Interview with David Trullo
q) Introduce yourself first please?
a)My name is David Trullo and I am a visual artist.
q)Where do you live and work ?
a)I was born, live and work in Madrid, Spain.
q) How did you started? How have you realized you wanted to become an artist?
a)I always spent hours drawing when I was a kid and I never stopped. I still have a diary from when I was 8 years old where I wrote I wanted to be a painter, so I guess I had it quite clear since a very early age. My father was a bullfighting photographer, it all came naturally, I suppose.
q) What materials do you use and why?
a)I use mainly photography and video. Photography is quick and gives me a lot of resources to play with fiction, fetishise, turn subjects into objects, and create alternative realities. Video works as an extension of it all.
q) Who is your biggest influence, both art and non-art related
a)Most of my influences come from writers who were curiously filmakers, like Cocteau and Pasolini. Some specific pieces had a great impact like Andy warhol’s silent films, as well as Spanish and Italian 17th century painting.
q)How do you dream up with your wacky ideas? What is your creation process?
a)Sometimes ideas go around for a long time before they become ‘physical’ and some others come up suddenly and are done immediately, or change completely while working on something else. Ideas usually come up by putting together things which apparently don’t fit.
q) What haven't you done yet that you definitely want to try someday?
q)Are there any contemporary artists that you love ?
a)I like particular works mainly, and follow and collaborate with other artists with a similar perspective like Robert Flynt or Roberto González Fernández.
q) How long does it take for you to finish a piece ?
a)Sometimes months, sometimes minutes. I often go back to former projects and start them with a new eye.
q) What music, if any, do you like to have on while you're working?
a)Anything ‘harmless’ that doesn’t distract me. Radio is fine as long as it is not very ‘arty’.
q) Do you do many art shows?
a)Too many, maybe. ‘Repertoire’ keeps growing…
q)Tell us about a recent dream you had.
a)I’m walking through the Vatican gardens and the Pope is talking about the length of my shorts. No idea what it might mean…
q)What are you doing when you are not creating?
q)Do you get emotionally attached to your work and do you miss your
work when it is sold?
a)No. ‘Children’ should fly free when they can. And I don´t have any of my works on my walls either.
q)What new projects or exhibits are in your future?
a)I’m putting together a project on identity and gender with the excuse of studying the life and work of Yves Saint Laurent and Andy Warhol.
Another project I’m starting will be around representation and iconography based on Cesare Ripa’s ‘Iconology’
q)What is your favourite art related web site?
a)I check artinfo for the art gossip and re-title for interesting projects.
q)What is the strangest thing you have ever seen?
a)I keep seeing strange things everyday, that others might consider banal.
q) What is the strangest thing you have ever done?
a)I keep doing strange things that others don’t notice.
q)...any advice you can pass onto aspiring artists/designers?...
a)Concentrate on your personal work so it fulfills you and don’t worry so much about if it sells or not. If you worry too much if your work is commercial maybe you should do something else.