Set It Off: James McConnell

February 18th, 2009 by Larry

James McConnell

I try to keep my aliases close to the vest.


Where are you from?
Born and raised on the tough streets of Virgina Highlands, Atlanta, GA.

Who do you work for? 
I co-own Beep Beep Gallery, I work for my partner in crime Mark over at Aurora Coffee, and I hustle a few other jobs here and there.

What are your Current Project(s)? 
This year’s lineup at Beep Beep Gallery has been my sole project for a minute. We’ve got eight solo shows (Dosa Kim, Born, Michi, Sam Parker, Steven Dixey, Chris Carder, Alex Kvares, and Bethany Marchman) which is a big deal for us, and I’ve been focusing on contacting galleries in other cities to move those shows out of Atlanta. Can’t wait to go to Seattle and Portland for some future collaborations with galleries. I’d like to be writing more and making more zines but there’s only time for so much.  

Who would you love to work with?
Since Beep is all Atlanta artists, the one local cat I would really love to work with
is Jody Fausett. I’ve had this one portrait he did of El-P for a Triple 5 Soul ad for like five years before we met. He’s such and amazing an inventive photographer but is unfortunately represented by one of my favorite galleries, Whitespace. One day. Nationally, there’s this artist from Louisville named Kathleen Lolley who does these amazing mythologically bent paintings. If we ever expand she’ll be the first I contact.

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep? 
I’ve never been a huge sneaker head, but my man VS hooked me up with this really sick pair of 80′s skate style high-top Nike’s. Love ‘em.

What’s on your iPod right now?
Animal Collective and Brian Eno pretty much constantly. Lately Jaylib, Ice Cube, Noot D’ Noot, Portishead, Slayer, MF Doom, TV on the Radiohead, The Kinks and mother fucking Ras Trent.  If you haven’t seen it google it.  That song’s been stuck in my head for two weeks straight.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
The veggie burger at the the Righteous Room is the greatest food known to man.  Oh god I wish I was there right now!

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
The Local always.  If I’m there I’m in the back room playing foosball, my favorite game along with chess.

What are your Pet Peeves?
I got plenty but I’ll bow out and keep this one positive.

Shout outs?
First and foremost everyone who supports local art, music, books, designs, clothes etc. It makes such a huge difference; thank you so much.  Larry, George, and Ross at EC. My lovely lady Star. My family. Mathis, Dookie, and the Noot crew. Marky B the son of ODB. Evereman the ping pong legend. All the Beep Beep artists. Everybody at Aurora and Criminal. Arsn. Nathan and the future planners of America. Youngblood. SOPO. Mike Germon, Rebecca White, and Mint. Steve the animal shelter of East Atlanta. Twen and Shake. Jenn Brown and Susan Bridges. Travis Dodd the Cheetah escape artist. Bryan, foosball wizard, and artist extaordinaire. Get educated son! Everybody out of town and abroad and anyone I forgot.

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  1. Russell Jones Says:

    This fuckin guy, that I speak to you about, is somethin crazy. He’s somethin insane, he’s the greatest performer every-since uhh, what’s the guys name? Ahh, da, ahh, James Brown, he’s bad, and he’s a cool guy. And you’ll really need him, I mean need to really get to know him.

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