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Sun, Jan. 18th, 2009 08:37 am
Art decade

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Jan. 18th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)

It depends how you measure it. In a decade's work in art, I've only sold one piece -- a $200 video during the Folktronia show. After that I decided not to sell anything, though I do charge a fee for performances. So I'm certainly not living, financially, by being an artist. It has to be subsidised by other work.

In terms of the number of pieces done, 2008 was my busiest year so far in the art world. It was also the year I began writing for art magazines Frieze and Spike. So I do seem to be moving more into that world. But I don't think of it as any more than an interesting sideline, really. I like how eccentric the art world allows you to be.

One of these days I want to make a Click Opera piece about my records this decade, from Folktronic to Joemus. I think they've been made much more interesting by my parallel career in the art world -- they've definitely been taken somewhere more rich and strange by that exposure, that influence, those preoccupations, that toleration for eccentricity and freedom, which I really don't think exists any more in the music world (hence reviews which call me "uncomfortably close to insane").


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Jan. 18th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)

Actually, if you follow that last link to a gig review two years ago, the journalist publishes his entire, uncut original review down at the end of the thread, and it makes a lot more sense. I guess it's just subeditors who over-emphasize the "mad Momus" angle. The main thing the music industry does if they think you're mad is just ignore you... until their "sanity" and boringness wipes them out and they're no longer there to stare through you.


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