Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Adán De La Garza
#72: Adán De La Garza
Adán De La Garza, "Umbrella," 2012 performance.
Adán De La Garza glides through a world of moving pictures and performance, making fleeting experimental work that shimmers in the moment. Whether working alone or with others, he's all about taking personal chances and just making things happen. A partner with Christina Battle in the video presentation series Nothing To See Here and a member of the Flinching Eye Collective, a multimedia performance group, De La Garza is an explorer on the newest frontiers of art. In his 100CC questionnaire, he tells us how things look out there.
See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Christina Battle
Adán De La Garza, "Arbitrary Self Improvemen,t" 2014 performance.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
George W. Bush has been painting lately, and he and I probably have about the same skill level at pushing around pigment. I would talk with him about the secret societies he is in, conspiracy theories surrounding his presidency, and I'd see if he has a bunker in the underground tunnels of DIA. I have a feeling I could convince him to do some performance art at Halliburton complex, if I pressed him hard enough.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
I tend to follow politics and the cultural climate more often than artists, to be honest. So I tend to follow artists who are working with similar ideas or issues that I'm interested in learning more about.
I've been watching a lot of Eric André lately. Lee Walton, William Lampson, Sebastian Haslauer, Fernando Sanchez, the Loud Objects, Eva and Franco Mattes, Anonymous...
I've been really interested in the idea of catharsis and how other artists are tackling this idea in a way that also looks like a visualization of change -- what it looks like to experience and cause change, even in the slightest of ways that feels gratifying in some capacity. Personal revolutions. Doing what you want.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
I try not to discourage anyone from making art, as long as they are truly invested in their ideas. So in lieu of that, I would like to see a lot less apathy and irony-based works.
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