LLOG BLOG #9: GET RAD. GET OLD: Artist Chip Baker / by Matt Everett

Golden Girls

Golden Girls

Another week, another opportunity to KICK ASS!  YES!

LMI has had yet another productive week.  Yes, everyone came back from SPRING BREAK with a new, refreshed outlook.  Let's see what the LMI Creative Research & Development Division has been up to this week...

Lurk.  Interesting direction...

Lurk.  Interesting direction...

Boom.  Indeed.

Boom.  Indeed.

Okay, enough of that for now.  We cant give EVERYTHING AWAY!

Let's get right to the reason for the post this week.. but first, know that LMI is still dedicated to providing the BEST INTERNET EXPERIENCE ON THE INTERNET!

We heard you loud and clear... let's abbreviate this thing!

So, without further delay, here is your LMI VISITING ARTIST INTERVIEW OF THE...WEEK.

LMI:VAI: CHIP BAKER.

Chip Baker in studio.  Photo by Lilly Everett.  Check it out lillywarner.com

Chip Baker in studio.  Photo by Lilly Everett.  Check it out lillywarner.com

 I’ve known Chip, (AKA: “the Wizard,”) for about 15 years.  He is the most productive visual artist that I personally know.  He produces work like his life depends on it, and yet approaches new ideas with the unburdened, cool recklessness of a 15-year-old.  His aesthetic ranges from loose and playful to stark, detailed and almost neurotically patterned.  His subject matter is varied… Otters, knights, Ferrari symbols, abstractions… It's a continuing journey for both the artist and the viewer.  Good work, Chip.  (Smiley face, thumbs up).

  -Matthew Logman, CEO & CD LMI Intl, Lcd.

The following are highlights from the 30 minute interview with LMI Creative Investigative Reporter Denny Loggins in his Seattle studio earlier this spring.

DL forgot to get titles for these.

DL forgot to get titles for these.

"I started on empty beer boxes... in college.  Cheap acrylic paint... no real direction.  We had a bunch of empty white walls and I couldn't afford to buy art... so I just made art for the walls." -CB

Detail of another knight piece.

Detail of another knight piece.

"In the '90s, art didn't look too intimidating.  I figured, 'I can do that!'  I'll never be a Realist painter." -CB

Motorcycle Chick!  Rad!

Motorcycle Chick!  Rad!

"Process and materials?  Basically, I think of an idea and it's already done once it's in my mind. I don't let materials dictate subject matter or vise-versa." -CB

#Logmanapproved 2 tha MAX!

#Logmanapproved 2 tha MAX!

"If it was up to me, I would start (art-making) with a cup of coffee at 9am, but the reality is I'm usually starting at 9pm."

Old Dog Skates: the newest design! Awesome!

Old Dog Skates: the newest design! Awesome!

Old Dog Skates: "GET RAD.  GET OLD."

Old Dog Skates: "GET RAD.  GET OLD."

"I'm very business-like (in the studio)...Generally I work efficiently, otherwise I will lose interest." -CB

"I'm always drawing.  (the art) all starts from my sketchbooks.  Then, when I go in the studio, I weed through the sketches and find the right idea to execute."

studio shot

studio shot

Thanks Chip and Denny!  That was a great experience. 

If you want to check out more of Chip's art, please go to http://driftonin.tumblr.com/

That should be that, but it's NOT!  Here are the LMI reader send-ins of the week:

Sent from Charles in Australia.

Sent from Charles in Australia.

Screen shot from a text from Charles in Australia.

Screen shot from a text from Charles in Australia.

Wow!  That went quick!  I already miss you guys!

Here's your parting SNEAK PEAK FROM THE LMI CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT DEPT!  Thanks for liking us on Instagram @logmanindustries.com and have a LOGGY week! *

*we have to say that.

A fucking mess.

A fucking mess.