Derek Santini Answers FADs Questions

1 If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
a Dog

2 Name 3 of your least favourite artists.
i cant recall the names of artists i have little interest in….. i think all artists have the capacity to be interesting and worthy of note and most of the ones i actually met in person were so, especially the ones with an original thought or two, even if their art doesnt rock my world.

3. Anytime, any place – which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit?
Caravaggio

4 What is your favourite ‘ism’?
i love Isms, there so many but Voyorism is a primal one and Surrealism is lovely

5 What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote about your work?
“You cannot be unmoved by these images. these are real people, you have to decide how you will react to them.”

Andrew Lambirth – in forward to my book of portraits Persona .

6. And the dumbest?
cant think of any …. am sure there a few though..

7 Which artists would you most like to rip off, sorry, I mean appropriate as a critique of originality and authorship?
Richard Avedon , Helmut Newton, Cecil Beaton, Andrei Tarkovsky and Igmar Bergman

8 Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!
i care but symbiotically so, its an organic process, as one evolves and grows as an artist so does their worth, net and gross.

9 What are the three big ideas that you would like your work to express?
to play with and debate the notions of beauty / fashion, art and commerce and how these are viewed and perceived in the galley context.

as a photographic artist i am keenly aware of the diminishing power, influence and ultimatly importance of the photographic medium, now we are in a world where moving content and interactive content is of a much higher premium in both art and commerce. Lenticulars are old skool technology, inherently quite nieve and innocent but at this moment in time feel very modern, and though photographic in nature are actually filmic and interactive in context yet become beautifully figurative and captivating (artistic) in viewing – utterly engaging.

i am constantly fascinated by the in-between, the undefined and always spurious middle ground …. what appears as one thing can actually be something else, the two talking panels in the show are the start of an enquiry into Lenticulars and Language a series of faces all talking to you as you pass them by – forcing you stop and engage with the piece and finding yourself mouthing what they are saying in order to understand them creating a dialogue between you and the piece- lip reading – chinese whispers – lost in translation .

10 Are you a political artist?
ultimately yes …. there is a lot of things i want to say but like any thing its the way you tell it and never at the behest of the art / creation it self – Mcluhan got that very right- but sometimes the aestetic is the over riding vibe for a specific project but its still real, and thats what counts – i am a total passive aggressive – art seduces and provokes and gets in your head, not by forcing an agenda as in the political realm, but as politics is pop now then even being labeled a political artist is so passe nowadays… street art/high art all bed fellows now.

11 How do you start the process of making work?
wake up in the morning ……..bit literal i know but quite apt, ideas segway and tangentalise all day as one has quite a few pans on the fire at the same time, but most ideas come into clarity in the evening and night when things are still…. put on Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock and get into it…

12 What next for you ?
there 2 or 3 avenues i want to push the Lenticulars too in 2011 needless to say encompassing the archetypal trilogy Art Commerce and Fashion

13 What is the main difference between art and advertising ?
this show throws these questions in the air as the lines are so blurred at his juncture no Lenticular pun intended but it is – great art is great advertising as great advertising is great art… when inspired and brilliant they are synonymous – and will cross over ….

14 Who do you want to fuck ?

You…. only kidding…x

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' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018

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