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Michael Gittes | In The Studio

September 2016 

Artist whose career you covet? 

Anyone working in the distant future.


Most influential "character" in American history in the past 10 years? 

Tara Indiana of the Female Supremacy Party.


Regarding your method of making, is it a case of the material or method dictating the idea or the other way around?

Usually material and method are dictated by the idea.


Is art making therapeutic for you?

It's my main source of therapy, and stress.

What are you most proud of? 

My cat Jacuzzi.


What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

Not liking my answers to these questions. 


If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?

Space, but not too far.


What are your other hobbies?

Reflecting on my childhood.


If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?

A royal artist from ancient Egypt.


What influences you?

Science and history.


What motivates you?



What’s your studio philosophy?

Be honest.


Tools or mediums you’re dying to experiment with?

Electricity & gravity.

What work took you the longest to complete?

I’m still working on it.


Best gift you’ve ever received?

Cufflinks from the White House.


Describe your work in 3 words.

Red Yellow Blue.


Do you have a favorite quote, or a phrase you think about often? 

“Ring’s end.”


What makes you nervous?

Email correspondence.


What makes you laugh no matter what?

My dad.


What's the bravest thing you've ever done?

Install a show on the North/South Korean border.

What is one artist living or dead you feel a great connection to? Someone whose

work has inspired your own practice and what you’re creating these days?



Who was your favorite teacher in school?

Professor Suh from Philosophy of Logic.


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