1 If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
A hot dog vendor in Times Square.
2 Name 3 of your least favourite artists.
I could spend 10 minutes on Regretsy (http://www.regretsy.com/) and name one hundred.
3. Anytime, any place – which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit?
Much to most peoples disgust, Jeff Koons.
4 What is your favourite ‘ism’?
5 What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote about your work?
“Pretentious cunt” – A comment from someone on my blog.
6. And the dumbest?
If anything dumb has been said about my work it’s been said by me!
7 Which artists would you most like to rip off, sorry, I mean appropriate as a critique of originality and authorship?
I appropriate from artists everyday, any combination of these guys are found in my work: Kusama, Koons, Hirst, Kaws, Richter, Murakami, Tanaami, Swallow, Mueck…
8 Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!
Of course! In an ideal world I’d sell things as cheaply as possible but for some reason I always get carried away and my pieces end up costing me a fortune to produce.
9 What are the three big ideas that you would like your work to express?
1. Say more with less.
2. The small, everyday moments mean as much as the big, one-off ones.
3. Sleep is less important than you think.
10 Are you a political artist?
I hope not, but it probably creeps in occasionally.
11 How do you start the process of making work?
The ideas come at any old time, like walking to my studio and seeing a crazy old man screaming at a pretzel vendor at 8am on a Tuesday morning. Then I’ll sketch it up, put it through the vector machine and by lunch it’ll be on my blog.
12 What next?
Some of those ideas might lend themselves to further development, like scultpure or paintings or prints, or may be suitable for collaborative projects.
13 If Moma and the Tate and the Pompidou wanted to acquire one of your works each, which would you want them to have?
After I picked myself off the floor, I’d give them my blog to share politely between themselves.
14. What is your favourite cheese?
15. What’s next for you?
Darcel’s Guide to Manhattan between (14th St and Canal St) in pocket book and app format.