TOBY REID

 

Very Overboard

 

1) Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?

 

I was born in 1985 in a small town named Campbellford. This place in south eastern Ontario Canada, about two hours east of Toronto is very small and redneck. Though a influx of artists made this woodland river central town a very great place to grow up. Currently I live in Calgary Alberta Canada to study art at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Calgary by way of Vancouver, Southern California, Melbourne Australia and the mountain central town of Whistler British Columbia Canada.

 

2) What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?

 

I started expanding my art practice at age 18 when I moved to Whistler and could not afford to shoot photos. Up until this point I was assisting photographers, shooting whatever I could and attempting to understand spacial aesthetics... ha I started drawing cause it was affordable. Looking back though I was always making things and questioning everything.

 

3) Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?

 

Favorite skateboarders three way tie between Gonz, Julien Stranger and BA.

4) Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 

 

Right now my favourite artist is Franz West. He was amazing, his attitude was incredible and his work is very approachable. If you have never heard of him look for the book '"To build a house, start with the roof" it's documentation of a retrospective show at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  There are a lot of great interviews and stuff in there. It is really easy to hate the art world because it is predominantly spoiled arrogant rich kids making art for artists. Franz West was the real deal, like watching Gonz ride a skateboard, pure and un-hateable.

5) When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?

 

When I'm not making things I skateboard as much as humanly possible, ride bikes, camp, run, read, and anything that keeps me healthy and happy. I guess though all those things are a big part of making art so it's hard to separate it all.

 

6) Who are your biggest influences?

 

My biggest influences are everyone and everything around me. Anyone who is doing something because they love it. Anyone who works really hard at whatever they do. I could write a endless list with sub-categories of skateboarding, art, book making, writers and friends. There is not one person at the top of the list. That probably comes from skateboarding though, like how it's really easy to tell who is just imitating one person. LIke when you to go to the park and see a bunch of Dylan Rieders or Shawn Powers or  whatever. I've always be aware of that and tried not to do it. The best guys seem to cheery pick their favourite qualities and make it their own.

 

7) What mediums do you enjoy working in?

 

I use to e very specific for whatever reason and just use black fluid acrylic, micron pens and water. The past couple years I have been thinking of mediums as avenues for communication. Also, school is changing everything, I came in as a designer and drawers and now my focus is on sculpture. I'm gonna do a sculpture major because it is really limitless, when you break it down almost all mediums are sculptural. You can see this in the board I did for this show.

8) Anything else you want to tell?

 

Yeah there are other things I would like to tell! Thank you so much for including me in this show. The worst thing I could think of when I applied to ACAD in Calgary was losing touch with the west coast and skateboarding. Portland is for sure my favourite city. Skateboarding and art exist in Portland in a very specific way which I can relate to. People there are so welcoming. Since I moved here I feel like a moved to that backwards talking dream from twin peaks. So thanks a lot for reaching out. Also, thanks to anyone who came out/is going to check out the show. You should buy Jack Graydons' board he painted for this show, he is a Portlander and is one of the kindest people I know(not to mention and amazing painter and future animator). Thank you!