: Welcome to my humble show, !
Do you enjoy being here?
: Of course - that goes without saying
: So please elaborate a bit on just why you do so, ALTHOUGH you are, supposedly, a "professional artist", please!
: I am delighted to be on your show because (like all other artists) I am seeking some recognition and hoping one day that someone will enjoy and appreciate my artwork
: Is this supposed to say that yes, you do have your OWN EXHIBITION noirscapes.com alright, but somehow are STILL "seeking recognition?"
: Well yes - always "seeking recognition" - it is never enough - with a vain and addictive personality like mine I constantly seek out admiration - probably had a stuffed childhood
But I also love getting "lost" in my paintings - an exciting and glamorous world of danger and strong emotions.
: Do share a bit more details about your PERSONALITY with our noble audience, please!
It seems LOVABLE!
: Hmmm - lovable? Probably not. I like people who are irreverent, amusing, and joke a lot. Alcohol is my weakness although I do try to "dry out" periodically.
: As I said, LOVABLE!
But anyway, how much influence would you say that alcohol (or any other drugs, for that matter) actually has on your ART?
Also, compared to that, how much of a DRUG would you actually say SEEKING RECOGNITION is?
: I can't paint if I am drinking - I paint best when I am "in the zone" and drug free.
Seeking recognition is definitely a drug - the more recognition you get the more you want - it is never enough. All part of the addictive personality which I possess.
: If there is any, what's the difference between "addictive" and "addicted?"
: Addictive personalities can try to avoid addictions (gambling, alcohol, codeine, obsessional painting, excessive sex, etc) - sometimes they can remain on the wagon for a long stretch of time
: Where does it go?
: Suppressed - waiting to bubble over ferociously
: The "wagon" goes to "suppressed…?" While "waiting to bubble over…?"
I'm sorry, I don't understand that. Could you rephrase it, please?
: I can't really ever stop drinking or painting or taking prescription drugs or other compulsive behaviours- maybe for a week or so - but I am always biding time to start again - so "suppressed" is the best word
: So what do you think would happen if it BUBBLED OVER FEROCIOUSLY?
: If my painting bubbled over ferociously I would never come out of my studio - they would find me dead in there from malnutrition
: If you just had to, which let's say, FOUR paintings of yours would YOU actually like best to be responsible for your MALNUTRITION in that way, and why?
: , , ,
: So what's their secret?
: I love to look at them and I always think "wow - did I really paint that - I must be sooo talented"
: How does your EXHIBITION AUDIENCE see that so far?
: Ahh - my exhibition audience - I am sure they think wtf . . . what is this meant to be . . . Trouble with my paintings is that I love them but I don't think many people in the world would be brave enough to put them on their living room walls. They would be worried that their friends would think they are not "normal" - most people want an abstract artwork or a landscape or marine scene in their living room.
: Tell us more about your relationship with NOIR, please!
: I love the drama of it all - and the way it shows the flaws of human beings - paranoid, fearful, suspicious, angry, greedy, jealous - we are all so flawed, me especially. Creating the intense emotions is so much fun - cuts out all the boring bits of life and captures the terrible highlights
: Tell us some examples of what YOU identify with NOIR, please!
: Movies like the Postman Always Rings Twice, Tension, Double Indemnity. I love Audrey Totter, Ida Lupina, Marie Windsor, Gloria Grahame, Olivia de Havilland, etc
: Is it just about movies, or can you also sense NOIR in different artforms/situations?
: yes of course - I could make it up if I wanted - and sometimes I do make up bits and pieces of my paintings.
BTW - my first exhibition is going okay - I sold two paintings at the opening night - Boredom and Shiftworker - so netted $1000 which covered all my costs - hopefully I can sell more over the next ten days
: Wow, congrats on that!
Speaking about money btw, just how are the prices made at such exhibitions, and is there actually any connection to NOIR within that?
: I set the prices relative to what other "emerging" artists are charging. As this was my first exhibition I could set the prices at the low end. Next May I have another exhibition and I will need to either keep the prices similar or make them higher - I can never lower my prices as people who bought my first works will think they have gone down in value!
The gallery was not a good one - dirt cheap $340 to rent for two weeks and in a bad location - so it definitely had no connection to noir.
: Did you exhibit THESE yet, too…?
: yes I did - unfortunately Brisbane Australia is a backwater and people only want to buy art that is safe and tame - the few that I sold weren't too edgy.
: "Safe and tame…"
Meaning, for example, some casablanca fan art...?
: Exactly - it was a commission which I hated doing (monkey art I call it) but now finished.
: How much NOIR is there in CASABLANCA?
Also, what exactly is it?
: Casablanca is not technically a film noir - film noir has to have either crime, corruption, greed or sin - Casablanca is just a love story
: Hmm… I think I see some flaw in your argumentation there, just cannot exactly put my finger on it right now.
Might just have to rewatch CASABLANCA.
Anyway, what do you think is the main difference between movie "noir", and actual "noir?"
: There is no other type of noir other than film noir
: I meant it rather like, what's your opinion on sceneries like the ones depicted in noir movies, when they do actually happen? Would you still call that NOIR? If so, why?
: When it happens in real life it is not "noir" - it is horrible and ugly and the people who are doing it are sweaty, smelly, poorly groomed, overweight and obnoxious. Film noir sanitises everything - the women are beautiful and the men rugged, the characters wear fur, jewels, suits, and hats, they are in glamorous bars and lounges, or exciting alleyways.
: How important do you think STYLE is?
: Style is important as it creates an image - and a language which others understand - I try to make my paintings stylish like the film noirs - dramatic lighting, good looking people, etc
: How important do you think style is, specifically for ART?
: Style is very important for art - and it is important as an artist to develop an distinctive style which everyone understands is part of your work - most people can pick one of my paintings because I have an original style - I haven't copied off anyone else but have slowly developed my own style over the past few years. Gallery owners are interested in artists having a distinctive style that sets them apart from other artists
: Well, I guess there's nothing more left to be added to THAT!
So apart from that, do you also have any other last words left, for our humble audience?
: Have fun and create lots of art
: Ladies and gentlemen, !
Her name is impossible (to write), but her art is GREAT!
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