The Interview

What is the background of your work and process?

The focus of many artists is on the art works, the creative product. I prefer to focus on everything else–which is, actually, the background upon which the creative process of connection happens–the things you stumble over while trying to get to the desired object.

Can you be more specific?
Well, for example: the viewer/the object viewed/and the visual field upon which the (seemingly magical) connection is made between the two when you go, “What is that?!” Human beings’ collusion with objects, via our senses, and the processing of sensual information, is a physical process and thus subject to study, observation and demystification. Humans also shape their environment (including altering their own bodies) while engaging in that process. I want to call attention to that.

What is the advantage this approach?
There is a shortage of new or unique objects that can be drawn or built; there is no shortage of space, so that is what I am utilizing. (We don’t live in a flat world, although our minds love to describe/reduce everything to the least number of lines, especially digital ones–so day-to-day we do not see much more than the outlines and patterns. I look for opportunities to re-inflate experience.)

I’m starting to understand why it is important to you to use recycled materials.
Yes, literally the things you stumble over, in your everyday environment, and do not pay attention to or notice–irrelevant trash–can be a source of new connections.

How would you describe your art works?
They are doorways, portals, flaws in the universe, holes. Most of all, they are invitations to step out of the mind, to move forward, to come in and even beyond.

What do you believe is the role of the artist today?
To provide pleasure and transform contradictions; to facilitate connections between humans and objects, between humans and their own senses and minds; to open up new spaces; to re-image the obvious and make life more fun.

What contemporary artists have influenced the direction of your work?
Chiau Sing Chi, E. O. Wilson, Philip K. Dick, George Clinton, Terry Gilliam, R. Buckminster Fuller.

How do you feel about technology?
I look forward to improving the interface with the universal quantum computer, and, when the von Neubots arrive, I hope to be hired on as an interpreter.