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Anthony Lister Interview

Written by Trippe   
Monday, 02 July 2007 03:46
Australian artist living in NYC who's solo show opens @Fifty24SF this Thursday, July 5th here in SF.

Anthony's works seem like a 27 year old man looking back at his childhood through the fog of the realities learned of society. As we age our childhood no longer has the same pure Saturday morning gleam but instead the comic book characters and Tony the Tigers take on a distorted fogged perspective as the wars of the worlds proceed, our relationships fail, the George Bush's are elected, the environments collapse, our youth and all that made it happy- the simplicity of it is lost and we're only left with a faded obscured memory of a zagged "S" on a blue suit...

Anthony lives in works in NYC hailing from Brisbane, Australia. He's shown throughout Australia and has held solo shows in NYC and London. He's prolific on the street and on gallery walls and has won many an art award. His solo show opens up here in San Francisco Thursday, July 5th @Fifty24SF and runs throughout July. Be sure to head on over the Lower Haight to have a look.

Age? Location?

27, Brooklyn/New York

You have a show coming up on July 5th @Fifty24SF. Tell us a bit about the show and how you ended there. Is this part of another World Tour?

Haha yeah the world tour is a constant family project. I've never been to S.F. before so that's a good enough reason for me to get out there.

What will the work be focused on?

Mythology mainly.

How long have you lived here in the States and when did you decide to make that change?

My family and I have been in N.Y. for about 10 months now. I've been back and forward since 2002, but last year we just decided to pick up and come live here permanently.

How has the switch been from Brisbane to New York? Does it snow in Brisbane? I imagine that must be quite an adjustment.

No it really doesn't snow in Brisbane. If there was an opposite to snowing (like raining fire) that is what it does in Brisbane. I've always felt that money is only good for eating and traveling so I try to do both as much as possible.

If I were to come over to NYC to visit you for one day, where would you take me? What would we do?

We would go bowling in the morning then ballroom dancing in the evening.

Favorite stomping grounds in NYC?

the playground on South 3rd & Bedford Ave, Tony Arcabascio's penthouse and the falafel shop off spring st.

Have you been to SF before? Besides working on the show, what other plans do you have?

I hear that it's skate week or something while I'm there so I look forward to getting my roll on. My most distinguished ideas of S.F. come from Tommy Guerrero's section in an old bones brigade video so I am hoping to do some down hills in tribute of that.

We just featured an interview another Australian artist, Kill Pixie... You familiar with each other?

For sure I know that rat bag. Last time I was in Sydney we pulled a week long bender with Ben Frost. I still owe Ben's girlfriend a new electric guitar from getting a little too rock'n'roll one night.

Are you doing much street art these days?

As much as I can without getting taken downtown.

Do you have any preference to working in galleries versus working out on the street? Do projects like Spring Street generate a special kind of excitement?

Yeah they are completely different practices for me. I really enjoy both. But my studio work is where most of my energy goes into.

How has the Brooklyn studio been treating you? It seems like it must be a hundred degrees in the summertime?

Its actually 120 degrees, but who's counting? I work at nighttime mostly.

Do you harbor any special feelings towards the pop culture references in your work or are they just figureheads for whatever statement you are trying to make at the given moment?


What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?


Describe an average Tuesday for you?

Wake up. Sing to the birds. Eat a cooked breakfast. Dance in the streets. Go back to bed.

Do you like to wear socks?

I love to wear socks!

What do you have coming down the line in terms of shows or whatever? What you looking forward to?

At the moment I am working on new pieces for a show in Melbourne, Australia in October at Metro5 gallery and drawings for a 2man show in L.A. with Kelsey Brooks at LAB101 in November. I am looking forward to getting an air conditioner and ordering Mexican nachos for dinner tonight.

For more on Anthony, check: anthonylister.com {moscomment}

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