John P. Dessereau, a 29-year-old native New Yorker is in a pivotal stage of his artistic career. His resumé features major clients like Southern Comfort and The Roots (artwork for 4th and 5th annual Roots Picnic), a dream for an independent contractor looking for exposure. This September Dessereau hosts a couple of events where he will advise and inspire. On Thursday September 13th, Dessereau opens a free exhibit. The following Monday, September 17th he gives a lecture titled Hustle Harder: Get Paid for Your Creativity. With age and wisdom, Dessereau who also deejays at the Gramercy Park Hotel and Rose Bar, spoke about what this turning point also means for his art. It’s deeper than collaborations.
Hustle Harder: Get Paid for Your Creativity
Monday September 17th
7PM – 8:45PM
$25 non-members / $20 members
John P. Dessereau – September Exhibition
Opening event: Thursday 9/13
7PM – 9PM
Free to public
The Yard – 33 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
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Mass Appeal: What’s the name of this mini series?
John P Dessereau: I named the series Concrete Jungle.
What was your initial inspiration?
The overall inspiration was to create animal characters that dealt [with] complex human situations and themes. Like war, addiction, protest, aggression and suppression.
You were telling me that at first you set out to do six of these but decided to call at it three, how come?
The original plan was to make six of the square paintings. The second set of sketches did not have the same magic as the first so I called it at these three. I feel I’ve captured what I intended for Concrete Jungle. I am also shifting gears from creating paintings solely about geopolitics and current events to exploring my own psyche, human interaction, internal conflict and outside human interaction. I don’t want to just listen to the news and spit out art from what I hear. What I see, feel, hear and experience are becoming more important.
The biggest adversity creative people face today, may very well be, finding ways to get paid for their art. It can feel like the system and the public are almost rooting against one’s artistic endeavors and cheering for their conformity. Unlike many other professions, there is no set path for creative people. If it be visual art, music, dance, writing, acting, or photography the creative mind is usually always faced with two great tasks: making quality artwork and finding ways to profit from it. It can be done, and it must be done!