Boris Eldagsen Answers FADs questions


POEM #70
1 If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
A Spiritual Medium, talking to the Dead.

2 Name 3 of your least favourite artists.
Martin Creed – he is simply boring.
Jonathan Meese – he never admits to being a bad copy of Salvador Dali.
David Lynch – his spiritual fundamentalism gets on my nerves. TM is not the one-and-only solution.

3 Anytime, any place – which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit?
Alejandro Jodorowsky, when he was living and working in Mexico.

4 What is your favourite ‘ism’?
I avoid ‘isms’ as they are only manipulating. Truth is multiple.

5 What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote about your work?
Robert Cook in Artlink Australia: ‘It is about what you cannot feel even when you feel it, are feeling it. It has claimed you and you reside, merely, helplessly, within, as you look down and see your shadow, moving, maybe, faster than you, moving on a train that pins your body to the window so that every picture is neo-moirish and fluoro-smoking.’

6 And the dumbest?
‘When will you create something funny?’ by a curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

7 Which artists would you most like to rip off, sorry, I mean appropriate as a critique of originality and authorship?
None. I have grown out of the copy-cat stage.

8 Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!
Yes, because I get 50% of it.

9 What are the three big ideas that you would like your work to express?
I. Humans have always had the urge to lose themselves.
II. This change of consciousness is a redemptive mode to being human.
III. This redemption can come in a positive or negative form, upward or downward – as we can all disappear into something larger or smaller: religion, drugs, mass events, love, hate, sex, sports, hypnosis, cannibalism etc.

10 Are you a political artist?
If asked, I do not hide my political opinions in interviews. But I do not need to put it in my work, as it is less a political than a humanistic endeavour.

11 How do you start the process of making work?
I have ideas. They come. I write them down. I go back to my notebook and combines ideas. Then I start improvising them.

12 What next?

May 13 – August 21
Group show ‘Phantomes and Nightmares’ with Otto Dix, Noboyushi Araki, Jan Saudek and Jan Fabre at L’Historial and Espace Culturel, Beauvais / France (as ‘BORIS+NATASCHA‘)

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