giovedì 28 maggio 2009

Interview with Elisa Malo





q)Please introduce yourself.

a)Elisa Malo

q) Where do you live and work?

a)I live and work in Mexico City

q) How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?

a)Disturbingly cute little uncanny creatures

q) How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?

a)I started when I was a little kid, drawing all over, all of the time, and I think I’m in the whole process and journey of being an artist...I don't know if that ever ends.

q) What are your favorite art materials and why?

a)Ink, any kind of ink...bic pens,stilographs,chinese ink,gel pens...I think that I like them because they allow me to do exactly the kind of fluid traces that my drawings need to become alive.

q) What/who influences you most?

a)Anything misterious. Also I have these momentary crushes on random things, could be some image I saw online, characters I see in movies, a smile or a song, a feeling I get, a gaze,love,sadness.
If we are talking about artists I admire, I like a lot David Lynch, Robert Crumb, Henry Darger and Toulouse Lautrec.
All this things can be part of my drawings

q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.

a)I have these moments in wich I say to myself "its time to make art", and so I sit, look at my pens, markers and pencils, take them and start drawing a line at some white sheet, but then nothing comes out.
The real moments in wich I make drawings I truly like are when my mind is flying very very far and I’m not quite concentrating, it’s better when I’m drawing while on the phone, eating or listening to distractive music.

q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?

a)I just have to realese these evil creatures inside me and introduce them to the world :)

q) What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?

a)I really like murakami's animations, neem art too.
I would like to take my drawings there.

q) How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?

a)It’s always different. It could be minutes or days, or it could never be completely finished. it usually takes about 15 minutes.

q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?

a)Wow, this is a very good question.
I think I am attached to them, but I also enjoy selling them.
I think I like to choose the costumer.

q) Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?

a)Yes its very important!It has to do a lot with the mood I’m in when I’m working on my pieces.
I’m listening to very different things, from stuff like emergency pizza party, of montreal,aterciopelados and the unicorns to things like the warlocks,illya kuryaki and the valderramas, animal collective and my all time favorite: the pixies.

q) Books?

a)Aldous Huxley: a happy world
Paul Auster: mr. vertigo
Georges Bataille: story of the eye
Jack Kerouak: on the road

also fashion magazines and some borrowed comics.

q) What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative process?

a)I think everybody has its own powerfull creativity but it needs to be explored and it needs to explote.

q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?

a)I enjoy watching lots of movies,listening music, having a walk, spending time with my boyfriend, going to concerts and parties, eating, sleeping...

q) Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited about?

a)Yes! an exhibition in the city where I was born (Xalapa, Veracuz, Mexico) in two weeks!

q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines, galleries do you prefer?

a)-Ienjoy these:
www.ffffound.com
www.fecalface.com

q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.

a)Would I like feedback?

I'd love to know what people think of my artwork, I'd love to collaborate with other artists, travel around the world and make exhibitions everywhere :)

write write write!
bambambambi@gmail.com

q) Any advice for aspiring artists?

a)Go for it.

q) Where can we see more of your work online?

a)

www.elisabambi.com
www.fleshmilk.tumblr.com
www.thunderingranger.blogspot.com
www.flashglamtrash.com
www.licktoexperience.net
www.iseenoises.blogspot.com

lunedì 18 maggio 2009

Interview with Castro Edward Smith






q)Please introduce yourself.

a)I was born in the year of the dragon, My name is Castro Edward Smith,

I am part english part japanese and part philipino,

q) Where do you live and work?

a)I work outside and I don’t work because my art is play,

I try to never work in doors as I see the artists as the one who escaped the office space.

And I think as artists we are lucky to be, and we must take every chance to be outside as others don’t have this chance so we must live it out as much as we can.

q) How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?

a)I’d say that little of my work is connected to each other, I have other names and other art

that you will never guess is me. I think I am a tool like my pen or paper and the situations create the pieces this is why I try to create as little as I can in the bedroom so the environment is never the same.

So I guess my art is environmentaly and socially created

q) How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?

a)I am realy not too sure , I think like anyone we evolve in life through music taste art or anything, our choices change and we molt our shells, I always used to draw, at first it was monsters and myths animals too as they are closely related. H R Giger was my first inspiration I was very young perhaps 11 or 12, from there my art was dark but I slowly developed it too more abstract pieces, this stage of my life was also into old school hip hop as they were the only cds my brothers had. I went to the philipines when I was 15 and saw these colourfull jeepneys, jeeps used as buses that america left in world war 2. They are so beutifull you should check them out on google or find book is you have the time. When I saw them I think maybe thats when I decided.

q) What are your favorite art materials and why?

