview op
find out what is make a NERD tick.

TEAM NERD: Okay I'm here Team Nerd
Pastor Nathan 12:50 AM
Adam Beadel ready to report
Give me your best shot!
you make arts and in print
TN: and zines
PF: and you learned it from
Seattle Community Col?
TN: I took an introduction to printmaking class
at Seattle Central four years ago.
I was making lots of stencils and zines at the time.
I liked carving because it was a lot cleaner than stencils.
I mostly taught myself though.
At e'ergreen, I learned better studio habits
and how to set type and do letterpress.
I just had to get my hands all over that studio.
PF: you prefer to call urself printmaker?
TN: Yup
I usually say Artist and Printmaker
PF: When did you get the idea u are the Team Nerd.
When/How did u get know this?
TN: Hmmmm.
I got this.
Back in '05, we were doing all this planning and organizing
at the Zine Archive and Publishing Project for a summer
school called DIY Academy. Every night
for about 6 months, my friend Davey Oil and
I put our heads together and schemed out this
series of workshops. I blurted,
"We're Team Nerd!"
but the label never stuck with him.
So I kept it for myself. I love collaborating
with other people, usually writers &
poets & friends & family. So for any one project,
there's usually a small team of nerds involved.
I just make sure everything looks pretty and
gets finished.
portrait of the artists' mom

Team Nerd w/Room Installation @Belmont Show Seattle

Also, I usually geek out on the work I do.
The rest of the world goes into the background
for a little bit. That's Team Nerd too.
Lastly, there's an open membership.
if you want in, you're in.
Let's work together on something!
PF: Allotta peops seem identify w/ ur title.
Do you think ur help as Nerd Therapy Outreach
TN: People like being on a team but
most people hate rules. I hate meetings.
Being a nerd is a pretty private affair.
The word Nerd usually follows a clarifying noun:
YAHTZEE nerd; Pancreas nerd, Health nerd, Beef Jerky nerd.
Different nerds geek on different things.
It's nice to know there's a bunch of loners out there
working together in some supernatural, non-committal way!
"Nerd Sport" is Team NERD outreach prgm
invites peops try on their Nerd

PF: Ur About to Go away to Tennasee and
work for Yee-Haw.
what do you most hope to get out of it?
TN: Yee-Haw Industries makes amazing work.
They carve, they set type, they do digital layout.
They make show posters, stationary, and large art prints.
They have a huge collection of antique wood type.
They have letters that are a 18 inches tall!
They have an 8 ft long letterpress modified etching press!
I can't wait to get my hands all over their equipment.
The people who work there are all real characters too.
I want to learn everything they have to teach me.
I want to collaborate with Kevin, one of the owners.
I want the most out of everything at Yee Haw.
PF: Do you got any longterm goals ur reach for?
TN: One day, I want to have a son or daughter named Ernie.
Before that happens, I want to keep building up my body of work.
My #1 mega goal is to own and operate my own
print shop / small press / publishing community center.
I want more people to stop writing in their dumb diaries
and broadcast their thoughts around the world.
PF: U Rock! Thank U for so much.
This is Final Question.
Motivation is always a huge part of being working artist,
I have seen you go on some "Print Making Benders"
Where does ur initial drive come from?
TN: A couple of places.
First, I have a lot of demons I have to keep quiet.
Second, the word has to be given flesh,
and in order to be given flesh, a sacrifice must be made.
Third, I have a responsibility, as long as I am able,
to keep producing and share with the
world beautiful things and introduce images
and items into people's lives that fills them with
joy and wonder and gratitude.
It's just what I do.

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Sam Spina said...

yeah! I love that mom print and anything letterpressed looks awesome

Levi Clark said...

This guy's work is cussing great.

Goodbye coffee.

Hello whiskey!

Gurldoggie said...

We're gonna miss you! Come back and see us!

Graham said...

I really wish I was gonna be in the 206 for this show.

Jonathan VeraKat said...


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