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Jay Bo - Mini Interview

Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 13:00

San Francisco artist Kevin Taylor introduced us to the work of Jay Bo who lives and works in Berlin.

Kevin was there in Berlin a few months back working on a solo show (studio visit pics) and thought we'd like Jay Bo's paintings. Well, we do and wanted to share them with you.

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I was born in the south of France, but living in Berlin since 86. | Enough. | None but the strength of life. I quit school by the age of 14. | www.jayboisms.com www.eyeseaeye.com www.iwishusun.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

My work is about visual fragmentation. About rebuilding. I follow paradoxical ideas at the edge of the legacy of romantism. A touch of insanity, a dance between rational and irrational, I just try to escape reality. I considere myself an abstract painter, playing with the contrast between hyperrealism and expressionism. I try to marry the two. By the way this is not a question I can answer, as my answer is the piece itself.

Influences?

I am perpetually influenced by everything, my work is based on layers, as our memories are. The raster made out of thoses bring me to new horizons. That's why I am not only influenced by the old paint masters but also on the multiple failures of mankind. by the nature, by your questioning as well as by the silence in the morning, by the words of poets, and by the screams of Earth.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Definitly both but self made.

Favorite place traveled?

Well the next one. I am interessted in the concept of traveling not in places. And this has to be contrasted, I like to observe confrontation. Visual opposition. I am walking the same ways over and over and I find something unseen everyday. I am an observer and I need therefore more time on a new place to understand it. Africa have left a big influence on my acceptance of chaos.

Working routine?

Yes which is the hard part. Discipline never has be my friend.

Music?

Most important tool for meditate and letting be me.

Time of day?

Waking up at 6 am, daily bizz until noon, paint afternoon till night.

How do you pay the bills?

I do live from my paintings, and I don't need much.

Describe your process for creating new work.

First I do provoke the maximum accidents possible, I am interessted in the process of visual reaction in order of organising a composition in a world of self made chaos. I believe you can balance much easier on an instable string than on a chalk line on the floor. I will normally paint on three different canvas, and let the canvas talk and evoluate, a bit like thesis, antithesis and synthesis. Each pieces become a life by itself and that's what I like to be suprised from one new accident, a piece who was considered bad became good. I believe that all of my pieces until today are part of one bigger piece. Therefore I am not interested in a final piece but in the process itself. There is no finished piece.

Tools of the trade?

Spray paint and acrylics, bitume, wood and found objects

What are you really excited about right now?

I'd like to rise myself to go on oils and aluminiums. The process of new techniques and the mistake and accidents which would happened, are the essence of what I do, that's what I am exited to do.

I just gave you $1,000,000. Quick, what do you do with it!

I wont take it.

Best way to spend a day off?

I am happy to not have any day off. My life is a day off.

What do you love most about where you live?

I like the rawness of Berlin, this town succeed to made me a Berliner , I hate it and I love it. I love things when they are as they are without artifacts. Berlin is like that.

Ok, your chance to rant and rave about something* Talk shit.

I'd like to abolish the sin of nation, for a Aarth nation, including mineral and animal responsabilities.

Upcoming shows/ projects?

I will have a couple of shows coming up around the USA, an intervention with agents of change in marrakkesh. That's the near future. I am working on my book. This year will be more of a study one. I like to increase my technique.

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