Crosby, aka ClockWork Cros manipulates and experiments with the elements of surrealiasim tied into each one of his iconic clock creations. His drive to create and hard work ethic is shown in each one of his pieces.
Q: Where are you from/where were you raised?
A: I'm from alphabet city in the lower east side of downtown manhattan, New York City. Born and raised.
Q:Do you have a background in visual art?
A: Besides both my parents being artists, I don't have a formal background in art. I got a Literature degree from SUNY Purchase but my parents were always working on art so I picked a lot up along the way from them.
Q: Describe the time in your life when ClockWork Cros blew up?
A: I'm not sure I've blown up yet but people are starting to say I'm the bohemian torch barrier. Always takes me back when people say great things because im so busy working to ever look at myself like that. I def have confidence but if I get too caught up in what people think I will get distracted. I've def had some highlights thou, being included in SCOPE or being in both XXL and Source magazine in the same month. Always more exciting things to come that I would never expect to happen, but that's the part of creating I like most. The excitement people get from my work.
Q: How did you come up with the name ClockWork Cros?
A: I make clocks. *21 savage voice.*
Q: Your art is unique and relevant with today’s society, do you see yourself expanding into other clockwork designs?
A: 100% I have so many styles and ideas. I just keep trying to execute each one while it still means something to me. If I take too long I lose interest in making it. I work really fast so it has to keep me hype. My taxidermy clocks are going to be lit, I won't give away more than that.
Q: What are your next 5-year goals?
A: I dont plan that far ahead, things are speeding up too fast for me to predict where I will be and I like not knowing. I have the freedom to work at my own pace and be successful. It's hard to explain to people sometimes that I'm not a starving artist and I can survive solely off my art, but I do. I haven'thad a 9-5 job in years but I work just as hard to create even if I'm having someone else fabricate an idea for me.
Q: Which clock is your best seller?
My melting clocks are really popular but my one of a kind clocks I create for different shows always sell. It's hard to say which clock is the best seller because every year they seem to rotate. Obviously Ali and Monroe will always be classic.
Q: What is your process when creating each clock? How do you decide which pop/hip-hop celeb you are going to choose?
I hand cut each clock and make about 50 at a time. I'm really fast at cutting each one out from doing it over and over. I've let my friends try to cut one out here and there to show them it isn't easy. I just make it look simple and they always freak out at how hard it really is. After youve done a 1000 clocks it becomes 2nd nature. I don't think about it too much kinda like the way I pick who I am going to make into a clock. Sometimes it just jumps out because of whats going on that week in the news or because I'm playing a song from them I like so I turn them into a clock. It varies but I'm constantly thinking, working and living so the world around me starts getting including into my art. It's real life.
Q: What genre of art would you classify your Clocks?
A: The clock was made and based all in surrealism, from the elements to creation. But on the surface and overall look when so many are placed on a wall together it almost becomes pop. Whatever it is I think its valid.
Q: How did you think to create art with Clocks?
A: It was magic. I was interested in surrealism and was looking into the different artists on my own. I had to make something for a friends art crawl at school. I didn't know what I was going to do but I found $33 in a 99 cent shop in front of a shelf of clocks so I bought a bunch of them. I had also made faces of the bloomsbury group for a class where I wrote who they were on the back of the face so I could read off of it because I didn't want to memorize it. I watched a surrealist film where they cut this womens eye and somehow all these elements came together. It was magic.
Q: How will you expand your social media following?
A: I'm just going to keep making dope shit.
Q: Who are some artists that inspire you to create?
A: The surrealists like Andre Breton and Salvador Dali. The downtown icons like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring. The musicians like Little Dragon, Lil Yatchy, Lil Wayne, Lil Zane, Erykah Badu & Andre 3000.
Q: Do you have anything else you want people to know about you?
"Love me like I'm dead already" coming soon.