a)In my left pocket is my sketchbook and my right a few pens, thats all you need when your out. Even when I’m out clubbing or at house partys I’ll draw people drunk or fuse them with objects around me, I draw out in the rain and anywhere because whatever happens in the moment is forever in the soul of the piece I do no matter how good or bad it is,

crayons and chalk is also amazing they draw on anything!!!! I don’t use them enough however

q) What/who influences you most?

a)everything around me, if I don’t feel inspired il still draw till i atleast get one thing I like sometimes I’ll go through 50 or 60 pages before this happens. I remember one day I was out all afternoon drawing but it was all rubbish. Then it started to rain my hands were cold but I was creating better things faces in the rain etc

q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.

a)My perfect saturday may start with a 12pm start if I’m lazy and sleep in, I listen to music that is usualy downloaded because i cant afford the music I want but i get it anyway , the beauty of the internet is its free, downloaded music trancends social class and this is how art should be too, as if art is not cheap what are we doing but creating the social barriers we are fighting against.

q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?

a)All I want to do is please my creativity, draw outside and influence as much as I can in a positive way, I have great respect for volunteers, A painting you leave is nothing compared to what you can leave as influences to other people.

q) What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?

a)Graffiti is the most interesting development to me, It has caused the freedom of art to the street. Although it is villainised by law I think it is a right thing depending on how it is done.

It is free art for every class of person and fullfills the full soul capacity of the piece as it is in the street and seen by all. The moment of it being created is forever engraved in the street.
There are advertisements all around us that are created just because some people have the money to rent the street space graffiti artists fight this............well some

the evolution of graffiti to street art is very important

q) How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?

a)I work on pieces at different times and come back to them,

some of my larger street pastes take seconds to draw and take ages to paste up and create

q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?

a)I am it is hard as an artist to not be emotional attached but I do think that art should not last forever , you should not keep your art , some of my best things were given away I think this is because the capacity of a piece is fullfiled and it helps me create a better piece.

Sometimes I wish I could take my street art away with me but it is best on the street , there it can fullfill its purpose. After all art created for yourself is useless and egotistical to me.

Serve your purpose as an artist and create for others

q) Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?

a)Music is so important to me I change so much through music. It is such an important influence as with film or any of the art disciplines. Right now I am into POST HIP HOP such as busdriver or Deadelus, I am also into jazz alot and Amon Tobin who combines classical and electronic. I would have too much to write about music, almost as much as art

q) Books?

a)This is my greatest regret in life , at a young age I would pretend I could read well but i could never stay concentrated, I know I have missed a great deal. However the internet again provides! I download audio books right now I am listening to Audrey Huxley the doors of perception and a scifi novel ENDERS GAME which is very good!

q) What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative process?

a)I dont drink or take drugs not because its wrong or anything simply because it brings me MOMENTARY SATISFACTION . The law that holds our society up is flawed , LIVE BY YOUR OWN MORALS and understand them before you set them ! What law can make it right to kill a man by joining the army? what law allows alcholhol but not drugs? Wake up early look at the sun , be outside. Live in society against the social walls that are created by money. Make your art cheap or free make your music cheap or free to those who cant afford it. live by ideas ,

most importantly practice what you preach don’t be an artist who stays indoors all the time,

talking about possibilities and theorys, live life in the now.

I was once told a story where a father and son where fencing, the father blinded the son in a match oneday but the son never told the father in hope that his father would live a happier life. We should do this for everyone

q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?

a)music and dreaming although I try not to sleep too much I live on 6 hours sometimes,

I also play games too much, strategy ones with friends

q) Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited about?

a)So many but most are just stuck in my head! tihngs I want to do and create, it’s hard to do everything and yet I know I can do so much more if I did 15 hours or more of art eachday,

one day I will I just need discipline!

q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines, galleries do you prefer?

a)I do all of these i suscribe to juxtapoz and hi - fructose , i look online for artists who dont get into magazines like myself, You can simply notice trends of art by looking at friends work etc

q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.

a)Do you regret anything? nothing at all for I am a different person with everychoice I make, Too regret the past is to regret your self and things around you, you can never be at peace this way.

q) Any advice for aspiring artists?

a)Keep wax crayons in your back pocket.And draw on anything when u feel like it

q) Where can we see more of your work online?

a) www.beargami.eu will be up soon

venerdì 8 maggio 2009

Interview with Yogœme







q)Please introduce yourself.


a)I’ve used several artist names, among them, Gaiihin, Agaiihine, Yogœme, Logoeme. I don’t like names. I have no soul. I used to search for someone to give me their christian soul so I would have had something to offer to the devil. Now, I’m OK.


q) Where do you live and work?


a)In Grenoble, France. I’ve travelled here and there.


q) How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?


