Back Talk: A Conversation with Morgan Spurlock

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012
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Thinkspace Gallery is honored to be working with producer/director/writer/collector Morgan Spurlock (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Supersize Me) on his debut curatorial project. New Blood aims to showcase artists that Spurlock feels have changed the art world forever and has in turn given each of them the chance to invite a protégé of their choice to profile alongside their own work in this very special exhibit.

 

Thinkspace’s Andrew Hosner comments “We’ve worked closely with Morgan for a number of years now and ever since I interviewed him for our blog a couple years back I’ve wanted to run the idea by him of a curatorial project. Fast forward a year and one day while catching up via phone I just threw it out there to him and he loved the idea. He came back to us a month or so later with a fully realized concept for the show and a wish list of artists to approach. Morgan has always been about helping out and supporting up and coming artists, so to see his vision for this show come to life has been very rewarding.”

 

Morgan talks a little about his ‘New Blood’:

 

"I'm a massive art collector who, by way of my habit formed a relationship with Thinkspace's Andrew Hosner, and when he offered me the opportunity to curate a show I jumped at the chance. The concept of the show is how the torch is passed from one artist to the next. One opens the door so another can follow. And this show is all about artists who I think have and are continuing to impact and change the art world, and each one of these artists is bringing along an 'apprentice' or 'protege' who they think we all need to know about, the artists they believe are the 'New Blood' of the art world."


Featuring new works from:

 

Camille Rose Garcia / Travis Lampe /  The Date Farmers / Albert Reyes / Dzine / Jesus Bubu Negron /  Elizabeth McGrath / Morgan Slade /  Gary Baseman / Jesse Dickenson /  Gary Taxali / Adrian Forrow /  Jonathan Yeo / Charlie Gouldsborough /  Mark Jenkins / Sandra Fernandez /  Nicola Verlato / Marco Mazzoni  / Ron English / Kid Zoom /  Saber / ZES /  Shepard Fairey / Nicholas Bowers /  Tim Biskup / Patrick Hruby

 

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1. One reason you make art:

 

Because I was terrible at Chemistry.

 

 

2. The last good movie you saw:

 

The Artist

 

 

3. Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:

 

Open for U2.

 

 

4. Favorite country or city visited:

 

Paris.

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5. A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:

 

Mean what you say and say what you mean.

 

 

6. Something you want the world to know about you:

 

That I don't like people knowing things about me.

 

 

7. Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:

 

When they chew with their mouth open.

 

 

8. Something that concerns you:

 

My son's education.


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9. Artists you admire:

 

Salvador Dali, Louis Armstrong, Kate Winslett

 

 

10. Favorite quote(s):

 

"There are two kinds of people in this world: those who do what they say they're going to do and everyone else." - My dad

 

 

11. The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?

 

First cassette I ever bought: Rick James Superfreak, Last downloaded: Asie Payton

 

 

12. Something you do when you’re procrastinating?

 

Sleep

 

 

13. What is your most defining characteristic?

 

Lack of sleep

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14. What is your greatest fear?

 

Dying by becoming part of the food chain, i.e. being eaten by a bear, shark, lion, etc.

 

 

15. The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:

 

When my mom called me one.

 

 

16. Your greatest quality:

 

Limitless patience for questionnaires


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17. Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:

 

More hair & pigment

 

 

18. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?

 

I was evicted from my apartment & was sleeping on a hammock in my office. I had more than $200,000 in credit card debt. I had 50k in the bank and decided to use that money to make a movie rather than use it to pay off more of my debts ... that movie was Super Size Me.

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19. Something you wish you had known five years ago:

 

That I'd be divorced.

 

 

20. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?

 

Unpacking the rest of the boxes in my apartment.

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‘New Blood’

Curated by Morgan Spurlock

Featuring new works from artists who have changed the art world forever, and their ‘New Blood’: the next wave of hand picked art stars.

Opens Saturday, April 28th 5-8PM

On view through May 19th, 2012

Thinkspace Gallery

Culver City, California

 


 

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