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MAX GIMBLETT








I met MAX GIMBLETT when I was actually shooting a story on his wife, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, a scholar of performance and Jewish studies, for Smak Magazine.

Max is also a scholar, which he uses in his practice as an artist, drawing on influences from religion and philosophy.

Max is actually a New Zealander but has lived in New York since 1972. I love his accent - it's very old school, a mix of the colonial British influence with the informal nature of Kiwis. He lives and works on an entire floor of a building that is right next to the New Museum on the Bowery. He is a true maverick and, at 80 years old, is part of the living history of artists in New York.

www.maxgimblett.com

HOW DOES THE CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE INSPIRE YOU?

New York City inspires me by its diversity, activity, range of fascinating people, and the impression I have of living indoors without much contact with nature.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL WORKSPACE IN THREE WORDS…

Large, industrial, white-space.

WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT I WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND IN YOUR SPACE?

A human skull. A squash racket. 14 pairs of John Fluevog shoes.

DOES THE SPACE YOU WORK IN HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY?

Yes, building was built in the 19th Century, occupied by very fine artists in the late 60s. I purchased my space from Jim Rosenquist, pop art star.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR SPACE?

Studio west afternoon light is radiant. The curved 10 1/2 foot scalloped ceilings are generous.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THE LOCATION OF YOUR SPACE?

It was what I was offered and it was the best offer.

DO YOU WORK AND LIVE IN THE SAME SPACE, IF SO HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUR WORK?

I live and work in the same space. 24/7. Dreaming, part of the vision.

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE IN YOUR WORK?


The Spiritual. The 5th Dimension. New York/New Zealand hybrids. All mind no mind. One stroke bone. Loaded brush to unloaded.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

One man show at the Guggenheim Museum.

FAVORITE SONG/BAND WHILE WORKING?

Any of my Johnny Cash albums.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT CREATING?

I watch Netflix, go to the gym, and dine out.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ARTIST'S TOOL?

My collection of some hundreds of Chinese calligraphy brushes. All sizes.

WHAT MINDSET/MOOD DO YOU MAKE YOUR BEST ART/WORK?

Unconsciously, contemplative, given over to gesture.










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