Indy-based photographer Eric Lubrick, and his Louisville-based artist brother Aaron, come together to exhibit their collective works at the Speck Gallery. The show opens this First Friday at HCA along with a number of other great exhibits. We caught up with Eric to chat about, Hey Twin Boy!
Polina Osherov: You’re twins, remind me again, identical or fraternal?
Eric Lubrick: We are identical twins.
PO: I’m assuming the show is inspired by the twin experience in some way? Please elaborate!
EL: The show is called Hey Twin Boy. Aaron came up with the title. It comes from when we lived in Texas until we were 9 years old. All of the kids in our neighborhood would call us “Twin Boy” or yell to us, “Hey, Twin Boy.” In their eyes, we were the same person. Either that or it was too hard to tell us apart. Being called “twin boy” never bothered us. We do pretty much look like the same person.
PO: Which is your favorite piece in the show, and why?
EL: Mostly this show is about recreating memories or constructing spaces of our past. I think my most successful image of the show is the cake cut in two. It’s meant to represent how we always had to share our birthday with one another–that the one day a year we should feel individually special for being alive, we instead have to share. It sounds more negative than I intend it to be. The fact is, it is totally cool that I was born with my best friend and have always been able to share that day with him. Another piece I made has to do with the fact that we had our own twin language before we could speak English. We would have whole conversations and freak out our neighbors. The only word we still remember is DeeTee which stood for candy. I made a dreamy still life with candy as the subject matter. Aaron’s pieces draw upon shared memories and experiences. The image Aaron provided is a scene from our childhood with our sister peering out at the Texas landscape with oil refineries’ smoke stacks in the background.
PO: Aaron, lives in Louisville, and you’re here in Indy – how often do you get to hang out and collaborate?
EL: We’ve been kicking around the idea of doing this show for some time now–at least 5 years. With that said, I thought we’d do this show when we were old. It’s rare that we get to collaborate on art work. We owe the opportunity to the Harrison Center for the Arts and Kyle Ragsdale. I thought I wanted to do a solo show but after having a conversation with Kyle, he suggested doing a twin-themed show could have a lot of possibilities. Also my time frame was kind of short– 6 months or so, and I just didn’t think I’d have a enough time to fill the gallery. I’m really glad we ended up doing this show now. I feel like this is the work I’ve been meaning to make for a long time but for some reason was holding back from making.
PO: Is the show a combination of mediums ie. photography and painting, or a melding of both? & How did you divide creative responsibilities in prepping for the show?
EL: I stuck with straight photography and some collage. Aaron mostly paints in oils but branched out in doing somewhat large scale paintings (The largest approximately 6′ x 5′) combining oil paints and pastels. We don’t have a piece that we physically worked on together. Mainly we just threw ideas back and forth. There wasn’t really any dividing up of responsibilities; we both just made what we wanted to make.
PO: Being identical twins did you pull any pranks on your teachers or classmates?
EL: We never really made it a point to pull pranks on people; though, there have been a few times that we used being a twin to our advantage. When we went to school at Columbus College of Art and Design, we lived in a one-bedroom apartment and slept on bunk beds. Our landlord thought there was only one of us that lived in the apartment and was going to charge us more if he knew there were 2 of us. We figured if anyone could get away with it, we could.
PO: So both of you guys went into creative fields right off the bat! Columbus College of Art & Design for the two of you, then Cranbrook for photography for you, and Pennsylvania Academy of Arts for Aaron – I’m guessing you had very supportive parents who saw the value in art as a profession. Share a little bit about how you came to discover your individual creative interests.
EL: Yeah we were and are very fortunate to have great parents that supported/support us along the way. My mom is a nurse and father is a Mr. Fix-it-guy that has worked for large scale commercial industrial plants. Both are very creative and open-minded in their own way. They really haven’t been into the arts much. With that said, I would go as far as to say my father is a mixed media artist. He definitely would never think of himself that way. He builds and creates things all the time for practical purposes. He’s really into ham radios (which isn’t practical) and is always building antennas or amplifiers. Aesthetically speaking the things he creates are usually very beautiful and sculptural. So we’ve been able to see him and his work ethic as a sort of model. I got into photography in high school. I had rad photo and art teachers who planted the seed. I’ve never really wanted to do anything else. We were really lucky to go to a public school where the principal at the time thought highly of the arts. She was able to put a great deal of the school’s resources in the art program.