Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I am foremost an artist. All other things I do come out of that mindset. It’s very hard for me to look at anything and not want to enhance it.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
First, I am creating new work with Meredith Bankston for a portrait series. Plus, I am currently collaborating with a company on a project that will help raise funds for my resource center. I am also gathering writers and people who will contribute to my website and looking for a sponsor for my next pop up.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Pennsylvania. I am going global and digital with a great cause and purpose, opening up a dialogue and space for artists to travel with me and do pop ups. I’m starting a resource center which would be open for international artists as well as locals to come and use.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
There must be more than one: in painting, I’d say Kandisky or Picasso or Carravagio, in music the RZA and Lady Gaga; in fashion, Coco, McQueen, or Sid Bryan; in philosophy, Kant; in poetry, Rilke; in literature, Dostoevsky; in design, Juan Pablo Molyneux; in nature, God; in film, Kubric or Frampton; in photography, Guy Bourdin and Weegee. I also just like anyone who fails a lot but keeps on going, because that’s really me in a nutshell. I fail all the time.
5: What book is your bible?
Anyone that knows me knows I love all books. I am like Karl Lagerfeld; I would live in a library if I could, so it’s too hard to say. I consult many kinds of books when I need guidance. I think that’s the only way to really know anything or to have clarity. Simple answers are never good; they are just so boring.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love to be left alone to think. I hate when people find something wrong with me for that.
7: What is your raison d’être?
People say that they want to see change or spread love and compassion; I want to see life, and I feel as though I am here to keep things alive. All of my energy comes from that. I have love and compassion for life; whatever sustains life comes across to people as change or love, but it’s more than that.
8: What is your favorite color?
I can get into a color like I can get into a man. A new favorite usually presents itself to me through whatever I’m doing at the time.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I don’t know first thing about pop culture so I wouldn’t know of one, but I do have a favorite animal who has pretty awesome abilities: the duck bill platypus. He is an egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed anomaly of nature; we have a lot in common in that sense. I’ve identified with things like it all my life.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
The Luk Oil gas station on 24th and 10th avenue, aside from my apartment and the apartments of other interesting people I know; Paul Harris, Joe Hume, Brittnay Janasazk, Dana Forbes, Jason Sheftell, Shannon Campbell, Allana Strong.
11: What turns you on?
Intelligence and kindness. Beauty is so easy to come by or fabricate.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: What artist/s are you currently into?
A: Joe Hume. I think he is an amazing photographer and I am so happy to have worked with him; he will be huge one day! Brittany Janaszak is amazing too, I’ve seen her grow over past five years and her work is beautiful and purposeful, she will be great for it and for her dedication to environmental issues. I pay attention to anyone creating in a new way, so perfume and textiles are very interesting. I’m planning something with textile artists soon, and I have Shannon Campbell working on a new fragrance.
Beth Fiore is an artist who has worked in blue chip art galleries and auction houses on and off for the past six years. By living in both worlds, the artist’s studio and the Madison Avenue/Chelsea art gallery world, she noticed how defunct and outmoded both were. In 2010, she began to establish a plan to change this, which evolved into the Art Station pop-up show, and a kick-starter grant to help found an artists’ resource center in Brooklyn where many artists live. As an artist, Fiore is concerned with pushing boundaries of mediums and the resources she needs to do so. As a curator, she is concerned with how galleries fail to get art in front of people. As even the big galleries barely have passable websites, Fiore sees that dealers are only now waking up to the digital era. Fiore, a digitally proficient artist, has a pending iPhone app for the show, and she is now developing a unique website of her own.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography Courtsey of Beth Fiore
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Beth Fiore, 2011, Photography Courtsey of Beth Fiore