I recently started an experiment and decided I would try to organise some artist interviews over Twitter. This is partly because there seems to be such a growing and engaging community of artists and galleries using social media and I wanted to make positive use of this. But also more selfishly because I thought it would be a useful tool for writing succinct interview questions. I’m always grappling with big ideas when I interview artists face-to-face and I want to overcome my inarticulacy.
My first interview was a success. I enjoyed the pace of it, the equivalent struggle to fit ideas and answers into a word limit, along with the fact that an artist who was recognisable only as a Twitter username, was suddenly giving me an insight into his work and practice.
To read a transcript of my first ‘twinterview’ go to roves and roams, and follow me on Twitter (@frangipancesca) if you are interested in reading future interviews live, or in being interviewed!
There is now a growing community and network of artists and galleries using Twitter to engage and promote their work. These bi-weekly ‘twinterviews’ will exploit the opportunity to connect with artists and their work through Twitter. Paul Kindersley agreed to be my first victim.
Paul Kindersley is an artist living and working in London, his Twitter bio describes him as ‘artist, writer, stalker, makeup enthusiast, pervert, filmer’. If you are interested in seeing more of Kindersley in the flesh get to C4RD before the 21st April to see the show he curated, Idle Worship, or to the Transition Gallery from the 4th May onwards for the group show Tainted Love.
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley I’ve had a look through your work and your practise seems quite diverse. How would you describe yourself as an artist?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca I’m so full of ideas- i express with what’s at hand- my body, performance, leftovers, drawings. It’s a constant experimentation.
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley so is lots of your work quite spontaneous?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca pieces can be, i see it all my work as one. Some quick, others i mull over for years! Often revisiting old sketchbooks & ideas.
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley so your experimentation is all part of the progression of one body of work? I want to know more about your ‘leftovers’ too?
@Frangipancesca each ‘piece’ leads to another-but I travel back and forwards-pieces start as evidence or leftovers of process or performance.
@Frangipancesca I suppose most artworks are leftovers of one sense or another!
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley I’m interested in the photographs on your FB/Twitter profile pic. Is this you using your own body? Is there a narrative?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca yes-i like to play with characters and have several narrative strands-but always ultimately myself-ideas of fame and glamour.
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley but they seem like quite a dark perspective on fame and glamour? What is it about these topics which appeals so much?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca it starts off celebratory! It’s striving for the fake or non-existence. Film/TV glamour can’t exist in real-but we all want it.
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca especially with internet- everyone is an unashamed stalker-its fan/stalker x1000000 – fascinating! maybe unhealthy!
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley and your 2nd tweet leads me to next question, you’re an artist on Twitter, how do you think the internet changes/helps work?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca internet allows crazy interaction- but also millions of out of context images & thoughts-new stories etc in every Google search!
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca i like the weirdness of being able to put it out there instantly… and the random events that always unfold…
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley like this interview? and the tiny snapshot of it people might see!?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca exactly! i love stalkers- think it needs to be re-branded as a healthy thing- we all are now esp.. so embrace !
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley and this is part of what your work explores?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca I love this weird no-man’s land between film/tv/internet/star and reality- a liminal space of endless possibilities!
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca a space where our interaction with smth makes it into smth exciting and new-we own the space… that’s where I want my art!
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley so the internet actually offers you the perfect opportunity to take over a space.
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca yes- but there’s something in the extraction from a screen where real excitement occurs.
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley Is this what you are looking at in the many faces of your ‘Men in 73’?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca for me often a screencap or a film still- can conjure up an entirely new place-leaving its context- ’73 was me exploring that
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca I like to create works that are pulled through the screen as it were to become used props ‘leftovers’ or clues.
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley taking things away from their contexts and seeing what happens? Do you hope that your viewers will all find diff stories?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca definitely- i like works to come together- offering clues.
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley your work seems to be quite sexually charged, is this a reflection of the culture you are taking your snapshots from?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca yes, but also the importance of personal memory and biography- we remember the naughty and exciting- the x rated…
PAUL KINDERSLEY@Frangipancesca sexuality and violence feature strongly- as, esp. in our filmic culture they are the currency
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley so by making your work a little naughty you also hope that your audiences will remember it?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca there is that fan/stalker thing where the only thing in common in the relationship is the need to be loved!
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca I love films that are sexploitation or horror- a way of forgoing plot/context for the most extreme -can be funny/disturbing
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley a joy in the darker things?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca yes- i think we’re all drawn there- but doesn’t have to be negative- it’s also a way of connecting with personal bio…
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley I agree that it doesn’t have to be negative- I really love Almodovar-a bit of dark humour!
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca exactly- he also draws from these weird everyday emotions- like melodrama, that dont really exist in REAL life, but are REAL
FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley What’s your next project/what are you currently working on?
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca also working on larger installations- a more ‘holistic’ approach to exhibiting!!!
PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca working on a selection of works that make physical images garnered from my bio and the internet. mixing of self with internet.
@PaulKindersley sounds brilliant and the perfect end to a ‘twinterview’!