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Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Auction: Anthony Ausgang

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 13 Dec 2009

A contemporary embodiment of lowbrow art and custom car culture, we are pleased to announce Anthony Ausgang as a participant in our 15th Anniversary Auction.


Jason Atomic: What is your connection with animation, the in-betweening type images used together to create a fluid, surreal/futurist type narrative within the painting?


Anthony Ausgang: Back when I was a kid, my father and I used to watch cartoons together in amazement; I was young and he was an immigrant so neither of us had ever seen anything like then before. If I screwed up during the week I was denied the Saturday morning cartoon session so  I learned the value of these bizarre skits early on!


Years later in art school I was taught how to take photographs off of the TV and capture several sequential frames of whatever was being broadcast; it seemed natural for me to start by photographing cartoons. The photos I ended up with had captured multiple in-betweening drawings so all of a sudden I had these freaked out, morphed up cartoon characters to work from.


The motion capture was particularly interesting to me because at the time I was taking various hallucinogenic substances and 'witnessing" these same distortions while tripping. Later I began to  draw my own characters in separate motion sketches and then layer them over each other to get an effect similar to the photographs.


Paintings and cartoons are cousins but they are tense relatives; the history of Western painting revolves around the depiction of the most crucial moment in a major event while cartoons are able to show all the events surrounding a critical point. My use of multiple in-betweening drawings is an attempt to expand the narrative beyond the telling of a single event. But, as you point out, I'm hardly the first to try, the Futurist artists of the early 1900s were taking a similar approach in their Dynamist works.


What's the most ridiculous thing anyone has said about your work?


At one art opening for a group show some hot chick was really into a painting by some other artist. I was fucked up at the time so I went over and told her that it was mine, giving her all sorts of bullshit about its meaning, how it was done, etc. She nodded in agreement at everything I told her and she then went over to MY painting and began to just shred it, saying it sucked and how much better the other piece was. At that point the dealer came over to introduce me to someone else so my cover was completely blown in the middle of her tirade. We just looked at each other and began to laugh our asses off. She ended up buying my painting; we fucked a few times too.


--Excerpt from an interview with Jason Atomic and Anthony Ausgang for The Illustrated Ape, Issue #27, November 2008 (via ausgangart)


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