Michael Alig

Michael Alig

What is the relationship in your work between meaning and aesthetics?

Well, there is a relationship in any artist's work between meaning and aesthetics. My aesthetics are bold, bright colors, with a certain childlike, cartoony feel. I suppose you can surmise from that what you will!

What emotions are you channeling into your art?

I don’t know if I can say exactly what emotions are channeled in my artwork, as it will be different for everyone. Its why there isn’t any one definite definition of Art, because it is not the same for everyone. Thats the beauty of it.

Zombie Girl With Klonopin

Zombie Girl With Klonopin

What images keep you company in the space where you work?

The images that keep me company in the space of my work change all the time, sometimes due to the fact that I give things away, but probbly more likely because they were lost or stolen. Because of this my immediate surroundings are in a constant state of flux: right now Im surrounded by a box of Cry baby Tears candy, another box of Baby Bottle Pops, a half dozen toy cars and a Warhol "Marilyn" print...plus several of my latest paintings, including a colorful "Stagefright Zoloft" and some pieces from my new "Energize Your Life" series.

How does your upbringing and personal life influences your work?

I think it's impossible for someone's upbringing and personal life to not affect their work. I look at my paintings and can absolutely see some white trash Indiana boy in there, as well as a few Clubland and of course Warhol influences.

What is your favorite title of an art work?

I am assuming you are asking about my favorite title of my own artwork? Its a toss up between "Michael Aig's Version of David Lachapelle's Version of Amanda Lepore's Version of Andy Warhol's Version of Marilyn Monroe's Version of Norma Jean Baker" and "Michael's Cum on Hitler's Chin" (both sort of self explanatory)

Michael's Cum on Hitler's Face

Michael's Cum on Hitler's Face

If you could live with only one piece of art what would it be?

If you're talking about my own artwork, Id have to say Im partial to "Michael's Cum on Hitler's Chin," for personal reasons...

What is your favorite ritual?

I have so many favorite rituals! I love my morning ritual of traipsing downstairs to get my large iced coffee with chocolate wafers and whipped cream--a breakfast meal I have yet to tire of--but, oddly enough, I rather enjoy my ritual of getting down on my hands and knees and scrubbing the floor of my studio every day before I begin painting. Its a German OCD thing: I cant start painting until the floors are clean enough to walk around on with bare feet.

Leigh with Three Ketamine Bottles

Leigh with Three Ketamine Bottles

What songs/albums are on your playlist nowadays?

I have lots of Marc Almond and Vtalic...Im sort of set in my ways, as far as music is concerned. I do like to be turned on to new music thiough froom time to time. I actually really like the soundtrack from Party Monster!

Questions i cant answer.?

You know, just as its nearly if not completely impossible to offend me, I dont know if there's a question I wont or cant answer. Its probably why Im always getting myself into trouble!

Leonardo Drew

Leonardo Drew

 Idris Khan

Idris Khan