Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Beards with Dave Mead
Dave Mead is our only international artist that is exhibiting as part of Beardo. When we saw his amazing photographs we knew that we had to have them as part of the exhibition and they have been a very popular part of the show. You can see more of Dave's work at http://www.davemead.com/ , also if you love the photos but can't afford the work, you can buy a calendar for 2011 featuring many of these beauties!
We asked Dave some questions...
Tell us about yourself! Where are you from and what type of work do you do?
My name is Dave Mead and I hail from Austin, TX, the live music capital of the world, which also happens to be the allergy capital of the world. When not eating Mexican food, I photograph people. I'm primarily a commercial photographer but occasionally shoot editorially. When possible, I like to incorporate humor into my work. I'm also a longstanding stage photographer for two of the largest music festivals in the U.S.: Austin City Limits Festival and Chicago's Lollapalooza.
What attracted you to make work about beards?
Competitive facial hair growing is serious business. But, to me, there's also something inherently funny about an elaborate beard or mustache. I have a natural desire to want to give each of these guys a high-five. And so a portrait series was a no-brainer.
Are you surprised by the reaction for 'beard related' art and how popular the beard is?
Wait. Is it popular? Dang. I thought this was a niche!
What attracted you to take part in Beardo - the exhibition?
I liked the idea of having my work exhibited alongside other talented artists...and being a part of a big ole hairy collective...in a land far, far away. Having my work on display in my hometown is pretty cool. Having my work seen on the other side of the world is a pretty powerful thing.
What do you think people will take away with them from seeing your work?
Really, I'm just hoping to provide the public with some interesting imagery. If I can stir emotion and/or create laughter, then i've done my job.
Well Dave, we sure have had some giggles and gasps of awe from patrons who have visited. A big thank you for being part of Beardo!