Christian Coleman [thehivegallery]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
We are an art gallery with an emphasis on locals. Some of us are visual artists, some of us are musicians, some of us are crafters or writers or performance artists. What everyone at The Hive has in common is we believe in the value and necessity of art in our lives and it's ability to enrich the human experience.
What is your message?
We believe in the creative community. We believe in creating a space that inspires artists and viewers alike.
We believe that together we can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.
We believe that art isn't limited to a 2-dimensional blank canvas. We believe the world is our canvas and that everyone is a painter.
Your biography in four lines.
Founded in late 2009, in Historic Trolley Square in downtown Salt Lake City, our continuing mission is to help support artists and their careers while raising awareness and appreciation for the arts in our community.
Now with our newest location in Layton Hills Mall, opened in March of 2012, we're reaching out to artists and art lovers in Davis County and surrounding areas.
We work with a wide variety of artists in all styles and disciplines from all over the state of Utah as well as around the United States.
We believe in thinking globally and acting locally.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
Since we represent a wide variety of artists we work through social media extensively, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Our new website will be up and running in a matter of days.
Also, our house musician can be reached at:
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Inspiration is the world around us.
An idea can be found in the simplest of places, a bumper sticker, the bottom of a cup of coffee or even the newspaper.
Life is endless inspiration if you're receptive.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Technology is indispensable. Almost everybody needs it whether they realize it or not but it's not always 'high tech'. The writing pencil was 'high tech' once upon a time.
What is art?
Art is a symbol we use to show that we have culture and refinement.
It's also something that makes me think and feel. Feel good, feel discomfort, feel connection.
Art asks questions and prompts me to ask questions.
When do you get your best ideas?
In the morning or when I'm least expecting it.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
I can only go with my gut, I either like it or I don't.
Sometimes an idea with seemingly little merit will grow on you and turn out to be really good and sometimes something you expect to turn out great completely bombs.
It's not always easy to tell until you've pursued it for a while.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Some have bad behavior as a result of a sense of entitlement, some are downright crazy. The thing to remember is that not all artists act this way, the majority of successful artists play well with the other kids to some extent.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
Each work of art is evaluated every time it's seen or heard by the individual who takes it in. There's no rules, some folks rate based upon what they feel in their heart and some based upon what others around them think. It's all valid. You can't please all of the people all of the time.
Is art necessary?
Salt Lake City, USA