Mick Marston Answers FAD’s Questions

1 If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
In fantasy, a world class cricketer. In reality, something that doesn’t start too early. I think i’d quite like to be a Tailor or a pastry chef sometimes – not a good combination though.

2 Name 3 of your least favourite artists.
I don’t care for anything twee, trendy or ‘urban’, so if any of you are any of those things then steer clear. Never liked Michael Jackson much? Or Prince. Or U2.

3. Anytime, any place – which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit?
An Amalgam of all 4 Beatles in about 1965.

4 What is your favourite ‘ism’?
Sarcism

5 What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote about your work?
“I can do better than that.”

6. And the dumbest?
“Thats nice.”

7 Which artists would you most like to rip off, sorry, I mean appropriate as a critique of originality and authorship?

Saul Steinberg, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, Saul Bass, Otl Aicher, Philip Guston, Seymour Chwast, Charley Harper, Barney Bubbles, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Leo Baxendale, Abram Games, Karl Wirsum & Jim Nutt. Ooh & The Fleischer Brothers, Sigmar Polke, Deiter Rot, Charles & Ray Eames, Mies Van Der Rhoe, Paul Rand, Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko, Paul Klee, Richard Hamilton & Oyvind Fahlstrom. Oh, & Jim Flora, Miroslav Sasek, Gary Taxali, Chris Ware, Arne Jacobsen, Antoni Tapies, & Gary Baseman.

8 Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!
For commissioned work yes, we all have to make a living. For personal work, I prefer to see it on someones wall rather than under my bed, so make me an offer.

9 What are the three big ideas that you would like your work to express?
Humour, simplicity & elegance (although I also like dumb, complicated & clumsy too).

10 Are you a political artist?
absolutely

11 How do you start the process of making work?
I think & doodle & look & listen

12 What next?
Animation

13 If Moma and the Tate and the Pompidou wanted to acquire one of your works each, which would you want them to have?
The next 3 i’m about to make hopefully, because if those 3 are interested they’ll have to be good ones.

14 Complete the following sentence “Blessed art the artists, for they shall……
inherit the meek?”

15 Complete the following sentence “Blessed are the curators, for they shall…”
er… comfort the hungry?”

16 Complete the following sentence “Blessed are the art critics, for they shall….
persecute the righteous?”

17. What is your favourite cheese?
I can’t think now after all that religious twaddle, probably Edam kept in a tupperware box in a bus window on a long journey on a hot day?

18. What’s next for you?
Cricket practice & then i’ll have that piece of Edam & read up on those beatitudes.

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About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper'

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