Untitled (space obstruction), 2012, acrylic, spray paint, collage on stretched fabric, 22 x 20 in.

A.  I made this painting on a bed sheet I bought at a junk store. It’s made from acrylic and spray paint and little scraps and pieces of paper that kind of accumulate around my studio.

A. I think the drawings of artist Bill Traylor have really influenced the body of work I’m doing now. He seemed to obsessively bind these characters chasing each other with axes and canes together by some non-descript structural element in many of his pieces. The work takes on this dark totemic weirdness that I find really attractive.

A. My girlfriend once told me she had heard the native people of this region put a curse on us whiteys to make it so that no matter how hard you try to leave, this place will always suck you back in. I plan on tempting the fates someday. This town’s been good to me though.

Dylan is a fourth year BFA student in the UH painting department.


Dog Ladder, 2012, 30 x 80 in., acrylic on assorted paper

A. The tallness should've been taller but my ceiling is only 8 ft. The stacked dogs provide a ladder for a bank robbery. They look to you to climb them and get rich. I know it would even better if there were more of them. This way you can only imagine how tall that wall would be. At this point the height really only allows you to imagine breaking into a regional bank.

Either way, you are going to have more money at the end of the day.

A. Over the course of my new application techniques (where I collage images in) the paper is bending into higher and higher reliefs. Which makes me believe these things will eventually just have to become sculptural. In any case, I have no idea where the images come from or how they evolve into a finished piece. I knew I wanted a stack of dogs after I watched the film "Thief" but had no direction to how it would actually look. It ended up working out ok.

A. Houston is cool because we have pool weather for so long yet everyone bitches about it. If I was everyone, I'd post up by a pool and talk to your friends. The internet has made the American cultural conversation expand outside of traditional hubs which allows for artists and art related people have a strong connection to that conversation while paying less in living. Plus, it's a fun place with no presumption about who you need to be.