Sean Fucking Gammon: Featured Artist- April 2012

© Sean Gammon.

Hi!  My name is SeanFuckingGammon and I am a 37 year old collage artist from Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  I’ve dabbled in many mediums and settled into collage in the last year and a half.  I really love doing skateboards and plan on making a lot more. 

Q. What inspired you to use found imagery for creating ‘new art’?

“I’m not sure why I chose to use found imagery to make new art.  I’ve tried my hand at a variety of different artistic mediums and not been satisfied with my efforts.  For whatever reason, this just fits or works for me.  I feel really satisfied when I finish a new collage.”

Q. What gives you the ideas to chose your imagery like you have done?

“Usually, I use imagery that I think is absurd, or makes me laugh.  Or I’ll see an image and think it would look interesting if I manipulated it in some way.  Or I’ll think that it would be fun to see multiple copies of the same image, that if I combine them, they’ll form something else entirely.  Sometimes I’m going for a particular theme.  I’ll get an idea stuck in my head and I’ll run with it.  “

Q. We recently found out your newest canvas was a skateboard, why did you decide to collage those?

“One day I was hanging out with my friend Vaughn and we were talking about art and he mentioned that he had met a guy that owned a skateboard company and a light bulb went off in my head.  Like, “Why not try doing a collage on a skateboard?”  The next day, I ordered a blank deck, and two days later I was working on it.  My first one was, “New Gods.”  I was really satisfied with that one, so I ordered five more decks, and I’ve been hooked since then.  I also used to skate a lot when I was a kid and still love watching a good video.  I would still be out there tearing it up, but it really, really hurts when I fall these days.  And it really, really sucks when you have to go to work all in pain from the previous evenings skate.”

Q. Are you trying to convey a message with your artwork, if so… what is it?

“I’m definitely trying to say something with my art.  Not all the time, sometimes I just want to make something that’s neat to look at.  But I’ve been into punk rock for most of my life and it’s impossible for me to not comment on our culture.  For example, I use a lot of celebrities in my collages.  I think our interest in the private lives of celebrities is completely absurd.  When you can turn on the news and they dedicate 30 seconds to the wars in the Middle East and quadruple that amount of time to Lindsey Lohan’s latest trial, there is something wrong.”

Q. What do you do when you’re not working on artwork?

“When I’m not working on art, I’m usually at my job.  I’ve worked at a casino for 15 years and I’m currently a beverage server.  I also watch a lot of movies.  A lot of horror, B-movies, and documentaries.  I love tv and I watch a lot of bad reality programs.  I love going to punk, hardcore, or metal shows as often as possible.  I consume as much coffee as I can handle on a daily basis and you can frequently find me at some coffee shop or out on the sidewalk smoking.”

Q. Is it all hand cut/pasted or do you use any other programs to assist in your artmaking?

“All of my collages are done using the cut and paste method.  It can be tedious, going through magazine after magazine, looking for that right image, and cutting and cutting for hours and hours, but infinitely rewarding in the end.  We have touched up the photographs of my collages to make them look as good as possible, but nothing over the top.”

Q. If you could collage a A) 10-Story Building Wall     B) Person    C) Billboard   D) Car… Which would you chose and why?

“I would say the 10 story building.  I really want to go bigger, but a lot of what I do is use what you find, so I’m kind of stuck size wise.  I was looking at a wall in my friend’s house last night thinking about what I could do with it.  Some day for sure, I’m at least gonna do a wall. “

Q. Who is your favorite artist?

“My favourite artists are Werner Herzog, David Lynch, Harmony Korine, Mike Patton, Melvins, and Hunter S. Thompson.”

Q. If you could feature your art anywhere in the entire world, where would it be and why?

“In your home.  I’d love my art to be available to people from all over the world.  It is readily available on the internet, but it’s different when someone actually chooses to hang something you’ve made in their home.  I’d love to have prints, boards, and originals in people’s living room.  I would take that as a huge compliment.”

Q. Anything else you’d like us to know before we go?

“If you are in the Windsor area in late May, you can check out some of my collages alongside paintings by Vaughn Beneteau at Phog.  Vaughn and I are also part of a collective, multimedia group show called, TV Industries Arts Division Presents: Fetish.  That will be at Common Ground Gallery in Windsor as well.  Opening night there will be a performance similar to a three ring circus, June 2nd.  Check out our Facebook Events page for more info or email me at sfgammon23@gmail.com. “

Q. Any last words?

“Truth.”

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