This is the sixth in a series of questionnaires that were taken during The Other Art Fair 2012 as part of FAD office’s responsive staging of a live magazine. Gain insight into the artists’ experiences of The Other Art Fair and sample the diverse range of artworks this year’s fair had to offer.
1. If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be? A policeman.
2. Why did you apply to the Other Art Fair? Accessibility, to have another opportunity in London, I did Brick Lane in 2007.
3. Is it your first time you have participated in the Other Art Fair? If not, what was your experience last year? It is my first time.
4. What were your expectations of this year’s fair? Zero, everything’s a bonus.
5. Has your experience at the fair exceeded your expectations? In one way yes – Organised well, the team has co-ordinated well. In another way not – The overall expenses and fees.
6. Can you tell us more about the process behind your work? And what are the main ideas you would like to express? This work is ‘art in the rain’ – inspired by the rainfall in 2007 and 2008, all summer it rained. So I chucked paint at paper out in the rain, I love the way nature messes about with the paint. I use water based paint and polymer mainly.
7. What defines something as a work of art? Nothing, words don’t define art, the person defines it, art is of the mind.
8. Anytime, any place – which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit? Dali, alive on a wet Wednesday.
9. What is your favourite ‘ism’? I don’t really have one but if I was to say it would be irrationalism.
10. What is the most intelligent or dumbest thing someone has said or wrote about your work? Intelligent – I love the freedom of it. Dumbest – Why?
11. How have you managed to sustain your practice? Are you represented by a gallery? I’m unrepresented these days and I’m skint!
12. If MoMa or the Tate or the Pompidou wanted to acquire one of your works, which one would you want them to have? Any they fancied, I just want visiting rights.
13. What’s next for you?
I have an upcoming exhibition in Norwich ‘Paint – a Celebration of painting’ 01/01/2012 – 14/07/2012. I return in November and have a three month exhibition in Brighouse.
For more information on the artist, please visit: http://www.tonybroadbentart.com/
Interview with Zoe Ford
Keep your eyes peeled for the next questionnaires that will be published on FAD. To check out the previous questionnaires with; Alberto Fusco click here, Keira Rathbone click here, Felicity Hammond Click here , Vikram Kushwah & Trisha Sakelecha click here, Lara Kamhi click here