El «desaparecido» experimento social MiChaine.com en sus días de más extrema irreverencia y rebeldía, se atrevió en colaboración con Meylin⚡Magia para realizar una petición de algunas palabras por parte de Neil Krug, algo así como una entrevista. Neil, a pesar de estar en unos días locos de trabajo, moviéndose por todo lado, nos contestó muy amablemente, demasiado, y nos ofreció un breve pero excitante momento.
Lamentablemente, por causas relacionadas con mi aprendizaje del espíritu humano, una clase de «búsqueda» de la ilustración y mi singularidad, no pude dar continuidad a la idea detrás de Mi Chaine y tampoco pude colocar la entrevista con Neil al aire. Pero nunca es tarde, creo. Por lo tanto, quiero compartir la entrevista conducida por Magia a mediados de Diciembre de 2011, espero que les guste:
At what age did you start with photography and what made you try it?
I picked up a camera around the age 12 or 13 just out of curiosity as you do when you’re that age. I put the camera down shortly after only to pick it up again several years later with real intentions.
It wasn’t until the 4 or 5 years that I picked up the camera for still purposes. Before then I only thought of art and my relationship with it as a director. Right around the time I was shooting the ‘Invisible Pyramid’ photographs the shift occured.
Was there a point in your life that you felt lost and wanted to quit photography and do something else?
I’ve never fully experienced what you’re referring to thankfully. Whenever I get bored with shooting photographs my brain tends to shift into the illustrator side of things. You can see this in the Ladytron ‘Gravity the Seducer’ artwork. At the time of that record I decided to abandon the tool box I usually grab from and head another direction.
What artists have influenced your work?
It changes depending on what’s going on around me at the time but the longest and most profound influences would be artists like:
- Tanino Liberatore,
- Neal Adams,
- Fellini, etc…
They’re all giants that have taught us great things.
How do your see yourself in 20 years?
Hopefully still alive and still active with art.
We all know that your style is well known as psychedelic, but how do you define your style?
American, idiosyncratic, technicolor, blah blah…
Which artists would you like to collaborate with in the future?
There’s a bunch team-up projects floating around but the two artists collaborations that come up the most are Leif Podhajsky & Ellen Rogers. Leif and I had a chance last year to collaborate together but it fell through at the last second due to circumstances that were beyond our control. Despite that project falling through I can guarantee that he and I will work together on something soon.
My dear friend Ellen Rogers and I have also spoken about collaborating as well and it’s likely that something will come of that 2012. It’s just a matter of us scheduling the time and money to join forces in the coolest way possible.
What is “American Road Movie”?
‘American Road Movie’ is a coffee table book project that I started last year that I plan on releasing after Pulp Art Book: Volume 2. The book is comprised of Americana photographs taken all over the Southwestern region of the US. I’d love to release these projects as fast as I shoot them but it’s good to space things out and let people get familiar with them first.
Can you tell us about “The invisible pyramid” or “The pulpbook”?
‘Invisible Pyramid’ is almost finished. The lead and supporting actresses Kalee Forsythe and Ainsley Burke are coming to Los Angeles early next year to finish up the voice dubbing we need in order to have our picture lock. The project has taken a long time to complete due to financing. I financed the entire project myself, so things have been put on hold a number of times. Despite the setbacks with the release I can guarantee that everyone is in for surprise when it drops. I’m incredibly proud of how it’s come together and cannot wait to show people.
‘Pulp Art Book’ is an ongoing book series that will continue until Joni and I decide to put a stop to it. Volume II is finished and will see a release in the first quarter of 2012.
We originally planned three volumes but we could do five or six books with the library of images that we have. It all depends on what we think is relevant to release and what we want to say artistically.
What can we find on your music playlist?
- Osanna & Luis Bacalov – ‘Milano Calibro 9’
- Andy Votel – ‘Vertigo Mixed’
- Onra – ‘Chinoiseries 2’
- Flying Lotus – ‘Lovers Melt 2’
- Miles Davis – ‘Complete On the Corner Sessions’
- Tintern Abbey – ‘Beeside’
- Enteng and his Comets – Self titled
- The Outcasts – ‘Loving you sometimes’
- The Mood Mosaic 10 – ‘Retro Active’
- Smoke: a mixtape by The Cowboys from Sweden
- Cortex – ‘Troupeau Bleu’
- Smithstonian – ‘Just Sitting’
- BrightBlack Morning Light – ‘Motion to Rejoin’
- Dorothy Ashby – ‘The Rubyaiyat of Dorothy Ashby’
- Young Jazz Rebels aka Madlib – ‘Slave Riot’
- Express Rising – Self tilted
Give us a message for all of us that follow your art and believe that we can have success doing strongly different conceptual art.
If you stumble into something that you love aesthetically, run with it and present it the best way you can. No matter how strange or splintered you think it may be, there’s always something stranger that has seen success. The power of the internet has made people famous overnight and it’s a broadcasting engine that the generation before didn’t have the benefit of utilizing. Hone your craft and broadcast your work.