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[REGGAE MUSIC PLAYS]
I think I like reggae because it's like listening to a party.
It's like almost company, in a sense.
[Jamian Juliano-Villani, artist]
It's music that's actually made from necessity.
They built their own soundsystems,
their own speakers,
their own recording devices,
and, like, they just used the shit that they had.
["New York Close Up"]
Well, that's kind of what I do, too.
Like, I make my paintings out of necessity
and like using the things around me to communicate what I need to,
because I'm really bad at articulating how I feel,
vocally.
The paintings do that for me.
["Jamian Juliano-Villani's Painting Compulsion"]
[CLICKING SOUNDS FROM CAMERA PHONE SHUTTER]
I just like this book because
it's like really basic ways to compare things.
When I look at something, I just take notes of ideas.
Green. Suede. Fleece.
Tower of Babel.
Microscopic life.
Hummingbird. Hand and egg. Daddy long legs.
Daddy super long legs.
And you know that daddy long legs are the most poisonous spider in the world?
Except that they don't have teeth.
So if they had teeth, you would be dead.
For the one I'm doing now with the feet,
those are Bruce Nauman feet.
I want the feet to somehow look scared,
if I could figure that out.
So maybe a daddy long legs would do it.
Ever since I was little, I just kind of have this registry of facts in my brain.
In high school, I used to keep scrap books of all the things that I liked.
I would just cut them out and put them in there and save them.
And I think that these are the kinds of things that made me feel comfortable.
And it seemed so natural, when I started painting,
to kind of do the same thing.
When I'm working, I have probably, like, thirty images that,
in a month or two months, I'll keep on coming back to.
I really will try to make those work with what I'm doing.
But, they never look like they're supposed to be together.
That's when shit gets good.
That's when the painting can change from "an image-based narrative" into something else.
So, it could get dark or surreal
or funny or fucked up--
it's like I'm trying to deliver a baby, you know?
And the baby is, like, really...
has like eight arms and is really fucked up
and, like, I don't know how to deliver a baby, you know?
I'm trying to figure out what kind of person this is going to be.
Because I don't think it should be as simple as a human face,
and I also don't know if it should just be an animal, either.
But, right now, I'm kind of just scrolling through a bunch of images.
I'm just going to plop around and see what feels right.
No.
Too dumb.
So this is Shen Koo. I really like his work.
He's like this, kind of, crazy apocalyptic illustrator.
The reason why I use cartoons a lot of the times
is because I like that they're a kind of populist way of communicating.
Because painting is not populist at all, you know?
--I kind of like that idea.
I respond to things immediately
in like an emotional, guttural way,
and that's how decisions are formed.
It's like when something pisses you off.
Something stresses you out.
Or, you like the color of something.
You're like, "I like that sweater,"
"Fuck it, I want that sweater."
You know? It's like...
[SNAPS FINGERS] Like that.
[SOUND OF A CAR SCREECHING TO A HALT AND THEN CRASHING]
I feel much better about doing the paintings I do by using other references
so it's not so insular--
it's not so personal.
They're also helping me figure out
the things that I can't communicate yet to myself.
The one painting I did with the wavy fox in that cage,
that's fucking me, you know!?
That's how I felt.
I didn't realize it then.
I think they're all extensions of me
or self-portraits in some way--
or at least an attitude that I have.
Those are things you can't necessarily put into words.
And, like, having a really rough childhood...
And, I also have a twin,
so it was really hard for me to talk to other people.
I would just talk to my twin, and that would be it, you know?
And, like, I didn't need any friends.
And I didn't really have any friends growing up, you know?
Like, maybe two?
One of them was my sibling.
Uh, doesn't really count.
I think because of that, I have a hard time communicating with people,
or, like, connecting with people.
Having to, like, basically just rely on myself.
It's like, if I don't take care of myself, no one else will.
I have this obsessive relationship with my work and the way I work
because it's kind of like my friend.
It's like the thing that validates me--makes me feel good.
I care about it and they care about me.
It's why I put the things that I collect--and really, really love--
in my paintings, you know?
Like, they're almost company, in a sense.
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【藝術家專訪】探索藝術家Jamian Juliano-Villani獨特風格 (Jamian Juliano-Villani's Painting Compulsion | ART21 "New York Close Up")

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Chihyu Lin 發佈於 2015 年 10 月 9 日
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