100 Creatives 2012: Domokos Benczédi, Noise and Collage Artist
For the past 15 years or so, Domokos Benczédi has been a constant presence in experimental acts Rusted Shut and Future Blondes.
What the noise kids may or may not know is that Benczédi is also a real-deal visual artist who tends toward making complex collages that have been printed on album covers, posters and T-shirts.
Benczédi, who also makes sound in Shot Weapon, Black Leather Jesus and Cosmic Slag, was recently selected as one of Lawndale Art Center's 2012-13 resident artists -- for the next nine months, he'll be working in close proximity to fellow 100 Creatives cat Patrick Turk.
What he does? On the music tip, he has contributed sound/anti-sound to a bunch of projects, including Balance Angel, Chrome, Helios Creed, Indian Jewelry and Church of Cloned Beef.
Art-wise, Benczédi says that he's heavy into making "ink pieces, collage, aluminum prints, found item sculpture and video."
Why he likes it? In response to this question, he simply writes "n/a."
Which means that there's no "why" in why he digs what he's doing. Cool.
What inspires him? He's all over the place (in a good way, of course) with influences that range from bands like English post-punkers Psychic TV to musicians such as Tex Kerschen of Indian Jewelry.
Also, "Ultra works, friends creating, real punk rock, forward thinking, escape from the maze/addictions, work and much more. Too many people and things to mention!"
If not here, then where? Benczédi says, "0 Boulevard/Europe/Japan." Can we come visit?
What's next? For his Lawndale residency, he'll be focusing on making aluminum prints and light experiments.
There's also a bunch of stuff going on with music, including a Leathur/Future Blondes summer East Coast tour; a Halloween gig in San Francisco with //TENSE//, Psychic TV and Dark Room DJs; and the Dead Audio Festival 2012, a noise and visual art blowout that's scheduled to take place at Walter's on November 10.
More Creatives for 2012
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
Robert Boswell, Book Author, UH Prof
Patrick Turk, visual artist
Elizabeth Keel, playwright
Bob Martin, designer
Mary Lampe, short film promoter and developer
Nisha Gosar, Indian classical dancer
Jeremy Wells, painter
George Brock, theater teacher
Radu Runcanu, painter
Ariane Roesch, Mixed-Media
Sandie Zilker, art jewelry maker
Philip Hayes, actor
Patrick Palmer, painter
Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer
John Tyson, actor
Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker
Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer
Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music
Laura Burlton, photographer
David Peck, fashion designer
Rebecca Udden, theater director
Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer
Paul Fredric, author
John Sparagana, photographer
Damon Smith, musician and visual artist
Geoff Winningham, photographer
Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist
Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor
Katya Horner, photographer
Johnathan Felton, artist
Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer
Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
Justin Whitney, musician
Antone Pham, tattoo artist
Susie Silbert, crafts
Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer
Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer
Wade Wilson, gallery owner
Magid Salmi, photographer
Carl Williams, playwright