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Back Talk with Gary Panter

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010

One reason you make art:


To get something going.



The last good movie you saw:





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


Build a prehistoric world/modern house combo.



Favorite country or city visited:


Tokyo, Japan.



A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:


Love and Mercy.



Something you want the world to know about you:


I like chocolate milk.



Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:


Entitled Zombie walking/driving texter/phoner/smokers.



Something that concerns you:


Human population, robotic warfare, systems of control. Television.



Artists you admire:

Bob Zoell, Ed Ruscha, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Williams, Peter Saul, Karl Wirsum, Richard Lindner, Jim Nutt, Thomas Downing, Mike Kelley, Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Henry Bruce, Bruce Nauman, Claus Oldenburg, David Gilmour Blythe, John Quidor, Jean Arp, Larry Poons, HC Westerman, Oyviind Fahlstrom and 1000 more.



Favorite quote(s):


" We've been on this island a long time now and I've been wondering--If I gave you enough coconuts...?" the Fugs



The first record or CD you ever bought?


Music For Robots--Forrest J Ackerman/Frank Coe


The last album you downloaded?


I don't download. I bought a cd of Quicksilver Messenger Service "Live at the Kabuki 1970".



Something you do when you’re procrastinating?


Check email.



What is your most defining characteristic?





What is your greatest fear?


Whatever the biggest normal one is.



The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:


Painting a brontosaurus in yellow oil paint when I was 4.



Your greatest quality:


I persist in trying to make stuff.



Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:


It would be nice to be able to do some math.



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


Took bad phony orange sunshine twice. Not sure if it was worth it, but it was really fucking impressive.



Something you wish you had known five years ago:


I already knew the future five years ago.



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


Make a shit load of neat art of all kinds, stay married to Helene and dad to Olive, keep making music with Devin Gary & Ross and do a whopper light show event with Joshua White. I hope.


More on Gary Panter at


See Panter's newest works in ZPFfffft!!! this Saturday, June 19th, 2010 at Scion’s Installation L.A. Gallery





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