Images: Courtesy of Rachel Libeskind
"The energy of NYC plays a major role in my work. I find being in New York endlessly exciting and inspiring. It is the only city in the world that can feed you this kind of creative energy. There's a reason it's the art world's home base."
What makes this show different than the last one (your first)?
"The work in this show has a much wider range of medium and size. I would like to think the work shows some major developments in my creative style and techniques. This show is also much more cohesive. The themes are less diluted and more pronounced."
Pop culture is very prominent in your work — what do you think emblematizes pop culture today?
"The Internet, the digital, the constant personal archive we all have on our laptops or cell phones. We interact with the world, and thus with pop culture, through images — pop culture today is characterized by photo memes and clever gifs. The aesthetic of the digital is a major aspect as well."
Who inspires you?
"In no particular order: the entire real housewives franchise (no allegience to any particular city), Lana del Rey, Marina Ambromovich, people who make useless but beautiful things, the guy on WNYC who reads the news to me every morning, Amanda Bynes (an unrecognized surrealist poet and possibly the first ever cross-over, pop-to-performance artist)."
What do you hope to accomplish in the coming year
"This year I want to show my work in Berlin, my hometown."
Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden, 511 West 20th Street (at 10t Images: Courtesy of Rachel Libeskind