Arrested Motion (AM): How did this show come about?
Chris Stain (CS): Way back in February I was asked to do a show sometime this year at Ad Hoc. The gallery made a few suggestions of people to pair up with. I suggested Armsrock because we had worked together once before in a 3 person show in London curated by Swoon. We hit off but I felt like maybe we didn’t have a chance to explore our potential for working together. As we have similar themes to our work it made sense to me to give it another shot.
AM: What’s inspiring you at the moment?
CS: I draw alot of inspiration from music of all kinds. It helps to extract my emotions on different subject matters which help guide me toward and within specific themes. For example I am currently working on a piece i will be producing in Norway at the NuArt festival. Norway is big in oil. I began thinking about oil and how it effects the world. I was listening to the Tom Waits song “Day after tomorrow” which tells the story of a soldier who becomes disillusioned and is looking forward to going home. War in my lifetime has mostly been over oil. So I included some imagery to coincide with those feelings.