A native of Sydney, Australia, artist Cimon hit New York in 2000. Though he currently resides in upstate New York, the artist displays the savvy city chic that so many of us love in our modern day heroes. Hero he is for Cimon,who does not professionally use his last name, nor his image when speaking with the press is surely to be the next art world darling. His current Swarovski Exhibit can be found in Soho at the brand's concept store, Swarovski Crystallized, located in New York City. Entitled Little Love Stories it is a diverse grouping of Cimon's Swarvoski encrusted mini sculptures that dazzle the eye with not only sparkling shimmer but "intricate" detail.
To follow is an EXCLUSIVE Q&A we did with the artist, a one time painter, at the Cafe Kristall on Thursday, December 13. Read on.
TW: What medium do you usually work in?
Cimon: "Lego and Swarovski Crystals, originally a painter, this is my first jab at sculpture surprisingly it's been well received. I wasn't expecting it. It;s fun playing with something...I wanted to do sculpture. Jack my manager said what about Lego? and I said yes, sure I''ll give it a whack."
TW: How does this differ from your last show? What was that like?
Cimon: "My last show was paintings--oil on canvas. The last 2 shows that I did were solo shows and I did oil paintings for people I knew--23 or 26 paintings. My paintings were about depth and feeling. Everything got sold out it was great etc. This one is very calm and soothing."
TW: How did working with Swarovski in terms of displaying your work come about? Did they come to you?
Cimon: "Swarovski was so very nice they said let's do something. I'd been coming into this store to by all of my crystals they got to know me. They said, would you come and exhibit some of your pieces? There's really just a couple of pieces here but there's fourteen key pieces in the LOVE series and then there's a bunch of other pieces like the shoes but they're not part of the love series."
TW: What is the competition like are there any other artists that are showing this type of work?
Cimon: "No. The first one was a bit of a concept, it was just so see was I crazy and what I was thinking about doing was to showing it to a bunch of people...I got a reaction I wasn't expecting to get, it was really, really positive. I did a second a second piece again it was just to test the waters to see--am I crazy? they're a lot of work. Again I got a huge reaction I wasn't expecting. Then I did a lot of research to see who else was doing this stuff because I wanted to make sure I wasn't copying any body else."
*photos courtesy of Cimon