ALICE LANCASTER SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING

ALICE LANCASTER

INTERVIEW

PhotographED IN NEW YORK CITY
by Skye Parrott

 

IN THE MID-1950s, THE POPULAR RISE OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM DEFINED NEW YORK CITY AS THE CENTER OF THE WESTERN ART WORLD. THE MOVEMENT’S SPIRITUALLY DRIVEN SPONTANEITY AND REJECTION OF CONSERVATISM AND CLICHES SUPPLIED A DESPERATELY DESIRED ANTIDOTE TO THE LEAVE-IT-TO-BEAVER NORMS AND JOSEPH MCCARTHY WITCH-HUNTS THAT HAD INJECTED AMERICAN SOCIETY WITH A PUNGENT COCKTAIL OF ALIENATION AND PARANOIA. THE COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY SIPPING A SIMILARLY DISTASTEFUL BREW. STRONG ON DIVISIVE POLITICS AND MISPLACED NOSTALGIA, IT IS LIKEWISE STIRRING INSUBORDINATE TENDENCIES IN TODAY’S YOUNG ARTISTS, WHO LONG TO EVOLVE BEYOND TANGIBLE, OFTEN TRAGIC, REALITIES TO RESHAPE THE FUTURE.

 

In a literal sense, the movement’s inventive execution and impulsive aesthetic can be seen in Chinatown-based artist Alice Lancaster’s experimental works, which have captured the attention of the fashion and art worlds. The playful lines of Paul Klee, Henri Matisse’s minimal, sensuous curves and Pablo Picasso’s shattered-looking-glass depictions flirt with Egon Schiele’s twisted figures, Alice Neel’s intimate portraits and the urban urgency of the movement’s future students: Neo-Expressionists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Agnes Martins’ pulsating pastels, feminine and unflinching, also appear. But the mix is alchemic, rather than derivative. Alice routes her rebellion into mischievous and vibrant explorations of the female body, mind and sexuality that are provocative, fiercely original and very much of the present  an apt descriptor for the artist herself.

 

 
 
 
 
 
ALICE LANCASTER SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING
 
ALICE LANCASTER SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING

 

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
The freedom. I don't have anyone telling me what to do. It's something I've wanted my whole life.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Happiness.

 

 

ALICE LANCASTER SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING

 

A SUMMER AFTERNOON SONG

 
 
 

A SONG FROM THE FIRST ALBUM YOU OWNED

 
 
ALICE LANCASTER SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING
 
ALICE LANCASTER SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING
 

A KISS

 

 

YOUR FAVORITE BODY PART

 
ALICE LANCASTER DOUBLE OR NOTHING
 

 

 

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST PROBLEMATIC ABOUT THE ART WORLD?
It's very exclusive.  If you're not part of a certain group, you don't get to show at certain places. You have to schmooze and bullshit with people and that's just not a skill I have.

WHAT IS THE BEST RISK YOU'VE EVER TAKEN?
Moving to New York City.

 

 

A SCENE THAT MAKES YOU CRY

 
 
 

 

 

A PERFECT STYLE MOMENT

ALICE LANCASTER DOUBLE OR NOTHING

 

 

A PERSON YOU LOVE

ALICE LANCASTER DOUBLE OR NOTHING

 

THE LAST THING THAT MADE YOU LAUGH ONLINE

 

A SONG YOU'RE EMBARASSED TO LOVE

 

A SONG YOU HAVE DANCED TO AT HOME

 

 

THE FIRST GOOD THING YOU EVER PAINTED
I think the first thing I painted was this, when I was about six.

ALICE LANCASTER DOUBLE OR NOTHING

 

 

A SONG THAT PLAYS IN YOUR STUDIO

 

A SEX SCENE

 

 

YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE PAINTER
Alice Neel

ALICE LANCASTER DOUBLE OR NOTHING
 

AN IMAGE THAT'S UP IN YOUR STUDIO

ALICE LANCASTER DOUBLE OR NOTHING

 

 

 

YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE CHARACTER
 

 

 

WHO HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR GREATEST INSPIRATIONS IN ART? IN LIFE?
Diane Arbus, Niki de Saint Phalle, Helen Frankenthaler, Karel Appel, Chuck Close, David Hockney


WHAT'S YOUR GO-TO DRINK TO FORGET?
Red wine.

 

 

 

PERFECT COOL

 

HOW DO YOU SAY GOODBYE?
Mmmmbye.


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