a)I usually say that I’m writing underground comics. I guess my stuff would be classified as outsider art. My work used to be expectation, now it is aftermath.


q) How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?


a)The rain was colder than snow. The wind was solider than stone. In the red night, I was strolling alone. Suddenly a horse fell from the sky (it made a disgusting sound when it reached the ground). I didn’t pay attention to it and passed it by; but later on, when I reached my home, I started to realise that it was kind of weird. I may have been a bit confused and excessive when I fiercely believed that this was an absurd scene. So I decided my art was to be a fortress to defend myself against the absurdity of life.


q) What are your favorite art materials and why?


a)I used to work a lot with oil paint. At the moment I only draw with felt pens. I need their inexpressiveness, however I pay attention to thicken the line here and there to have a livelier achievement.


q) What/who influences you most?


a)My memory, cultural aberrations, people.


q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.


a)There are many steps to go through when you’re writing comics. But I guess, typically, I’m a maniac.


q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?


a)I’m not inclined to applaud any kind of complacency. I wish people who are interested in my work to understand that neither pompous discourse nor raw facts nor any kind of narrative deserves to be ignored or regarded as affectation. I’d like to increase the lyrical intensity of my work. My career doesn’t matter.


q) What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?


a)When exactly did contemporary art begin? Was it with Ingres, Cezanne or Käthe Kollwitz? (Chuckle) All right. Often my friends are surprised by my knowledge of twentieth and ninetieth century art. Now, I focus very much on uncompromising living artists who are part of the underground. I’m taking part in many zine projects which are visible on my blog. We try to do things together.


q) How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?


a)When I paint sometimes I would need one week to achieve a piece. I can draw one comix page per day.


q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?


a)I was happy to sell my life drawings or paintings. I’ve often given some drawings to friends. I’m emotionally attached to my pieces because I like them to belong to somebody else.


q) Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?


a)I play the guitar (I have long nails) and the double bass (with the Italian bow). Oum Kalthoum makes me shudder. I have cold waves inside my torso when she sings. I love lyrical music: The Kindertotenlieder by Mahler, Il Lamento d’Arianna by Monteverdi among others. Actually I listen to a lot of different types of music. I’ll switch brutally from jazz music to death metal and noise core…


q) Books?


a)I love silkscreen art books and zines. I like literature very much. Well may be I should mention famous writers I like so it can give you an idea of the sort of things I read: Albert Camus, Søren Kirkegaard, Nietzche, Samuel Beckett, Virginia Wolf, Ionesco, Balzac, Thomas Mann, Colette, Kafka, Rimbaud, Jaques Prevert...


q) What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative process?


a)At the moment I need to make my work naturally but in this interview I’ll try to define what I call (clumsily maybe) “axiomatic belief”. I’m aware of the power of belief even though I’m inclined to nihilism and atheism. “Axiomatic Belief” is the capacity to believe in presupposed ideas and to assume the consequences of them. This process is dangerous because it can lead to schizophrenia. So it needs the capacity to switch ideas and not to impose upon others the truth which is developed. It shouldn’t be confused with analysis of unconscious objects or objective looks at what condition us. Well, it could be but it isn’t limited to it. It is about belief. I give you a far fetched example: the presupposed universe would be materialism, God is accepted as real, and the consequence, the action is aphorism; the result could be the sentence “their god created us, materialist, to be the only one who could understand limitation and death which god cannot understand”. Here the action is writing. The action could be sensual experience or art making as well. When it is about art making it isn’t necessarily an experimental gesticulation which is based on nothing but the desire for mysterious incarnation. It could be actually very heavy and full of elements to take on.


q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?


a)Hehehe! Here we are entering the domain of privacy…


q) Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited about?


a)I should make a comix for La Commissure. I’d like also to develop my collaboration with Yumyam. I should include texts of him and make images about his wanderings. It is about strange and soft fetishist behaviours. When Yumyam was narcissist he had a string tied to few of his pubic hairs. All the rest of his genitals were carefully epilated. His confidences should deal with daydreams, sensual experiences and taboos.


q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines, galleries do you prefer?


a)As I already said, I like outsider art, there are links on my blog to people I’m working with. Also, http://www.ubu.com/ is a good web site I think. I respect and admire very much the books which are produced by Le Dernier Cri.


q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.

Do you like poetry?


a)Yes.


q) Any advice for aspiring artists?


a)Be careful. Don’t fall into the traps which you think are related to typical artist behaviours. Don’t kill yourself.


q) Where can we see more of your work online?


a) http://gaiihin.blogspot.com/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/36556191@N02/


http://eatenbyducks.blogspot.com/search/label/agaiihine


http://eatenbyducks.blogspot.com/