Camille Rose Garcia & Travis Lampe: In Conversation for "New Blood" @ Thinkspace Gallery

April 27, 2012

This Saturday, April 28, Thinkspace Gallery is hosting New Blood, a group exhibition curated by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. New Blood aims to showcase artists that Spurlock feels have changed the art world forever and has in turn given each of them the chance to invite a protégé of their choice to profile alongside their own work in this very special exhibit. Included artists, Travis Lampe and Camille Rose Garcia, interview each other in conjunction with the exhibition... read our interview with Mr. Spurlock here.

Travis Lampe interviews Camille Rose Garcia:


Do you prefer monkeys or robots? Please explain.


I prefer Monkeys, I think they generally have more empathy than robots, despite the recent scientific advancements. They are also much better at organ grinding and poo-flinging. Oh wait, do you mean to have around the house, or things I would like to paint? For around the house, robots for sure, as I don't like the idea of "captives" hanging around staring their hatred at me. But for painting, definitely monkeys, mainly because I don't like to paint things with right angles.


2. Who's your favorite old-timey cartoon character?


KoKo the Clown from Max Fleischer's Betty-Boop cartoons is one of my favorites. Really early Bugs Bunny, when he was all cracked out. Daffy Duck, again the very early ones. And of course, the "Steamboat Willy" version of Mickey. Shoot, I can't pick just one! I would like to throw them in a ring and let them battle it out. Then I would take the winner out for ice cream. But if KoKo won, we might have to take mushrooms together.



3. What's the first dream you can remember?


I guess those ones where I am running really fast and then levitating or flying. For a long time I thought they were memories, like maybe I really used to know how to levitate myself and then I forgot how as an adult. I tend to confuse dreams and reality when they are so far back in time.It is all getting pretty jumbled together at this point.




Camille Rose Garcia interviews Travis Lampe:


1. I realize I don't know much about you, even though I have invented things about you by looking at your work. Like for instance, it seems like maybe you were raised by a troupe of saddish vaudeville people, or mimes. Can you tell me if I am close?

Close. They were a salesman and a book-keeper. Can two people be a troupe? In that case, yes, I was raised by a troupe. Though they're neither sad, nor particularly silent. They aren't even weird. I had a slightly boring childhood, for which I am grateful.


2. Your paintings seem to almost move like little cartoons. Are you inspired by the moving pictures?

I am inspired by moving pictures, the more elbow-less the better. I think the old Mickey Mouse cartoons I saw as a kid seared themselves into my brain. Dr. Suess was another big one for me. He's less move-y, though.


3. Do you agree or disagree that all painted animals look better in hats? If you agree, what kind of hat do you like best?

I think you know how I feel about this. And why restrict it to painted animals? Imagine a telephone wire filled with birds, each wearing a tiny stocking cap or a bowler hat - that's the kind of world I'd like to live in. That being said, it's hard to pick a favorite animal hat. Most animals look good in top hats, of course. I seem to always go for the ironic sailor cap look, myself.

‘New Blood’

Curated by Morgan Spurlock

Featuring new works from artists who have changed the art world forever, and their ‘New Blood’: the next wave of hand picked art stars.

Opens Saturday, April 28th 5-8PM

On view through May 19th, 2012

Thinkspace Gallery

Culver City, California