Spencer Legebokoff – Artist Interview

Please describe your artistic process as it spans a day and/or week and/or month.

Like any creative work, I like to blast ideas out in one way or another, then refine them with time. When I think something is close to being done, it most likely isn’t— I usually have to return to anything I create multiple times, and allow for a lot of time between looks. I also like to listen to creatively provoking music— usually instrumental (experimental, jazz, world music, etc) when creating anything.

Please describe your artworks included in the exhibition.

Both Stagnancy and Tech Bytes are composed of a complex of ideas. Stagnancy is a juxtaposition I created when personally in a state of stagnancy. The concept of a statue is interesting to me— something that is made to be permanent, yet can age in significance as a medium. Disregarding the physical aspect of statues, and thinking of them only as a concept is really interesting— shedding light on mediums of art which rise and fall in popularity throughout time. Tech Bytes captures a juxtaposition between ages of technology. The literal technology (the archaic computer monitor) juxtaposes the more ambiguous technology (modern architecture). I also thought the windows of the building loosely resemble pixels, which links both photos.

What is your favourite artwork right now?

Right now I’m very into any artwork by Roger Dean or Arik Roper. They’re able to world-build through single images, and that’s something I find very respectable. I am also into any artwork done by children— specifically artwork from children below the age of 10, when the concept of the self is entirely different, and it’s much harder to become embarrassed. Children’s art is the purest form of expression.

What artists/artworks inform your practice?

My primary influences are film directors: Andrei Tarkovosky, Akira Kurasawa, Maya Deren, and Michael Haneke (to name a few). 

What artists/artworks inform the work included in the exhibition?

I can’t think of any direct influences to my juxtapositions, but it’s also impossible to be uninfluenced, so I suppose my influences are subconscious. 

What other outside sources inform your thinking (e.g. books, music, nature, etc.)?

My main inspiration in life is the life and teachings of Jesus. From there, nature would fall into second— being born and raised in the Kootenays has connected me to the Slocan River, the Valhalla Mountains, and the creatures which we share the land with. 

What inspires you to make creative work?

I believe nothing means anything unless you want it to. I believe working towards a new creative project (often of different mediums) dictates the pace of my life. Living a simple, uncreative life is equally as beautiful as a busy, creative life— creative work just so happens to be how I find stimulation in my day. 

What do you think are necessary agents for change in society? In your community?

I think that understanding where someone’s heart is is much more important than what they do with their actions and words— everyone makes mistakes. 

Do you include social justice and/or activism in your work? If so, how does it manifest?

The activism I include in my work is a very personal type of activism: an activism in regards to mediums of art, and how to either fight against a norm or embrace new change in an artform.

In your utopian/creative imaginary future, what do you see as being a radical change from our present moment? What do you hope to see changed?

If I was to reconstruct society, I would have everyone living in village-style communes. I would also eliminate currency— I think trade-economy is really interesting, especially due to the temporal aspect of goods (food goes bad, wood gets burnt, etc). 

What is the last book/thing/article/poem you read?

I’ve been reading a lot of poetry by John Keats and Percy Shelley. I have really been sinking my thoughts into Shelley’s Ozymandias as of late. I will also be revisiting Wordsworth’s Tintern Abbey (albeit probably over and over again throughout my life). As for novels, the last book I read was Kobo Abe’s Woman in the Dunes.

What is the last song you listened to?

I can say that being back in the Kootenays has prompted me to listen to a lot of The Tragically Hip

What is the last film/tv show you watched?

The last notable film I’ve watched was The Lighthouse by Robert Eggers.

Who would you invite (dead or alive) to your kitchen dance party?

Hands down, Lord Byron

What song would be the first on your kitchen dance party playlist?

Love Power by Bob James.

How are you dealing with social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Getting out into nature and utilizing my phone plan’s “free calling after 5pm and on weekends” feature.

What are your future aspirations?

I’m currently working on my fourth skateboard film, which will be finished either this fall or sometime next year. I am also writing an experimental film, which I hope to shoot sometime in the near future.

What are your next steps?

I will look to continue being a good listener, a good communicator, be curious, and remember to ask God for advice—everyday.