Creative Director of Pyragraph Clarke Condé sat there with Contributing Editor Josh Stuyvesant. They each brandished a fresh beer and a few empties as they pondered taking on the exceedingly platitudinous project: the Artist Portrait Series.
The idea was for Pyragraph to brandish such a series in order to be consistent and engaging on our social media channels, which can often be quite the incubi.
Clarke and Josh wanted to foray into the Artist Portrait Series in a fresh way. In a Pyragraphic way. Clarke intrigued about not only taking the artists’ portraits, but including their most-leveraged tool—that tool without which the artist would not be able to do his or her specific batch of creativity. The criteria given to each artist chosen is such:
- It is tangible.
- It is chosen critically and creatively.
- It is unique to their processes.
While we post a new photo every week on our social media channels, this is a compilation post to share more widely the encyclopedic and idiosyncratic tools that the artists chose.
Clarke and Josh deliberated further on what to call the project. A thesaurus was produced. A word was chosen:
These are the tools artists brandish.
David Santiago, Painter
“I use Instagram to post pictures my audience can engage with and follow along the journey with me from beginning to end of each of my paintings. They’re in the city with me, right behind me, as the adventure unfolds.” —David Santiago | Painter
Hannah Kauffmann, Actor
“The collective knowledge of the Tricklock Company members is the tool I brandish. We have such varied and diverse backgrounds. We’re all trained in very different aspects of creation, but we share a common vocabulary of what it is we are trying to create. And because of that we’re able to function together beautifully.” —Hannah Kauffmann | Actor
Austin Madrid and Kendra Crooks, Owners and Producers at JAK Media
“Our hard drives are our most personified tool because they’re our constant antagonist. It’s so strange that whatever we make has a shelf life on these things. The last hard drive that died was the first one where everything on it was backed up. It was a wonderful thing.” —Austin Madrid and Kendra Crooks | Owners and Producers at JAK Media
Scott Elkins, aka The 1960 Sci-Fi Era, Music Producer
“We take speakers for granted, in a sense. What’s cool about speakers is that they can only produce a certain amount of frequency ranges. “Speakers are the way of showing a songs DNA. It breaks it down all the way from your highs to your lows to your super low phantom frequencies that, until you play them live on a big system, you just can’t hear.” —Scott Elkins, aka The 1960 Sci-Fi Era | Music Producer
Clarke Condé, Photographer
“I brandish my running shoes to solve creative problems. Running frees the mind for inspiration. It is the yang to the yin of dreaming.” —Clarke Condé | Photographer
All photos by Clarke Condé.