Greg Lamarche has been contributing to Mass Appeal since way back, and his broad range of artistic gift has helped to define our voice. From his years of paying dues in subway tunnels, to his work as a successful commercial and fine artist, Lamarche also personifies the evolution of the culture. Former Mass Appeal photo editor Stephen K. Schuster kicked it with Lamarche in an effort to get the heart of the man some folks call SP.One’s art.
Yo G, thanks so much for sitting down with me. With the re-launch of Mass Appeal. I think it’s important to check in with people who helped to elevate the magazine from a graf ‘zine to the Mecca of urban culture that the publication eventually became…But alrighty, let’s get into it: I know that materials play a big role in your work. Your studio is full of materials, lots of them found I believe? Do you consider yourself a “hoarder”?
For a while I didn’t want to embrace the term “hoarder” but the truth of the matter is, I have accumulated an enormous amount of materials. The big difference is that people who hoard mainly collect things out of impulse, where as I collect materials that will eventually be used in my artwork, or at least that is what I tell myself. I have fun with it and as you can imagine it has been a long running joke when people see how much I’ve amassed over the years. That said, when there is an opportunity to get materials you have to jump on it because as time goes by it becomes more difficult to find the materials that I use. It’s not like I can just go pick them up at any art store.