We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Scardino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Any of my former superiors would tell you that I am not comfortable with that relationship. I am an independent thinker and just like the process of creating art, I am better off alone to my own devices. If I succeed or fail then that is the end result. No one to blame except myself. The other aspect of starting your own business, as small as it may be at the start, is the fact that you have confidence and trust in yourself to make the right decisions or at least correct the wrong ones.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is just me and for years it was not. I think many artists swim in familiar waters and create art that is easy to digest and easily recognizable. I am incapable of that. With that said, I have always forged my own path from the very crude stirrings of someone trying to find their own path to a refinement. My art is always different from piece to piece but hinges on line, weight, balance, color, and the relationship between positive and negative space. I work on wood panel and often times I will cut through the panel to allow for those negative shapes or voids to become part of the positive painting on the surface. More often than not I choose to not have a definite idea from the start because that will only harden over the course of the piece and not have a chance of becoming anything but that. I don’t mind the struggle, the restless nights if I can at some point understand why the piece doesn’t work and let it evolve over time. Although the art is non-objective, the abstracted qualities can be seen as living in the natural world to some degree. When you play with soft and hard edges then you can manipulate the atmosphere and give a flat piece depth only to have it flatten again. My collectors always say that I have never seen anything like this before and they are right.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Up the coast to Santa Barbara. I lived in SB for several years many moons ago, but the fondness remains just as strong to this day. So many off the beaten path cafes, just a stroll to the cliff’s edge or right into the water and at the same time, not far from the inland areas of lush vegetation and beautiful vineyards. The nightlife is very energetic and alive and, like my art, I choose not to have a plan. Go where the wind takes you, feel the energy and react. Downtown San Diego, or just shy of that, is very interesting as well. Maybe SB for 4 nights and SD for 3.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When I first started my journey into this otherworldly place, my friends and family were very supportive and encouraged me to create more and push the concepts further. Now, I started with no art background or training what so ever and I had en epiphany after my father passed that I needed to express myself more in a myriad of ways so I started writing and “painting” at the age of 25, for the first time. Friends and family to this day have been an incredible infrastructure for my sometimes doubtful self.
Shakiba Hashemi (wife of artist)