Artist Jessy Nite on Porn, Wynwood Lovin', and Why Not To Take Art "So F***ing Seriously"
I am 26 and I grew up with the first generation who always had the Internet. We were the first people to have porn, any kind of porn, any time and for free. For us, it is a big part of our lives if we want to admit it or not. As women, does that make porn our competition? Should we be jealous? Is that our new expectation? I don't know if we know yet.
What do you hope people take away from this?
I hope people have fun -- that is my main goal. There is nothing in particular, but I do hope that they leave with something. Even if it's that they look at art in a different way or maybe they realize they need to loosen up a little bit. It's going to be different for everyone. There is an open bar, great music from DJ Elle, and porn. Everyone is going to get a little horny and maybe get laid. We hope so.
Are you a little afraid people are going to think you're a hussy?
I am sure they do. My boyfriend helps me with a lot of it and I always think, "God, I wonder if his friends think I am this super slut now." Oh, people always think I am a lesbian too. Most people wonder why I only draw girls, but it's because it's more fun. You can color their hair, nails, eye color, and little outfits. Most of my fans are women anyways.
Compared to a year ago, things keep changing. Wynwood is blowing up. A lot of my friends who were the foundations for the art scene for me have moved out west. What's happening now is that there are a lot of things popping up. There is a lot of room for new people to make an impact. Artists in Miami are really lucky. We are a little bit of a smaller town, so there is plenty of room for a lot of people to get a lot of great attention here.
Is there a reason so many artists are moving out west?
I love Miami, but I work in advertising. I am an art director. It is an amazing place, but there is a lack of creative jobs here. Maybe in 10 years there will be, but we are all career people. We are just looking to build and further our career in whatever way we can. I think the people that moved have no malice against Miami but it was just their time to grow.
Any plans to call Los Angeles home anytime soon?
Not today. I do hope artists start getting paid for all the hard work they do. Everyone wants everything for free, especially when it comes to presenting our work. That's just not realistic.
Do you think Art Walk Second Saturdays are more for hipsters or art lovers?
I think the two go hand in hand. Second Saturdays are a good way for people to go out and see shows. It's also a good excuse to get dressed up and be seen. Some people have bad feelings towards Wynwood, but it's a great place for creativity. It's going to be our little Brooklyn. Things can get played out, but we are still growing. If people stay psyched, there is nowhere to go but up. In my experiences, Miami artists support each other. It felt really good. Honestly, I didn't expect it.
"Color Me Porno" opens Friday, July 20. A private preview runs from 9 to 11 p.m., and is open to the public from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is free. Visit primaryprojectspace.com.
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