painted works by Jeremy Crawford

On Sat, you will get to see what it’s like for two artists to live and work together in the same studio. Under One Roof is a collaborative show between Jeremy Crawford and Jim Lucio, who for six years, shared an East Village apartment which also served as a painting studio for Crawford and a graphic design studio for Lucio. In 2002, their NYC-based home studio moved to Baltimore, where they continue to produce their individual works under the same roof. The G-Spot show, Under One Roof marks the first time the two artists have shown their work together publicly. It’s a release party for a new “magazine” Lucio did called Gordo,  printed an edition of 1,000. We caught up with each of them to talk about the upcoming show and  living together: Gutter: How long have you guys been together? Can you give us a little background on how you met? Jim Lucio: I think we’ve been together 14 years…Jeremy knows for sure. We met at the Boiler Room which was my neighborhood bar in the East Village. I was on a blind date with someone else and ended up meeting Jeremy. We bonded over the film Dolores Claiborne. Jeremy Crawford: Almost 15 years. We met randomly out one night watching the movie Dolores Claiborne, the rest was history. G: What’s it like sharing a space with an artist you also live and have a relationship with? Do you influence each other? Critique each other? JL: It’s been really interesting for me because I’ve seen Jeremy’s work change so dramatically over the years and I enjoy it more with each passing year…it’s matured and has a lot more dimension than some of his earlier stuff. I don’t think we can help but influence each other. I see little bits of me in so much of his work. I don’t always acknowledge it, but I know it’s there. Sometimes it’s the overt or inappropriate humor that I recognize as my sense of humor and sometimes it’s just something that I see collaged into a canvas that was pulled from my trash. I think Jeremy has influenced me more in that he has made me a better…nicer person and that must be coming out somewhere. His presence always reminds me that we’re living our lives like artists and it just seems pretty natural. When I first met him, he was sharing a tiny apartment in Chinatown and his room was the size of a closet, but he still had his easel up! JC: I have always needed to live with my work. You never know when you are gonna be inspired and when that moment comes it is essential to be able to pop in (the studio) and work. Plus a huge part of the process is looking / seeing the evolution of a piece. I will hang things in the bedroom so I can lay in bed to contemplate them. Living together you can’t help but influence each other in certain ways. It is an endless conversation about our work, each of us getting to play the role of the best and worst critics, it’s not alway nice, but it is priceless. G: How long have you  been making art? JL: I have only once in a while bother calling myself an artist because it’s easier than rattling off a list of stuff I like to do, which forces people to ask if I am an artist. I started taking photos in the mid-late 80s. Nothing super serious, but I pretty much always kept a camera nearby since that time. Moving to Baltimore allowed me more time to think about what I really wanted to do with myself and making art kind of came to the forefront. JC: I’ve been making art as long as I can remember. Seriously though for 20 + years. G: Can both of you give us some of your influences? JL: I obviously love Andy [Warhol]. I was obsessed with all things Factory as a teenager and still fantasize about recreating that committed collaborative energy that came out of his Factory. There are a lot of artists I like, but I think I was more influenced by the visual culture around me…the media clutter. Growing up in America and maybe California (where I grew up), everything seemed so throwaway and disposable…the TV shows, the magazines, advertising…all that. Basically, my greatest influence is advertising. JC: Mine are  [Chaïm]  Soutine, [Francesco] Clemente, [Francis] Bacon, Alice Neal, Jenny Saville, Whitfield Lovell, Jean Rustin, David Lynch, Kristen Hersh . G: Why Baltimore, as opposed to NY? JL: I think I’m safe to speak for both of us that it’s not “one or the other”. We both lived in NY for ten years and I miss it…my heartbreaks a little bit every time I drive into Manhattan, but Baltimore is such an incredible city of opportunity and it has allowed me to really focus on what is important to me. It’s a lot slower, but this slower pace has allowed me to speed up in so many different ways…I’ve never really thought about that, but it’s true. I feel like I’ve done more in these years than in the years I was in New York, plus we’ve made so many great friends here…it’s just such an amazingly supportive and fun town. JC: I love NY and consider it home. But after 9/11 things changed both with the city and within me. It was a wakeup call in many ways, the value of time and life became a priority and I knew that we needed a change. When we decided on Baltimore everyone that we mentioned it to would say “why”? And I would just say, “why not”? I love Baltimore’s edge and character plus the architecture and the people. I have made the closest friends here and am inspired by them in many ways. Plus NY is so close. I am back and forth so much, it feels like one place. Q: Can either one of you give some advice to fellow artists who are in a relationship and sharing a creative space? JL: Make sure there is enough room for two studios! JC: Embrace it on all levels. And make great food! Under One Roof opens tmorw: G-Spot Audio Visual Playground 2980 Falls Road.