Chris Piascik does a drawing every day, Monday through Friday and posts it on his website . To date,1147 and counting. Take a minute to contemplate that. Whatever you think this book might be, it’s bigger and badder than you imagine. First, there’s the rare good fortune of 1000 days of sound mind and body. Then there’s the determination and perseverance to complete something you set out to do, regardless of any and all things that can happen over 3+ years. And the biggest, baddest thing of all, is the completely engaging, honest and human narrative of this illustrated documentation. This book is a glimpse into the character of the illustrator that is Chris Piascik and I am in awe.
Artist Toby Barnes settled into Amherst a few years ago and will be part of our LOOK II local group show opening Friday, July 13th. Toby was kind enough to agree to an email and in person interview. We begin with a discussion about Toby’s painting, The Sidekick Lounge (pictured with the photograph of The Beatles that inspired it).