The Bosco Project: An Interview
Bosco's public unveiling at last year's Strange and Astounding Show went very well. Luis Ceriz, proprietor of Suspect Video (one of the most unique and wonderful video stores on the planet, which is tragically closing because developers, who own Toronto, are happy to replace unique neighborhoods with big box stores and condos) was quite taken with it. With his connections to one of the premier online horror fanzines he suggested they might be interested in publishing it.
Well, it's a year later and it appears that they're not all that interested in publishing it. I don't hold it against them, since I assume that my answers don't quite fit their demographic. (And, of course, Bosco's not exactly a household name... yet, which I think Luis was attempted to correct with this interview, for which I thank him muchly.)
So I'll just post it myself now. Note that the interview was conducted in December 2015 so references to future events are long past now.
What is your artistic background? Where did you study and what was the focus of your studies?
Ever since I was a kid I wanted to create visual music after seeing the... Read more
So who is Bosco?
Note: This post is about the photography series called The Bosco Project. Please visit the gallery so you have an idea of what this post is about. Thank you.
Prelude: The Artist Would Rather Not Discuss It
Oh, how I hate it, when directors are supposed to explain their films.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Artists are not necessarily the best interpreters of their own work. And many artists are reluctant to say anything about their own work, preferring to let the work speak for itself: after all, the more that it has to be explained, the less it seems to need to speak for itself. The artist may not even think about what his work means
as he dives into the creative process — indeed, thinking about meaning
may hinder hearing what the muses whisper to his ear.
Another qualm is that analysis, though it can obviously aid understanding, threatens to sully an honest and pure relationship to the work, which is now coloured by someone's viewpoint that adheres to it, especially if analysis precedes active engagement with the work itself. It's only after an active engagement with the work, in which one has explored one's reactions to... Read more