Most expensive Cindy Sherman photo was the inspiration behind Quantazelle’s promo photo

Like Ms. Sherman, my creative process involves being alone, thinking, devising, mentally-sketching, tweaking, re-tweaking, re-thinking; sharing for feedback, and then re-tweaking some more. It’s emblematic of the contemporary, technology-enabled artist, in a way. Creative types have so many resources available: so many mediums to muck around in, so many visual sandboxes (like Adobe CSx–Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier); audio playgrounds (like Reaktor, Ableton, FL Studio) and platforms for interdisciplinary / cross-medium work (like Max/MSP, etc).

When I applied to art colleges, I was so disheartened by the rampant insistence that I choose a medium. I didn’t like the feeling of being forced to create within an established “language” (medium) that could be critically evaluated (by critics who specialized in media). Then I found California Institute of the Arts, was accepted, and played and played and played and finally found my voice. A voice that was me, and not limited to choice of media, but one that used media to express the ideas I wanted to introduce to the world.

And that, I feel, is true contemporary artistry. Knowing that the clay of the world is yours to play with and yours to enjoy.

Full Quantazelle rant is here.



DezignJK is Justin Kohout who creates high impact images of unprecedented precision and feel. Currently he is doing work for DJs in the Chicago techno scene.  Justin has had the opportunity to do work for the following DJs: Kate Simko, Sassmouth, Frankie Vega, Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliot, John Tejada, Marco Carola, Claude VonStroke, Kill Memory Crash, Pheek, Woody McBride, Pacal FEOS, Par Grindvik, Lusine, Kristina Childs, Bodycode, Robin Judge, Miskate, Phillip Sherbourne, Rich Korach, John Johr, Jonas Kopp, Mikael Savostrand, Plexus, Adultnapper, Jazzanova, Todd Sines, Prototype 909, Insideout, Louis Osbourne, Dan Bain, Gabe Palomo, Shiva, Popkan, Soultek, K.Atou, Martin Buttrich, Brian Ffar, Matthew Martin, Mike Brankis, Antiphase, Kiddo, Matt Main, Dirtybird (Genna Greene), John Patterson, Jason Patrick, Josh Surma, Mindbender, Enots, Sevron, Adam Jensen, Avex Axiom, Kero, Drumcell, Audiophile, Obuchitek, Livewire, The Bishop, The Pink Machine Sound System, The Lady Foursquare, Neehigh, Chris Widman…