Stance is proud to welcome creative, B.Thom Stevenson (@bthomstevenson) to its Punk and Poet family. Stevenson is a multifaceted artist that explores the gaps between cultures by boiling down their artifacts to juxtapose them in visually impactful dialogues. Pairing both original and sourced materials to form a unique vocabulary. His practice explores the use of language as imagery and pictures as communication tools. He has worked with such brands as Brain Dead, Hermes, and Marc Jacobs to name a few. We sat with B. Thom to ask him a few questions on his creative practice, and everyday life. Welcome to the family…
What were your inspirations growing up to become a creative?
I painted from a very young age. It was the only think that I could really stay focused on. My mom would set me up with my paints an easel so I would try jumping off the top of the fridge again. Flash forward to Junior high and I was in a few punk and hardcore bands until I realized I was tone def, and had no rhythm. Visual art became my way to stay involved in this microcosm of noise. I mostly made flyers and zines for my friends bands, but I also had a very private painting practice through high school. I painted slowly, and they were mostly embarrassingly bad teenage angst inspired works or reflective of newspaper headlines. This was all before social media, before Facebook and MySpace really. So must of my influence was from the music scene. My “studio” was just an easel in the corner of my bedroom, but this set a precedent for living in my studio that I would end up doing for the next 17 odd years.
Not a lot of people know you’ve worked with fashion brands like Marc Jacobs, Hermes, Junya Wantanabe and street fashion brands like Brain Dead. How did you align yourself with these opportunities?
I enjoy making things. Solving abstract problems. I see these partnerships and collaborations as an extension of my practice. Where most of the time, through these projects, I use them as an opportunity to explore themes I am working on in my main practice.
What was it about Stance that made you want to work with them? Stance, and more specifically, Stance Untitled, hands artists the reins.
They treat artists like artists not like a tool to tote an agenda.
How is it being a new father during COVID?
It’s my first time being a dad so I don’t have much to compare it to. But it’s really rewarding to be able to have the as much time as I have had to paint and draw with my son.
What advice would you give young creatives today?
Don’t follow. Push yourself to do something new. Explore areas of art outside your normal practice. If you paint try performance. If you're a designer, try sculpture... Write a poem everyday.