We had the good fortune of connecting with Conrad Kane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Conrad, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
To live everyday and wake up to create and share my work with others, is why I wanted to start my own business. Art sparks such a joy and passion for life. Being a queer owned business, would allow my focus to stand with equality and inspire others to follow their own creative voice authentically. People say I make ceramics, take photos, or paint, but, I create stories. To communicate with others through art, have creative freedom, collaborate and share my work and passion of art and design, is some of the thought process behind wanting to start my own business. I was always interested in the business side of art and using my knowledge of photography and branding. I love architecture and interiors, nature, line, color, pattern, form, light and the process behind creating. I was 20 when I sold my first two pieces of artwork for $25 total. The feeling someone wanted to own what I made and pay for it, illuminated a possibility that it could be sustainable to make a living out of my significant artistic diversity. Art is more than what you see. Inspiring others leads to leaps in technology and medicine and plants a seed in others to share the passion I have and apply it in their own ventures. Its contagious. I have always had a drive to accomplish any task I put my mind to.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
With a name like Conrad Kane, I always wanted to be a brand. I have been called a very creative person and my interests vary in different art mediums such as painting, photography, and ceramics. I approach photography with the nontraditional use of cyanotypes and additional elements of experimental photography. When thinking of printmaking, I use the texture of palm trees in nature to create an image on a surface. The painting series I am currently working on “Head”, is using the shadow of my body and thinking about line, pattern, color, and composition in relation to society and identity politics. The use of ceramics as functional art is thrilling along with challenging the limits of the medium. Being an interdisciplinary artist gives me a particular insight when creating or fleshing out an idea that sets me apart from other single medium artists. I am excited about the future of Conrad Kane and how I can impact and inspire others by sharing what I am doing in my own business and art career. Every goal takes baby steps to achieve, focused dedication, and never being lazy. This lifestyle, journey, and career never feels like “work”, because when you want something so badly you wont stop until you get it. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to stay positive and keep making new goals for myself. It is extremely exciting but never easy. Having to think and problem solve helped me get to where I am today. My brand represents my love and dedication for art. It requires honest work with a desire to inspire happiness, freedom, and equality.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In one week, it is possible to visit the everglades and beaches to the farmlands and shopping malls. Lincoln Road, South Beach, and Wynwood are places I would take my friends to eat, drink, visit, and hang out. The amazing queer night life and entertainment is my favorite. We would make stops at Gramps, Rhouse, Counter Corner, and the Gaythering Hotel. I would also make it a point to stop at one of the many art museums like the Cornell in Delray and art districts such as FatVillage in Ft. Lauderdale and Wynwood in Miami that host art shows and gallery openings each month. There is so much to do here you will never get bored in the fast pace.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Being queer, I have had a unique lens on how I look at life and how I experience everyday situations. My family has always given me space to express myself. Thankfully I always stood for what I believed in. I have a loud voice and I recognize that where I am in life and who I am is thanks to my family. Being interested in so many forms of art and design, one word of advice from a professor that stuck was, “no matter what you make, it will all go together because you made it”. That advice gave me the freedom to let my creativity flow through me and share it with others. I also think, you, the reader have an important role in the success of what I put out in forming a collaboration of communicating and receiving ideas while interpreting your own. The best feedback an artist can get is the purchase and appreciation of their work to keep us creating.