Interview with PABLO CRISTI:
Your childhood ambition:
To become a werewolf.
Something you treasure:
I had a problem answering this at first. Trivial things came to mind, perhaps things I like—not treasure. Upon considering this question for a day or two, I kept coming to the same conclusion precisely after experiencing some mundane daily routine. Every day is a new day to try and do the things you do every day better. In my case, it is as an educator, artist, painter, sculptor, friend, partner, husband, and well you get the idea. I treasure life. I treasure every day that I get to do what I love and share quality time with those I love.
Your worst habit:
The aspect of your work that’s most important to you:
Producing a universally accessible harmonious balance between mastery of craft and conceptual strength. Visually-large gestural areas vs. small, refined areas. Something that challenges me along the way and produces something that is visually interesting and/or intellectually engaging.
Your first job:
Working behind the counter at my dad’s sewing machine shop in east L.A.
Someone whose work you highly recommend:
There are many, but this week: Newly interested in Mark Bradford. Jose Parla for his markmaking. Meleko Mokgosi is great.
View more of Pablo Cristi’s work here.