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Inside Out: NEXT UP: Juan Amaya


From left to right: Susan Metrican, Juan Amaya, 2012.

Dear everyone,
Please meet Juan Amaya, graphic designer turned visual artist. His images seem at first a familiar mash-up of YouTube vernacular and Photoshop gaggery, but a subject begins to emerge from an endless variety of pictures that shows a more complicated and probing worldview. What we think is cool and sexy is sad and embarrassing, and the more you look you begin to pick yourself out in the images after you admit they make complete sense.

Juan currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts via San Diego, San Francisco and NYC, and is roommates with Kim Gordon and poet/artist Ben Estes. ♡

Juan Amaya

Juan Amaya

Juan Amaya

Flying Object in Hadley, MA has his work on view now until November 18: Juan Amaya : Event w/ Ambient Music

See more of Juan's work at www.mindflayed.biz

Inside / Out: artist in residence series at Our Daily Red
Every month, a new guest artist will have access to the platform to publish images and jot down thoughts about inspiration, obsession, creative failures and insights. Unlike an 'Open Studio' format which is predicated on potential sales, BR&S wants to provide the artist-in-residence with an outlet to place their practice in a more public realm, offering an expanded look at the creative process and placing emphasis on the time ideas and works take to mature. It is not expected that the artist produce anything finished or specific to BR&S in this time, only that they candidly share their explorations. Each artist will then invite an artist to follow them. The rules of the game specify that the guest must 1. work in a different medium, 2. live elsewhere, 3. write often and not think too much about what they post, 4. be someone whose inside the host artist is curious to see out.

About Author

Susan Metrican is October's artist in residence on Big Red & Shiny's blog series, Inside Out.

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