Stephen Kasner’s thoughts
A great contemporary artist’s interview is something everybody loves to hear or read. This article shares with you the interview of Stephen Kasner and his views of himself, the world, music and his art. His experimental music is published under the name Blood Fountains and his artwork is done in photography, drawings, and paint. Album artwork includes Khlyst, Himsa, Eyes of Fire, Liar, Integrity, and Martin Grech, among many others. In 2007, we even saw a book published by this talented contemporary artist called WORKS 1993-2006.
In Stephen Kasner’s own words he says the following:
“Many years ago, while I was just graduating from college, I had two paintings that were in a large group show. There were a couple guys [there] in a band called Craw. I had seen Craw play quite a bit. These two guys from Craw came up to me and said, “We’ve been having this contest for people to submit work to be the cover of our first album. We’ve gotten a lot of submissions, and people have really been trying to illustrate our music.” I believe at that point they had even settled on a submission that was going to be the album cover. They said, “But despite everyone’s trying to illustrate the music, what you’ve done here is perfect. It perfectly expresses what we’re trying to do.”
And I was honored. The fact that people, not just your average people, but creative people, musically inclined people, and certainly geniuses, were not only interested, but it had touched them in this way—that was a great boost. That Craw record did pretty well. After that, I started hearing from other musicians. Some people I’d work with, some people I wouldn’t. I don’t work with any band that comes along that would like to work with me. There has to be an emotional connection.”