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Painted Brain | Inside Voices: Pb Artist-in-residence – Bugk23609
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  • April 1, 2015

Inside Voices: PB Artist-in-Residence – Bugk23609

(interview by James Giaquinto)

JG: How long have you been at PB?

BUG: I’ve been with the Painted Brain since 2010 or 2011. Definitely over two or three years, under eight.

JG: How would you describe your art?

BUG: Durable. Because no matter what the fuck I do, it’s never fragile because it’s got to survive the cats, it’s got to survive gravity, it’s got to survive time, and the fact that I don’t give a fuck. “Oh, so you’re gonna break. Fuck you. I’ll fix you.” So there’s a lot of layers and then there is all this garbage and I’m like, “Oh ya, that looks like it’s gonna do something good to that.” I guess when I picture shit in the inside of my head, imagine a tangle of yarn of all the colors. But more than just yarn, like good yarn, like fucking ropes and shit. It goes from black and white to colors and it’s like a cancer in your brain and it’s trying to constantly untangle that shit, but it’s all tangled together. That’s the feeling. I guess its mixed media, because everything goes in there, my coffee that spilled and fucking snot rag.

JG: What does PB offer you as an artist?

BUG: Fuck, I don’t know, a reason to exist and a place to actually feel like I’m contributing. Before the Painted Brain, I was all like, “I’m so fucking bored, let me see what’s a challenge. I’m gonna go find any place and every place that would show.” So I had all these art shows all over the world and I was like, “Whoopty fucking doo.” But I was the loneliest gal in the universe and I was like, “Fuck this shit. This is stupid.” So I stopped doing art shows because I was like, “I think I’ll do drugs instead.” And then I got off of drugs and was like, “I don’t want to do art. Fuck art.” So I went to school. And then all of a sudden there’s like, a Dave, and then it was like, “Hey, it’s the Painted Brain.” And I was like, “Oh, cool.” It gave me a reason to do something. And I was like, “Oh, ya. I’m doing something.” So, it gave me something to do or a purpose or to feel like, less alienated from the world. Because I was like, “I’m so lonely. I’m so lonely and nobody will talk to me like a human or teach me how to talk to them.” And now I’m like, “Hey look at me. I’m doing shit.” The end.

JG: What does the theme Inside Voices mean to you?

BUG: Oh, it means giraffe, mother fucker. Giraffe. What’s the sound that a giraffe makes? Exactly. There is no sound that a giraffe makes unless it’s like stupid or something. It’s like inside outside, upside outside.

JG: So, how would Inside Voices make sense in your art work?

BUG: Oh, dude, that’s what college and shit is for. It’s like, ya. Thesis statement, I can just run words in circles until it makes sense. I could fucking put poop on a stick be like, “Inside Voices. What the fuck.”

JG: What do you hope to gain from this experience?

BUG: I feel like I’m not qualified or something or not justified or vilified. What do you call that, y’know, “Somebody likes me. And it’s more than just me.” That kind of thing.

JG: Why should people come see your art?

BUG: Because it’s the first time in fucking forever that I’ve made something new that’s considered, y’know, arty, instead of like costume-y shit. It’s for the fucking vomiting of my catharsis shit, because that’s the stuff. It’s all just one fucking giant catharsis and cathexis.

JG: Anything else you want to say to the people that are going to be coming to the show?

BUG: Thanks for showing yourselves to us. There are so many excuses that would keep a person from showing up, and thank you for not giving in to those.

Inside Voices, an exhibition of original art by Painted Brain artists-in-residency Amer Azad, Lawrence Rozner, Bugk23609, Tristan Scremin, Jesus Matias and Ashley Cherry will be held on May 9th, 2015 @ 7pm

Monkspace, 4414 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90004

While admission is free, all donations will be met with undying gratitude.

Food and live music will be part of the festivities, so plan to arrive early and stay late.

For more info: emilyaha@usc.edu

Name: James Giaquinto. What does he do? A long and winding road has led James to the
Painted Brain where his talents as a musician, artist, and writer are utilized for this awesome
and involved community of artists, and he is a frequent contributor to Painted Brain News.

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