Interview with AGENT X
q)Please introduce yourself
and tell us something about yourself and
a)First thank you so much and I love the
magazine!! My name is Agent X and I am a visual artist living in Vancouver.
a)My artwork is mostly experimental,
multimedia collages, paintings, and 2D artwork. I describe it as ‘Pop Art with
thought,’ I try to juxtaposes pop culture, technology, fashion, music,
politics, and race in visually complex amalgamations expressing the anxieties
of the global, post-modern world and the dark side of consumerist,
media-obsessed culture. My artwork occupies a unique intersection between the
aesthetics and philosophy of Futurism, the social critique of the Dada
movement, and contemporary artistic movements ranging from Pop Art to
q) What’s the central theme of your work?
a)Mostly futurism and Pop Art with
thought. I love the medium of collage because I can do anything and any topic.
I try to do themes that are timeless and not over used. I like it fresh. Also I
like to communicate a high level of skill in the artwork. It also depends
on how I feel and what statement I want to make or not. I will make pieces like
"Annabel Levels" or "Ice Cream" as they are like my Norman
Rockwell type of artworks or something like "Lawrence Steele Schlesinger
and 2x dimebags" with a Sim card, dimebags,watercolor,oil, and magazine
clippings. I never make the same thing twice. Always spontaneous with extreme
q) your most beautiful dream
a)Making art & music in a world with
no war or poverty.
Trump President of the United States lol!
q) Best way to spend a day off?
a)Listening to music or walking in the
park with my girl or watching female battle rap with my homie Pauly
q) who, what inspires you ....
a)Critical Thinking by Richard Paul,
Italian Futurism by Walter Adamson, Decoded by Sean Carter.
q)music…artists….that you love
a)Uk grime, Kendrick,Kanye,Future,J Cole,A$AP
Rocky,Joey Bada$$,Tyler the Creator and some house and jazz music.
q) What are you really excited about right now?
a)Kanye West "The Life of Pablo" and his
fashion line at Adidas. Most artist can't do 2 things successfully.
He is. Pretty amazing.
q)your current projects….
plus I have some great things coming up with my main gallery Beautiful
Crime http://www.beautifulcrime.com/shop/?category=Agent+X with the awesome Ruthie Holloway
and Liam West selling my artwork and getting my artwork to big brand companies
like Microsoft and others.
q) Where can people see more of your work on the
a)I would like to thank you very much for this
wonderful interview and you can see what I'm up to always at www.agentxart.com :)
Interview with Mark Klink
q)Please introduce yourself and tell us something
about yourself andyour background.
an artist living in Carmichael California, which is in the central valley of
California, near the state capitol,
adopting digital methods, I spent many years using conventional media and
techniques.. painting, drawing, printmaking. At one time I was a freelance
computer programmer.. that was one of the paths that led me towards digital
q)Talk about your art...What’s
the central theme of your work?
from discussing the technical means I employ, almost anything I say about my
art, at least about its “meaning” or “theme” is a rationalization after the
fact.. I work instinctively, without verbalizing, internally or externally,
what it is I am about...I
speculate sometimes on what it is in my work that others react to .. I have a
sense that the figures and faces I create evoke the “post-human” .. the
challenge and threat to our traditional sense of what it is to be human as the
world transforms around us... perhaps the distortions and apparent lack of
affect that you see in the figures I create suggest the “uncanny” – something
unfamiliar that generates unease. At the same time, we find these potential
ways of being human to be fascinating and even beautiful... it’s a curious mix
of anxiety and allure.
q)Your most beautiful dream...Your worst nightmare...
a)When it comes to my dreams, I think that rather than
talking about “beautiful dreams” or
“nightmares” (I almost never have
nightmares..) I should note that I seem to be gifted with dreams that are
unusually vivid and strange. I once dreamt that I went to the airport to catch a flight.. but
when I arrived I was told that I would have to go “4th class.” .. and what that turned out to be was that I
was behind the plane on the runway, holding onto a long tether, like a water
skier, wearing roller skates, goggles, and with a pair of stubby wings strapped
to my back ... the subsequent flight was delightful. I was trailing the plane in
the sky, weaving through the clouds with the
wind in my face.. and that is one of my least bizarre and elaborate
q)Best way to spend a day off?
family, with friends, in nature, walking, exercising.. and, above all, making
q)Who, what inspires you ....
daughter, my wife.
q)Books that you love….
so many, too many!! I could go on for pages... so I’ll deliberately restrict myself to just a
it comes to music, my favourite composer is György Ligeti (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gy%C3%B6rgy_Ligeti) .. I’m an aging child of the 60s from
Northern California .. so I’ll also admit to having lots of bootleg recordings
of the Grateful Dead ;-). Joanna Newsom is a favourite among current artists..
she comes from Nevada City which is a bit to the east from where I live (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanna_Newsom).When
it comes to digital artists.. there are dozens and dozens whom I admire and who
have influenced me.. you couldn’t possibly list them all, and I wouldn’t want
to leave any of them out.. so I’ll only mention a handful of pre-digital
artists whose work I go back to, again and again: The abstract painter Howard
Hodgkin ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hodgkin),
H.C. Westermann ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._C._Westermann).
Going back a ways – Maya Deren ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Deren), and going way back - Durer, and the Van Eycks ...
q)What are you really excited about right now?
virtual worlds ( simulations, virtual reality, game engines, webGL).
the moment I’m mainly collecting materials and doing research in preparation
for several projects that I will be tackling later this year.. for more on that
see my answer to the next question...
made a lot of still images.. I haven’t
come close to exhausting all the possibilities .. but I’m looking forward to
making much longer, more elaborate, and more structured artworks: videos with a
narrative or “narrative-like” form. Game-like simulations using webGL and
several game engines. I won’t say anything more about these.. you’ll have to
wait and see!I
will mention that the wonderful artist, Philip Ob Rey (http://www.humantropy.com/), and I are planning a collaboration over the next year.
q)Where can people see more of your work
on the internet?
q) Final words?
distinguishes humans from the rest of this universe, is the imagination.. our
ability to contemplate and to create things that are not literally here...