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Last week we started a series of interviews that feature the artists of our current show, “New Blood. Old Money.”

We started off with some “Old Blood” by featuring Ange Fitzgerald.

Today we focus on some “New Blood” by introducing you to Mark C. Merchant.

I found his answers to be short and sweet. Yet I also found that they gave me a little insight into who he is as a person and who he is as an artist.

I think you will find the same. 

Enjoy the interview & enjoy his art …

Mark C Merchant 

Mark C. Merchant

Kettle – Tell us a bit about yourself (give a brief bio).
 
Mark – I am not this body. I am the spirit inside the body.
 
Kettle – The name of the current show is titled, “New Blood, Old Money”. So, which are you, “New Blood” or “Old Money”?
 
Mark – Blew Nood.
 
 
Mark C Merchant
 
 
Kettle – Since you consider yourself “New Money”, what intrigues or excites you about exhibiting at Kettle Art?
 
Mark – The caliber of artists and craftspeople makes me feel honored & privileged to be there alongside of them.
 
Kettle – How many pieces do you have on exhibit for “New Blood. Old Money.”? Can you tell us a little about each one?
 
Mark – Three pieces. One a study from a life model. Second is a foot with flowers- exemplifies reincarnation. Lastly one is a loose art called “Granny or Geisha”. 
 
Kettle – Where did you find the inspiration for these pieces?
 
Mark – Deep within and on the surface. 
 
Mark C Merchant 
 
Kettle – Were you able to attend opening night for “New Blood. Old Money.”? If so, What was your favorite part of the night? What pieces really stood out to you?
 
Mark– Planned to make it but could not. When I asked how it was everyone said it was hot inside.
 
Kettle – Yes, it was, Mark. Yes, it was.
 
Kettle – Will you be showing with Kettle again?
 
Mark – I’d love to, if asked.
 
Kettle – Do you have any other shows coming up where one could see your work?
 
Mark – Not at this time.
 
Mark C Merchant
 
 
Kettle – What is in the future for you and your art? Do you see yourself or your art developing in any particular way in the near future?
 
Mark– I hope to inspire others in some way.
 
Kettle – Where else can one find your work? (online or otherwise)
 
 
“New Blood. Old Money.” is still up & we still aren’t sure when it’s coming down. It will be up at least another weekend or so, so get down to Deep Ellum and see it while you still can. 

It’s a funny thing…

Here we all thought that “New Blood. Old Money.” had come and gone, but alas, it’s not true. There is still life in this “old” show. Those in power have given it a reprieve & it will be up a little while longer!

How long you may ask?

Well, we at Kettle aren’t sure quite yet. 

However, until we can arrive at a date for the closing reception for this wonderful show, we thought we should introduce the artists who have given of their talents so this show could come into existence.

We start this experience by bringing you a quick virtual sit-down with Ange Fitzgerald.

For those who don’t already know, Ange is an accomplished photographer who has graced the walls of Kettle in the past. Today, we are celebrating the work she is currently sharing with us. 

And trust me, it is beautiful.

So without further delay, Kettle is proud to bring you this little conversation with Ange Fitzgerald.

Enjoy …

 

Ange Fitzgerald

Kettle – The name of the current show is titled, “New Blood, Old Money”. So, which are you, “New Blood” or “Old Money”?
 
Ange – I guess I’m “Old Money” … although most of the time I feel more like new blood.
 
$5 Bloodys

$5 Bloodys

 
 Kettle – Since you basically consider yourself “Old Money”, can you tell us how long you have been associated with Kettle Art & what shows you have been involved with in the past?
 
Ange – I first exhibited at Kettle as part of a group show (curated by Havi Frost) called “Bokeh” with Crimson Allen, Jordan Franker, Shanda Kerr & Misty Mayberry in April/May of 2009.
Then, in early 2010, Frank asked me if photopolus would be interested in curating / producing a show.  (photopolus, a photo blog co-founded by myself and Andrea Roberts, was named “best camera club” by the Dallas Observer last year).  “18 Photographs” opened in March and featured work by myself, Andrea Roberts (my partner on the blog), Andrew Shepherd, Justin Terveen, Daisy Yokley & Wendy Woodruff Wezensky. 
I’ve worked together with Clint Scism, the curator of the current show, “New Blood, Old Money” on several projects in the past, most memorable being Collision – a yearly art/music show that we co produced every winter, although we skipped last year because I was living in Pittsburgh.  We hope to revive it this year.    
 
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Kettle – How many pieces do you have on exhibit for “New Blood. Old Money.”? Can you tell us a little about each one?
 
Ange – The three pieces I’m showing at Kettle as part of this show were inspired by some time I spent in NYC & Brooklyn last February.  The first is a sign advertising brunch outside Cake Shop on the lower east side. The 2nd is an image of my cousin & I on a photo field trip in Gramercy Park. And the third is the 23rd street subway stop. 
 
Kettle – Where did you find the inspiration for these pieces??
 
Ange – Like I said, they were inspired by time I spent in NYC & Brooklyn. Manhattan is probably my number one source of inspiration and I hope to be back in the city shooting very soon. 
 
Gramercy Park

Gramercy Park

 
Kettle – Where else can one find your work? (online or otherwise)
 
Ange – You can find more of my work installed at Nova in Oak Cliff and at The Free Man in Deep Ellum. Also at www.angefitzgerald.com.
 
“New Blood. Old Money.” is still up & we still aren’t sure when it’s coming down. It will be up at least another weekend or so, so get down to Deep Ellum and see it while you still can. 

For those of you unfortunate enough to have not attended the opening, have no fear. Kettle Art brings you a virtual gallery of all that hangs on the walls for this particular show. If you like what you see, hurry down to Deep Ellum and give us a visit. The show only lasts through August 27th!

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