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Artist Spotlight - Booooooom August 2016
LA WEEKLY - Normally, a young female model sits in the glass box behind the check-in desk at the Standard Hollywood. But right now it’s occupied by two men in their mid forties. Instead of reclining sexily, Tim and Mike Biskup are scratching away a thin layer of opaque white paint that covers the walls of the box, revealing themselves playing music inside.
Their band, Big Butter, just released A Step Felt in Full, their first album since 1990, and this hybrid box performance “feels like a perfect way to launch ourselves into people’s consciousness.”
The truth, however, is that Mike is the brother being launched... (edit) ...Eventually, however, Mike couldn’t deny his artistic nature any longer.“I started selling some software online and doing music and art here and there, and then I got really sick of that, and realized I needed to live my life. I talked to Tim and my brother and my dad at our monthly meeting. They really helped me and supported me. I left my computer job and just started painting every day.”
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Slow Culture Gallery -
Slow Culture is proud to present Big Butter's "A Step Felt In Full." An exhibition of new Art and Music by Mike & Tim Biskup.
Monster Children -
Monster Children: Mike, This is your first fine art show outside of sleepy Port Townsend, WA. How has it been working towards a big presentation of your art?
Mike: A lot of very rewarding and mostly enjoyable work. I’ve spent the last couple of years painting full time and that focus has allowed me to really like who I am and understand how important sharing my art and music is. Generally my mantra has been sit down, shut up, and paint. I also created a Life Mission for myself back in 2009. “I create a world of beauty and bounty by sharing my art and music generously.”
Monster Children: What do you feel is at the core of each of your work in the show?
Mike: At the core of my work is an exploration of what Thich Nhat Hanh has called “Interbeing”. Although I don’t consider myself a buddhist, I was deeply and permanently moved by reading his books and staying at Plum Village back in the early 90’s.
“If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. “Interbeing” – Thich Nhat Hanh in The Heart of Understanding
The Standard - The Incredible, Edible Big Butter Catalogue
Mike and Tim Biskup started making music and art while growing up in the small town of Clovis, California. They created a steady stream of homemade tapes and records, amassing a catalogue that explores some of the stranger, more idiosyncratic corners of the musical universe.
For nearly 30 years Mike & Tim have continued to explore art and music together and on their own. Tim’s work has been featured in museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the world, and Mike has focused on raising his family while quietly developing his own visual style. The Biskups are also the latest art and music duo to take over The Box at The Standard, Hollywood. On Friday, February 13, The Standard celebrates Big Butter’s sound and artistic vision with an improvised electronic performance from inside The Box. Intrigued? You should be...
What The Biskup Brothers Teach Us About Making Art On Your Own Terms
To celebrate the release of the Biskup brothers band Big Butter’s 5th LP “A Step Felt in Full,” Slow Culture gallery is hosting a dual art show at the gallery, an installation at The Standard Hollywood, and a free, live concert at XIX Studios.
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