Soft Party Vibes: A Chat With UK Artist Super Future Kid
Super Future Kid lives the true artist lifetstyle in her UK studio with a broken fridge. We like to keep in touch and see what she's conjuring up, which is usually something in the realm of a candy-colored utopia full of hippies and cowboys drifting among swirling clouds of magic rainbow vapor.
Kristin Farr: What are your super-powers?
Super Future Kid: To be incredibly childish and yet able to do all the grown up stuff.
What’s your favorite candy? To eat or to paint?
All flavors of Starburst and veggie-shaped marzipan. And since I live in my studio, I eat between painting all the time. If a painting goes well, I can spend hours on end with no breaks, and if I really struggle with a painting, I take breaks like every 20 minutes and try to distract myself with lots of snacks.
Where do you stay and what is the future like?
I stay in a cloaked ship in orbit lol but I also live in a converted warehouse unit in N15 London. It’s a fantastic space if you are a painter but has near zero living standards. For example, our fridge broke about five years ago, but we realized that you actually can live without one. The bathroom is tiny and all of the fairly little space we have is devoted to storing materials, paintings and making work.
And the future looks great—replicators, hypo-sprays, matter-energy transport and space travel, who wouldn’t like that?
Is it you that makes your paintings, or an unseen force that moves your hand?
I often wonder that myself. Sometimes it does feel like I’ve been programmed and there is some sort of stream in my head with all the work that is yet to be made slowly piling up. I really don’t mind this feeling though, as it gives me drive and a sense of purpose.
What’s a typical soundtrack in the studio?
It comes from internet radio, I have four stations that I really like and switch between during the day: Berlin Community Radio, NTS, DubLab and Redlight Radio, they all play a great array of electronic, house, metal, hip hop, and really weird undefinable shit, and never the same thing twice.
Who are the people in your paintings?
They are often a reflection of my personality, people that are like an alternate me or that reflect fractions of what makes me me. Sometimes I think that painting is like digging, where the brush is the spade and by shoveling around on my canvas, I find pieces that explain who I am, bit by bit.
Do you have any shows coming up?
I’m currently showing some works on paper in an epic group show curated by Kristian Day called Paper Cuts. It’s on right now at Tripp Gallery here in London.
What kind of paintings are you working on now?
At the moment I have three that I work on in rotation. They all have some kind of easy, soft, party vibe about them, a bit like chilling at a rave.
Do you currently have any colors or elements of your paintings that you just can’t quit?
Horses, cowboys, moustaches, pastel-rainbow colours, vapor and Mr. Potato Head’s body parts.
Which pop culture references have been the most influential?
I was so hooked on cartoons and toys as a kid and I still am—to a much higher degree than I probably should be. I guess it’s the blur of very bright colors and neons in pop culture and those ubiquitous images of unrealistic and über-positive ideas of life that captured me the most and certainly still find their way into my work.
What are your plans this evening?
I will probably be painting till 8:00, then watch some Star Trek on Netflix, and after that play Terraria on my Mac until I’m too tired.
Who are some artists you would like to be in dialogue with?
From my latest favorites, I’d say Aaron Fowler, Dale Lewis, Danny Fox and Jordan Kasey, all of whom are fantastic painters.
What’s your favorite outfit lately?
My black-and-yellow Batman sweatpants, blue bleached tie-dye jumper, my very old North Face rainbow colored snow-boots and my favourite wooly hat (‘cuz its getting colder).