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- Name: Claudio Parentela
- Location: Italy
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
q)Please tell us your name and where you practice.
a)Stiofan O’Ceallaigh based Salford (Manchester), UK.
q) Why do you make art?
a)I’ve been painting and exploring other means of expression since I was 7 years old. I make art because I have to; for cathartic means.
q) How do you work ?
a)Every day I try and create something new. A typical day is approximately 7-8 hours making works and/or research.
q) What´s your background?
a)Born in Ireland I re-located to Liverpool, England to study for a Bachelors degree in Fine Art & Drama and Theatre Studies. After achieving a First Class Honours I was given the opportunity to have solo and group shows in Liverpool. 1 year after my degree I moved to Manchester where for the past 14 years I have been promoting artists and working in the arts up to Executive level. In 2014 I decided to take a new road and started dedicating all of my time to making art and developing my own projects.
q) What role does the artist have in society?
a)To cause flux, a deeper understanding, push boundaries, present visions of the future and new realities.
q) What was a seminal experience for you ?
a)I have many and they usually involve travel. I have been very lucky to visit and live in places such as Ireland, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Iceland, Paris, Barcelona, New York....
q) Has your practice changed over time ?
a)It hasn’t no. I started painting when I was 7 years old. I’ve come back to painting. I suppose you could say that poetry is a new thing for me, but that’s just me writing down thoughts rather than trying to construct something.
q) What art do you most identify with ?
q) What´s your strongest memory of your childhood ?
a)Strangford Lough. We lived just beside the Lough and most of my family is still there. The scenery back home is out of this world.
q) What themes do you pursue ?
a)Identity and aesthetics (relational and dynamic).
q) Describe a real life experience that inspired you.
q) What´s your most embarrassing moment ?
q) What jobs have you done other than being an artist ?
a)As I said earlier I have worked in the arts for fourteen years at management and executive level, this includes Front of House Management, Production, Fundraising, Finance and organisational deputy directorship. My main skills lie in strategy, income generation and rebranding. I am also a Theatre Captioner which means that I provide access to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people to theatre performances.
q) What responses have you had to your work ?
a)It’s always the same, people love the works I don’t like. Which is cool. My main aim in my work is to make the viewer feel how I felt when I made the work. A kind of transference. How the viewer interprets the content is up to them.
q) What do you dislike about the artworld ?
q) What research do you do ?
a)I’m always observing 24/7. I work VERY fast and I’m a bit of a sponge. I soak things, ideas, shapes, words and colours up very quickly and save them in my head for when I need them.
q) What is your dream project?
a)I’m doing it: Balaclava.Q. But to be honest any project which promotes social change, understanding, compassion and relationships.
q) What´s the best piece of advice you have been given ?
a)“You don’t have to like every piece of art or performer that you promote or introduce. Let the viewer/audience make their own mind up.” Another good one is to “let the art speak for itself”.
q) What couldn’t you do without?
q) What makes you angry?
q) What is your worst quality?
q) Dogs or Cats ?
q) Making art is a lot like being on lsd. Know what I mean ?
q) What does “ copy” mean to you ?
q) What´s your favorite cuss word ?
Monday, April 11, 2016
Interview with JACK SANDERS
1)Please introduce yourself and tell us something about yourself and your background.
1)At an early age, I understood nothing special would happen to me unless I made it happen. I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta and my life was comfortable but not exciting. So I chased excitement. Smoking, shoplifting while being considered a "good boy" because I always had nice clothes.
2) Tell us about your art.
2) I fell in love with Duchamps "The Fountain" when I was about 7. I found it extremely elegant and somewhat erotic. This led me to the surrealists and their strange philosophy about not considering their work "art" but magic.
3) What is the central theme of your work?
3) To me, themes can be a trap. So, my themes tend to change often. Today it might be about the decay of southern mansions, tomorrow it may be beautiful hustlers in the summer of their youth (props to Courtney Love). Beauty and emotion are what I like, so that could be considered an ongoing theme.
4) What is your most beautiful dream?
4) That would be when I dreamt I was Courtney Love's boyfriend. Although, most people would consider that a nightmare.
Worth nightmare? I had a accident when I was a kid.. I ran my bike into an engine block my neighbor had hanging from a tree. Concussions, etc. I had a nightmare about a bowling ball.
5)Best way to spend a day off?
5)I am a hardcore workaholic. A day off is like a prison sentence to me.
6) WHO, WHAT inspires you.?
6) There is a big difference between who you like and respect and who inspires you. I am inspired by artists who are 100 percent committed to their work. I think that most art has a relatively short shelf life. I used to absolutely worship Jean Cocteau. Now, not so much. Even Kenneth Anger has lost his appeal to me personally. I enjoy Bruce la Bruce because his ambition inspires me. And artists like Piotr Urbaniak because he does not give up. Musically, I like Phillip Glass, Wagner (but he dead), Iggy, Lou. I tend to like art and music that somehow provides a background to my life. Even pop art. B
7) Book you love?
