Untitled, 2011 by Ross Bleckner
Following the model of a Proust Questionnaire—an inquiry into one’s personality that was first made popular by the French writer Marcel Proust and more recently revived by Vanity Fair—we asked 20 questions to Artspace artist Ross Bleckner, whose favorite film is Gaspar Noé’s “Irreversible,” idea of misery is overthinking, and guilty pleasure is mushrooms.
When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
In high school /freshman year.
What’s your idea of a dream home or holiday?
Laying down in my quiet apartment with my dog.
Who’s your favorite artist?
Right now: Edouard Manet.
What’s your preferred mode of transportation?
What’s your favorite film?
If you found $20, what would you do with it?
Try to find out who it belongs to, if I couldn’t: put it in my pocket.
What’s on your iPod?
Don’t listen to music. Don’t have an iPod.
Untitled, 2009 by Ross Bleckner
What’s your idea of happiness?
What’s your idea of misery?
If not yourself, who would you want to be?
What’s your preferred drink?
Water at room temp.
What’s your hidden talent?
What books are on your bedside table?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
What’s your motto or favorite quote?
I need to clean this place up a little bit.
What’s your favorite art space?
What would you want your last meal on earth to be?
Who/what was your first love?
My best friend in JR High and High School, Robert.
What’s your favorite time of day or year?
The world would be a better place if…
George Bush had not been President.
Ross Bleckner’s work is available at Artspace.com.