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Back Talk with Andy Kehoe

Juxtapoz // Monday, 30 Nov 2009

How do you feel right now?


I just came from the bathroom so I feel quite relieved and rejuvenated. Every time I plug in my space heater, my power goes out so my feet are cold. Other than the immediate, the show is coming together well, and I’m super excited.


If you could wake up in a different place tomorrow morning, where would it be and what would you do?


I would wake up on the Galapagos Islands, smoke a joint and hug some iguanas.


If you lost your creative skill, how would you see yourself making a living?


I would probably just live in my parent’s basement, play video games, eat ice cream and stalk people on the Internet.
If you could punch one living contemporary artist, who would it be?


Hmmm. I’d have to save that punch for someone that really deserves like Rush Limbaugh or Cobra Commander. Though I have been punched by a living contemporary artist before. One night in Pittsburgh, I was out drinking with Kathleen Lolley and after some spilled (thrown) drinks, barefoot break dancing and missing shoes, she suddenly turned around and socked me right in the mouth and made my teeth bleed. Haha. Good times.


Was your first kiss worth writing a song about?


My first kiss happened at a movie theater during Ace Ventura. Very romantic. Afterwards, I wrote some bad, teenage poetry about it but no songs have been made… yet.


At what point were you particularly happy?


I’m on a pretty steady keel of happiness at this point in my life. I definitely go through my bouts of soul-crushing sadness at the state of the world, but overall I can’t complain. Last year, I got to go to Tampa with my brother Ben and saw the Steelers win the Superbowl in exciting fashion. That was certainly a joyous experience.


No regrets allowed, but there must have been one?


Somehow, even the seemingly bad experiences and decisions in my life end up working out in the grand scheme of things. I do regret not learning another language at a younger age when my brain was more absorbent and less damaged.
What trait do your friends have in common?


They all want to be my friend for some reason.


If you had to evacuate your home or studio, what's the one thing you would grab?


I would grab any paintings I could, my external hard drive and a gun to protect my paintings and hard drive from looters. I’ve actually thought about this very scenario and have practiced it on many occasions. Here are the results so far: I burn to death 1 out of 5 times, suffocate 1 out of 7 times and get shot down by police 1 out of 12 times. Not bad overall.


Greatest love of your life?


Besides family and friends, it has to be my work. Recently I discovered this Marionberry Pie ice cream that I definitely love.


What is your favorite vice?


It used to be bourbon, but after countless blackouts, waking up with numerous mysterious bruises and making many, many bad decisions, I’ve decided to switch over to beer and wine… with only a little nip of bourbon. I’ve also developed an unhealthy taste for the blood of virgins.  
When you blow out the birthday candles, what do you wish for?


That everyone catches the cold that I just blew all over the cake.


If you could play a character from a favorite film or TV show for a day, who would it be?


Maybe Sirius Black from Harry Potter because he can turn into a dog anytime he wants to. I want to be able to turn into some sort of animal!


Do you ever lie?


I lied on pretty much every answer of this interview.


Do you think viewers understand the intent of your work?

I think people get my work and relate to it on levels more important to me than understanding. My work is so personal to me that if someone did really understand it, I’d be a little unnerved. I have specific storylines to a lot of my paintings, but I really love when people inject their own stories and life experiences into my work. Then it’s almost like my life is intertwined with someone else’s in some strange way and I love that connection. I’m almost afraid to explain my work because I don’t want to ruin that.
What virtue can you do without?


All of them because I am an agent of the devil.


Do you even notice when you're swearing?


Only when children and/or priests are around.


What has been your proudest moment?


Regarding to work, my first solo show in New York at Jonathan LeVine Gallery was pretty special. And now I got my first big solo show coming up in LA at Thinkspace. Awesome!


What would you like to be remembered for?


My body.


Of work.


How would you prefer to die?


I don’t want to die. Ever.


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