Paul Insect – Allouche Gallery – Interview

Allouche Gallery, NYC, is pleased to present, PAUL INSECT: 2033, Original Works Created in 2014, on December 13th.

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Paul Insect is known for his unique and individual sharp-edged images, which draws from the absurdism of Dada and is combined with the sleekness of modernism, yielding surreal renderings that point playfully at the deep dark underbelly of adult life. In the 1990s, Insect became known for his witty stencil and spray painted works, before transitioning to the gallery scene with color-drenched canvases, which teetered precariously between tradition and something far more messed up. Never before has chaos been channeled in such clean lines. 

PAUL INSECT: 2033, Original Works Created in 2014, features a series of striking new montage works on canvas and paper – projecting a world in which people want more, thrive to be the best and pretend to be who they are not. In the digital age, people hide more than even behind masks, which enable them to project what they would like to be and think they need to be.

In this world, is it possible to maintain one’s integrity? Insect’s work demonstrates the power of art to capture and question social and cultural evolutions in the information era.

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Interview

VNA: So tell us about the new show here in NY?

Paul Insect: It’s a show of new paintings I have been making over the past six months.

VNA: What kind of themes are you dealing with in your new work?

PI: I was thinking about the future, the fast pace of life, how we are all starting to hide behind digital masks, or man made plastic ones. Where next, nothing can come quick enough and the need to know everything now.

VNA: You’ve also been making some crazy videos with Bast, we have no idea what’s going on, can you explain more?

PI: When we get together, we like to collaborate in other ways than just making a painting together. And small stop motion films are a good outlet for us both, it’s all about having some fun – to keep things loose and not to be too serious, as long as it makes us both laugh, we’re happy. We work with rubbish that has been left on the street, and try to turn it into something other than another piece of landfill product. It’s amazing what people throw out and what you can do with it.

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VNA: You’re not really one for social media channels, but you made a name for yourself before the advent of facebook, do you think it’s important for emerging artists to use those channels, or do you think they get too wrapped up in the online world?

PI: I only use Instagram, as I like the format of photography and film it offers. But it still takes up too much of my time. I’ve never had a Facebook account, and have never been on Twitter, so, to be honest with you, I don’t even know what they do. I would hate to turn into a person that never looks up from their phone, but they are a great way for emerging artists to connect with other artists and galleries around the world.

VNA: Is it important for you to show worldwide with your exhibitions?

PI: I feel it’s important for people to actually experience and see work in person, rather than seeing it in a digital JPG format on a phone or computer. So showing work in different countries is a good way of allowing people to have that opportunity.

VNA: A few years ago, you made the decision never to do commercial work again, how has that choice affected your art since?

PI: It gave me time to focus.

VNA: You’ve always pushed the boundaries of your artwork, from sculpture to these latest costumes, what do you have to do to keep it fresh as an artist?

PI: Do what you believe in. Always create, keep things fresh, try to do what you feel is right, and not to do not what other are telling you is right. Most of all, Have fun.

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For more information on Paul Insect and his latest show, check:

www.allouchegallery.com

www.paulinsect.com