A Chat With Sam Ries - Our April Artist

The anticipation of Spring here in Montreal is almost palpable. And with the soon-to-be- budding of trees and transitioning to lighter weight ensembles, a new Citizen Vintage window has come to life. And it's cool.By fusing plastics and encasing spherical forms, Sam Ries explores the consumption of goods in today's society.

Sam Ries is a multi disciplinary artist focusing on sculpture and fibre art. After finishing his studies in fashion design, Sam is broadening his studies at Concordia university's fine art department. Sam is currently working as a visual specialist and installation artist at West Elm Montreal.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little I wanted to be an artist. I don't think I even knew what that meant at the time but I really enjoyed colouring. At some point I also wanted to be an olympic swimmer but that was a very short lived dream.

What are you listening to right now?

As of late I've been listening to the new Kanye and Rihanna album a lot. Also reallybeen into DVSN and this group called Cafe Lanai. They're fantastic. https://soundcloud.com/yourcafelanai  

What would the perfect day be like for you?

The perfect day for me would probably involve a beach, sex, and coffee. Not in that order but yah...

What are you working on right now? 

Right now I'm working on being an adult. So like being financially responsible. It's really hard... I'm also working on embroidering with plastics and latex.

If your window display was a planet, what celebrities would live there?

Hmmm if my window was a planet it would probably be planet earth. its pretty plastic. I can imagine the Kardashians living there. I find them pretty interesting lol.

Did you go to art school our are you self-taught?

Yah I actually did go to art school. I was studying fashion design in Vancouver and it was fantastic. But, after I finished I wanted to express myself a bit more openly creatively. So I'm currently at Concordia studying studio arts. Focusing on sculpture and fibre arts right now. It's amazing.

In 5 words, how would you describe your aeshetic?

conceptual, sexual, experimental, minimal, pop

What's your favorite fashion decade?

Favourite fashion decade is probably the 90's. Its pretty nostalgic for me and fashion got pretty weird. 

How would you describe your style?

My style is pretty neutral as of late and minimal.

Whats your favorite vintage purchase?

I actually just bought a pair of oversized, white wash floods from a vintage store in Toronto the other weekend. Future summer looks for sure !

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