Welcome To The Dark Side of The Taco

“I am a self taught artist living in Montreal, with wife, son, Boston Terrier, a cat & a 2nd kid around the corner. I do a lot of t-shirt designs for street wear brands of bands (mostly metal stuff) & my fine art production could be called “pop-surrealism”.” – Johnny Crap

Jonathan Bergeron aka Johnny Crap

 1xRUN Thru Interview

Imperial Taco Ship by Jonathan Bergeron

1xRun: Is the original still for sale?

Johnny Crap:   Original was sold.

1xRun: When was the piece drawn/created?

Johnny Crap:  April 2012

Work In Progress - Imperial Taco Ship

1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?

Johnny Crap:  It was done for a special event called UNO in Toronto in late April 2012, combining a pop up taco shop (La Carnita) & an art show featuring international & local artists. It was the perfect occasion for me to bring to life an idea I had for a long time to combine my interest for the dark side & my love of tacos.

1xRun: How long did the piece take?

Johnny Crap:   It was done over a period of about 3 weeks but on & off, alternating with other pieces

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?

Johnny Crap:  The Yoda Sauce.

Work In Progress - Imperial Taco Ship

1xRun: Why should people buy this piece/print?

Johnny Crap:  Any taco or Dark Side lover should own that print.

1xRun: Describe the piece/print in one gut reaction word.

Johnny Crap:  Fun.

Run #00226 // May 08, 2012 - Imperial Taco Ship by Jonathan Bergeron

1xRun: When did you first start making art?

Johnny Crap:  I have always been drawing for as long as I can remember but it took me a long time to realize that it was the only way for me to be fulfilled.

1xRun: What was your first piece?

Johnny Crap:  I used to do reproductions for my mother & aunts when I was a teenager, they would give me postcards or photos of paintings they wanted tone & I would do those for a bit of money.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?

Johnny Crap:    Back then my favourite artist was Otto Dix, a German painter associated to the New Objectivity movement.

Otto Dix

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?

Johnny Crap:  I love Jason Edmiston‘s work, Martin Wittfooth as well as Ron English & Craola.

Martin Wittfooth - The Baptism

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

Johnny Crap:  I listen to a mix of Black Metal, Hardcore, old blues, old hip-hop & neo-folk music.

Work In Progress - Imperial Taco Ship In Jonathan Bergeron's Studio

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?

Johnny Crap:  I could name a few but if someone mentioned me as an artists they would like to to a collaboration with it might end up being awkward so I will not put anyone in that position. Haha.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?

Johnny Crap:  Warhol so he could do a print series of my calavera dude.

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?

Johnny Crap:  I got a piece from Miss Van about 12 years ago. I will always keep it. It’s a redhead nurse, no way I’d get rid of that.

Miss Van

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?

Johnny Crap:  The last one I bought, I think, was the Martin Wittfooth piece & before that a Peter Ferguson painting. The Ferguson painting is my favourite in my small collection.

Jonathan Bergeron's Martin Wittfooth Hanging

Jonathan Bergeron's wall - Piece by Peter Ferguson

1xRun: What else do you have in the works?

Johnny Crap:   I just did the Marvel Licensed show at G1988, my version of Iron Man. That was a fun one. I  am part of the “”Botanica”” show curated by Scott Scheidly at Genome Gallery as well as “”Wasted””, a show curated by Dave MacDowell at WWA gallery, both in June. I will also be part of a very special group show at SDCC that I can’t talk about, haha, same with a G.I.Joe theme show in L.A.  Other than that, I am also working on my Solo show in October, that one will happen at Galerie Yves Laroche, here in Montreal

1xRun:  Where can everyone find you across the internette?

Johnny Crap:  @JohnnyCrap on FacebookTwitterTumblr –  Instagram

Run #00226 // May 08, 2012 - Imperial Taco Ship by Jonathan Bergeron

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