NOIZEFRONT • ARTIST AND MUSICIAN GIDGET GEIN
Rumor is you're writing a screenplay called Bag Boy? How's that going?
"The script Bag Boy is about my adventures working for the South Florida Medical Examiners office. It is in pre-production now. I am just waiting for the best offer to translate it on to the big screen. I am now in the process of turning the story into a graphic novel. I will be working with different artists for each chapter having them give their spin on the situation."
How many lunch boxes do you have and how did that collection start?
"I only have a few left. My favorite is Hee Haw. Most of them were sold during my season in hell. I started recollecting lunch boxes after years of carrying one for the purpose to act as a purse. I love the aesthetics of lunch boxes and the fact that they can double as a weapon."
When did you become serious about painting and sculpting? What inspired the commitment in that direction?
"I only became serious about a year ago. I discovered my talent and realized that this is something I can do by myself and not have to deal with the pain of being in a band."
How long do you consider your tattoos before getting one or is it an instant thing?
"Sometimes for years. Sometimes I don't know until it's finished.
You say you use colored water to paint with. Exactly how is that different from watercolor?
"I was never taught how to paint therefore I do not know the proper terminology."
Your clothes line is one of a kind. Do you mean that in you will never use the same color scheme again or in that each piece is totally different and will never be recreated?
"Everything I do, I do by hand. which means every piece will come out different. The line is called Use Once And Destroy Fashion."
How do you feel your influences come through your art? Warhol and Basquiat? And have you heard of Joseph Beuys?
"Warhol and Basquiat are great influences. I am inspired by their work because it makes me feel as if I can create. When I look at someone like Dali, it just depresses me because it is too good technically. The whole scene that Warhol created and brought into the '80s is very exciting to me because it was about more than just art. The whole idea of creating celebrity as art is brilliant.
Joseph Beuys is great. He reminds me of DaDa which is one of my favorite movements."
He does performances he calls "actions" that mix literature art and such. Would you ever do something like that?
"I don't know what you mean about literature art. Everything I do mixes and juxtaposes different references. By the time I'm done with a piece I usually forget why I did it."
Also, he does "multiple" where each piece is slightly different but the same general piece so that more than one person can have something that they like. Along the same idea as yours, making art for the people. How do you feel about that?
"I would rather let my originals be available instead of prints. This is why I will do more than one version of a piece. If I sell something I will always do another for someone who truly wants it. I believe in making art available to everyone from the underground to
the upper crust."
How is the Allen Wrench Documentary coming? When and how will that be released? Would you bring it to Sundance?
"I'm hoping for Sundance quality. I want to make a documentary that captures the vibe I'm going for yet is entertaining for anyone to watch."
How has working with the coroner doing removals changed your perspective on death? Has anything really funny happened where it should have been inappropriate to laugh but you did anyway?
"It changed me in the sense where I no longer have a death trip. There is nothing dignified about death.
Humorous situations always arise. Two things that I’m always afraid will happen is that I will drop a body in front of the family or I will start cracking up over their grief because of my nervous nature."