Celebrated NY artist Doug Abraham is well known for his pop-inflicted reworking of global clichés. His recent collaboration with Marc Jacobs demonstrates his dark and edgy take on images rejuvenating collaboration with fashion. He digs deep into sex and violence, when Art meets Fashion.
For Behind The Blinds, he tells us how and why.
Is sexy a particular kind of disgust?
It can be. A compassionate disgust.
How hard do you believe art and crime are related?
They're both defined by the institution.
Is fashion spreading beauty?
Could fashion images do without sexual stimulation?
Or with more... all images could do with more of everything... more more more.
There is a criminal feel to your images, do you consider yourself more like a criminal or a thief?
Do you find stuffed animals beautifuly awkward or just plain ugly?
I like cute things.
Are your images licking life or death?
One needs the other to be appreciated.
Are all fashion shoots about sexual penetration?
What scissors do you use, or are they all digital?
All images are made and sourced digitally.
If I was fortunate enough to touch a piece of paper I would draw on it before I cut it.
Would you rather work in fashion or for Apple?
I service all clients with equal enthusiasm.
When you cut, do you feel the image bleeding?
I'm a digital artist so I feel nothing as my medium is nothing.
What underwear are you wearing now?
If the world is a massive criminal stage, should an artist augment crime or make the existing crimes more visible?
I'm not a "should" person.
Is it ok to be a self-conscious fashion victim?
Yes, it's all ok.
Does fashion use more slaves than IT?
"Slave" is better as self defined.
Is violence sexy?
I try not to yuck other people's yum.
Do you enjoy spreading your art with Instagram?
Are you represented by a gallery?
When did you start?
On Instagram? 2013.
As an artist? 1984.
What is your favorite brand?
What did you create last?
A 5 min fashion horror film.
Make no mistake. I'm the bigger freak. You drink blood. I eat you. And push replay. Try me monster. I'm a zombie while you're just fooling around in movies.
Suspiria, Dario Argento (1977)
When a Stranger Calls, Fred Walton (1979)
Flesh for Frankenstein, Paul Morrissey (1973)
Trouble Every Day, Claire Denis (2001)
Vampyr, Carl Dreyer (1932)
Cat People, Jacques Tourneur (1942)
The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy (1973)
The Mask of Satan, Mario Bava (1960)
Signs, Night Shyamalan (2002)
Phantom of the Paradise, Brian De Palma (1974)
The Fog, John Carpenter (1980)
Martin, George Romero (1976)
Salo - or the 120 days of Sodom, Pietro Paolo Pasolini (1975)
Kairo, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (2001)
Cemetery of Splendor, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2015)
It follows, David Robert Mitchell (2014)
Body Snatchers, Abel Ferrara (1993)
Audition, Takashi Miike (1999)
The Elephant Man, David Lynch (1980)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper (1974)
/Selected by REMY RUSSOTTO/
1 ARTIST / 10 FRIENDS
10 QUESTIONS / 10 ANSWERS
Simon Demeuter : Why is the bear a recurrent theme in your work?
In my work the bear refers to the animal totem image used in magical rituals.
Reading Michel Pastoureau’s book ‘L’ours. Histoire d’un roi déchu’ really inspired me.
Benoit Platéus : Is there any particular pottery piece that motivated you to create ceramics yourself?
A ‘Casanis’ Moorish head-like water pitcher I have seen at friends in the South-West of France 20 years ago.
Sandra Caltagirone : Your lastest work takes the form of exquisite corpses. Can you please explain this new artistic influence?
We started drawing exquisite corpses with my boyfriend , and I had this idea of giving them a 3-D aspect… Some sort of declaration of love I guess.
Florent Delval : Which devine figures your totems are supposed to call upon?
The spirit of my ancestors as for the real totems.
Florent Dubois : Do you think ceramics can have a queer touch?
Certainly, though I would not want my work to be perceived as mainly queer. Similarly I prefer to be recognized more as a sculptor than a ceramic artist.
David de Tscharner : What will be your next reincarnation?
A cat maybe… Everybody loves cats.
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet : What is your opinion about Tom Robbins’s quote "It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”?
It’s true that I tend to achieve fulfillment more slowly than others. For years I have been looking for a playground where I would feel at ease and now I am having the time of my life.
Barbara Cuglietta : If you could create a new word, what would it be?
Virginie Devillez : What do you think about Constantin Meunier and Social Realism in the 19th century?
I love Constantin Meunier’s sculptures and really appreciate the atmosphere that one can feel visiting his last workshop transformed into a museum (Rue de l’Abbaye à Ixelles)
Patrick Croes : What is the border between craftsmanship and contemporary art in your work?
My work and ideas are modern but strongly influenced by popular art. I suppose using pottery in my work gives it a crafstman’s dimension.
Watch them undress as they watch you dissolve into the summer heat ...
You are not dead you are meant to be HOT .
La Vierge Violente, Koji Wakamatsu (1969)
Paroxismus, Jesus Franco (1969)
La piscine, Jacques Deray (1969)
The Counsellor, Ridley Scott (2013)
Summer Lovers, Kandel Kleiser (1982)
Ten, Blake Edwards (1979)
Les pétroleuses, Christian Jaque (1971)
Domino, Tony Scott (2005)
L’enfer, Henri-Georges Clouzot (1964)
Tabu, F.W Murnau (1931)
Estate Violenta, Valerio Zurlini (1959)
Blame it on Rio!, Stanley Donen (1984)
/Selected by REMY RUSSOTTO/