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Back Talk with Jason Shawn Alexander

Juxtapoz // Saturday, 08 May 2010

Today, I feel:

Anxious. Like every day.


If you had three wishes, what would they be?

1.Pockets of cash for me and my family.

2.Legalized torture for Goldman Sachs and every pollution and corporate whore who said “Drill baby drill”

3.And “Joan” from Madmen


Do you consider yourself a funny person?

Just lookin’.



If you had one magic power, what would it be?

Flight. It’s typical I know, but for someone as nervous and uncomfortable as I get, the ability to lift up and escape a situation and go sit on top of a mountain or skyscraper, that sounds like heaven.


Something that makes you happy?

Single malt scotch.


Something that makes you mad?

Unchangeable ignorance.


What was your favorite subject in elementary school?

Science, great pictures in those books.


If you feel a creative block, what do you do to jumpstart inspiration?

After whining about it incessantly, I do something I don’t normally do. That could be a new book or traveling. And really, just forcing yourself to start making marks on a canvas, for no reason. 9 out of 10 times, that starts the engines for me.



When someone is taking a photo, do you smile for the camera or turn your head?

I give some tired smarmy sarcastic look at the camera, normally. It annoys my friends.


Are you a social network enthusiast?

I social network but I’m far from enthusiastic about it. It’s a necessary evil.



What is a quality you don’t like about yourself?

Immensely neurotic.


Last good book you read?

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.


Who has had the most impact on your life?

My Dad.


Are you spiritual?

Yea. To what extent, I’m not sure. It seems just as silly, to me, to believe all this just happened.



One word to describe your artwork?



What’s missing in your life?



Are you a pet person?

Love dogs. Cats are bitches.



Is your artwork understood?

It seems hardly ever.


The most trouble you’ve ever gotten into:

Not much. I’m smart that way. Most of my trouble comes from being too impulsive with no filter. More regret than trouble.

Where do you imagine yourself in five years?

Space, ordering my robot slaves to do my bidding. Or Italy, ordering my hot Italian slaves to do my bidding. I may have a power complex...



Jason Shawn Alexander’s solo show, Mourners, opens tonight at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles.


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