7) In no order: Nausea by Sartre, all books by J.K. Huysmans, Valley of the Dolls, all books on Surrealism and the Occult, most books about serial killers, The Family by Ed Sanders, Helter Skelter by F. Lee Baily, Psychopathia Sexuality by Dr. Kraft-Ebing, J Hollywood Babylon I and II. I like to books books that are over my head like "Being and Northingness." I am more a bibliophile than an intellectual.
8) What are you excited about right now?
8) Very excited about the continued success of Homosurrealism Magazine. It is a work in progress but I think I've got it.
Current Projects: Well, we are preparing for an Homosurrealism Event in Hollywood for July, 2016. I am excited on my levels and the e-invite will be posted soon. It will be held at MoDA Hollywood.
Future Projects: I am flirting with the idea of having an exhibit of some kind in Atlanta. I know of just the place! And maybe New Orleans. These projects will be for 16-17.
9) Where can people see more of our work on the internet?
9) The magazine is the best place to not only find out more about Homosurrealism. All you have to do it like "Jack Sanders" on Facebook and you will automatically be in my database to receive your free monthly copy.
Any Last Word:
Yes. Some people still think that being gay is "less than" being straight. That an online magazine is "less than" a "real magazine" and that an online art community is "less than" a "real" art community. I consider this way of thinking to be archaic and old aeon in nature. Homosurrealiism is the first 21st century art movement of its kind and was born online and will live online. Sadly, the days of artists hanging out in the Chelsea or some cafe on the west bank are really over. Like it or not, we all live online now.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Interview with AGENT X
q)Please introduce yourself and tell us something about yourself and
a)First thank you so much and I love the magazine!! My name is Agent X and I am a visual artist living in Vancouver.
q) Talk about your art.
a)My artwork is mostly experimental, multimedia collages, paintings, and 2D artwork. I describe it as ‘Pop Art with thought,’ I try to juxtaposes pop culture, technology, fashion, music, politics, and race in visually complex amalgamations expressing the anxieties of the global, post-modern world and the dark side of consumerist, media-obsessed culture. My artwork occupies a unique intersection between the aesthetics and philosophy of Futurism, the social critique of the Dada movement, and contemporary artistic movements ranging from Pop Art to Superflat.
q) What’s the central theme of your work?
a)Mostly futurism and Pop Art with thought. I love the medium of collage because I can do anything and any topic. I try to do themes that are timeless and not over used. I like it fresh. Also I like to communicate a high level of skill in the artwork. It also depends on how I feel and what statement I want to make or not. I will make pieces like "Annabel Levels" or "Ice Cream" as they are like my Norman Rockwell type of artworks or something like "Lawrence Steele Schlesinger and 2x dimebags" with a Sim card, dimebags,watercolor,oil, and magazine clippings. I never make the same thing twice. Always spontaneous with extreme execution.
q) your most beautiful dream
a)Making art & music in a world with no war or poverty.
q) your worst nightmare
a)Donald Trump President of the United States lol!
q) Best way to spend a day off?
a)Listening to music or walking in the park with my girl or watching female battle rap with my homie Pauly
q) who, what inspires you ....
q) books that you love….
a)Critical Thinking by Richard Paul, Italian Futurism by Walter Adamson, Decoded by Sean Carter.
q)music…artists….that you love
a)Uk grime, Kendrick,Kanye,Future,J Cole,A$AP Rocky,Joey Bada$$,Tyler the Creator and some house and jazz music.
q) What are you really excited about right now?
a)Kanye West "The Life of Pablo" and his fashion line at Adidas. Most artist can't do 2 things successfully. He is. Pretty amazing.
q)your current projects….
a)I am working with the best manager Dan Syrett at Naked Inc Artist Management in London https://www.facebook.com/NIArtistManagement/
plus I have some great things coming up with my main gallery Beautiful Crime http://www.beautifulcrime.com/shop/?category=Agent+X with the awesome Ruthie Holloway and Liam West selling my artwork and getting my artwork to big brand companies like Microsoft and others.
q)your future projects….
a)I am selling some of my artwork for charity with ArtSmart Contemporary Gallery http://www.artsmartcontemporary.com/#!agent-x/uygbz in London as well I have some future projects coming in the fall.
q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?
a)They can see my artwork at my personal gallery site at www.agentxart.com and also at my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/agentxart/
q) Final words?
a)I would like to thank you very much for this wonderful interview and you can see what I'm up to always at www.agentxart.com :)
Thank you !!!