Please, introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about you.
I live & work in New York City.
Recent, current or future projects you are involved in that you would like to share with us?
Lately I’ve been constructing dream houses as part of a series entitled “neighborhood”
What kind of things influence your work?
Jazz, obsolete technologies, & children’s art have been some inspirational catalysts for me.
How is your normal process of collaging? (idea or commission, where do you get your materials or find your images, which is your cutting technique, best way you have found to paste, where do you work and how, and very important: what do you do with your scraps)
My process frequently changes, because I’m never really satisfied with doing the same thing ad infinitum. More often than not, though, I employ chance procedures & self-imposed restraints to generate new work, because it’s more interesting to me than simply going through the motions.
Which is your latest discovery in the collage world? What advice can you give to a collage beginner?
I haven’t really “discovered” anyone’s work lately, because much of what goes on in the collage world interests me very little.
I don’t really feel comfortable giving advice to collage beginners, because I’ve always felt like a beginner myself. I will say, though, that I really started to enjoy collage most when I learned to love mistakes & let my own internal ticking become my guide.
What do say your friends/family about your collage work? And, what do you do when you are not working on art?
My friends & family are mostly supportive, but I’m sure that they all think my work’s a little strange. When I’m not working on art I write occasionally, read, & soak in whatever’s happening around me.
Would you like to ask anything to John Baldessari? Shoot.