How did you first find out about Stupid Krap?
I think I was just hunting around on the internet and i stumbled across Stupid Krap, this was a long time ago I might add. Loved the name, it stuck in my head for it’s blatant honesty.
Tell us about your relationship to icons of popular culture.. is it a love or hate affair?
Both. These pop culture icons are the foundation of my childhood and hold very fond memories of a peaceful time in my life. I would get up very early every morning, venture into the living room, position myself in the beanbag and proceed to watch King Leonardo Lion and his Subjects, the Toothbrush Family, Milton the Monster Show, etc etc, much to my mothers annoyance I might add, she gave up telling me off and just let me be.
However, In more recent years whilst contemplating insane (particularly westernised) human behavior, I began considering the implications of such useless observations on the developing brain. This new wave of teaching by such insightful creatures as Peppa Pig and Tele Tubbies I believe is not allowing room for natural thought patterns of creativity. Instead it seems to create a vacuum of obvious non thought or a state of mental paralysis. Our language and behavioral patterns I feel should be taught via interactions with other humans or tribe. This education seemed to encompass a more thorough learning of nature and the symbiotic relationship within the grand picture. The outcome of this is a loss of a spacial existence and connection with nature and other external forces. Henceforth this material and singular approach to our new system of living should include symbolic deities for this anthropocene epoch, so begun the creation of False Idols, our new gods.
You have only just recently switched from painting to 3 dimensional works.. what prompted this fresh new evolution?
This change came from a body of street art I have been working on for the last 4 years or so. Using iconography mainly through totemic symbology and narrating stories of our interaction and destruction of the natural world.
I would be in my studio glueing together these huge paste-ups prepping them for installation on the street. Whilst staring at these totems layed out I would think these would be very cool 3 dimensional. It was a bit hit and miss initially. I trialled many different materials and concepts before I hit upon timber, it fell into place very quickly then. I began initially doing a series of War Deities directly reflecting the street work and then of course hitting upon the idea of the False Idols.
Tell us about how the 'Memphis Style' has influenced your work.
Modern Memphis is a design style that came to life in the 80’s. It is bright, patterned, geometric, bold, in your face. It juxtaposes visual objects and materials that you would think could never work and slams them together with class and elegance, (I think anyway). It is a style that would definitely not be to everybody’s liking however. I have taken these aesthetics then deconstructed and simplified these pop culture icons, utilising bold colours, patterns and geometric shapes to create a recognizable and hopefully very cool totemic idol!
What kind of things do you personally collect?
I collect vintage toys, contemporary vinyl toys, art works, artifacts, kachina dolls, occult books, even a few figurines like MOTU, Star Wars, way too much….
What projects do you have coming up soon?
At the moment I am mainly working toward a show to narrate the story of my False Idols by creating an aesthetically adjusted environment to capture the story of them.
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- interview by Ben Frost