100 Creatives

57: Tyler Quinn

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives

Tyler Quinn is a videographer who's part of ah dios, a Tempe-based visual communication studio. He describes his work as something that exists in a weird world somewhere between documentary film and advertising.

"My directorial sentiments have probably spawned from picking up skateboarding and cameras in high school," he says. "Once I started getting paid to film other peoples work -- whether they've been skateboarders, musicians, neurologists or baristas -- it turned into my trade and I've been freelancing ever since"

"I would loosely compare my trade to Iron Chef. I am provided with some funky ingredients that I didn't choose myself and tasked with making something really great out of it within a time constraint. But then again that's not too far off from how I might describe life, which is why I think there is a wacky sense of authenticity in it. I often don't use talent (professional actors) and the scenes I'll shoot are usually authentic settings or re-creations of actual events with some artistic license.

I never liked the idea of academia in art so I never went to film school. This has always been my own endeavor; I've felt compelled to direct, shoot, produce, and edit film/video because I've wanted to share what I see and when the words come its just not the same."

I came to Phoenix with . . . my twin sister in 1985. Our parents were living abroad at the time, so our mother flew back to the U.S. to give birth to us. My sister made it out first, which technically makes me the youngest sibling. At three months old we flew to Saudi Arabia, where I spent the next 16 years before returning to Phoenix for a college education after high school.

I make art because . . . there's a feeling when you give up your expectations and willingly go forward without knowing what you're about to encounter, even if it's trouble. It's mystery. It's raw potential energy and it's flawless. Everyone is inclined to create and people just do it differently. Some people want to create a legacy, while some want to be good mothers. Maybe its the same thing. I think it's about creating something tangible, a manifestation of your existence -- getting thoughts out of your head and reveling in it. I find it interesting that Phoenix has grown for growths' sake -- without much direction or interaction between the people affected by it. There's a certain form to it that makes it raw.

I'm most productive when . . . I'm in motion.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . Music. Music drives any spirit I have in anything. Astrophysics literature. People. Point and shoot photos. I am most inclined to re-create scenes that I already have buried in my mind from somewhere. Something between a soup of real life experiences and archetypal visions closer to what you would experience in a dream. I'm a big believer in the collective unconscious.

I've learned the most from . . . cancelling cable TV.

Good work should always . . . be honest, but not necessarily true.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . acceptance for who our immediate audience is, because for most people Phoenix is a place for convenience, golf, and free parking. Mobility is also an issue. Isolation may be great for creating -- the desert is certainly inspiring -- but for a city as wide as we are, when it comes to celebrating our works of art together we are spread too thin, and all the space disconnects us when the time comes to reward our artists for the efforts they've put forward.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. <a href="http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2012/07/colton_brock_phoenix_art_creatives.php" target="_blank">Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Brad Armstrong 59. Angela Hardison

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