Ashley Voss has gained acclaim for his hand-painted cigar boxes, layered canvases and celebrity silhouettes stenciled onto old albums. This weekend, the artist known as Coreroc will be one of more than 300 selling original work for $100 or less at the C-Note Art Show.
Name: Ashley Voss
Day job: Electronic assembly at Battelle
The records I've painted and stenciled are the old record-pool singles from the Eagle. They're mostly white labels. They all say "Do Not Sell." They're all outdated. God, it's the most random mix of things that you could find.
When I start a new stencil, there's no rhyme or reason to the record and who goes on it. Karyn White's "Romantic" is Cheech & Chong. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch is now Jon Stewart.
A lot of the stencils are of iconic celebrities, but I did one of Pee-wee Herman as a joke. It's actually been one of my most popular. I sold one at Independents' Day, and a girl rode home with it in the basket of her bicycle. I wish I had a picture of that because it was awesome.
In the future, I still want to do really cliche ones, really standard ones. Like Dr. Dre and [Albert] Einstein back to back - totally random people that I admire thrown together.
The first art I ever sold was probably one of the pieces I did for a Stained Skin show, one of their black-light shows. That was the first show that I formally entered in a gallery setting. It was me incorporating graffiti lettering into more traditional fine art.
One of the first pieces of art I ever took home was by Juan Carrera. It's a huge, monotype black abstract piece with an underlay of silver and gold. It's really textured. It's beautiful.
If I had $100,000, the first piece of art I'd buy would be by Damien Hirst. This guy blew my effing mind. He has to be the craziest art seller in the world. He sold this gold goat submerged in embalming fluid with an 18-karat-gold disc on its head. It's called "The Golden Calf" and sold for $18.3 million.
I like to travel to San Francisco, Oakland, the Bay Area in general. I get so much influence from my trips out there. It just opens your eyes. It's fun to wander around, get drunk, get lost and wind up at the wrong train stop.
I work really, really quickly. The thought of doing just one painting in a night drives me crazy. You kind of just get into a mood and a groove.
When I'm in the studio, I love to do a background and show it to another artist here [at Junctionview Studios] and say, "What would you do?" Working collaboratively, hand-in-hand, you learn a lot about your work.
If I could have any artist in history enter C-Note, I'd have to say Andy Warhol. I can see him being an artist from days past who could produce something great for $100, because of his process, repetition and the way he looked at things. Also, Robert Rauschenberg.
One of the coolest things about C-Note is on Sunday after shows we do an artists' swap. It's an even-up trade. I got a lot of paintings from the last show. Way too much. [Laughs.] It's one of the biggest compliments you can get - another artist wanting your work like that.
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