In addition to my solo career as a painter, I am one half of a collaborative duo with my friend and fellow artist Amy Spassov. We began working together privately on small paper works four years ago, taking the project to a larger scale in the spring of 2013 with our first solo show, following it up with our second solo show this year in April.
We call ourselves Mars and Pony.
Painting tends to be a very solitary activity, even in those college years of shared thesis space and doing homework in your parent’s living room. Multi-tasking with a brush in one hand and a phone call in the other, "HE SAID WHAT?!?!" is one thing. But decision making, editing, cursing the Art Gods, well, that's between an artist and their easel/floor.
Mars and Pony has taken me out of every comfort of my studio hermitude, my dark little stressed brain and my ego.
With two minds we form one brightly lit and jointly inhabited galaxy of creation. It is a little like stepping through the looking glass: oddly familiar, completely intoxicating, and utterly unpredictable. We write all the rules; then we break them together.
Upon completion, the secret intimacy of shared logged hours is an accomplishment the two of us are solely privy to. This is a detail that distinguishes the experience of collaborative work from the solo. It is a privilege and an honor to earn the trust of a fellow artist by placing our craft and vision in each other’s hands as we pass the work between us.
With gratitude I take pride in our work, continually humbled by my partner’s generosity in the studio, always expanding my vocabulary in the language we've built between us.