How are the preparations for your “As Seen on TV” exhibit with éS?
Good. I'm just painting my last piece now. I'm working to the bone but I'm really happy with how it's coming together. I've made three sculptures, I've never really done sculpture before. I'm just trying to push my work. I've been given this opportunity by eS, so I'm just trying to push my work as far as it can go.
Where did the concept for your exhibit come about and how does it represent your own interpretation of Americana?
The plan was that this show traveled because the story of the show is me growing up in England in the suburbs of London looking at America as this amazing place. I grew up watching Hanna-Barbera cartoons and and as an impressionable youth you start believing in a way that this might exist. Then when skateboarding came out...the whole reach of the culture really brought up all those feelings again. I hadn't been to the states at the point and and it was the foreign appeal, the grass always being greener on the other side. All this being pre-internet I had no actual ability to see if it did exist. So this show is kind of piecing those fragments together of that distorted view of that world that I wanted to exist. When I went to California and skate spots it was raining when I went there and I realized the ledges weren't as smooth as they looked in videos. It kind of made realize that the world I wanted to exist, seems to only exist in my head. I'm trying to create a visual language out of all that pop culture that I was exposed to. That's one of the reasons why the show is planned to travel to America. It seems to be a far away land with all these fairy tale creatures like all the cartoons and skateboarders came from there.