LA-based mixed media maestro and this week’s Featured Artist, Jordan Miles Rosenheck, has skills for days and a personality to match. His penchant for music, random idioms, and traveling to foreign destinations to explore the exotic surroundings have all served as major creative influences for Jordan. And in his day-to-day life he’s constantly involving himself with many different types of artists which helps keep those creative juices flowing and the ideas fresh in his head at all times.
One of the things we find most intriguing about Jordan’s style is the unique approach he sometimes takes. By using time-lapse photography to document the start-to-finish process of some of his pieces; he ends up with stellar finished products and a sweet little video that tells the story behind them.
We were fortunate to have Jordan as one of the artists that reinvented a pack for our Get to Give Art Benefit last month and to do a little Q&A session to get to know him better. Find out what Jordan Miles Rosenheck is all about in this edition of the Weekly Feature:
Name: Jordan Miles Rosenheck
Place of Residence: Brentwood, CA
Current Jam: Montezuma by Fleet Foxes
Favorite Food: Dumplings
Mode of Self Expression: Mixed Media Art
Ark: Hey Jordan. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview with us. Could you begin by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Jordan: My pleasure. Hmmm…by default I should say I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California (LA all day). I like spending time and getting to know my friends and family better, playing all types of sports, eating sour candy, playing word games, attending shows and festivals, letting loose, doing all types of art, and so much more. I have a deeply rooted fascination with the world. Since I could remember, every summer brought a new adventure for my family and I…we have been fortunate enough to have embarked on so many just absolutely remarkable trips and see and experience so many wondrous places, animals, and peoples (most recently Thailand and Cambodia). Graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2010…glad to have had the influence of that place and the people I spent time with there. Majored in Psychology and double-minored in Business and Sports Management…can’t say why I originally chose that major but now I say it’s because I find people interesting and want to have a more scientific understanding of what’s going on in their left and right. My first gig out of college was a management position with a music festival on the beach in Santa Barbara. I designed and managed the merchandise and signage, as well as other things. It was the coolest job and foot in the door you could ask for out of college…I met some unforgettable people and got to mix art with business, music, and beach. Since then I have moved on to work in music at a talent agency. I enjoy what I do and am learning new things every day, so really can’t complain (cept for dem 50+ hour weeks). I feel pretty good about how things are going so far.
Ark: Who are a few of your favorite artists, musicians, etc. that you have looked up to over the years?
Jordan: Chuck Close…he is the man. I like [Salvador] Dali and [Rene] Magritte a lot…just sometimes have a hard time understanding the content. Realllly like Valdimir Kush…everyone should check his stuff out. His work is similar to the Dali’s and Magritte’s of our time, but with more comprehendible settings and images…in my opinion. Then again, in all honesty I am not the most learned on art and art history. As for the music I am into right now, you would see these bands on my most recently played: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Neon Indian, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, The Chemical Brothers, Cold War Kids, Beach Boys, And I always keep loyal to my old favorites, most notably Incubus…they have an album coming out soon and I hope they bring back a pinch of their Science-Make Yourself-Morning View sounds.
Ark: Let’s talk about creativity and inspiration for a minute. Whether it’s in your personal life or in your art, where do you usually look to for inspiration?
Jordan: People, random idioms or sayings I hear/read, places I visit, music, color combinations.
Ark: We’re all about learning the creative processes different artists take when it comes time to design a new piece. Is there some form of routine you tend to stick to, or does it vary each time?
Jordan: Varies…sometimes I know exactly what I want and just get at it. Other times I start with a blank canvas, start on an image, and extend on it through trial and error (too much error often gets in the way of the cleanliness of my pieces, something I would like to work on). There have been times where I would just look around and try to make an interesting connection with items in the room or objects.
Ark: Since there are highs and lows associated with every profession, what would you consider to be the most rewarding thing about creating art?
Jordan: With cliché’s aside, and it’s not the only high, but I think it’s the best when people sincerely enjoy your work and can find interest/connect with it…when they are truly entertained by it. In the same way that a comedian appreciates the laughs and an actress her applause.
Ark: Are there any other artists in your family or are you the lone wolf?
Jordan: All my friends and family are artists…hahaha. My sister makes awesome bracelets and collages (sometimes even paintings), as does my cousin, my mom can draw, write, and design very well, my dad is a comedian (self-proclaimed), my girlfriend likes to draw squiggly-lines all over the place, my step-father cooks up a storm, my step-mother makes cool jewelry, my brothers and friends are editors, musicians, directors, crafters, cooks, writers, eventual radio show personalities, and so much more. Talented people I tell ya!
Ark: Alright. Now it’s time for the “lightning round”. If you could please answer as quickly as possible, we’d appreciate it.
*Jordan’s answers are in RED
- Graffiti or abstract art? – abstract
- Hand rendering or digital rendering? – pass
- Summer or winter? – Umm…summer
- Red or blue? – Bluish-red??
- Bottom of the sea or the moon? – Bottom of the sea….nice one
Ark: Pick a place, any place in the entire world. Now imagine that you could go on a month long all-expense-paid vacation to that destination. Where would it be and why would you choose to go there?
Jordan: All over South America and down the Amazon, I have never been.
Ark: The Vinchee Pack you reinvented for our Get to Give Art Benefit a few weeks ago was awesome! Aside from that, what else can we expect from you and your art in the future?
Jordan: More mixed media and time-lapse videos!
Ark: Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Jordan. Any last words for the readers?
Jordan: It gets so real sometimes…nothing more true.
“Her Vigilance” by Jordan Miles Rosenheck
“Handchella” by Jordan Miles Rosenheck
“Blimp” by Jordan Miles Rosenheck
“BASIX” by Jordan Miles Rosenheck
“Fingers Crossed” by Jordan Miles Rosenheck
“Sharky” by Jordan Miles Rosenheck
*You can also view more of Jordan’s art by visiting his website www.jordanmilesrosenheck.com