I’ve been pretty busy lately, but have found time to shoot a few 8mm tapes; a film still from part of an installation I’m planning to have set up by the end of the month.
HI! Do you have an instagram?
hey! yup I do, its mishakho
snow day with a lot of red
nik and me went to great falls
ohio valley and the constitution route
az and arches
arches on overcast
JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
MIKHAIL KHOKHLOV: That always changed growing up. In elementary school, I took one of those career placement tests off of Netscape navigator and it came back as astronaut, so for a while growing up I was interested in that. Then around middle school I got into skateboarding and I pretty much ran with that until my senior year of HS. Weekends I’d take the train into DC and skate at the classics all day – pulaski, welfare, etc. Concurrently, around my freshman year in HS I assembled a darkroom with my old man and learned a lot of the technique behind wet work; I got hooked from then on and wanted to pursue doing photography as a ‘serious’ hobby.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
MK: All of my friends that are doing the artist grind. There are too many to name, but most immediately is my girlfriend, Nicole Lane. She continues to be a great source of inspiration, as we can be critical of one another’s work and bounce ideas off each other in a stress-free sort of way. Similarly, other sources of inspiration include my environment, art essays, and literature in general. There are two really fascinating books I’ve been reading lately that I recommend to anyone hitting an artistic block – Light Years: Conceptual Art and Photograph and Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art – A sourcebookof Artistic Writings.
JC: What are you up to right now?
MK: I moved to Chicago about three months ago and am currently living and working here. I’ve got a few photographic projects I’m trying to finish up in order to compile a stronger portfolio for graduate school consideration.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
MK: I’ve mostly had older friends, more technically proficient at photographic technique, as mentors; without their encouragement and earnest critiques, I wouldn’t be the type of photographer I am today.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
MK: I am based out of Chicago for now. The urban cityscape is proving to be invaluable despite being overwhelming at times. The arts community is pretty large here, with tons of galleries, institutes, and museums scattered about the city; you can’t get bored here and you most certainly can’t say you’ve seen everything.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
MK: Read! If you get stuck or feel like you are on the verge of an artistic block, then read more theory and art history. If you feel limited, then try and look at other artistic mediums and ways of incorporating them into your artistic practice. Go to galleries and listen to others speak about their work; it’s a good way to try and figure out what you don’t like in order to better inform your own work.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
MK: I don’t really have a plan B. I want to stay active in artistic practices and the larger arts community in general; I can’t really see myself doing anything else for the time being.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
MK: To some extent - Connections are great, but are perhaps not necessary. It’s great to know people in the local arts community, see what people like, know what people are doing, and to further expand your understanding of art trends in general. I love being around creative people, especially if their practice is in different fields; it’s often times helpful to hear how things appear to other artists and how those things are described through other mediums.
Q/A and photographs from a MULL IT OVER interview with Jonathan Cherry.
Originally from MULL IT OVER
leah in the boulder prairies ; sophia on tatami
2012 - 2013
december, 2013 - january, 2014
winter diaries; nik and me in chicago
winter diaries; nik and me went to the german festival in chicago