Back Talk with Alex Gross

Juxtapoz // Monday, 20 Sep 2010
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He’s featured in our new October issue, his fresh exhibit Discrepancies is fantastic, and he still maintains a down-to-earth mentality about his top-notch painting. Alex Gross (Juxtapoz #117) lets us in on his life philosophy (none) and why stalking a lady is sometimes worth it.

 

One reason you make art:

 

I enjoy creating things. It makes me feel useful somehow.

 

 

The last good movie you saw:

 

Not Inception.

 

 

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

 

Europe!

 

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Favorite country or city visited:

 

San Francisco.

 

 

A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:

 

I don't really have a philosophy on life. Sorry.

 

 

Something you want the world to know about you:

 

I just want them to see my work.

 

 

Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:

 

Negativity. It can be very annoying. Of course, I am guilty of it myself too often.

 

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Something that concerns you:

 

Too many Prius’!

 

 

Artists you admire:

 

Radiohead.

 

 

Favorite quote(s):

 

'Thoughts are things.'

 

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

 

I don't remember the first one because I got most of my music from my big brother. The last one was Arcade Fire, The Suburbs.

 

 

Something you do when you’re procrastinating?

 

Play chess online.

 

 

What is your most defining characteristic?

 

Perhaps intensity.

 

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What is your greatest fear?

 

Fear itself.

 

 

The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:

 

I always thought of myself as an artist, even as a kid. I don't know about adding the quotes to the word.

 

 

Your greatest quality:

 

My 15-foot bank shot.

 

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Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:

 

Patience is something I would like to have more of.

 

 

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

 

Stalking my now-wife. Yes, it was definitely worth it.

 

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Something you wish you had known five years ago:

 

Who would win the NBA title each year. I could have made a fortune in Vegas.

 

 

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

 

Good artwork, and maybe a kid!

 

 

Keep up on Alex Gross at www.alexgross.com

 

His new show Discrepancies, is up now at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Details here.
An interview we conducted with Alex Gross before his Discrepancies opening is here.

 

 

 

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