Mannequin by Brian Bowen Smith
A Proust Questionnaire is an inquiry into one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Inspired by the popularity and quirkiness of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, the editors of Artspace composed one to reveal another side of their favorite artists. Our twentieth artist is Brandon Boyd — artist, lead singer of Incubus, and an Artspace guest curator — whose favorite art space is his kitchen table.
When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been drawing since I can remember. I think I made the decision to “BE” an artist when I was about 14 or so. Which meant, at that ripe age, starting to be OK with being broke and doing it for the process.
What’s your idea of a dream home or holiday?
I live in my dream home, so my dream holiday would be… well… sitting in the living room of my dream home with my dog on my lap and not having anything to do for a few days. Ahhhh.
Who’s your favorite artist?
I have many! But one that is continually influential is Aubrey Beardsley. I love the line work and his illicit regality.
Untitled (American Morning) by Poppy de Villeneuve
What’s your preferred mode of transportation?
Bicycle! Walking is highly underrated, too, but if we are trying to get more than 20 blocks let’s jump on the bike. Massively fun and ingenious technology.
What’s your favorite film?
I do not have one. I’ve never been the guy that has even a top ten of films and music. It really depends on my mood and energy that day. But today? My favorite film is Girl on a Bridge. The 1991 version with Vanessa Paradis. Remarkable!
If you found $20, what would you do with it?
Play the lottery. And if I won? I’d leave $20 dollars on the floor where I found it. I know, I’m a greedy bastard. Or! I’d acquire $20 worth of quarters and go to the video arcade at Santa Monica pier, get as many tickets from Skeeball as I could, then trade the tickets in for a 75 cent whistle.
America by Andres Serrano
What’s on your iPod?
Nude photos of celebrities, episodes of Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule and my band’s new album, If Not Now, When?… Shameless.
What’s your idea of happiness?
What’s your idea of misery?
If not yourself, who would you want to be?
A Brandon Boyd impersonator. Or! The guy at swimsuit photo shoots that applies body oil to the models/sand wiper offer. Too ambitious?
Infanta (Tattoo) by Ralph Gibson
What’s your preferred drink?
Coffee. No milk, two sugars.
What’s your hidden talent?
I’m very limber. And as a result I can do odd activities with my body. Handstands, backbends, auto-felatio, etc…
What books are on your bedside table?
Quantum Psychology by Ken Wilber, Crazy Cock by Henry Miller, and Elmo Goes To Jail by, well…Elmo.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Untitled by Marcel Dzama
What’s your motto or favorite quote?
My favorite quote (today) is, “What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.” -Leo Tolstoy
What’s your favorite art space?
My kitchen table.
What would you want your last meal on earth to be?
I answered this question yesterday for someone! Shit, I better watch my fuckin back! Same answer though; I’d have a “Please don’t kill me” Sandwhich. Delicious and nutritious.
Who/what was your first love?
My first love was candy. First memory too. She was huge, round, rainbow spiraled and lived just out of my reach on a candy cart at Disneyland. Shit, story of my life.
Seestuck 1 by Gerhard Richter
What’s your favorite time of day or year?
My favorite time of day is in the morning. Especially when waking before dawn to chase a swell. I haven’t seen this lately because I’ve been sidelined from the water by an injury and now from being on tour. But soon I’ll see her again. Soon. Favorite time of year is right now. Last moments of summer fading into the hues of Fall.
The world would be a better place if…
…we understood that fundamentally we are all one. Billions of gears in a larger mechanism that is but one piece of something so magnificently vast, it’s scale is beyond our ability to measure. That if we truly organized, stopped squabbling over right, wrong, his, hers, left, right, mine, yours, this, that, me, you, heaven, hell…we could start to see the potential inherent in human consciousness. Make contact. Grow up.