The Interrogator with Tofer Chin

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A modern amalgamation of inspiration culled from the likes of John Baldessari, Katharina Grosse, and Jeff Koons, the work of California-based artist Tofer Chin creates graphic landscapes out of bright colors, strong lines, and hard geometry—all based on precise mathematical calculations. Since receiving his degree from Otis College of Art and Design, Chin has taken his art around the world, displaying his work everywhere from Rio de Janeiro, Milan, Madrid, New York, Barcelona, and beyond.

With cities as his canvas, Chin’s outdoor wall murals transform buildings into graphic blocks, simultaneously separating themselves from the surrounding landscape, while blending in at the same time. His multifaceted, spear-like sculptures—these “Stalagmites” are something of a signature for Chin—act similarly, complimenting the landscape and still remaining unique, autonomous forms. A deft combination of the organic and the manmade, Chin crafts a new vision of the world with each site-specific piece, challenging our daily visual norms.

Chisel in hand, SIXTY chips away at the mind of the artist… in true Interrogator form.

Place of residence:

Los Angeles, CA… Silver Lake to be exact.

Current occupation:

Artist

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Exactly what I’m doing right now.

Quote to live by:

“The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out.” – Aldous Huxley

First job you ever had:

Tinting windows, selling pagers, installing automobile sound systems and sheepskin seat covers in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.

Least favorite part of your day:

Going to sleep. I love sleeping—just getting myself to relax and go horizontal is a process.

Windows down, the song you’re playing is:

“Someone Great” by LCD Soundsystem

Three guilty pleasures:

In N Out, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, and chocolate.

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?

Donnie Darko

You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

A Richard Neutra house.

Plane, train or automobile for a road trip?

All the above! Depends on where we’re going?!

What IS your favorite road trip?

BIG SUR.

Personal travel ethos:

Stay in one place as long as possible and travel as long as possible.

Drink of choice:

Tequila (Fortaleza or Ocho)

Beach house or tree house:

Tree house overlooking the ocean with an electric lift down to the beach.

Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

Oh, man. I’d have to say it’s a tie between Térèze at the Santa Teresa Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, which consisted of foie gras, lobster risotto, Brazilian prime rib, and some sort of decadent chocolate dessert… and most recently at Cammillo in Florence, Italy, where after our meal a mysterious couple gifted us with an extra “off-menu” lasagna that was especially made for them by the chef who greeted them along with the owner–this lasagna doesn’t exist at the restaurant even if you call it in. I don’t even like lasagna and I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day for the rest of my life.

What is the best news you ever received?

She said “yes.”

Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.

Apple. I had three iPhone 5s in one year–not because of misuse but because of technical malfunctions.

Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to.

My first-ever concert: Guns N’ Roses and Skid Row at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA. I was in 5th grade. Went with my buddy Ariel and our dads took us. GNR was about four hours late to perform. There were a lot of topless woman. The suspense was like no other and the performance something I’ll never ever forget.

Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?

Traveling constantly always keeps my inspired. The sound of the ocean and waves crashing at the beach with an ice-cold beer in hand always puts my mind at ease.

Photo by Tyler William Parker.

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in Cereal, Lenny Letter, and more.

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