This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from David Hannon.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I am exploring the role of fantasy in queerness and perversions of the body. The interiors I create are a disorienting place that reveals the horror of the everyday. In my most recent performance, Mantle, I made an immersive installation and embedded myself in a flat and then interacted with the audience to help me bring an oversize necklace back into a constructed domestic interior where the necklace unsettlingly rests in the space.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
It certainly is an interesting and scary time to be making work but I want to bring the personal public, especially queer identity issues. The way Felix Gonzalez-Torres does is especially poignant. An artist's responsibility therefore is to bring what is invisible, visible. Like a magician.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
Aforementioned in the first question, I made this giant necklace! It is 22 feet long and part of my MFA thesis show:
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
Although I do not have a piece directly in mind, I want to include other performers in my installations, similar to Mike Kelley's Day is Done installation and accompanying video works, and perhaps with more collaboration—because collaboration is very important!
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
You probably know these artists but I love how they incorporate the digital and sculptural together:
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