Saturday 10 February 2007

Interview with Davis&Davis

Q) Something about you…what you want…

A)We're married and live in Los Angeles. We both teach. What we want is to exhibit all over the world and fly first class to all our openings.

Q) What are your main goals when you create?

A)To make people think.

Q) Do you rule by any tendency in your creative work, or do you only follow what comes in your mind?

A)Our only rule is to follow our intuition.

Q) How has the Internet and your website helped you spread your artwork to a wider audience?

A)Collectors, curators and critics often visit out of the blue. For example, thanks solely to our website, we appeared on a Belgian television show in 2003. Maybe you’ve heard of it: "Salmon for Corleone"?

Q) How do you define your style and how would you describe your art to someone who could not see it?

A)Our art is postmodern. It's funny, creepy or, preferably, both funny and creepy.

Q) What materials do you use to realize your creations?

A)Found objects.

Q) What is your favourite a) taste b) sound c) sight d) scent e) tactile sensation?

a) Angular
b) Stripped-down
c) Red dots.
d) Musk
e) Fur

Q) What are you doing now…your current projects…

A)We are currently looking for a publisher for our second book, Small Talents.

Q) Do you listen to music while you’re creating and what do you listen and what do you like to listen to?

A)We listen to alternative music, the sort of music found on Los Angeles radio station KROQ.

Q) Do you draw influences from a wide range of artists, musicians, books…?

A)Yes. We steal material from all over.

Q) Name 3 things you couldn’t create without?

A)Paper clips, fishing line and Quake Hold.

Q) Where have you shown your art…?

A)Heather Marx Gallery in San Francisco. Telic in Los Angeles. Andrea Meislin in New York. We're currently in the Dangerous Beauty show at the Chelsea Museum of Art -that show will travel to Naples in June.

Q) What haven’t you done yet that you definitely want to try someday?

A)We haven't yet had a major museum retrospective.

Q) How important is self-promotion for an artist nowadays?

A)It's only important if you want to show your work. Otherwise, why bother?

Q) Would you say that your work consciously reflects characters and situations found within your daily life?

A)Sometimes. For example: We found a strange, little doll at a local swap meet. Her mouth was wide open and her hands were all tweaked. She really looked ill, and it reminded me of the time I found my 2-year-old sister down in the basement pouring bleach into little teacups. She was having a tea party for her imaginary friends. I asked her if she had drunk the bleach and she said yes. Anyway, we made a miniature bleach jug to pose this doll with and put a little spilled cup on the floor and that was "Bleach Baby."

Q) Favourite book?

A)Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth

Q) Designers/Artists you admire?

A)Gregory Crewdson, Tim Hawkinson, George Nelson - all the sons.

Q) Your contacts….e-mail…links…



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