We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Chandler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I spent 30 years as a tour manager & sound engineer and was looking to retire from the road. My art practice was always in the background as I toured, and I wanted to take the next step and make it my full-time career. For me working as an artist allows the freedom to be at home and spend time with my family, which is important to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Recently I’ve signed with the Elizabeth Leach Gallery; they will be representing me as one of their artists. I’m creating a new series of works for them along with preparing for a few upcoming shows.
I’m still keeping the Neu Haus Press portion of my business dedicated to designing and printing concert posters. With shows coming back and more bands touring again it’s giving me plenty of opportunities. I just finished up a poster for my friends The Flaming Lips and a new acquaintance, Patton Oswald.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start with all the amazing art galleries. From the artist run, La Loma Projects to Tierra Del Sol Gallery. The curatorial pop-up Peripheral Space and The Broad Museum always has something interesting.
I also love exploring downtown, from the architecture to the ramen at Daikokuya Little Tokyo. Any visit would need to include a stop at old hometown, Venice Beach, to walk the canals and visit the boardwalk.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I believe this response was to go with the question regarding ‘inspiration’
My wife and family have always given me amazing support. My decision to leave my career at 50 years old and try to make it in the art world was not the most conventional one. They have always encouraged me to follow my passion. Another major influence was getting to spend 20 years touring with The Flaming Lips. The bands lead singer, Wayne Coyne, always found a way to motivate you to explore new ideas and ways of thinking.
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